"I first received the call...
...to become an acupuncturist in 2002 while reading the book Between Heaven and Earth, which describes traditional Chinese medicine for laypeople. I fell in love with its profound and poetic way of viewing the world, seeing human beings as an integral part of the inherent harmony and balance in Nature. I was inspired by the thought that a philosophy such as this, and the practices that stem from it such as acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, could be used to help and to heal.
"I had found my life calling.
In the following years I studied massage therapy, Tui Na (traditional Chinese bodywork) and acupressure. In 2005 I entered a Masters degree program in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, one of the nation's leading schools in Traditional Chinese medicine. In my four years in the full-time program, I studied both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in depth. Also during this time I became a certified teacher of Qigong, a method involving gentle movement and breathing exercises for health and healing. Finally, in 2010, I became licensed to practice acupuncture in the state of Oregon, and then in the state of New York in 2011.