600 Hour Massage Therapy Program at Professional Massage Training Center in Springfield, MO
Bachelors of Science in Sustainable Development; Agroecology from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC
Master's Certificate in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture from Jung Tao Chinese Medicine School located in Sugar Grove, NC
Yoga Teacher Training from Asheville Yoga Center, in Asheville, NC
I am so grateful that at a relatively young age I had a natural curiosity for the gifts of nature. When I was 17 my interests took me to California where I was given many opportunities to work with several knowledgable, creative individuals preparing delicious food that was actually healthy! Food that tasted like junk food! Yet, it was vegan, raw, and gluten-free! I completely cleaned out my system for 5 years eating nothing that had been cooked. Due to the cleansing nature of this diet and the high mineral and vitamin content my body became more flexible. Yoga became much easier and I had a strong desire to move and stretch. This way of eating brought with it a totally new lifestyle and it fostered meeting people who were like-minded, curious about the world we live in, and were aware of the healing properties of being in nature. I started hearing about how important massage was, and "how great acupuncture was" and it peaked my interests. It was suggested that I go to massage school and learn how to engage, manipulate, and reset the body to improve the community's quality of life.
I started massage school and fell in love with body work. I very quickly saw how important movement was. With movement comes circulation, which brings nutrients and blood and vital fluids that help flush and revive the tissue. In the beginning I was astonished to hear from my patients how much bodywork alone had changed their life. But, I felt like as a body worker there was only so much I could do and I became more and more interested in acupuncture.
In 2010 I graduated from Appalachian State after studying Agroecology. I learned about the necessity for a diverse landscape when growing food and making sure the soil was rich in order to have nutrient dense food. Good food is good fuel. The body needs clean food in order to recover and maintain itself. Diet cannot be neglected when it comes to wellness. As it's been stated time and time again, clean food/real food is medicine.
In 2011 I started at Jung Tao, a 4 year Chinese Medicine school in North Carolina that is based on a Classical approach to Acupuncture.
I felt fortunate that I had not had a health crisis myself in order to find myself there unlike several of my classmates. One classmate had been "cured from Rheumatoid Arthritis". One had been paralyzed for 12 years and after receiving treatments regularly started having sensations in parts of her body she had not had sensations in since the accident that left her paralyzed. I saw it change lives. Acupuncture changed my own life and I couldn't wait to share it.
Whether it is massage, acupuncture, and/or consulting on healthful practices my intention is to serve humanity and remind each patient of what we forget sometimes: Our bodies are amazing! And most of us truly know what we need. This can be difficult to face though sometimes. Life is not always easy. But one of the amazing things about acupuncture is that unlike most other modalities each pin has a mental, emotion, and physical effect on the body. Which is incredible to see! If you are suffering from a physical ailment acupuncture can help AS WELL AS, if you are suffering from a lack of courage or too much worry or have anxiety, the pins can treat that too and that is something that the traditional medical model does not address. Throwing pills at patients to cover up symptoms is not good medicine. Each symptom is the body asking for assistance. Sometimes it's asking for a dietary change, or a relationship that maybe needs to change, or an environmental factor that might needs to change. But, no matter what the signs are they need to be acknowledged, not ignored, or covered up.
I am very thankful for the progress that Western Medicine has made in many regards, but my personal opinion is that Eastern and Western medicine should work together for the health and wellness of each patient. We need a more wholistic approach.