I am an impassioned practitioner of this time-honored tradition called Chinese medicine, an avid (though sometimes challenged) gardener, an adoring mother, a dyed-in-the-wool Hudson Valley dweller, and proud builder of campfires and natural shelters.
I knew since college that I wanted to work on my own terms and also help people help themselves. Truth is, although nature’s power lured me and pre-modern people’s facile use of plants fascinated me, I virtually stumbled upon the field of Chinese Medicine.
Yin-Yang and 5-Element Theories – loved them! I know, most of you have no idea what I’m talking about, but I’ll give you an earful if you’re ever interested. Yet more than theory, I found in Classical Chinese Medicine a wedding of my twin passions for nature and creating positive change.
This system of diagnosis and treatment stems from the study of how nature’s patterns and workings are reflected in the human body. And then I experienced first-hand acupuncture’s subtle but tangible (and surprising) shifts in my own body and awareness. I was hooked.
18 years of studying and practicing Chinese Medicine with people from all walks of life continues to teach me many things about myself, medicine, and how to move through life. I avidly pursue research for my patients’ conditions and am especially interested in research related to Lyme Disease, fertility, cancer, and children’s health.
Current projects include the development of a medicinal teaching garden at our homestead, Wen Barn & Gardens, where I live with my husband and our daughter.
In addition to maintaining a private practice for the past 16 years, here are some past influential work experiences and trainings:
Hospital for Joint Diseases, Initiative for Women with Disabilities Program: Head Acupuncturist / Supervisor (2001-2005)
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Integrative Medicine Clinic: Acupuncturist for in-patients and out-patients, Acupuncturist for clinical research trials (2002-2003).
South Bronx Lincoln Hospital’s Addiction Treatment Center: Acupuncturist (1996).
Faculty Member and Clinical Supervisor at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, where I taught, among other fundamental subjects, the specialties of immunology, gynecology, cardiology, and psychiatry (1999-2008).
Classical Qigong with Master Kwan Sai-hung (on-going). Jeffrey Yuen, 88th Generation Taoist Priest: Advanced Acupuncture, Chinese Herbalism, Pulse Diagnosis, Aromatherapy, et al. (2002 – on-going).
Pediatrics in Chinese Medicine with Julian Scott (2001).
Integrative Chinese & Western Medicine Approaches to Endocrine Disease, Infertility, and Gynecological Disorders with Elaine Stern, LAc. (1999-2000).
Modern Chinese Medicine Treatment of Breast Cancer with Isaac Cohen (1998).
Integral Yoga Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced Teacher Trainings (1994 – 1996).
International Lyme & Associated Diseases Society (ILADS).