- Pain management
- Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Weight Management
- Total Wellness
- Stress Management
Pacific Fertility Center Los Angeles
10921 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90024
I was born in a little nautical town on the coast of Rhode Island. My parents relocated to Cincinnati Ohio when I was three years old and this is where I was mostly raised. Growing up in the world of entertainment, I was a ballerina for 15 years and was well studied in a variety of dance forms. I also performed in many choirs, musicals, and plays. I played many sports including soccer, basketball, softball, volleyball, competitive swimming and several others. Although I adored my active life as performer and athlete, it was also important for me to be active within the Episcopal church in my community. I became very fond of service, volunteering, and helping others. At a young age I realized the necessity for service oriented professions, so I entered college majoring in medicine to become a doctor.
I began my college career at The Ohio State University and began volunteering in the intensive care unit at The Ohio State University Hospital. I adored the service part of the hospital, but recognized that there was a disconnect between patients and doctors. Hope was a liability that hospitals could not afford to give. I decided that I didn’t quite fit in with this mechanical way of thinking and wanted to learn more about how the mind worked and how the body played a role in healing itself. In the psychology courses I was studying I was learning about the power of the human mind and how the human will can play a huge part of healing. I graduated from The Ohio State University in March of 2005 with my B.A. in Psychology. Staying true to my passion for service, my path lead me to The Goddard School for early childhood development.
With so many family members and friends in need of healthcare, who had a hard time finding relief through modern methods, I decided to pursue medicine once again. I began to find alternative ways of healing, diving into books like Natural Cures They Don’t Want You to Know About and The China Study and watching documentaries like “Food Inc”. Upon meeting a well-established acupuncturist, who later became my mentor, I decided to pursue acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and landed myself at Yo San University in January of 2009.
My education from Yo San University opened my mind to a whole new world of medicine, which was both familiar and foreign. There are three major sections of the TCM curriculum.
- Traditional Chinese Medicine school is similar to western medical school in the fact that we are trained to learn about the human body from bones to bile. We learn how to diagnose western conditions and the protocol of treatment. We are trained to perform physicals on patients and to recognize red flags and when to make appropriate referrals. We study pharmaceuticals and why they are prescribed and are even licensed to prescribe them in certain states. We can read xrays and order labs. And of course the board exam reflects this education. About 25% of the exam is on western medicine.
- The second part of our education is learning the alternative. We study acupuncture, herbology, nutrition, and actually learn quite a bit of the Chinese language. This was the most challenging part.
- The last part is the best in my opinion and helped transform me into the doctor I am today. This is what we call the “Qi Program”. This part of our education is learning how to “live” the medicine. We are trained in Tai chi, Qi Gong, Daoin Yoga, and Meditation. This part of the curriculum was learning how to heal yourself, to manage stress, and to teach others how to have a healthy spiritual practice.
In spite of this large mountain to climb, I managed to survive and thrive. I was a Dean’s list student, served on the student association as Representative to the Board, and amongst all of this became a mother for the first time. During my internship at the university, I treated a variety of patients with different ailments such as insomnia, PTSD, diabetes, depression, hypo/hyper thyroid, infertility, and all kinds of pain.
I hope to continue my service to the community with acupuncture, herbology, and nutrition with my family practice in Los Angeles. I currently see patients at my Westwood office. I have the great privilege of working with the doctors of Pacific Fertility Center of Los Angeles and often treat patients inside their offices. I also offer house calls to those in need.
Thank you for reading my bio and I look forward to treating you and guiding you along your path of wellness.