I earned my Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM). I completed the majority of my course and clinical work in Chicago, IL. During my time at PCOM, I completed multiple clinical rounds specific to women’s health and worked with the thoughtful and skilled professionals at Chicago Women’s Health Center. I trained at Pacific College’s San Diego campus to receive specialized training in the art of palliative care. I had the privilege of working along side the incredible caregivers and care managers at San Diego Hospice.
While completing my course and clinical work at Pacific College, I pursued advanced herbal studies with Dr. Arnaud Versluys and his staff at the Chicago branch of the Institute of Classics in East Asian Medicine (CICEAM). I have extensive training in the art of pulse and abdominal diagnostic techniques. I am so grateful to have trained with Dr. Versluys and his staff as his clinical methods and results are unparalleled. The classical method offers an elegant, refined and unique perspective regarding pathology and physiology that resonates strongly with me and in every way informs my practice of Chinese medicine.
I have an ongoing interest, fascination and appreciation for the relationship between the physical, emotional and spiritual experiences that we humans encounter daily. I have studied yogic philosophy under my Madison mentor 500 E-RYT, Aubree Saia, as well as with nationally known teachers Tias and Surya Little of Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe, NM. In my experience, the physical practice of yoga postures is very much like receiving an acupuncture treatment. I incorporate my recommendations for restorative and therapeutic yoga postures and sequences into my clinical practice as an additional tool to empower my patients and to facilitate their healing process.
In addition to the art and practice of Chinese medical theory and yogic philosophy, I continue to pursue studies in nutrition and Functional Medicine. I am currently enrolled in the Progressive Practitioner Coaching Program, learning under Tom Malterre, MS, CN. Tom and his wife authored The Elimination Diet (plus two whole foods cook books). Tom's wealth of knowledge and teachings are invaluable to my practice and provide another resource I have to empower and assist my patients in feeling whole, grounded and well.
I was born and raised in Wisconsin. My grandparents owned and operated a farm in Belmont, WI for many years. I had the great fortune of growing up being connected to and valuing the resources and rhythms of the Earth. I continue to notice how the quality of our physical and emotional experiences shifts with the changes of the season. Chinese medicine provides a therapeutic framework to understand, explain and support our bodies, minds and spirits throughout these transitions. To immerse myself in the ancient wisdoms and philosophies of Chinese medicine was a very natural progression in my own evolution and I value it deeply.
In my free time, I enjoy contemplative and restorative practices. I love spending time with my partner, my friends, my community and my hilarious fuzzy white cat, Pinky. The healing power of nature is unparalleled! I love to explore our Wisconsin state parks and our local green spaces. I find joy in simple pleasures like visiting our local farmer’s markets and cooking delicious + nutritious meals, going for walks, enjoying our lakes and connecting with my creative capacity - no matter how small or how silly! :)