About My Work

You may be in pain right now, and therein lies the keys to healing your physical discomfort. Pain is not the enemy, it’s your instructor.

Pain is the body’s way of getting your attention. My mission with How You Heal is to teach you how to listen to what your body is saying to you, and how to use those messages to bring you back to the source of your power. You may have lost your owner’s manual, but I can help you rewrite another copy!

As we work together, I pay careful attention to what you say and how your words show up in both your body and my own. Together we bring our awareness to the ways your words become embodied and bring attention to the ways in which your words are weakening you. Then we craft a new story designed to guide you back to your own unique and compassionate vision of health.

My Story

I’m a steadfast believer in the power of possibility. A gentle giver of kick-in-the-tush reminders of who you really are.

I’m a lover of language, a wordsmith for the powerful, a listener for your most honest story.

I’m a recovering perfectionist. A seeker of knowledge. A lover of mind-blowing, out-of-the-box thinking for the human body and how to live life well.

I’m a believer in starting where you are, eating Twinkies if that’s what does it for you, and I’m 100% sure that being present is the greatest gift you can give someone.

I’m a seeker of knowledge, a person that gets things done, mirror to many, and digester and synthesizer of opportunities and transition.

I won’t allow you to lower the bar on yourself. Ever.

A serious illness brought immense clarity to my life. In August of 1996 I was diagnosed with Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). In layman’s terms that means my spleen was Ms. Pacman, gobbling up what she considered “defective” platelets, the cells that keep you from bruising. The doctors told me that for most people, ITP is a non-life-threatening disease. However, in my case and for a small percentage of people, it can become more serious. At first I felt confused, dismissive and then admittedly, worried. And, because my friends and family were also freaking out, I let my fear take the wheel for a while.

Conversations with my acupuncturist and a book called, “Anatomy of the Spirit,” by Caroline Myss helped me shift my thinking. I began to listen to my own unique wisdom. I knew that my fear wouldn’t be the thing that made me well. I taught myself  to be peaceful and trust in my body’s ability to heal. I was strong enough to decide for myself, what I needed at each step in my care. By listening to what my body needed, I was able to decide when to use conventional medicine and when to forego it in favor of other treatment methods.

Although I didn’t have the skills then that I have now for this bigger perspective, I was able to reframe the story of my illness:

I came to truly understand that my symptoms were my body’s wisdom and my wellness was up to me.

This health crisis brought me closer to my calling as a healer. I read, participated in, and conversed with a variety of people and philosophies that resonated for me – utilizing both modern Western medicine AND Eastern medicine. I regained my confidence in my body’s wisdom. I learned to see my symptoms as my teachers guiding me along the path of how to live well.

Our bodies are wise, sending us subtle–and sometimes not so subtle–information about our well-being. We are each here to make a specific and unique contribution to this world. When our voices go quiet, our bodies get louder and louder, trying to get our attention and return us back to our natural state of peace and ease. We have an opportunity to view our emotions as our internal guidance system and our  physical sensations and symptoms as our teachers. The body offers a perfect path for us to wake up to our power. When we learn to listen, we are capable of healing not only our bodies, but the world.

Teaching you to trust your body, even when your body has been a source of pain, is where we start.

Qualifications:

  • Masters in Acupuncture degree from the Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly the Tai Sophia Institute) in Laurel, Maryland.
  • Nationally board-certified (NCCAOM) acupuncturist.
  • Licensed in Maryland and Washington, DC.
  • Training in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Five Elements, Auricular Detox, Weight Loss/Management, Acute & Chronic Pain Management, Motor Points, Ophthalmology, Facial Rejuvenation, and Herbal and Whole Food Supplements.
  • Three year apprenticeship with Bob Duggan and his family at the Wisdom Well in Columbia Maryland .
  • Former adjunct teacher at the Maryland University of Integrative Health.
  • MBA in Sustainable Business from Presidio Graduate School, formerly Pinchot University in Seattle, WA.
  • Has “rolled with” several scary, physical and emotional ills that allow me to have the biggest heart possible to hold you in a place non-judgement and love.

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