I am a Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist. My interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) began several years ago after I suffered a major health crisis. After taking numerous courses of antibiotics, my health continued to deteriorate and I had no answers as to why I kept getting repeated upper respiratory and ENT infections. In search of an alternative, I started receiving acupuncture and taking Chinese Herbs. I appreciated how Chinese Medicine looked at the body as an integrated whole, and not just the sum of its parts. Luckily, I also met a mentor named Dr. Victor Shibata who was a chiropractor and energy healer. He generously took me under his wing and trained me in an energy healing practice. My health improved and I began to study Traditional Chinese Medicine. I decided to become a practitioner and student of this holistic medical system.
Since that time, I spent four years at Yo San University learning acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping, Qi gong (meditative movement and breathing practice), and Traditional Chinese medicine theory and philosophy. As an Acupuncturist, I have practiced in several settings, including hospitals and clinics with integrative care, and with a diverse range of patients. Some of these settings include Being Alive Los Angeles, Yo San University Community Clinic, Venice Family Clinic, and LA County – USC Wellness Center. I held a one-year externship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles where I served on a chronic pain management team treating kids of all ages with acupuncture. I have worked with Alma Family Services and the Animo Program of St. Joseph Center providing holistic care within these mental health focused agencies. I am the Director of Community Outreach at the American Institute of Mental Health in Traditional Chinese Medicine. I have specialty training in Mental Health, Orthopedic Acupuncture, Women’s Health, and Pediatric Acupuncture.
I hold a B.A. from Brown University in Literary Arts, am a Fulbright Scholar, and graduated with a Master’s from Yo San University where I received The William H. Hazen Foundation Scholarship and graduated with Highest Honors. I speak Spanish, English, and Portuguese, and feel comfortable treating patients in any of these languages.