Acupuncture first peaked my interest in the early 80’s. At the time I had the opportunity to travel to Taiwan for a few months. I’d hoped to study acupuncture once I’d gotten there. This didn’t end up happening, but I was able to head to the largest university in Taiwan while I was there and speak with some of the practitioners and teachers. I came back from Taiwan, and took a small break from pursuing acupuncture studies to become a nurse. I graduated from nursing school in 1985, and later got my Master’s in Acupuncture in 2008.
Since then I’ve had a blast combining both of these healing practices. In 2011 I spent time learning how to setup clinics for disaster relief with Acupuncturist’s Without Borders. The week after I came back, I put that training to use as a tornado hit North Minneapolis. I co-setup and ran a clinic there for 2 weeks providing relief for the community. The first day we were open one of the community leaders came in and declared, “If I don’t like this, you won’t see anybody…If I do like it, you’re going to be full.” After her treatment we remained packed for the next 13 days.
Last summer I had the pleasure of getting away to New York to live and work at Eden Village, an organic farm-to-table camp in the Putnam Valley. It was a vibrant community of 300 people that created a fun, safe and inclusive space for young people to be themselves – to learn, grow and explore their true gifts and passions.