Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Most patients come in for pain treatments: back, neck, shoulder, knee, hip, etc. Stress is another prevalent issue and responds very well to acupuncture. Since weight loss is a personal passion of mine, I also get to help many men and women achieve results in a very manageable way. Other common treatments include: quitting smoking, depression, menopause, anxiety, headaches, digestive issues and much more.
Acupuncture is safe for men, women and children of all ages, including pregnant women, those on blood thinners or other medications, with pacemakers, and with cancer. If you'd like to find out if acupuncture or herbal medicine is a good option for you, just call for your complimentary consultation.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. First, seek out a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) Training such as mine will include a Masters degree, over 3,000 hours, clinical externships, Board licensing, and continuing education. This is a lot different from a naturopath (with adequate training for their field, but acupuncture is only a small part of their education) or a "medically certified acupuncturist" (an MD or chiropractor with as little as 100 hours in a weekend seminar). Licensure can be verified through your local state board office or national board, and should also be readily visible in their practice.
Next, review their website and testimonials to get a feel for their personality, approach, and explanations. If you like what you read, call and ask for a complimentary consultation. If they really care about finding the best option for you, they will happily agree.
If you'd like to learn more about me, my website is a great place to start or you may call me directly to arrange a consultation or phone chat.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Not all acupuncturists are created equal! Licensed Acupuncturists such as myself undergo over 3,000 hours of training before sitting for our Board exams. Don't be fooled by "medical acupuncturists" who are typically MD's or chiropractors who have gone through a few weekend seminars. The results won't be the same and there are significant risks without proper training. Check out my website for more details on this topic.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I use a very personal approach and make things as easy as possible. Most people are quite frustrated with traditional medicine when they decide to try acupuncture, and I find there are a lot of misconceptions and fear. I offer complimentary consultations so we can meet each other and find out if my care is the best match for you.
When you come for your first treatment, I do a thorough assessment, and I take time to explain everything and answer all your questions. My technique is very gentle and most patients are surprised at how relaxing and pleasant the experience is - even some who have not had good experiences in the past.
Healing is a partnership and there are many modalities and recommendations that can support your goals. Working together, we will find the best combination that not only provides the best results, but are manageable within your budget and lifestyle.
I am very flexible with my schedule, doing my best to get you in very quickly, and am always personally available to you by phone and email. I also work with insurance and payment plans to ensure your treatments are as affordable as possible.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I love connecting with people and I have the good fortune of sharing this incredible medicine that shows people that they can look and feel their best once again. There's nothing more rewarding that reducing a person's pain levels to less than they've experienced in 20 years, or eliminating a woman's hot flashes and night sweats when they once woke her every hour.
I am truly privileged to be an ambassador of this medicine, and offer this gift to the community.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. Acupuncture doesn't hurt! Treatments utilize hair-fine needles, and my patients are always amazed at how gentle my approach is. The treatment is incredibly relaxing and you're sure to find you wished you'd done it long ago. If you're nervous, come have a chat and even sample a needle if you like - it's complimentary.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I thought I wanted to study psychology, so I went to UC Santa Barbara. What better gift to give to the world than helping people answer their problems, right? Well, turns out problems are tricky and so are people. I studied a whole lot of medicine and read a lot of pricey books, but I only learned about symptoms and prescriptions. What about people? With all the medications and surgical techniques, why were so many people suffering? So, I read some more books, did lots of yoga, and became a personal trainer. Turns out bodies were easier for me to understand. But even the most kale-eating, marathon-running, vitamin-swallowing people were still getting sick, getting depressed, and getting disease. (Why did I give up ice cream again?) Then something pretty amazing happened: I turned on the TV and saw a woman beat breast cancer. I opened a magazine and read about an infertile couple getting pregnant. I went to a dinner and met a woman who studied their secrets. It wasn’t drugs. It wasn’t surgery. It was something called Chinese Medicine. I was intrigued.
I followed the woman’s advice and went to an open house at my local Chinese medicine school. (Who knew I lived only 5 minutes away from the best school in the country?) I listened to dozens of students profess their love for this crazy medicine…needles and plants and lots of Chinese words. But I was hooked. Inexplicably. That day, I knew my life would never be the same.
As fate would have it, my search of the local classifieds led me to an opening as a receptionist in a nearby acupuncture clinic. I had to see if this stuff was for real. Yup. Luck was on my side, and I ended up working with two of the most highly revered Chinese doctors in Los Angeles. So Beijing came to me, and I fell in love. People got better. Not only better, but well. Happy, even. I saw pretty powerful things – every day.
Three months later I was learning…not reading, attending study halls with TA’s, and taking exams, but learning. The only thing more incredible than witnessing health transformations at work for the past four years was realizing I had the very real privilege of sharing this gift with the world. After attaining my national licensure, I spent the next six glorious years launching and running acupuncture clinics and educational programs on some of the highest-ranked cruise ships in the world. It works. After six years, thirty-five countries, and thousands of patients, I can vouch for that. But for each person whose life has forever changed, there are thousands who don’t yet know. I have work to do.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. Absolutely. Not only do I love to learn more about this incredible medicine, I currently have three licenses to maintain with continuing education courses for each. This enables me to stay fresh and integrate new applications of this 3,000 year old medicine.