I am a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and medical qigong practitioner with a private practice in Oakland, California. I earned a Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine at Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley. I completed Dr. Suzanne Friedman’s Medical Qigong Therapy Program, which taught me invaluable methods of accessing deep energies to generate healing. Working with athletes at UC Berkeley taught me to effectively treat acute injuries and chronic pain. Over the past decade, I have studied extensively with Kiiko Matsumoto and Jeffrey Yuen, to whom I am eternally grateful.
I have pursued in-depth studies on topics including chronic illness, autoimmune diseases, cancer, gynecology, digestive issues, nutrition, neurology, cardiovascular disease, chronic pain, recovery from trauma/surgery/injury, and the Taoist roots of medicine. Being a curious person, I look forward to a life of continued learning.
I've been a carpenter for over 20 years. My interest in woodworking began with a love of trees and an appreciation for the beauty of wood. As a professional, I designed and built custom furniture and cabinets, and conducted framing-to-finish remodeling of homes and businesses. I also built, designed and painted theater sets as lead carpenter and technical director for many productions in the Bay Area. Nowadays, I work on projects for myself and my home at my leisure. My interest in alternative medicine began with a love of...well, trees! And other plants and herbs. I was awed by their potent and effective medicine. My interest grew with the desire to help people thrive throughout our lives. I decided to pursue a career in acupuncture and herbal medicine when I realized that the calling would never quit. I feel so grateful to have twice found a passion that became meaningful, engaging, and sustaining work in my life.
Dedicated practice of Tai Chi, Qigong, and Yoga cultivates and harmonizes my qi, and keeps me saner. I enjoy growing food in our garden, and cooking and eating delicious meals. Reading good books and sharing good stories give me great pleasure. I love to connect with and learn from all kinds of people, animals, plants, microbes, minerals, and ecosystems. I look forward to learning from and about you.