How I got here

I first visited an acupuncturist as a young adult and loved how it helped with stress and various aches and pains. A few years after that, late in pregnancy, I developed dangerously high blood pressure and began seeing an acupuncturist to keep it under control.

It worked – my baby and I stayed healthy until my pregnancy reached full-term, without need for medication. During one of my treatments, I was resting on the table, feeling peaceful and relaxed. There was a tapestry on the wall next to me, elegant brushstrokes of birds in a bamboo grove. Suddenly, looking at that picture, I knew that my baby was a girl, that she would love to sing, and what her name should be. That surprising experience was my initial inspiration to study Chinese medicine and eventually open Songbird Acupuncture. Today, my singing daughter makes me happy every day.

For me, the power of those treatments wasn’t only that they safely managed a scary medical situation. They also helped me trust myself at a time when, as I became a mother, I needed to know that my intuition was valuable. I believe these are the deepest gifts of Chinese medicine: it helps our bodies heal themselves, and in doing so it can bring us in touch with our whole selves.

Where I am now

I am a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in the state of Texas (#AC01588) and am a diplomate of the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. I received my master’s degree from AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in Austin, where my coursework involved 3,000 hours of study in acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and Western medical science, including nearly 1,000 hours of supervised clinical training. I have also completed specialized training in pregnancy, postpartum, and pediatric care.

I live in south Austin with my husband, my teenage daughter, two lazy cats, and a goofy hound dog.