It is my honor to have the gift to heal people and I am thankful for that every day. The most valuable and priceless thing we have in our lives is our emotional and physical health. If out of balance for different reasons all other things will lose their value.
My desire for medicine came as a child since my mother was a doctor. She took me to the hospital very often when she was on call. All I remember was walking in hallways talking to myself pretending that I was a doctor. The hospital was my second home. I spent 9 years studying for my MD degree and did a fellowship in Cardiology and Internal Medicine. After graduating I worked as a hospitalist while being on call for 12 different departments performing internal medicine services. Still, after that, I craved more knowledge, specifically alternative medicine. I found Bastyr University where I was able to pursue my acupuncture studies.
I graduated in 2012 with a master’s degree in Acupuncture. I immediately started my private practice incorporating different techniques and modalities such as acupuncture, hypnotherapy, reiki, qigong, and more. I maintain a busy schedule with a very diverse blend of ages, all of them are very special to me. My youngest patient was nine months old with bilateral leg hyperspasticity, and my oldest 92-year-old gentleman recovering from cardiac surgery. After many years of building my practice, I have become a family acupuncturist for many. Treating multiple generations from the same family is especially great. This helps me to understand more about the impact of cross-generational issues in a given family. It is very difficult to define a specialty because I treat a broad spectrum of problems. The most common are chronic and acute pain-related conditions, mental/emotional problems, posttraumatic stress disorders, rehabilitation after trauma and surgeries, and cancer support. I am a big believer in preventative health and try to bring it to my practice. I encourage my patients to care for themselves continually instead of when the problem is flaring up and it becomes a disaster for the body compromising quality of life. I am thankful that I can offer a unique balanced approach based on both Eastern and Western styles of medicine.
I truly believe if you practice medicine you should always grow and master professional skills. As time progresses, we discover something new. Acquiring my master’s degree in acupuncture was only my first step in this wonderful field. In December 2018 I finished my second doctorate degree at Bastyr University as a DAOM (Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) with a concentration on advanced pain management. This program took place with an internship at Harborview Hospital (a level one trauma center) within the Pain Medicine and Anesthesiology department. I have completed over 500 clinical hours in hospital settings. I gained incredible experience working at a trauma hospital managing difficult and complicated cases.
They are the main reason for me to continue to grow, investigate new approaches for treatments, incorporate new modalities, conduct research, and help others with the best I have to offer. I remember the people I treat. If I meet someone a few years after treatment, I still remember their name and the main reason they came to me. My bedside manner consists of respect and acceptance as well as the ability to listen, create a safe environment, and refer to other practitioners as the need arises.