and East Asian Medicine Practitioner (Washington DOH), Diplomate (NCCAOM), Acupuncture Detox Specialist (NADA), Black belt (2nd deng) in kungfu, taichi, qi gong, shuai chiao.
I first became interested in Chinese medicine in 1998, having been introduced through my martial arts studies. I was captivated by Chinese medicine’s approach to health and it’s emphasis on the intersection of the seasons (our environment); our constitution (genetic endowment); our diet (specifically the therapeutic applications of food energetics); and exercise (qi gong).
Understanding the interaction of these factors is the foundation of health and wellness. I use these holistic tools to help my patients design action plans for achieving their wellness goals. If we fail to address the big picture and don’t tackle both the roots and the context of a problem, we can end up taking a long list of medications for individual symptoms as our health continues to deteriorate.
I take a gentle approach to treatment based on the classical model, seeking to address the cause and context of disease in addition to alleviating the symptoms. This classical orientation allows us to benefit from the thousands of years of clinical research on millions of patients that is encapsulated in classical acupuncture texts.
I view each patient as a unique expression of life that requires a unique treatment strategy. I take time to make sure my patients are comfortable, that their questions are answered, and that they are equipped with the knowledge
and support needed to engage in their healing process proactively.
After completing a B.A. in anthropology at Western Washington University in 2004, I enrolled in Seattle’s Wu Hsing Tao School to study acupuncture and East Asian Medicine. My training included education on using acupuncture as adjunct therapy for addiction and detoxification under the auspices of the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association. I completed clinical internships both at Wu Hsing and at Evergreen Treatment Services, a methodone clinic in Seattle where I earned certification as an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist. Since gaining licensure, two teachers that have had a profound impact on my work and understanding of acupuncture are Dr. Young WeiChieh and Dr. Wang JuYi.
I studied tuina massage in Hangzhou, China under Dr. Ye ChunYou and at the ZheJiang Provincial Hospital. I hold a 2nd degree black belt in kung fu, shuai chiao, tai chi, and qi gong under Alexander Knight and Roger Soo (Ever Rite Shuai Chiao Society), and a 1st degree under the United States Shuai Chiao Association. I am head instructor of the Evergreen Kung Fu Club in Seattle.