I graduated from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in September of 2009, with a special emphasis on Chinese medical research. I began my practice on State Street in Northampton in April of 2010. In November of 2011, I started CLINIC Alternative Medicines, so that I could better serve patients by bringing together a broader range of wellness resources under one roof, on Main Street in Northampton. I am actively involved in improving Northampton community life, especially with my involvement in the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce, where I serve as a member of the Board of Directors.
I am a general practitioner with special emphases on pain issues and emotional and psychological stress. I love working with stressed-out women.
I am a fairly ‘feely’ acupuncturist. I believe that patients do best when they not only passively receive treatment, but when they are also able to tune in to their body and experience the changes taking place. I think it’s also important to learn to differentiate between the natural, physiological experience of change— even intense change— and pain. My goal is to have patients get off the table feeling better every time, and to build on that progress from appointment to appointment. I walk the line delicately between encouraging comfort and a meditative, restful moment, and aggressively encouraging change.
Prior to my career in Chinese medicine, I was in academic philosophy. I live in Northampton with my partner and stepchild and kitty, and love doing home and garden projects, biking in all weather, pointing at audience members while singing karaoke, and being a contender at trivia.