I am the daughter of a registered nurse and have always wanted to be in the
medical field. As I researched and shadowed various medical careers I never
found one that clicked with me; until, one day someone suggested I consider
acupuncture. I scheduled an appointment at the local acupuncture college
and had my first treatment in a small room with two student acupuncturists.
Immediately following my treatment I walked into the dean’s office and signed up
for the upcoming semester. I always tease that they gave me the “sign your life
away” needle as this was the most impulsive thing I had done in my life.
After earning my Master’s in Chinese Medicine degree from The Academy of
Chinese Healing Arts in Sarasota, Florida, I had a second impulsive moment when
I chose to pack all of my possessions into my Honda Civic and travel west to visit
family. I did not know what adventures awaited, but I knew it was time to leave the
humid weather of Florida behind and find a beautiful place to call home before
setting up my acupuncture clinic. After 2 1/2 months of visiting family and friends
in California and Arizona I headed through beautiful Utah where I encountered,
and successfully drove through, my first snow as a native Floridian. I continued
on to Battle Ground Washington to stay with family for a few weeks. Within that
short time I fell in love with the Pacific Northwest and started the process of
opening my acupuncture clinic.
I opened Acupuncture Works LLC, May 5 2001 and have been blessed to work in
a career I am passionate about ever since. My philosophy in medicine is to treat
each person as a unique individual therefore treating the person rather than the
condition or disease. Informing each person on home care therapies, acupressure
and relaxation techniques results in a relationship where practitioner and patient
work together to promote optimum health and well-being. In my sessions, I pride
myself on having a professional and caring manner. I take the time to explain what
I am doing and I love to educate my clients on the workings of acupuncture and
I am married with children - of the furry and feathery variety. I enjoy hiking,
motorcycle riding, traveling, scuba diving and gardening. I love riding my bicycle
around the state of Oregon as well as to and from work a few times each week.
I am blessed to live near neighbors I consider family and in an environment that
encourages me to enjoy the great outdoors.