I am a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and medical qigong practitioner with a private practice in the Temescal neighborhood of Oakland, California, close to my home in West Oakland where I have lived since 2002. 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.
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 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 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.