How did I get here?
I am frequently asked what got me interested in acupuncture and holistic health. People seem genuinely interested in my reply. I guess it’s not too often that one meets an Acupuncturist!
For me, it all began in the mid-’90s. I worked with the critically ill as a respiratory therapist at St. Francis Hospital. It didn’t take long to become apparent that while we were performing some miracles, modern medicine left much to be desired. We had what we called “frequent flyers,” patients who would get well enough to leave the hospital but were not indeed “well.” We knew they’d be back, and in almost all cases, they would return. All the focus was on managing symptoms caused by a disease that was sometimes decades in the making.
To make matters worse, our treatment carried significant risks (IE toxicity & side effects). Not a moment’s thought was given to the source or underlying causes at play. This approach reminded me of the futility of keeping a plant looking healthy by continually pruning dead and dying leaves instead of providing water, sunlight, and fertilizer. This lack of simple common sense began to bother me.
The seemingly endless parade of people suffering from overwhelming pain, illness, and disease was sobering. “Is this the best approach?” “Is there more out there?” “Are we doomed to lose our vitality and quality of life as we age?” These questions replayed louder and louder in my mind.
Coincidentally, I had a close friend who began struggling with panic attacks and anxiety disorder around that time. She bravely insisted that she avoid the standard treatment and stay off anti-anxiety medications. She theorized, “This is happening for a reason; I’m not going to drug myself just for it to fester and get me again in the future.” She began an exploration into the “alternative” medical world. She experimented with chiropractic, acupuncture, herbal medicine, yoga, aromatherapy, and other alternative therapies. Watching her progress was enough evidence that I now had answers to my questions. “Yes, there is more out there!” Once I saw what was possible, I had to get involved. I became passionate about sharing this information and “spreading the word” with everyone interested.
Fast forward 20-plus years, I am convinced that the natural means of healing are profound and powerful methods of caring for the sick. In many cases, they allow for a total return to radiant health.
I have gradually refined my treatment to what I consider the best, most profound, and practical of the natural methods. It includes a three-pronged approach;
~ acupuncture for structural and energetic imbalances.
~Unique, personalized, whole-food therapeutic-grade supplement protocols aimed at your specific complaints and underlying deficiencies.
~Nutritional and lifestyle re-education and guidance to adopt and assimilate a genuinely nourishing and health-giving diet.
I work with those who seek improvement in all types of pain, mobility, endurance, stress level, & digestive health issues, emotional well-being, overall health, vitality, women’s issues, and much more. Treatment is focused on resolving symptoms while also correcting the root cause, thus preventing recurrence.
As a result of my comprehensive approach, patients experience actual results. They find their treatments relaxing and enjoyable. They feel better, and just like my friend all those years ago, they can now put many of their health problems behind them. This is my goal and the reason I am here. I wish to help everyone feel better, live healthier, and be happier. I welcome the opportunity to guide you on your journey away from illness and toward a fulfilling, healthy life.
For your reference, I’ve included a list of certifications in acupuncture, oriental medicine, and associations to which I belong.
Doctor of Acupuncture D.Ac. (R.I.)- Rhode Island License #DA00417
Licensed Acupuncturist L.Ac. – New York State License #002019
Registered Respiratory Therapist – New York State License #004748
Board Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture – National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Certificate #019510
Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Certification in Clean Needle Technique
Certified Healing Food Specialist, C.H.F.S.
Certified in Advanced Cardiopulmonary Life Support ACLS and C.P.R.
Certified in Facial Rejuvenation
Certified in Practical Moxibustion
Certified in Pediatric Shonishin
Member of Edo-Kai Traditional Acupuncture Society Center
Member International Foundation for Nutrition and Health I.F.N.H.
Member of Weston A. Price Foundation, W.A.P.F.
Member of Communities Alliance for Responsible Eco-Farming, C.A.R.E.
Member of Grass Roots Opportunities for Wellness and Wealth, G.R.O.W.W.