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. Based in osteopathic medicine, Visceral Manipulation is a gentle manual therapy addressing restrictions in and around internal structures. I am very excited to offer this therapeutic approach to treatment.