I began my acupuncture career in 1992 after studying under the late JR Worsley, at the College of Traditional Acupuncture in England. Dr. Worsley founded the present 5 element acupuncture system, which forms the foundation of my practice today.
I returned home to the US to study Chinese herbology at Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine and the principles of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). While practicing in London, I took a one-year advanced course for practitioners on integrating these two acupuncture systems at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine.
Interested in different cultures and methods of healing, I traveled to Dharamsala, India in 1996 to study Tibetan medicine taught by Dr. Tenzin Choedrak at the Men-Tsee Khang (Tibetan Medical Hospital).
Back in Northern California I completed a two-year course in Japanese acupuncture taught by Miki Shima. The Japanese style has been a very important addition to my practice, with its emphasis on gentle needle techniques and elegant treatment plans.
Continuing study and inspiration is important to maintain the quality of treatment I wish to provide my patients. My teacher of 25 years, Niki Bilton, visits my practice every year to consult with my clients and teach classes to a dedicated, creative, and supportive group of practitioners. Recently I completed a two and a half year post graduate class with Niki, focusing on the classics related to 5 element acupuncture.
“I have had the pleasure to practice acupuncture for over 22 years and am honored by the many people who have allowed me to share in their lives and healing process. Acupuncture is an opportunity for me to be present and in my heart. For this I am always grateful.”