I have always felt like someone who could have done a hundred different professions, but when it came to becoming an acupuncturist, I believe I found my calling. I come from a family of healers, lots of nurses and doctors. It was in my genes that I wanted to find a profession where I could help people. I was first introduced to acupuncture when I lived in Florida where I received a treatment for sciatica. I had a pain that shot down my leg that I had been experiencing for about a year. The acupuncturist didn’t even put a needle where the pain was, (I thought he wasn’t listening to my complaint.) But about fifteen minutes after the acupuncture treatment it went away for good; that was 11 years ago. I suppose at that moment my mind opened up, and my need to understand acupuncture began. I believe important people came into my life to guide me in this direction. Since then I also have been working as a registered nurse in hospitals. I enjoy the profession and learning western medicine, and I keep working towards more integration of eastern medicine within our medical system.
I attended and graduated from the American Institute of Alternative Medicine here in Columbus in 2008, summa cum laude, with Professional Master’s Level in Acupuncture. I had the opportunity to study in Beijing China at the Guang An Men Hospital, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences and Beijing Hospital of Integrated Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine in 2007. Here in Columbus, I have worked in several different settings providing private acupuncture treatments until opening UAC with Steve Drugan in September 2010. I am currently working part time as a float nurse at Grant Hospital. I reside in Clintonville just down the street from UAC. When I am not doing acupuncture or nursing, you can find me out on the lake either windsurfing or my latest addiction, kiteboarding.
I am a Licensed Acupuncturist by the Ohio Medical board and a Nationally Certified Acupuncturist through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine(NCCAOM).
We are excited to be a part of a growing network of community acupuncture clinics dedicated to serving our communities by providing professional, affordable acupuncture. UAC is the first clinic of its kind in Ohio. Our practice is modeled after acupuncture clinics in China, where patients are treated in a community setting.