Professional Background & Philosophy
Helping to build a bridge between traditional Chinese Medicine and modern western medicine is a fundamental passion of mine. I began my holistic medicine path in 2001 as a massage therapist and then was trained in applied kinesiology. After a couple years of observing the profound healing of acupuncture in the clinic where I worked, I decided to pursue my degree in Chinese Medicine. Since 2013, I have been working alongside Dr. Pierre Brunschwig, MD and Deborah Breakell NP at Helios Integrated Medicine in Boulder, CO. This inclusive and integrative clinic model has allowed me to dig deeply into the breadth of Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, and herbal medicine to treat a variety of medical conditions, while being able to test results through lab work in our clinic.
I spend time learning as much as a patient is willing to share in order to identify the pattern(s) that lead to illness. Every individual is unique: between influences of their surrounding environment, genetics, diet, patterns of thoughts and behaviors, and emotional states. True medicine takes ALL of this into account. Eastern medicine has been studying human behavior and health for thousands of years, and has been able to draw patterns out that can help clarify the path to both illness and health. Using all the skills in my toolbox, we then work to unwind these patterns and restore health.
My emphasis is in herbal medicine, and customizing them to the individual’s need. It is crucial to observe the subtle changes of the body as it begins to heal, and adjust herbs accordingly. I also incorporate supplements to further support healing where needed to expedite and sustain lasting changes within the body. I also utilize acupuncture, Shonishin (Japanese pediatric non-invasive bodywork) moxibustion, cupping, and electrical stimulation. As much as I respect and follow the wisdom of this ancient medicine, I also spend ample time researching cutting edge technologies in modern medicine and look for ways to incorporate them to enhance the healing process.
I have been trained in both eastern and western nutrition, and use food and education as the most readily available source of medicine for every one of us. Food can either be our fuel or our path to disease. I believe it is crucial to inform patients how food can serve them, and what types of food work best for their bodies.