I am an integrative acupuncturist, artist & yoga instructor. In addition to my private practice in Baltimore City I am adjunct faculty at Maryland University of Integrative Health where I have been teaching in Master's of Acupuncture program since 2009. As human beings we are designed to learn, grow and evolve into more integrated, fulfilled and generative beings. Chinese Medicine supports one through the inherent transitions & transformations of living and dying.
Recently, a client asked me, "Have you always been like this?"
In my mid twenties I lived on 15th Street between 8th & 9th Avenues in NYC. I worked for Calvin Klein. Jetted around the country on a handsome expense account. I was obsessed with jogging, boxing & doing everything in excess. Chocolate chip banana muffins were the standard breakfast with 2 to 3 espressos. The afternoon would always include a latte. At night, I went out to fancy restaurants wearing very fancy black clothes. I drank top-shelf tequila. On the rocks. And smoked American Spirits.
I was wrought with anxiety, insomnia & depression. Full of rage, terror and other unprocessed trauma from early life.
In my late 20s I was just beginning to realize how anxious, agitated & deeply soul-weary I was. I began seeking guidance from eastern philosophy, alternative modalities, yoga, meditation & energy medicine on how to help myself. Those new to me concepts began to influence and, slowly, reinvigorate the stream of my life & spirit. Those years were a defining time in my development into 'who I am now'. I eventually became a yoga instructor, started receiving acupuncture and, eventually, began acupuncture school.
I have been many different ways in my life. In some respects I am quite different than I was in my 20s and 30s. In other ways, though, I have long been who I essentially am today. I have always revered nature; been deeply curious about the 'mystery' and the shared human experience; been keen to help others; cherished the moon; believed in the divine; relished solitude; and adored four-legged critters. I am blessed by the work that chose me. It is a true honor to hear the life-sized stories of others: the triumphs, the seeming defeats, the joys, the pains, the questions, creations, beauty & wonders, and the astounding resilience of the human spirit.
Loyola University, Baltimore Maryland - BA in Journalism, 1991
St. John's College, Annapolis, Maryland - MA in Liberal Education, 2001
Maryland University of Integrative Health, Laurel, MD - Master's of Acupuncture, 2008