I graduated from Bastyr University in 2002, achieving an M.S. in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and became a diplomate of the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists. At the end of the program I studied in Shanghai, China, where I observed specialized therapies in the various medical departments of the Shanghai Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine and took daily instruction on numerous medical subjects. My clinical work and education have focused on gynecology, musculoskeletal disorders, and various internal medicine conditions. I attained certification by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association to treat substance addiction. The style of acupuncture that I practice is known as Master Tung (pronounced "dong") who was the end of a 500-year family lineage of Chinese medicine masters. I have studied under Susan Johnson who is a second generation master of Dr. Tung.
While at Bastyr, I pursued extracurricular subjects such as Craniosacral Therapy. This modality greatly advanced my skills as an acupuncturist along with providing another valuable tool to aid in healing. While starting my private practice, I pursued further training through the Upledger Institute of CranioSacral Therapy in 2004 and 2005.
I graduated from Brenneke School of Massage in 2000, simultaneously with beginning my acupuncture training, specializing in sports massage and myofascial release.
In 2008, I completed an extensive training program on diagnosis, treatment, and management of fertility through the Jade Institute in Seattle, which included Western diagnosis and research as well as Naturopathic medicine perspectives.
Then, in 2009 I trained in kinesiotaping through KinesioTex brand, followed by Functional Movement Therapy taping through Rocktape in 2014. I have found it highly beneficial and a great adjunct therapy in combination with the other techniques and modalities in my skill set. Currently, Rocktape is my preferred brand of tape with a stronger adhesive and 30% more stretch.
As of 2013, I began training in Visceral Manipulation with the Barral Institute, which is an Osteopathic manual therapy. Below is a list of the classes I have taken so far, including repeats. I am very excited to offer a more advanced approach to treatment.
Teaching Assistant: VM1, VM2, NM1, NM2
Palpation and evaluation
LT 1 3x
LT 2 2x
VM1 2x - stomach, liver, gall bladder, duodenum, colon
VM2 2x - kidneys, pancreas, spleen, greater omentum, peritoneum
VM3 3x - urinary bladder, uterus and ovaries, prostate, rectum
VM4 2x - ribcage, thyroid, trachea, esophagus, lungs and pleura, heart, pericardium, mediastinum
VM5 - manual thermal evaluation, excess energy (often of emotional origin) and how that affects structural integrity
NM1 - kinetic forces of trauma and whiplash, restrictions in the meninges, cervical and lumbosacral regions
NM2 - evaluation and treatment on nerves of the upper body
NM3 - evaluation and treatment on nerves of the lower body
VVMU 3x - evaluation and treatment on vascular structures of the upper body
VVML - evaluation and treatment on vascular structures of the lower body
Advanced Clinical Applications, series of 5 classes:
1.Liver, gall bladder, stomach
2.Duodenum, small instestine, large intestine
3.Kidneys, spleen, pancreas
4.Urinary bladder, uterus and prostate, rectum
5.Thyroid, heart, lungs
Advanced Visceral Components of the Neck and Thorax
Dissection of untreated cadaver