My personal acupuncture story:
When pursuing a career in investment banking after earning my business degree, I felt in my heart I was not truly helping people and using my gifts the way I was intended to. I re-ignited and explored my interest in the health care field in 2003, and began taking pre-requisites for nursing school. It was during this time that I discovered holistic medicine as the pathway that would give me relief from a long battle with generalized anxiety disorder and panic attacks. I was lucky enough to meet a very gifted chiropractor Dr. John Conrardy who took the time to educate me about my diet, my thoughts and my body’s innate ability to heal itself if given the time, natural ingredients, exercise and the opportunity. I was so humbled by his passion and ability to help others that I realized I was meant to be doing something similar. This is when I discovered and found Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture. I was blown away by the depth, wisdom and tradition of this ancient healing medicine that is documented to be over 3,000+ years old.
I love being an acupuncturist because I can truly be with and listen to my patients, and treat them each on an individualized personal basis, and not view them in a standardized clinical way. When treating patients with TCM I am lucky enough to witness daily my patient’s overall health and lives improve. It is an all-encompassing beautiful medicine that I am proud to practice. I truly love my job!
Highlights of my acupuncture career include:
Currently treating a variety of patients and health conditions in my private practice located in central Phoenix, AZ
Currently treating students and faculty at Arizona State University ‘s Wellness Center
Working as a Professional Observed Acupuncturist at Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture (PIHMA), assisting student observers during clinical rotations
Supervising the Acu-Detox clinic at PIHMA, to help people kick addictions out of their lives naturally
Educating the public about Traditional Chinese Medicine at health and wellness events on behalf of ASU and PIHMA
Serving two clinical rotations at the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS
Researching and composing my thesis on how acupuncture can effectively treat Postpartum Depression
Performing auricular (ear) acupuncture on homeless veterans to alleviate PTSD
15 hour specialy training in Acu-Detox via Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture
Certified as a Hypnotherapy Practitioner via Southwest Institute of Healing Arts
Certified as a Level 3 Transformational Reiki Practitioner via Southwest Institute of Healing Arts
Certified Facial Rejuvenation acupuncturist through Nefeli
Certified Mind, Body and Spirit Practitioner through Sunlight Alliance and Sunny Dawn Johnston
Me on a personal note:
Outside of my TCM interests, I am an avid animal lover, who has been involved with rescue work and volunteering for a local rescue organization here in Phoenix. I own two honorary kitties and one rescued, adorable, Pomeranian named Rocky who sometimes helps greet my patients. On my off time I enjoy spending my time, hiking, reading, and cooking meals for family and friends from scratch. I am committed to becoming a lifelong student of natural medicine by refining and mastering my knowledge daily about acupuncture, herbs, nutrition and mind body medicine!