My path to becoming an acupuncturist began with a desire to learn about natural forms of medicine. When I discovered Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), I was fascinated with its holistic approach toward health and wellness, and I knew I'd found my passion in acupuncture and herbal medicine.
I'll admit that acupuncture needles made me anxious at first! My fears were eased after my first acupuncture treatment, with Joann Tall, L.Ac., president of the Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine. Thanks to her gentle technique, I experienced no discomfort, and I felt calmer, refreshed and rejuvenated afterward.
After getting my B.A. in English literature at UC Santa Barbara (go Gauchos!), I went on to earn my Master's in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine, graduating in 1999. I am licensed by the California Acupuncture Board, and in addition to treating patients at my private practice in Torrance, I have worked on staff at Atlas Pain Management and the California Hematology and Oncology Group. I also have privileges at Reproductive Partners, a local fertility clinic in Redondo Beach.
I'm grateful to be able to use my knowledge of acupuncture and herbal medicine to help people in my community improve their health safely and naturally.
I start by going over your health history and concerns with you. I look at your tongue, feel your pulse, and may palpate areas of pain or concern.
In my treatment sessions I use acupuncture and, in some cases, cupping or moxabustion. I encourage you to listen to your body and pay attention to your responses to activities, diet, mental state and emotions.
I am here to facilitate your body's own healing capability. I encourage meditation, exercise and healthy eating, as these will all help your acupuncture sessions be more effective and long-lasting.