I am an Oregon Medical Board Licensed Acupuncturist, Somatic Experiencing practitioner and yoga teacher committed to helping people who are suffering and want to find healing.
I believe in the original meaning of the word health, which comes from the Old English hælþ, meaning "wholeness, being whole, sound or well, integrity," For me, healing doesn’t just mean alleviating symptoms. By definition, healing is about integration and connectedness.
I became an acupuncturist because I value the experience of being connected, feeling whole and doing the transformative work necessary to get there. In fact, I think that’s a big part of why we’re all here. This is reflected in my whole-person approach to healing.
I see each person I work with as a unique individual and each treatment is based on your specific needs. Because I place such high value on integration, in our time together I’ll incorporate a spectrum of modalities in order to address all the layers of your being: body, mind, heart and spirit. Sound healing, bodywork and somatically-based methods of trauma resolution and nervous system regulation will further and deepen the beneficial effects of the acupuncture you receive. I will also recommend therapeutic yoga exercises and other forms of rehabilitation or self-care to utilize between visits in addition to diet, lifestyle and herbal medicine that are incorporated into a treatment plan.
When I'm not at Kwan Yin Healing Arts East, I'm teaching yoga classes and workshops at The Bhaktishop Yoga Center and The People’s Yoga. In my time not at work, my favorite warm weather thing to do is get outside-for a wander through the woods, bike around town, swim at my favorite secluded lake or trying to tame the wilds of my garden. In the wintertime you'll find me crafting or taking trainings and workshops myself!
- Somatic Experiencing
- Yoga Therapy and Movement Instruction
- Sound Healing
- Diet and Lifestyle Counseling
- Chinese Herbal Medicine
Licensure and Certification
Oregon Medical Board Licensed Acupuncturist
Certified Acupuncturist by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Master of Science in Oriental Medicine, Highest Honors, 2013
National College of Natural Medicine, Portland, OR
Master of Art in Women’s Spirituality, 2005
The New College of California, San Francisco, CA
Bachelor of Art in Spanish, magna cum laude, 2001
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Training and Certificates
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP)
Kiiko Matsumoto Style Acupuncture Training, Portland OR 2017-present
Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis Mentorship, Portland OR 2015-2016
Bodywork Mentorship with Sheila Murphy DC, Portland OR 2014- 2015
Japanese Acupuncture Mentorship with Bob Quinn OMD, Portland OR 2012-2013
Shen-Hammer Acupuncture Mentorship with Brandt Stickley LAc, Portland OR 2012-2013
Healing Community Trauma with Acupuncture Training
Acupuncturists Without Borders, Portland OR, 2012
Acutonics Sound Healing Training, 2009
Kairos Institute of Sound Healing/West Coast Acutonics, Berkeley, CA
Certified Sound Healer, 2007
California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco CA