The beauty of this medicine and why I have remained so passionate about it during these twenty years of practice… is that it inspires my own “practice” of being, evolving, and integrating. As I have shifted I am so grateful my work organically reflects such. Observing thousands of individuals as they come seeking support from a place of vulnerability, fear or curiosity, has deepened my compassion for all of us on this journey. Our bodies can be seen as the enemy or the ally and such makes all the difference to the healing process. Resonating with quantum field theory, I suppose I have found my self in a place that recognizes each being as an embodied quantum field from which information, as symptoms, emotions, beliefs, are being broadcast into the physical. My intuitive knowing has become the lens through which I simply listen, trusting in my healing allies: the needles, oils, stones or tuning forks, to amplify an intention that I voice to allow for the participation of the consciousness – as that is the key. I suppose I hold space to allow for an individual to connect the dots so to speak… so that they have a conscious awareness of what seeks to balance itself within: pain, fatigue, manifestations of dis-ease. It is not so much a judgment or a diagnosis, as that has become too mental – or defining such into a reality… and the quantum holds no time – simply Present Nowness. The essence of this seems to have me be an honored witness to the potent and profound healing potential in the present moment – trusting in the Now to simply allow the innate healing capacity of each being as a sacred vessel of Source/ Infinite Qi. I am a listener and translate the wisdom of the body in a way in which each unique embodiment may hear and understand what is being asked. The elements graciously express the cycle of life from seed, to sprouting, flowering, to decay and release. All cycles reflecting our own transforming as we evolve. In this exchange I, as a mediator, empower each person to awaken to their innate cellular knowing and inspire the appropriate transmutation.
As a practitioner I find my role is to hold space for such, rather than to fix or assert, as I seek to reflect back to the heart-mind what the body seeks during this transition. Perusing my past path it was the questions others offered, rather than the answers, that provoked my most profound life changes. This Elemental Medicine invokes inspired inquiry to initiate such for those willing to dive into their depths and liberate themselves if such is what they seek. To share perspective is what I treasure – for such gems are the ignition of self-healing, self-knowing and self-liberation.
My story begins in England where I lived until I went to Colorado College for my BA in Political Science. My interest in holistic medicine began in 1993, when I was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy, as half my face was paralyzed. Western medicine could only offer steroids with no guarantee I would ever stop drooling nor have the use of my left eye again. I was so blessed to have my doctor’s receptionist suggest I see an acupuncturist.
This was truly a turning point in my life, as I recall the first question I was asked during my intake, was “why” did I think this happened. I was empowered to acknowledge that the intense emotional stress I was experiencing was also part of “why” this had happened and decided to listen within to change my life and with two weeks of treatments my facial muscles were restored.
The profound wisdom this integrative medical system offers is so inspiring! The journey to deepen my understanding of how to live an integrated life in balance with all aspects of my self would eventually lead me to pursue my own license, so I may be of service to others.
I graduated with a MA in Oriental Medicine in 1999. Since then I have been honored to study with Jeffrey Yuen, an 88th generational Daoist practitioner. This lens is considered “Classical Chinese Medicine” and is over four thousand years old. The Five Elements of CCM is the foundational philosophy that permeates every aspect of this medical model. There is really no imbalance, or symptom, that can not be assessed through CCM. With that said, I have over 10 years experience from working at an in-patient treatment center for trauma resolution, where I specialized in psychological balancing of the diagnoses listed below:
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Anger Management, Bi Polar Disorder, Depression, Eating Disorders, Medical Traumas, Dissociation, DID,Co-Dependency, Attachment Disorder, Grief & Loss
- Addictions: Substances, Relationships, Work, Perfectionism,Chaos, Sex, etc…
- Stress Relief: migraines, TMJ, insomnia, digestive imbalances, chronic and acute pain
- Life Changes:individual and familial treatments to support beings through divorce, loss or big shifts.
Besides my private practice, I have also worked with therapists at an Intensive Outpatient Program, assisting individuals re-enter the world after being in treatment. Passionate about helping clients learn new ways of navigating through the stress of life with different coping skills, I led a group each week and offered ear acupuncture.
Blessed to have built my home “off the grid” in the Pecos Wilderness, I frolic in the forest daily with my three canine co-pilots, Gemma, Jade and Yoshi – part of the treatment team:).
I love living amidst the trees, with the nuthatches and morning glories!