located in Salt Lake City

About Me


acupuncture in salt lake UTI have a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. I taught ESL for a number of years, working in Asia as well as in the US. I completed the basic training in Acupressure from the Acupressure Institute in Berkeley, and a rigorous training in hypnotherapy from the Hypnosis Clearinghouse that involved a clinical internship. I graduated with a Masters in Traditonal Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2010, having worked in the two public clinics the school runs, one of which was an auriculotherapy clinic (ear acupuncture). I have passed all the rigorous examinations of the NCCAOM in acupuncture and chinese herbology and hold their Diplomate of Oriental Medicine qualification. I am board certified in the state of Utah to practice chinese medicine.

But what led me to acupuncture? Surely, you may ask, it would take more than casual interest or curiosity, to engage on a path of training that resembles a Ph.D. more than a Masters, in rigor and length. And you would be right. Way back in 1985, I suffered from the worst seasonal allergies you can imagine. Fatigued, and with runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, and shortness of breath, I was in agony from May to September. I took a flyer, seeing a local practioner (newly graduated from one of the first training programs in the country). He treated me over several months, at the end of which I was not only symptom-free, but felt better than I had in ages. I’ll never forget the smell of the granulated herbs he provided me with.

A year later, an auto accident gave me whiplash. Two treatments cleared it up.

Fast forward 7 years, to me teaching in Korea. In a new country, with a very cold winter, I caught a chill, which quickly turned into a cold, a cough, and a fever. All night long, my body was racked with coughing every ten minutes and the phlegm I coughed up turned from yellow to green to a blood-streaked rust color within a few days.. I had a lung infection–an acute bronchitis verging on pneumonia. With the help of the tourist authority, I was able to locate one of the few acupuncturists in Seoul who spoke english, and he masterfully treated me. The first day, I was sent home with a box of precooked herb packages that began to restore my strength, by degrees immediately. I saw him for several sessions, I never missed a day of work, although I had narrowly escaped hospitalization.

Needless to say, the cumulative effect of these (and other) experiences was strong. I became, by degrees, like so many people before me, a reluctant convert to chinese medicine, unable to argue against the miraculous results I had obtained any more. And over time I became a supporter and then an advocate of it. I have used it for so many issues, for myself and others, big and small, that I am always a little amazed that anyone can make it to middle age without it.

This country, this culture really needs Chinese Medicine badly, although it may not know it.
I realize, as Westerners, it seems foreign to us and the principles and ideas by which it operates are new. No problem.  The resources listed on my website (in my Blogs, in my FAQ section, in the free ebook I have made available and in webinars I will be hosting in the future—-all can help begin the process of self-education that can make acupuncture treatment more productive and transformational. I view my work as not only to treat but to educate.

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Acupuncture needles are thin metal filaments approximately the width of several hairs. The sensations...