Finding my path to becoming an Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist has been quite a journey. At an early age, I lost my father to heart disease. I realized that with better preventative medicine, diet, and care, his life could have been saved. I then began to teach myself and learn about health, diet and fitness as a young teen. I read and adopted much of what I had learned to my personal lifestyle from that point on. At the time, I had no idea that Alternative Medicine existed, let alone what it was all about.
Following high school, I went on to obtain a Bachelors Degree in Biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. After graduating, I moved overseas to study primate behavior in a remote Indonesian rainforest. While studying feeding and physiology of our primate subjects, I continued my quest for knowledge related to human physiology and health. I devoured books written by Andrew Weil, and Paul Pitchford that further inspired me to learn more about Natural Medicine and the body’s innate ability to heal itself.
Shortly after returning to the States, I moved to Oregon. I began working as a supplement salesperson at a local health food store. I was also suffering from health issues due to my travels and sought the help of a Naturopathic Doctor and Acupuncturist. My experiences were so profound, I realized that this was the profession I wanted to be a part of. I moved to Portland where I graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine with a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
I now have two wonderful young boys and a loving partner here in Portland. I absolutely love what I do. Balancing work and family is sometimes difficult, but as my dad used to say, “work hard and play hard”. That is how I manage to continue growing as a practitioner and as a person. Life has never a dull moment in my world!