Abba has over 10 years experience as a Licensed Acupuncturist. She received her Master’s of Science in Oriental Medicine from Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, California in 2005. She is certified in gentle Japanese acupuncture techniques, pain and autoimmune disorders, facial rejuvenation, clinical hypnotherapy and Reiki.
Abba served as Editor in Chief of the California Journal of Oriental Medicine from 2006-2011, and as a volunteer for Acupuncturists Without Borders from 2011-2013. She got involved with Acupuncturists Without Borders when she organized Missouri acupuncturists to provide acupuncture treatments for people affected by the 2011 Joplin tornado. The experience of witnessing the profound benefits of acupuncture in the traumatic situation in Joplin after the tornado inspired Abba to volunteer to support acupuncturists responding to traumatic events around the US including Sandy Hook, Hurricane Sandy, and the Moore, Oklahoma tornadoes.
Abba grew up in Branson, Missouri, graduated from Journalism School at Mizzou in 1984, and received an MA in Creative Writing from Sonoma State University in 2000. Before acupuncture took over her life, she had a career in journalism and public relations. For fun, Abba likes walking in nature, lazy kayaking, wild mind writing with her best buddy at the Mudhouse, and seeing whatever is playing at the Moxie.