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?"
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 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 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.
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 deep honor to hear the life-sized stories of others: the triumphs, the seeming defeats, the joys, the pains, the questions, creations, beauty & wonders. And, with it all continually be astounded by the 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