Who can I help?
I specialize in the treatment of emotional distress; post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and insomnia to name a few. I find that people are often able to return to a balanced place more quickly and in a more lasting way where acupuncture and herbs are included in treatment.
I also have a strong focus on queer and transgender care, both in the medical experiences that queer and trans patients specifically have and also in being a safe and affirming provider that people can come to about any health concern. Regardless of what is dragging you down, I am excited to be your partner in healing.
Acute and chronic injuries are another passion of mine. Whether you just broke that bone or sprained that elbow or you have been struggling with daily pain for years, Chinese Medicine can help heal the underlying cause of your discomfort and get you back to doing what you love as soon as possible.
What is my story?
I discovered Chinese medicine shortly after moving to Portland to complete my undergraduate studies. I began my exploration as a patient, and after several years of being an increasingly curious patient I found myself drawn into the formal study of this medicine. In Chinese medicine, I found a system that profoundly changed my life, and I want to share that with the world.
As a long-time community activist I found myself wanting to help people on a more personal level, and in a way that would lead to lasting changes in people’s lives.
I have been blessed to study with fantastic teachers, both at the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM/formerly NCNM) and abroad. My closest teachers, Roger Batchelor and Brandt Stickley, are both dedicated community health workers who focus on patient-centered care. Their acupuncture and herbal strategies have helped me to deeply listen to patient’s experience and provide effective and affirming treatment for a wide range of injuries and ailments. I have trained in the Shen-Hammer pulse system with Stephen Higgins, a student of Brandt's, which is particularly focused on helping to diagnose and treat emotional disturbances. Recently I also traveled to China to attend lectures from the renowned herbalist Li Xin and the acclaimed acupuncturist Sylvie Morant.
My practice in Astoria is a relatively recent addition. Astoria is a special place, and getting to work with people here been wonderful. My work here has been more focused on chronic pain, as the exposure to cold and damp (which can cause or worsen pain) is greater than in Portland.
- B.S. Liberal Studies at Portland State University
- M.S. Oriental Medicine at National University of Natural Medicine
- Board certified in Acupuncture from National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
- Licensed by the Oregon Medical Board as LAc
- 2 years independent study of the Shen-Hammer pulse system with Stephen Higgins
- Traveled to Shanhai in 2015 to study with Dr. Li Xin
Insurers I'm credentialed with
- Regence BCBS
- Pacific Source
- We can also bill PIP, MVA and worker's comp insurance claims