I discovered Chinese medicine shortly after moving to Portland to complete my undergraduate studies. I began my journey as a patient, but after several years of being an increasingly curious patient I found myself drawn into the formal study of this medicine. In Chinese medicine, I found tools that helped me to transform myself, and which I have seen lead to dramatic positive shifts in patients.
As a long-time community activist, I found myself wanting to help people on a more personal level, and in a way that would lead to lasting changes in people’s lives.
I have been blessed to study with fantastic teachers, both at the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM/formerly NCNM) and abroad. My closest teachers, Roger Batchelor and Brandt Stickley, are both dedicated community health workers who focus on patient-centered care. Their acupuncture and herbal strategies have helped me to deeply listen to a patient’s experience and provide effective and affirming treatment for a wide range of injuries and ailments.
I have trained in the Shen-Hammer pulse system with Stephen Higgins. This system is particularly focused on helping to diagnose and treat emotional disturbances. Recently I also traveled to China to attend lectures from the renowned herbalist Li Xin and the acclaimed acupuncturist Sylvie Morant.