PILATES MASTER IN ASSESMENT
MASTER OF SCIENCE, ORIENTAL MEDICINE
MEDICAL QI GONG PRACTITIONER
LICENSED ACUPUNCTURIST (CA only)
I BELIEVE THAT IF YOU FOLLOW YOUR HEART,
YOU WIL BE GUIDED TO ACHIEVE YOUR WILDEST DREAMS.
My path has seen quite a few twists and turns, but I could not be more thrilled about where it is taking me. I have taught herbal medicine at world renown retreat centers, Qi gong classes at several colleges, ran a professional dance company, spent 20 years teaching movement (pilates, GYROTONIC®, and qi gong) in both physical therapy offices and private studios, ran a successful acupuncture and herbal medicine private practice, and always followed my heart. The work I do is who I am, and I hope to be able to share of piece of that with you.
I grew up amongst urban sprawl, and fell madly in love with the trees and the forest when I got to college. After debating art vs. science, I wound up with a degree in dance, and a minor in costume design. Little did I know then, that my career would always be about balancing art and science.
After undergrad, I was called by the plants, and got a job arranging flowers for large scale events. I was also running a small dance company in San Francisco, and loving every moment of both. It was at this time that an old teacher reached out to me to be trained to teach pilates in her small studio. As I was already trained in GYROTONIC® exercise at this point, teaching movement was a good fit for me. I have continued to teach pilates and GYROTONIC® exercise for the next 20 years in both physical therapy offices and pilates studios.
I was at a training course in Florida when the teacher began talking about "energy meridians". At this point, I had tried acupuncture quite a few times, but knew next to nothing about it. However, learning about the correlation between ancient energy lines in the body and movement was a huge "light bulb moment" for me. When I returned home, I immediately applied to acupuncture school and set off to achieve my master's degree in Chinese Medicine.
While in grad school, I was introduced to the amazing world of medical qi gong, by my beloved teacher, Dr. Suzanne Friedman. I knew immediately that this ancient marriage between movement and health was a crucial piece in my training. I went on to become a medical qi gong practitioner studying under Dr. Friedman.
It was also at this time that my passion for herbal medicine blossomed. I spent 4 years within my graduate program immersed in in-depth study of herbal medicine, learning both how individual herbs function, as well as how formulas created out of multiple herbs come together to heal the body. After grad school, I expanded my herbal knowledge beyond Chinese herbs, seeking teachers who are experts in their fields incorporating both Western and Eastern herbal medicine practices and ideologes. I have since become a professional clinical herbalist, registered with the American Herbalist Guild.
In addition, after achieving my masters degree, I ran my own acupuncture clinic for 7 years, as well as practiced at the UC Berkeley athletic department, and the San Francisco Homeless Pre-natal Project. Throughout this time, I was always striving to find a balance between my movement, acupuncture, and herbal medicine practices.
So here I am, living in one of the most beautiful places on earth. It is an honor and privilege that I get to share my life's work with my clients on a daily basis. Some folks come to me for more heart-centered work-outs, some come to see me for pain management and movement therapy. Some of my clients come to me solely for herbal consultations, and some come to me for a combination of herbal consult and movement therapy. I see clients with chronic health conditions, women's health concerns, fertility struggles, pre-natal and post-natal concerns, general or seasonal wellness questions, issues with anxiety, sleep, and stress management, and so much more. I have a toolbox full of a variety of modalities to assist in my clients healing and well-being. My quest for wellness knowledge is on-going as I am constantly exploring different healing modalities, as well as strengthening my understanding of the body.
I AM DEDICATED TO HELPING EVERY CLIENT STRENGTHEN THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF THEIR BODY, HOW THEY CAN HEAL, AND HOW THEY CAN THRIVE.
TRAINING + ACCREDITATION
Masters of Science in Chinese Medicine , Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley CA
Licensed Acupuncturist, State of California Acupuncture Board
Nationally Certified Herbalist, American Herbalist Guild
Medical Qi Gong Practitioner, Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley CA
Bachelor of Arts in Movement, Dance, & Choreography, UC Santa Cruz
Pilates Master in Assessment, Studio M, Sonoma CA
GYROTONIC® +GYROKINESIS® Trainer, Gyrotonic International
Pilates Equipment and Mat Trainer, Harmony Body Kinetics, Carmel, CA