In 1996 I attended a symposium with my mother. I realized that she had a wonderful job as an acupuncturist. She not only helped people; she did it using a system that was both interesting and time tested. The model that she applied seemed to be based on simple cycles, yet became complex in practice. It allowed her to help people with a wide variety of issues; physical and otherwise. Shortly thereafter I followed in her footsteps and studied at Tai Sophia, which had the first accredited acupuncture Masters program in the US.
Since receiving a Masters degree in acupuncture, I returned to Tai Sophia (now the Maryland University of Integrative Health) and completed a program in Chinese Herbal Medicine. I have been board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for both acupuncture and herbal medicine. A few years ago I returned to Tai Sophia once again, as a supervisor in the student herb clinic for the herbal medicine program.
I am very glad to be one of the few practitioners on Oahu’s west side, which is a place that I love.