My deep joy is working with kids! I'm blessed to be the oldest of four siblings and the eldest of twenty-seven first cousins; I've spent my life surrounded by kids, often tending and teaching them. While working as a respite care provider for kids with Autism, I discovered a particular gift for connecting with children labeled “special needs” and helping them and their families uncover their often overlooked wisdoms and gifts. One of my greatest joys in life is being with children of all ages and abilities, both in and out of the treatment room.

 

In addition to working with kids, I began experiencing chronic pain at a young age and spent 17 years searching for healing in various medical and alternative modalities.  I have an intimate understanding of what it means to bear chronic pain and also create my own healing.

 

schooling & credentials

 

I did my undergraduate work at The Johns Hopkins University and Goucher College and I hold a degree in Peace Studies from Goucher and a Masters of Acupuncture from the Maryland University of Integrative Health. I've worked as a respite care provider for families with autistic children, and as a lead pre-school teacher, daycare owner, camp counselor, tutor, and mentor for kids of many ages & stages.

 

I worked with the Johns Hopkins University Counseling Center as a counselor and trainer in empathetic listening skills.  I served as the Co-Director of the Sexual Assault Response Unit at Hopkins and am trained to provide support to victims of sexual assault.

 

I am a licensed acupuncturist in the state of Maryland and hold a certification in Chinese Herbal Medicine.  I'm a NADA-certificated Acudetoxification Specialist, trained to treat those recovering from addiction.  I have completed pediatric acupuncture training with Robin Green, LAc, energy healing work with Thea Elijah, LAc, and studied herbal medicine and pulse diagnosis with Evan Rabinowitz.  

I have seen incredible possibilties for healing, both in myself and my patients.  I bring deep listening, a loving heart, and playful spirit to the treatment room.  I live in Columbia with my husband Cole and daughter Amaya.  I look forward to meeting you and your family.

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