I became interested in Oriental Medicine as a way to empower people to take charge of their own health, instead of being at the mercy of the often confusing and depersonalizing Western medical industry. Growing up, I was very close to my grandparents, who were so dynamic and full of life that it was hard to imagine they would ever age. But as they got older and their health began to decline, I felt helpless and angry as they were given prescription after prescription, undergoing procedure after procedure, with no improvement. I believe that Chinese Medicine (including acupuncture and herbs), would have allowed my grandparents to enjoy vibrant health well into their later years, instead of that time being a blur of doctors, drugs, and hospital stays.
I received my Masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland. I am credentialed in Oregon and California, and board-certified in Chinese herbal medicine. As a student, I became fascinated by the gentle yet powerful techniques used in Japanese acupuncture, which are not taught in most U.S. schools. To learn this ancient and beautiful art, I attended several seminars here in Portland and trained at two colleges in Japan. In 2011, I completed an eight-month program to become a certified Toyohari practitioner.