About

What I Do.
  • Licensed Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner
  • Registered Acupuncturist
  • Registered Herbalist
  • Lifestyle Coaching
  • Kinesiology - Personal Training, Nutrition, Athletic Therapy & Biomechanics Training


Like many of you who suffer from chronic conditions that Western medicine has failed to treat, I became frustrated and disheartened with a system that did not provide solutions for my sports injuries, back pain or migraines. As a young teen, the pain I experienced significantly hindered my life. Luckily, after being exposed to the potent healing qualities of acupuncture, acupressure and herbal medicine first hand, my journey to becoming a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner began.

Although I may be younger than the majority of practitioners in my field, I have spent the last nine years pursuing a career as a fully licensed Acupuncturist, Herbalist and Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner. Graduating from the prestigious Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences has given me the opportunity to provide true healing and the guidance my clients deserve.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on the interconnected nature of the human body and the special relationships that exist between the body's five organs (heart, liver, spleen, lung and kidney). By understanding these relationships I can then diagnose the root cause of an illness or condition and then provide a long term solution that provides benefit to your life.

Of the many services available through Traditional Chinese Medicine, the natural therapies that are often used include: Acupuncture, Cupping, Moxibustion and Herbal Medicine.

EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED & ALL THINGS MATTER

THE KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE AND TOOLS TO HELP YOU ACHIEVE OPTIMAL HEALTH
CUPPING

WHAT IS IT? Cupping is used to apply suction to the surface of the body using a small cup and a flame.

WHAT DOES IT DO? This treatment is used to release toxins and pathogens from the surface of the body.

HOW DOES IT WORK? Traditionally, a flame is placed into a small glass to remove the air and create a vacuum. The rim of the cup is then quickly placed down onto the surface of the skin where it is held firmly in place by the suction. Cupping leaves distinct marks on the skin, but they are not harmful or painful.

WHEN IS IT USED? Cupping is typically used to treat trauma, skin infections and the early stages of the cold or flu.

ACUPUNCTURE

WHAT IS IT? Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles through the skin, at specific points on the body along energetic pathways (also known as “meridians”).

WHAT DOES IT DO? The insertion of acupuncture needles along energetic pathways removes blockages in the energetic flow of the body, thereby restoring smooth flow of Qi and blood within the body. As a result, the body returns to a state of energetic balance.

WHAT IS QI? Qi, pronounced “chee”, is energy in its broadest sense. This energy is universal and is found in all materials on earth (from inanimate objects to the most dynamic of living things). Qi is in a constant state of flux, between its manifestations of yin (representing feminine, material, heavy, cold and moist qualities) and yang (representing masculine, immaterial, light, hot and dry qualities). When the yin and yang aspects of Qi are in harmony, there is health, wellbeing and contentment. When they are out of balance, illness and pain exist.

WHEN IS IT USED? Acupuncture is used to treat a wide range of conditions including: pain, injury, headache, various forms of arthritis, back pain and sciatica, fibromyalgia, asthma, gynecological conditions and nausea.

HERBALS

WHAT IS IT? Herbal medicine is the most widely used treatment in Traditional Chinese Medicine (with over 5,000 medicinal substances currently in use). These herbal therapies are utilized for both the treatment of illness and to maintain good health.

WHAT DOES IT DO? Chinese medicinal formulations typically include two or more substances and are designed to counteract an imbalance found in the body (which creates the illness). The treatment reverses the negative effects to create synergy and balance throughout the body to promote long-term health.

WHAT TYPES ARE THERE? The majority of Chinese medicinal formulations are taken orally (i.e., herbal teas, herbal powders that are easily made into teas, pre-made pill or tablet formulations or syrups) and some are applied topically for better results (i.e., liniments, salves, compresses or plasters).

WHEN IS IT USED? There are thousands of traditional herbal formulas for just about every condition known to man and a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner will customize each formulation to tailor it to the unique needs of each patient and the subtle nuances of their condition.

