My Story

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.  I believe that we -  human beings - 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.  

Recently, a client asked me, "Have you always been like this?"  

Hhhhhmmmm....  

 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 chic black clothes. I drank top-shelf tequila. On the rocks. And smoked American Spirits.

I was wrought with anxiety, insomnia & depression. Said another way, I was full of terror, rage 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. I turned to eastern philosophy, alternative modalities, yoga, meditation & energy medicine with the hopes of helping myself.  Those new to me concepts began to  influence and, slowly, reinvigorate the stream of my spirit and my life. Those years were a defining time in the development of  'who I am now'.  In time, I became a yoga instructor, started receiving acupuncture and, eventually, began acupuncture school. 

Full December moon rising vver the Chesapeake Bay circa 2011. My loyal pal, Luna, is by my side. 

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. 

 

 

 

 

Education:

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