I received my Master's in Science at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, and my Bachelor's at UC Berkeley in Medical Anthropology. I have studied community herbalism since the 1990s and worked as a massage therapist specializing in Asian style bodywork and orthopedic massage for 20 years before transitioning to acupuncture and herbal medicine full time. 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 do not separate body from emotions from spirit, and draw from my whole life in my healing work. From my studies of various form of medicine and spirituality, poetry, music, dance and travel and I enjoy bringing resonance, connectivity and celebration to my work and I encourage my patients to do the same. As patients come to my office suffering, I try to help guide my everyone to find levity, humor, comfort and joy in their healing process. I firmly believe doing this work, from acupuncture to herbs to bodywork is an opportunity to fully show up as myself; a curious, diligent researcher bringing empathy, whole heartedness and humor to each session.
I believe in making sure all kinds of populations access acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine. I treat in Portuguese and Spanish and have I worked through my career in choosing to align with projects and organizations that bring holistic health into public health. Most recently, I volunteered monthly at Caare in downtown Durham with folks in recovery and under-served elders as well as as a research clinician in the Duke Emergency room . I love working with the LGBTQ community that I am a part of and am educated on the healthcare aspects of gender transition and respectful of the full diversity of gender expression.
I'm committed to reproductive justice and currently have a program for free acupuncture in-office. If you are black and pregnant, write me here to enroll in my Black women's safe labor and birth project. Spots for this program are between 11-2pm and are dedicated to transforming black maternal mortality and preterm labor for the better and you are welcome to enjoy 6 visits as part of the program during pregnancy and postpartum until 3 months after you give birth. I also participate in supporting a reparations project called Planting Reparations with The Creative Root, you can follow that work and donate to supporting black folks with herbal medicine and fresh grown foods @plantingreparations. I'm also a dues paying member of Durham for All, check out their work here
Attention is the beginning of Devotion ~ Mary Oliver