My personal acupuncture journey started while I was working in a lab at the Institute for Behavioral Genetics and I developed a nagging pain in my shoulder. The only solution from the doctor was to take ibuprofen and I was tired of trying to decide every day if my pain was bad enough to take painkillers, or whether I could just tough it out. A friend suggested I try acupuncture, so despite being skeptical (I am a scientist after all), I went to see a sports acupuncturist whose office was conveniently close to the lab. I actually felt like one giant ache walking out of the treatment room that first time, but it convinced me that this acupuncture stuff really works. After a few visits my shoulder issue cleared up, and with continued treatment so did the chronic headaches that I had always assumed were just my lot in life. When I decided it was time to make a career change from working full-time at IBG, I went to acupuncture school because of the profound change acupuncture had on my quality of life.
At Southwest Acupuncture College I specialized in sports acupuncture, taking classes in orthopedic anatomy, trigger point acupuncture, and sports medicine acupuncture. I completed a clinical internship at the University of Colorado treating collegiate runners, volleyball players, and basketball players as well as other athletes. I also completed three sports medicine specific clinical rotations at the school clinic.
As both an acupuncturist and a scientist, I am constantly educating myself on the latest research and techniques. To that end I have become certified in Functional Movement Techniques including RockTape kinesiology taping, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM), RockPods, and RockFloss.
I am also a Colorado native who loves to dance, knit, make jam, and hang out with my husband, cats, and chickens. I have a Master’s in Biomedical Sciences from Colorado State University and currently teach Western Pathology as an Associate Professor at Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder. I am certified as a personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise and as a Level 1 Pole Instructor with the Pole Fitness Alliance.