One of the most common questions I get from new clients is “Why Chinese Medicine”?
It may surprise most people that Chinese Medicine found me; I did not go out searching for it. My journey as a “healer” began in the more traditional sense, whereas I went to college to major in Pre-Med and go on to traditional medical school. However, as I began my studies in Biology, my interest in research – and potentially even Field Biology – became my truest passion at that time. So, instead of heading off to medical school after college graduation, I enrolled in a Graduate Program, which specializes in Herpetology (the study of reptiles) & Field Biology.
I tried a few different specialties, most notably Herpetology (nope, that lasted about half a minute), then Genetics (nope again), and Virology (I couldn’t handle the slow-paced, electrophoresis gel-watching) until I finally settled on Mycology (the study of fungi) & Scanning Electron Microscopy. While it may not sound so intriguing, exploring the microscopic world of fungi’s calcium oxalate crystals in 3D was a beautiful synthesis of science and artistic expression.
Instead of heading off to attain my PhD after graduation, I decided to take a few years away from academia and jump into the "real world" of corporate sales. Those few years ended up spanning nearly a decade, where I was a Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist for 3 different Big Pharma companies. Over the decade, I primarily sold psychotropic medications for ADHD, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer’s. I also became an educator for pharmaceuticals that treated cardiovascular, infectious, autoimmune, and gastrointestinal diseases, and osteoporosis and cancer.
My interest in biology, physiology, and health has spanned my lifetime, but it wasn’t until 2009 that I first learned about acupuncture. While on a retreat, I met a Doctor of Chinese Medicine who encouraged me to learn about acupuncture and to become a student of Chinese Medicine. Admittedly, at the time, I dismissed it; however, it forever remained in the back of my mind as I became more frustrated with the pharmaceutical industry.
The day I quit my pharmaceutical career in 2010, I was left with nothing. My phone, my computer, my car, my salary and all the benefits were completely stripped away, and I was forced to begin a new life. Looking back, this was the biggest, boldest, and best decision I could’ve made because it lead me straight to the American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine where I enrolled the very day I stepped foot through its doors.
After the first semester, I knew I had found my calling. Or rather, perhaps my calling had found me.
WHY EMOTIONAL HEALTH?
Upon becoming a student of Chinese Medicine, I also became a patient. At only 31 years of age, I had already been diagnosed with clinical depression, insomnia, anxiety, and an autoimmune disease, which left me feeling fatigued, foggy, and drained. The number of prescription medications were growing by the year, and I was relying on meds for daily functioning. After my first year of school, I was able to say goodbye to 80% of the pharmaceuticals with the help of acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy. Today, I only take one prescription. Although my life has had its significant ups and downs (even tragedies), I have not needed medications to get me through.
I vividly recall a professor telling the class during my first semester of Chinese Medicine school “You may think you know exactly what your plan is when you graduate, but in nearly every case, your specialty will find you.” Ah! This is so true for me. The reason I specialize in Emotional Health is I understand and have experienced exactly how Chinese Medicine has the potential to transform lives. To dive deeper into my story, you can learn how acupuncture and herbal therapy helped lift me out of nearly a lifetime of depression.
Education & Certifications
MAOM (Master of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine), Valedictorian from ACAOM
Credentialed by Texas Medical Board as Licensed Acupuncturist
National Board Certified Diplomat of Oriental Medicine
National Board Certified Acupuncturist & Herbalist
MS (Master of Science), graduated with honors in Biology from University of Texas - Arlington
BS (Bachelor of Science), Summa Cum Laude from Stephen F. Austin State University
Certified NAET Practitioner
Certified Mei Zen Practitioner: Cosmetic Acupuncture, Weight loss, Fertility
Certified Aroma AcuPoint Therapist
Certified Advanced Esoteric Acupuncturist
Certified Reiki Master
Advanced Esoteric Acupuncture
Tan’s Balance Method - Pain & Internal Medicine
Motor Point Therapy
Medical Pulse Diagnosis
Treating Thyroid Conditions with Integrative Approach
METER Method for Chronic Pain & Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia: Tradition, Psychology & Science
Master Healer 2018 - 2019
Alchemical Acupuncture, Five Element Acupuncture
Jing Gui Golden Shield Qi Gong (ongoing)
NAET (Basic & Advanced Level I)
Greater Houston Acupuncture Alliance founding member & President
TAAOM (Texas Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine) member & board member (2016)
Earth Keepers Council (2017)
... that the key to health is holistic in nature, and one-size does not fit all.
... in evidence-based treatments to ensure safe and effective healing.
... that true healing can only occur when aspects beyond the physical level are addressed.
... that while medications can and do save lives, sometimes there are more effective alternatives without harmful or unwanted side-effects.
... that symptoms are not the illness, but clues which provide insight into the underlying cause of what ails you, and it is the job of a skilled practitioner to determine the root cause.
... that your body has the innate ability to heal itself, and acupuncture, plant-based therapy, and dietary & lifestyle modifications trigger the healing process.
... that when it comes to emotional health, acupuncture is one of the safest and most effective approaches to wellness.
... that finding the most qualified practitioner for your specific condition will help you achieve wellness more efficiently & effectively.
... that acupuncture is a transformative healing tool that doesn't bring you back to what you once were, but can help transform you into the highest expression of yourself.
... that acupuncture is a sophisticated blend of science & art that has the potential to heal the body, mind, and spirit. With the right practitioner, it can spark vitality into the heart, soul, and life force of anyone who seeks such therapy.