My journey into practicing Chinese Medicine came as a result of my own struggle to manage my mental health.
In 2013, after several years of climbing the corporate ladder and a successful sales & marketing career, I found myself at a crossroads. My health had progressively become the most unmanageable it had ever been and I had a nagging feeling that I was not on the right path. I had all the things I thought were supposed to equate happiness: a college degree, a successful career, and a 401k; yet I felt empty and unfulfilled.
The voice inside of me urging me to make a change eventually grew so loud that I could no longer ignore it. And as soon as I made the decision, a series of events unfolded that made it very clear to me that something much bigger than myself was at work. I made a decision to be 100% committed to finding my life’s purpose and I let the universe take the wheel. That was the most pivotal moment of my life, and it changed everything for me. It was the moment that I stopped living the life I had been told I wanted, and started seeking the life I actually wanted.
Within the span of 3 months I got an unexpected bonus at work, found a way to get out of my apartment lease, and an opportunity to go live and work in Peru for 6 months fell into my lap. Before I knew it, I was on a plane to Cusco with a backpack full of self-help books (lol!).
Finding My Path
In Peru something major shifted within me. I observed the indigenous Andean people and marveled in reverence at their ability to connect with the land and their communities. At first glance, their lives seemed primitive and simple; yet they were so intuitive and resourceful in a way I had never experienced. Their understanding and ability to live off the land and to find contentment despite minimal material resources left a deep and lasting impression on me.
Being completely immersed in nature in the heart of the Andes healed me at the deepest level. It felt like I was coming home to myself for the first time in my life. I came to realize the importance of nutrition through eating fresh, unprocessed food from local markets. Herbal medicine became an integral part of my life. And as I worked with shamans and other traditional medicine practitioners, I began identifying and addressing the emotional and spiritual aspects of my issues. My initial skepticism began to melt away as I realized that I was beginning to feel the best I had ever felt in my adult life.
It was then that I knew I had to help others find healing as well. Not by using pills or masking symptoms- but by digging deep, peeling back layers, & exploring the emotional and spiritual aspects of illness. I returned to the US with a clear mission and after a year of exploring different career options, the moment I stepped on to the campus of a Chinese Medicine school, I had a deep sense of knowing that it was my path.
I love and respect modern medicine. The advancements we’ve made in the last several decades in immunization, surgical procedures, and emergency care are remarkable. Medications help millions- when they are needed. But when it comes to preventative medicine, Chinese Medicine has so much to offer. I know because I see it every single day. We’re moving into a new era- one of more mindful healthcare practices that puts an emphasis on prevention. I’m honored to be a part of it.
TX Acupuncture License #AC01856
MS in Oriental Medicine: AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine
B. S. East Carolina University
Certified in Aroma Acupoint Therapy (AAT)