I am licensed in Oriental Medicine (L.OM.) and a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (Dipl.OM) by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and the PA State Board of Medicine, indicating the highest level of credentialing held by a small percentage of the acupuncturists in PA. This means that I passed rigorous board certification exams in acupuncture and herbal medicine, demonstrated advanced knowledge of Chinese medical theory and application, and have particular training in massage and Chinese nutrition. I have extensive continuing education over the past 17 years in practice, and I created and taught two courses on Diagnostic Skills to graduate students at the Won Institute of Graduate Studies, Pennsylvania's first graduate program in acupuncture, where I remain as adjunct faculty. I was also a two time guest speaker for RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association.
People often ask how I became interested in Eastern Medicine. I graduated from Boston College with summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors, and made the unexpected choice of doing two years of volunteer work serving the homeless and low-income mothers in California and New Jersey. My clients received acupuncture as a part of their addiction recovery plan, and I witnessed first hand how powerful this medicine is. Years later, following my M.Ac. completion, I trained to become an detoxification specialist (NADA).
Following the volunteer years, I worked as Director of an after-school program for children at risk of homelessness. Years of counseling people on their lifestyles and seeing how one's physical and emotional needs can thwart one's goals peaked my interest in alternative medicine. I enrolled at Omega Bodyworks, Philadelphia, to study massage therapy and Shiatsu while teaching clay classes and studying fine art in Italy and at home. My desire to make a lasting impact on people’s lives, coupled with my interest in science and health care, pointed me in the direction of Chinese medicine. I completed a three year Master in Acupuncture degree in 2001 and a two year Chinese Herbal Medicine Certification in 2002 from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute (now Maryland University of Integrative Health) in Columbia, MD. I am a member of the Association for Professional Acupuncture in PA.
Chinese Medicine is endlessly fascinating, and I am continually amazed at its ability to bring about authentic healing. When I am not treating patients, I enjoy walking the dog with my sons and husband, seeing live performances, or exploring new places.