How long have I been doing this? I’ve practiced acupuncture since 2006 and have more than 12 years experience as a Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc) in private practice. I received my MS in Oriental Medicine from Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, California in 2005. I am certified in gentle Japanese acupuncture techniques, pain and autoimmune disorders, facial rejuvenation, clinical hypnotherapy and Reiki.
I 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. I got involved with Acupuncturists Without Borders when I organized Missouri acupuncturists to provide acupuncture treatments for people affected by the 2011 Joplin tornado. Witnessing the profound benefits of acupuncture in Joplin inspired me to volunteer to support acupuncturists responding to traumatic events around the US including Sandy Hook, Hurricane Sandy, and the Moore, Oklahoma tornadoes.
I 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 my life, I had a career in journalism and public relations. For fun, I like walking in nature, lazy kayaking, wild mind writing with my best buddy at the Mudhouse, and seeing whatever is playing at the Moxie.