My Journey to Acupuncture

My introduction to alternative medicine began in my twenties. In my younger years, I used to get multiple bladder infections one right after the other. Medical doctors didn’t know what to do other than prescribe antibiotics. Even at that time, I knew antibiotics taken multiple times was not getting to the root of the problem. In desperation, my mom found a homeopath who prescribed a remedy that took my bladder pain away immediately and healed the infection. Eventually, the need to take the remedy became less and less until I rarely, if ever, got another bladder infection. I continued seeing a homeopath for other conditions but what I found was if the homeopath didn’t find the right remedy, nothing happened. As a result, I tried acupuncture. The acupuncturist I began seeing helped me when I came down with the common cold, had debilitating menstrual cramps, issues during pregnancy, and shoulder pain due to repetitive motion and later lifting weights incorrectly at the gym. Every time I left her office, I always felt a sense of well-being along with a relief of my symptoms. Through the years of seeing an acupuncturist, I came to rely on her for any ailment that came along and as someone who listened to what I had to say and always lent a sympathetic ear.

Several years ago, my acupuncturist and I talked about where she went to acupuncture school and the training she received. As a result of our numerous talks, and my keen interest in alternative medicine, I knew it was my destiny to become an acupuncturist. Today, acupuncture is my go-to for every ailment affecting my family. While in acupuncture school, I worked on my husband who has chronic back pain due to a ruptured disc in his lower back. Before I began practicing acupuncture on my husband, there were times when he would be in so much pain he couldn’t go to work. All he could do was lay in bed and take pain killers and muscle relaxers. Now, the frequency between my husband’s back pain episodes has decreased and he no longer needs pain killers or muscle relaxers. When he does feel the pain coming on, I treat him with acupuncture and he never gets to the place where he needs medications or misses work due to back pain.

Outside The Office

When I am not in the office or reading about health or acupuncture, I am learning Aikido or camping, biking, and hiking with my husband and two very active teenagers.

My love of acupuncture is only exceeded by my love of learning. As a result, I spend a lot of time attending continuing education training or acupuncture conferences. Here is where I have trained the last several years:

  • Poney Chiang, Neuro Meridian Integrative Acupuncture
  • Scott Richardson, Orthopedic Strategies: Lower Extremities
  • Andy Rosenfarb, Advanced Micro Acupuncture 48 Master’s Training
  • Pacific Symposium 2018
  • White Pine Institute Graduate Mentorship Program
  • Orthopedic Acupuncture Symposium
  • Andy Rosenfarb, Foundations of Micro Acupuncture 48
  • Susan Weizenbaum, Treating Cancer Patients with Chinese Herbs
  • Pacific Symposium 2017
  • Henry McCann, Bloodletting Therapy in Chinese Medicine
  • Henry McCann, Tung’s Acupuncture for Pain Management
  • Susan Johnson, Best of Master Tung’s Master Points
  • Kiiko Matsumoto, Exploring Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex
  • Micheal Young, Introduction to Injection Therapy
  • Diana Horowitz, Foundations of Constitutional Facial Acupuncture
  • Si Yuan, Eileen Han, Advanced Track, Balance Method
  • Mary Elizabeth Wakefield, Advanced Constitutional Facial Acupuncture
  • Greg Cicciu, Pulse Diagnosis Workshop
  • Thomas Richardson, Pulse Diagnosis of Extraordinary Vessels & 6 Channels
  • Stephen Brown, Introduction to Meridian Therapy
  • Dr. Richard Tan, Balance Method
  • Jani White, Practical Skills for Successful Fertility & Pregnancy Practice
  • Marc Kalan, Western Reproductive Medicine for Eastern Medicine Practitioners
  • Nurit Winkler, Reproductive Endocrinology and Assisted Reproduction Tech
  • Lillian Bridges, Face Reading Jing Module
  • Lillian Bridges, Face Reading Qi Module
  • Martha Lucas, Pulse Diagnosis: Balancing and Feedback
  • Sankey Mikio, Advance Esoteric Acupuncture
  • Sankey Mikio, Esoteric Acupuncture Foundations