I started my healing journey with Reiki, which is a gentle, hands-on energetic healing modality, and became a Reiki master in 1998. Then I went to Sarasota School of Massage in 2001 and become a licensed massage therapist so I could share those forms of healing with other people who needed it, too. The first certification I earned as a massage therapist was for Thai Massage in 2002.

While attending the Sarasota campus of Everglades University, I sat on the advanced Massage Therapy Advisory Board of Sanford Brown Institute from 2004-05 and was a substitute massage teacher under Nancy Yonker at Keiser College. With the completion of my capstone thesis, “Complementary Medical Modalities as an Adjunct to Pharmacological and Psychiatric Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder,” I became the first person to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Alternative Medicine at the Sarasota campus.

I attended East West College of Natural Medicine from 2008 to 2011, earning a concurrent Bachelor’s in Professional Health Sciences and a Master’s in Traditional Chinese Medicine. During my Clinical Nutrition class, I continued my research on BPD with my paper, “Nutritional and Alternative Therapies For Borderline Personality Disorder.” During my senior year, I completed an externship under Dr. Benner A.P. at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Sarasota. Each week I had an opportunity to treat patients experiencing problems from stroke, auto accidents, falls, Parkinson’s, COPD and other disorders.

I am currently licensed in both massage and acupuncture, and am a certified NCCAOM Diplomate of Acupuncture.

Chinese Medicine, homeopathy and holistic health care have helped turn my life around. It could help you too. I look forward to educating and treating you with the compassion of someone who has been there.

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