I am a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and medical qigong practitioner with a private practice in the Temescal neighborhood of Oakland, Ca. I am blessed because I absolutely love my work, and blissed to work so close to my home of 15 years in West Oakland. I earned a Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine at Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, where I learned Japanese theory and techniques as well as Traditional Chinese Medicine. I also completed Dr. Suzanne Friedman’s Medical Qigong Therapy Program, which taught me invaluable methods of accessing deep energies to generate healing. As an intern at UC Berkeley Athletics department, I worked with athletes and learned to effectively treat their acute injuries and chronic pain. I was very fortunate to be able to pursue post-graduate training with two mentors. I studied gynecology and fertility with Christine Chung, and cancer and chronic illness treatment with Bob Levine. I have also completed post-graduate coursework in nutrition, digestive issues, gynecology, chronic pain, post-operative recovery, nervous system disorders, neurology, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Being a curious person, I look forward to a life of continued learning.
Before becoming an acupuncturist, I enjoyed a 10-year career as a professional carpenter. I designed and built custom furniture and cabinets, and conducted framing-to-finish remodeling of homes and businesses. I also worked as lead carpenter, set designer, and eventually technical director for several theaters in the Bay Area. My interest in carpentry began with a love of trees and wood. I decided to become a carpenter the very first time I did it because I realized immediately that time ceased to exist while I was doing it. I do and will always continue to hone my skill and ply my trade to create beautiful and useful objects, furnishings, and spaces. My interest in alternative medicine began with an ever-present desire to help myself and others 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 eternally grateful to have twice found a passion that became meaningful, engaging, and sustaining work in my life.
And what else…? I practice tai chi, qigong, and yoga to cultivate and harmonize my qi, and because it 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.