In 1987 I began my studies in health & wellness at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Physical Education. After I graduated I spent several years working in a clinic that provided physical therapy services. While I was there I educated patients in the area of wellness, I performed myofascial release, and I gave instruction on rehabilitative exercises. During this time I felt drawn to finding “the root” of illness. I searched for answers to questions such as:
- Why do some people seem more predisposed to injury than others?
- Could common injuries be prevented through education or lifestyle adjustments?
- Is illness caused by or at least linked to the emotional stress that people go through in their careers and in their personal lives?
As I gathered evidence to support my theories, I became more determined to find a way to treat the whole person -- the mind, body, and spirit. I wanted to practice “Wholistic” Medicine. When acupuncture was suggested to me as a profession, I became very intrigued. After researching it more, I realized that I could treat the body holistically and I could still treat sports injuries as well. Before I knew it I was off to receive a Master of Science degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego.
This 4 year, full time program included Chinese herbs, Eastern and Western nutrition, physical exam, anatomy and pathophysiology, orthopedic-neurological evaluation, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Tui Na massage. After completing the program I went on to become a diplomat of the National Commission Certification for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. I am currently licensed as an Acupuncturist by the Oregon Board of Medical Examiners and I am also certified by the academy of Sports Medicine as a Fitness Professional.
For the past 5 years I have had experience primarily treating individuals for conditions related to sports injuries, work related injuries, auto accident injuries, internal conditions and stress. The intent of these treatments has been to establish an individualized program that draws upon the body’s natural resilience and energetic balance. I have combined Eastern and Western philosophies resulting in a synergistic approach which works to bring the body back to its natural state of balance while normalizing physiological functioning. I have experience providing holistic treatment incorporating acupuncture, therapeutic massage (Tui Na), yoga poses, corrective exercise, and nutritional consultation.
In addition to my clinical experience, I understand the demands that competitive sports and active lifestyles place on the body. During my 5 years at Cal Poly I was the captain of the track team and President of the Athletic Board. I worked through injuries by designing my own rehabilitation program which resulted in two national titles in the 400-meter hurdles and recognition as an All American 9 times. I ran on the Olympic Festival Team and closed my college track career as a competitor at the 1992 US Olympic Trials. This experience has helped me to understand the physical and emotional challenges to the mind and body. I have been able to transfer this knowledge to practice through providing sports acupuncture services to the athletes at the University of California, San Diego in the RIMAC Sports Center. I have also volunteered my services at events such as the Oregon Track Classic, the Portland Marathon, the Blue Lake and the All Women’s Triathlon. In 2004 I began working with the Portland State University athletes as well as the Men’s Basketball team at Portland Community College.
All in all I love working with people to help them heal and to assist them in improving the quality of their lives. For the last 15 years I have been dedicated to working with athletes, sports officials, youth and adults to help them achieve their fitness goals and realize their potential. My goal is to share my knowledge with YOU and to help you prevent future injuries. I want You to experience success in your wellness program. There is nothing that would make me happier than to see YOU Optimize Your Existence!