In 2004 I received a Masters Degree in Science & Traditional Oriental medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, NYC. I am board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.
Post-graduate studies included assisting my mentors, Frank Butler and Tom Bisio, in their respective acupuncture practices in musculoskeletal conditions and traumatic injuries. Additional studies included the full curriculum at Zheng Gu Tui Na including: Zheng Gu Tui Na massage, mobilization techniques, orthopedic acupuncture, trauma medicine & Qi Gong for rehabilitation and injury prevention. I have been certified by Sloan Kettering Hospital in NYC for acupuncture as a complimentary therapy for cancer patients. Currently, I am in a course of study with Gary B. Strauss, MS, RPP, PWE who is a Master Practitioner of Polarity Therapy and CranioSacral Unwinding.
I recently returned from a healing mission in North Dakota with GAHP (Global Alternative Healthcare Project) where we treated the indigenous peoples and supporters on the front lines of the peaceful resistance against the Dakota Pipeline.
From a seventy-year old Japanese practitioner who practiced from the age of seven under his uncle's tutelage, from a medical colleague in Italy, and from my American mentors, I learned that the holistic philosophy of Chinese medicine transcends cultural boundaries.
Furthermore, my Chinese medicine practice is inspired by memories of my great grandmother, who led a holistic life as a farmer, entrepreneur, caretaker, and community activist. I offer this point of view to my patients as a model of balanced, healthy living and aspire to achieve this kind of authenticity in my own life.
From my great grandmother, grandmother, and my father I learned to work with my hands. Touch is universal, whether it is touching a person in a healing modality or crafting objects by hand. In both instances, the effects are far-reaching and substantial.
In addition to my practice in Chinese medicine, I am an artist and metalsmith with a M.o.M.A. design store license, where I have been selling for over seventeen years. My recently launched jewelry line is inspired by the herbs that I prescribe in my practice and walks in nature.
Currently, you can find me on Wednesdays from 12-3pm facilitating a "Community Activism Knitting Circle" at the Dyckman Farmhouse in Inwood, NYC. Here we explore the health benefits of meditative handwork practices, setting intention and the far reaching scope of small acts of kindness.