MOXIBUSTION

WHAT IS IT? A technique that involves the burning of “moxa”, which is made from the dried leaves harvested from the mugwort plant (artemisia vulgaris or artimisia argyii), to facilitate healing.

WHAT DOES IT DO? Moxibustion, used directly or indirectly, has been used for thousands of years to strengthen the immune system, warm the body and bring more qi and blood flow to a particular area of the body.

HOW DOES IT WORK? Depending on the condition being treated, Moxibustion is used either directly or indirectly. This may involve the burning of moxa in various forms (i.e., wool, stick, cone, etc.). When appropriate, it is used in combination with other therapies to intensify the therapeutic benefit of the acupuncture point. For example, when used in conjunction with acupuncture, a small ball of moxa wool is rolled and placed on the handle of the needle, ignited and left to burn for 20 to 30 seconds before it extinguishes. This generates heat to the acupuncture point, energetic meridian and the surrounding area.

WHEN IS IT USED? Moxibustion is especially effective for illness caused by cold, dampness or deficiency (including pain due to injury or arthritis, digestive problems, gynecological and obstetrical conditions and protection against cold and flu).

  • CUPPING
    WHAT IS IT? Cupping is used to apply suction to the surface of the body using a small cup and a flame.

    WHAT DOES IT DO? This treatment is used to release toxins and pathogens from the surface of the body.

    HOW DOES IT WORK? Traditionally, a flame is placed into a small glass to remove the air and create a vacuum. The rim of the cup is then quickly placed down onto the surface of the skin where it is held firmly in place by the suction. Cupping leaves distinct marks on the skin, but they are not harmful or painful.

    WHEN IS IT USED? Cupping is typically used to treat trauma, skin infections and the early stages of the cold or flu.
  • ACUPUNCTURE
    WHAT IS IT? Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles through the skin, at specific points on the body along energetic pathways (also known as “meridians”).

    WHAT DOES IT DO? The insertion of acupuncture needles along energetic pathways removes blockages in the energetic flow of the body, thereby restoring smooth flow of Qi and blood within the body. As a result, the body returns to a state of energetic balance.

    WHAT IS QI? Qi, pronounced “chee”, is energy in its broadest sense. This energy is universal and is found in all materials on earth (from inanimate objects to the most dynamic of living things). Qi is in a constant state of flux, between its manifestations of yin (representing feminine, material, heavy, cold and moist qualities) and yang (representing masculine, immaterial, light, hot and dry qualities). When the yin and yang aspects of Qi are in harmony, there is health, wellbeing and contentment. When they are out of balance, illness and pain exist.

    WHEN IS IT USED? Acupuncture is used to treat a wide range of conditions including: pain, injury, headache, various forms of arthritis, back pain and sciatica, fibromyalgia, asthma, gynecological conditions and nausea.
  • HERBAL MEDICINE
  • MOXIBUSTION
    WHAT IS IT? A technique that involves the burning of “moxa”, which is made from the dried leaves harvested from the mugwort plant (artemisia vulgaris or artimisia argyii), to facilitate healing.

    WHAT DOES IT DO? Moxibustion, used directly or indirectly, has been used for thousands of years to strengthen the immune system, warm the body and bring more qi and blood flow to a particular area of the body.

    HOW DOES IT WORK? Depending on the condition being treated, Moxibustion is used either directly or indirectly. This may involve the burning of moxa in various forms (i.e., wool, stick, cone, etc.). When appropriate, it is used in combination with other therapies to intensify the therapeutic benefit of the acupuncture point. For example, when used in conjunction with acupuncture, a small ball of moxa wool is rolled and placed on the handle of the needle, ignited and left to burn for 20 to 30 seconds before it extinguishes. This generates heat to the acupuncture point, energetic meridian and the surrounding area.

    WHEN IS IT USED? Moxibustion is especially effective for illness caused by cold, dampness or deficiency (including pain due to injury or arthritis, digestive problems, gynecological and obstetrical conditions and protection against cold and flu).