I am a Certified Herbalist and I have a Master's degree in Chinese Medicine. I am actually a member of the first class to graduate from Daoist Traditions, Asheville's College of the Chinese Medical Arts! I originally began practicing in 2001 when I received my certification in western herbal medicine from Sage Mountain, Rosemary Gladstar's school in Vermont. I now am board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and I carry a license to practice from the North Carolina Acupuncture Licensing Board. Before I studied medicine I pursued a Master's degree in Philosophy, with a concentration in Asian Philosophy and Medical Ethics. This degree definitely helped me prepare for the huge theoretical shift that is Chinese medicine.
I graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Logan College in St. Louis in December of 1994. I worked as a chiropractic physician in North Carolina for many years, and have acquired a wide range of experience and education in the field of natural health care. In addition to my formal chiropractic training, I became Board Certified in Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique (BEST) in 1996. I find that this system can greatly improve a person's quality of life by fully integrating and coordinating the mind, body, and nervous system within the underlying field of consciousness. In practice I perform very thorough physical, orthopedic and chiropractic examinations on each patient and utilize the most effective chiropractic treatment techniques available. This allows me to get in touch with each individual patient’s condition/symptom patterns, prioritize their healing needs, and then tailor a cost effective treatment plan to restore/reestablish physiological balance in the shortest amount of time. I also utilize kinesiology, nutrition and detoxification protocols to optimize/aid organ function. Before chiropractic I obtained a B.S. degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Missouri where I graduated with Honors and I worked as a meteorologist.
I have been a CranioSacral Therapist and licensed bodywork practitioner since 2003. I offer clients a combination of medical and energy techniques, having trained extensively in both contemporary bodywork modalities and traditional energy healing. I also worked as a professional dancer which gave me extensive experience working with the functioning of the body, plus sensitivity to emotion and body languaging, important tools in theater. These experiances allow me to “read” subtle information through clients’ postures and gestures, giving me insights I can use to help them release strain patterns and restrictions. I find this is very helpful for effective treatment of adult issues, and especially when I am working with children.
I began my career in 2004 when I received my certification from the Florida School of Massage Therapy in Gainesville, one of the nation's oldest and most esteemed schools. While there I fell in love with Swedish, Connective Tissue, Neuro-Muscular, Sports, and Pre-natal Massage, as well as Polarity Therapy and Reflexology. I like to blend various relaxation and deep tissue techniques in order to evaluate and address my patient's needs. I often encourage my patients to continue on their paths to wellness by suggesting continuing sessions as well as self-care to help them meet their goals. I believe that movement is an important part of a healthy lifestyle so I receive regular massages and I love to dance.
I have been practicing massage therapy since 2004. I went to the Cortiva Somerset School of Massage Therapy where I received an extensive education in Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology and massage techniques including Swedish, Myofascial Release, Reflexology, Pre-natal, and Sports Massage. I started off my career in the field working in the spa setting and now focus my efforts helping people with specific pain and structural issues, seeing patients for a single massage or, with deeper or more chronic issues, for a series. I focus on finding the source of discomfort and work through it with a comfortable pressure and open communication to bring balance back into the body. I also like to educate my patients about what is happening in and how they can help eliminate symptoms and prevent them from reoccurring through massage therapy, stretching, or relaxation techniques.