I received my Master's in Oriental Medicine at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, and my Bachelor's at UC Berkeley in Medical Anthropology. I love working with patients one on one as well as in community settings and really try to tailor sessions to bring in what each patient needs. In my practice, I draw from my whole life, from my studies of the body and medicine to poetry, music, dance and travel and I enjoy bringing resonance, connectivity and celebration to my work in healing, encouraging my patients to do the same. I firmly believe doing this work, from acupunture to herbs to bodywork is an opportunity to fully show up as myself; a curious, diligent researcher, and I try to bring empathy, whole heartedness and humor to each session. As the great poet Mary Oliver said "attention is the beginning of devotion" indeed, for me work is worship and I'm thrilled and honored to get to do what I do.
I believe in making sure all kinds of populations access acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine and as such I volunteer monthly at Caare in downtown Durham with folks in recovery and under-served elders. I love working with my LGBTQ community and am respectful of the full diversity of gender expression. If you are black and pregnant, ask me about my black women's safe labor and birth project, I offer free spots in my Durham location between 11-2pm dedicated to transforming black maternal mortality and preterm labor for the better. I can treat in both Portuguese and Spanish.
Isé orí ran mi ni mon se Ònà Òrìsà la fún mi ni mon to
It is the errand which Orí (higher self) sent me that I am running ~
It is the path which Òrìsà (divine nature) laid out for me that I am following~