My primary exposure to alternative medicine occurred when my father was undergoing treatment for cancer in 1981. My family experimented with dietary changes and the mind-body connection associated with John Cabot Zinn at UMass medical where my father was a patient.
In my scientific studies at UMass, Amherst I majored in Water Geology and minored in Forestry, Plants & Soils, and Botany. What I really loved was Ethnobotany. The study of plants in their environment and how they can be used to heal people. I have completed many years of study in this field. In addition to three and half years of acupuncture school at The Academy of Five Element Acupuncture, I completed extensive studies in Western Herbalism and a three year Chinese Herbal Apprenticeship program focused predominantly on female health from puberty to pregnancy, as well as infertility, menopause, osteoporosis and cancer with Sharon Weizenbaum. I have also completed an Advanced Herbal studies with Thea Elijah focusing on stress and the mind.
My acupuncture treatments integrate a strong mind-body connection using the principles of Anusara yoga – Attitude, Alignment, Action. Patients are often given exercises to continue between treatments.