Abba received her Master’s of Science in Oriental Medicine from Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, California in 2005, and her acupuncture license in 2006. She has over 10 years experience as a licensed acupuncturist treating clients in a variety of clinical settings, and is certified in gentle Japanese acupuncture techniques, facial rejuvenation, pain and autoimmune disorders, 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. Abba got involved with Acupuncturists Without Borders when she organized Missouri acupuncturists to provide ear acupuncture treatments for people affected by the Joplin tornado, an experience which inspired her to volunteer to support acupuncturists responding to traumatic events around the US, including Sandy Hook, Hurricane Sandy, Moore, Oklahoma tornadoes, and floods in Colorado and Calgary.
Abba grew up in Branson, Missouri, graduated from journalism school at Mizzou in 1984, and got an MA in creative writing from Sonoma State University in 2000. Before acupuncture took over her life (ha!), she had a career in journalism and media relations. For fun, Abba likes floating lazy, spring-fed Ozarks rivers on a sit-on-top kayak, wild mind writing with her best buddy at the Mudhouse, and seeing whatever is playing at the Moxie.