About Me

I offer a gentle Japanese-style of traditional therapies that allow the body to engage in its own innate healing ability to regain and maintain vibrant health.


I have been in private practice in Seattle since 1986. I received my Acupuncture Diploma from NIAOM in 1985. Acupuncture education at that time was in its infancy in the United States so my class of six went to Chongqing, China to fulfill our clinical requirements in an outpatient clinic for  over three months. I was the second graduating class of NW Institute of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (NIAOM) in June 1985.


I began studying Auriculotherapy and Auriculomedicine in 1987 from Michael Adams, N.D.,

who had learned from Paul Nogier, M.D, the father of Auricular therapy. I received advanced

auricular training from Dr. Adams and began teaching Auricular Medicine and Therapy at NIAOM in 1994.


From 1991-2019 I co-founded and directed Stillpoint Health Assoc., the home to a group of dedicated health care practitioners.  Currently I'm a core faculty member of SIEAM (Seattle Institute of East Asian Medicine) where I teach Japanese Acupuncture Techniques and Auricular (ear) Microsystems from 2005 to the present, as well as, an Adjunct Clinical Faculty member of Bastyr since 2013.


In my private practice I actively utilize Toyohari Japanese acupuncture, Manaka ion-pumping cord techniques, European/Chinese auricular (ear) acupuncture and other manual assessment techniques in my treatments. . 


Other areas of interest for me have been trainings in Advanced Visceral Manipulation with JeanPierre Barral from 1990 to 2005, and studied Lymphatic Drainage of the Brain 1 & 2 with Dr. Bruno Chikly from 2008 to 2015. I utilize these techniques in assessment and treatment of my patients when appropriate.


In the early 90’s I began pursuing a more gentle style of acupuncture in my practice, which

Japanese Meridian Therapy offered. In 1997 I completed a one year long certification program

in Toyohari Japanese Acupuncture with Stephen Birch, Junko Ida, and several acupuncture

‘Masters’ from Japan. I continued to attend yearly Toyohari trainings and conferences

throughout North America and Japan and in 2008 completed a 1 year Advanced Toyohari

Training.


Other interests include spending time in Nature, play pickleball, do Hatha Yoga, Meditate, play

my Ukulele and sing oldies but goldies. I spoil my two cats, Kali & Durga and love to cook

healthy organic meals for my family and friends. 

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My Credentials

  • My Washington State Acupuncture license is # 00000029. I've been licensed as an acupuncturist since 1986 and have been practicing in the Seattle area for 34 years.
  • NCCAOM member