I am a ferocious lover of learning. I’ve learned a lot. Sometimes from books and classes, many other times I’ve learned from experience. I’ve learned the hard way. Being somewhat of a Type A personality and frenetic do-er, I’ve had a lifelong tendency to take on a lot and burn myself out in the process, and have hit all sorts of unsavory bumps in the proverbial health road along the way. From digestive distress to thyroid abnormalities to lady issues to straight up exhaustion to skin problems and beyond, I’ve navigated my fair share of conditions and while this has been unduly taxing, its given me a perspective on health and wellness, that, coupled with my education, makes me uniquely poised to be able to understand health from both a patient’s and a practitioner’s perspective. I get what it feels like to feel vulnerable because of a health condition, and I understand how unnerving it can be to advocate for yourself as a patient who knows something is wrong but needs the assistance of (sometimes uninspiring) medical professionals to seek answers. I’ve been there, and I’ve come out the other side. And now I can help others do the same, hopefully without accumulating as many headaches as I did.
Enough about my personal experience, let me tell you a little bit about my educational background.
I am a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, having earned my masters in 2016 from the New England School of Acupuncture in Newton, MA, now a part of Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS). While I’ve always identified with Eastern medicine, I also have a profound appreciation for Western medicine, which led me to Tufts University where I earned a masters degree in Pain Research, Education, and Policy in 2017. I am a certified yoga teacher, having completed a 200 hour certification in 2011 and hold a certificate as a holistic health coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Prior to dipping my toe in the complementary-alternative health waters, I worked – and in some capacity, still do – in advertising, which drove me to where I am now because I had to find ways to nourish my overworked, under-rested self.
I firmly believe that we all have remarkable innate healing capacities, and that the reason we experience poor health – whether physically, mentally, emotionally or a combination thereof – is because our fast-paced, technology-tethered, productivity-focused lifestyles lead us astray from the ways in which we’re designed to be living and thriving. Which is not to say that getting back to baseline is easy. It’s not. It’s a road fraught with misinformation, glittery gimmicks, and overhyped and unsubstantiated promises of getting fit quick or becoming your best self by popping a pill or two or twelve. I’m here to help disseminate what I’ve learned from personal and clinical experience to be real, solid, bet-yer-boots-it’s-legit health information to help guide you on your path to reclaiming your health and feeling like the you that you’re meant to be.
I currently practice at Counterpoise Therapeutics in Plainville, MA.