I have had a passion for health and healing my entire life. In the early ‘90s, I was a bodyworker at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, for five years, and immersed myself in studying a broad range of healing arts. Through the practice of Qigong, I discovered Chinese medicine and felt instantly aligned with its holistic approach. I earned a master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University and then became a diplomate of the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics in 1999. I’ve been in private practice in Monterey for 20 years. In 2017, I was the first person to complete a rigorous two-year Integrative Acupuncture Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Program which further strengthened my specialization in musculoskeletal medicine.
Since good nutrition is essential to wellness, I’ve always endeavored to follow a healthy diet. In 2007, I went plant-based after I was inspired by the research of Drs. Dean Ornish and Caldwell Esselstyn, who found that a plant-based diet can significantly reduce and even reverse various health conditions, including heart disease. I earned a certificate in plant-based nutrition from eCornell in 2015.
Over the years, I saw many clients who could benefit from a healthier lifestyle but who found it challenging to make changes and stick to them. This created an opportunity for me to study wellness coaching and become a Certified Health and Wellness Coach through Wellcoaches and Wellstart Health. Wellness coaching allows me to equip my clients with skills for improving their self-care. Guiding them to make enduring positive lifestyle changes is the most rewarding work I’ve ever done.
I’m a lifelong learner, committed to growing my knowledge and skills, both as an acupuncturist and as a wellness coach. When I’m not doing acupuncture or coaching, you might find me on the beach, or in the garden, reading non-fiction voraciously, playing in the kitchen or practicing Tai Chi. I live with my partner and his daughter in La Selva Beach, California.