Thank you for checking out my website. I assume you are here to figure out if I can help you with your health issues. Likely I can. I’d say there is greater than an 80% chance I can bring some relief to whatever issues are plaguing you.
I have special interest in hard-to-treat cases related to chronic inflammation, pain, digestive disorders, gynecology and fertility issues, and men’s health. In addition, my significant life experiences and clinical experiences help me navigate treatments.
You can always contact me to chat if unsure.
For the more semi-formal About Me page read below:
I bring more than 15 years’ experience and a passionate dedication to both men’s and women’s health to my acupuncture, herbal, and nutrition practice. I am licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine as a Licensed Acupuncturist, and by the Massachusetts Board of Dietitians and Nutritionists as a Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist. I also became a Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine in 2013 which demonstrates advanced proficiency in reproductive health of both women and men.
I paid my cover charge, called a master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, at the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA)where I graduated in 2006. Paying this cover charge entitles me to practice Chinese Medicine and discover what really helps people heal. I also received a master’s degree in Human Nutrition from the University of New Haven in 2004, but studied in many nutrition programs beginning in 1992.
In 2008/9 I received advanced training in delayed peripheral immunological response to food antigens, also known as food hypersensitivities. It gave me an understanding into how our immune systems can get dysfunctional and cause a loss in oral tolerance to foods. (I find our complex immune system so fascinating !). In 2010, I completed the Certified LEAP Therapist training with Oxford Labs, which offers the best food hypersensitivity test out there in my opinion. (but it is how one uses the results that matter).
I am also an adjunct faculty at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences’ New England School of Acupuncture where I have been teaching Western Nutrition since 2007. (I used to teach Traditional Chinese Medicine Etiology and Pathology of Women’s and Men’s Health however in 2016 NESA was bought by MCPHS which required all core courses to be taught by full time faculty so I was out. Bummer. I loved teaching women’s and men’s health class).
I came into Chinese Medicine from a background in Functional Medicine studying alongside many of practitioners that are today’s Functional Medicine teachers. However I have shifted my practice onto a deeper tradition of Classical Chinese Medicine as it is a much more profound in healing and more true to my heart. Classical Chinese Medicine also presents a more natural way of thinking about life than what is taught as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which is what I learned in school. The ancient texts contain the Life code for living in harmony as we are a circular part of nature not separate from it.
My introduction to the Classics was inspired by my continuous study with Sharon Weizenbaum at White Pine Institute. Sharon provides us with enough study material for every day of the year and then some. This has opened up numerous doors to other great teachers and practitioners. For example it inspired me to undertake a year long study of the Huang Di Nei Jing with Dr Ed Neal MD. Dr Neal likens Chinese Medicine to the wise old sage and Western medicine to the young adolescent thinking it knows everything and ignoring what elders say. Chinese Medicine looks to the past to understand the future, Western Medicine discards the past as antiquated.
If the correct input to the body is given people can restore physiological function and get off many medications. It is determining and offering the correct input that separates practitioners.
Studying Classical Chinese Medicine is my journey of finding a layer and then below that is another layer all in a circular fashion. It is a never ending discovery which is why I love treating patients and witnessing the ancient wisdom come alive to bring about healing without medications or crazy interventions.
Licenses & Board Certifications:
- Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine Committee on Acupuncture (LicAc)
- Massachusetts Board of Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist (LDN)
- Fellow of American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (FABORM)
- NCCAOM Nationally Board Certified Diplomat in Oriental Medicine and Chinese Herbal Medicine (DiplOM)
- CBNS Board Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS)
- Certified LEAP Therapist (CLT)