I first used acupuncture in 1987 in treatment for knee surgery I underwent the previous year. I was not recovering well using conventional therapy, and was becoming increasingly frustrated. My Western physician recommended that I have a second arthroscopic surgery to re-examine the knee or to take 800 milligrams of ibuprofen 3 times a day to reduce the swelling.
In exploring my options, I became aware of a doctor who had attended the New England School of Acupuncture. I paid her fee for an office visit just to have her explain what Oriental Medicine had to offer and her rationale for treating me. Following that session, I made the decision to have a treatment from her. As it turned out, I needed only 4 or 5 treatments to regain complete range of motion and eliminate the pain. Needless to say I was quite pleased with this result.
I graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Behavioral Sciences in 1996. I spent the next few years in corporate management. I was accepted to the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland Oregon (OCOM), and graduated in 2002 with a Master's degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. OCOM is one of the oldest and most prestigious colleges of Oriental Medicine in the United States. OCOM is very involved in current research and has been the recipient of numerous grants from the National Institute of Health (NIH). I completed my Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at The American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) in San Francisco California in 2012. During the course of my doctoral training I had the privilege of attending the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Medical School for six weeks of clinical experience in a modern Chinese hospital. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine are administered clinically along with Allopathic Medicine in Chinese hospitals as well as in hospital outpatient clinics.
I regularly attend postgraduate seminars for continuing education and have received certification from the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association for the treatment of chemical dependency and addictions. I received postgraduate professional certification for the treatment of Hepatitis C in 2002 from the Quan Yin Healing Arts Center in San Francisco California. I am a member of the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Alliance (a national alliance), which allows me to stay in touch with the current pulse of information and developments within my profession.
I am nationally board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM),the nationally recognized body for professional acupuncturists. National board certification examinations are written, administered and awarded by this commission. Reception of this certification requires examination beyond graduation from masters programs. Practice of Oriental Medicine in California also requires licensure by the State of California in addition to the NCCAOM. I am licensed and board certified by the State of California. I am Licensed by the State of Utah and board certified by the NCCAOM in conjunction with the State of Utah.