The first step on the road to good health is freeing ourselves from debilitating symptoms. In Chinese Medicine symptoms are seen a sign of a mis-balance in the amazing function of the body. In fact symptoms are often the bodies attempt to return to balance or homeostasis.
However, good health much more than merely the absence of symptoms. It includes some of the basics of well-being:
Your health will improve dramatically--physically as well as emotionally with the powerful combination of your individualized scientifically based:
My purpose is to help as many people as possible in their quest for optimum health and to educate them about the benefits of Natural Medicine so they may, in turn, educate others.
I enjoy combining my knowledge of the ancient arts of Acupuncture, Chinese and Western Herbology, and Natural Foods with the technologically advanced low-level-light laser, Bio-Energetic Screening, modern lab testing, and Prolotherapy.
I graduated in 1996 from the School of Complementary Medicine, in Orlando, with degrees in Chinese Herbology and Acupuncture. I continue to maintain my status as a Diplomate in Acupuncture with the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), the only certifying organization in the USfor licensed acupuncturists.
I have been practicing Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine for over 12 years, and in the Melbourne, Floridaarea since 1998. While my office is in Indialantic, I am pleased to have patients from all of Brevard County. Sharing an office with two other acupuncture physicians, Jennifer Nafe, and Donna Milliken makes for a lively and interesting place to work. Our office is in a historic building, converted from one of the first houses in Indialantic, into offices. We maintain a complete line of raw herbs, powdered single herbs, and herbal formulas made into capsules, as well as a variety of nutritional products.
My interest in Chinese Medicine really began with a college nutrition class in the early 1970's. I found my Human Nutrition class to be fascinating and went on to study more alternative minded nutritionists such as Adele Davis, Gary Null and others. What I most resonated with was the philosophy of Macrobiotics, a Japanese natural diet and lifestyle centered around whole foods, yoga, shiatsu massage and other activities promoting good health. Eventually I moved to Bostonto further study Macrobiotics. Much of what we were studying was the principles of Chinese Medicine, with an emphasis on diet, nutrition, and natural foods cooking. I began a 10 year career of off-and-on cooking and management at natural food restaurants.
Years later, as my college degree in Textiles and Clothing was not serving me, I decided to go back to school. Now a single mother of two young daughters and working, I chose the field of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. I thought it best to study something I was interested in to help me make it through school. I had a slight advantage in school having been exposed to Oriental medicine philosophy for so many years. However, what has surprised me is how interesting I also find Western Medicine. My early training and view of medicine through a holistic and health minded model meshes beautifully with the more analytical and disease model of Western medicine.
The type of medicine I now practice can better be described as Functional Medicine. Functional Medicine is one of the names given to a new model of medicine which is a blending of alternative/holistic and Western medicine. Basic principles of Oriental Medicine are the cornerstone of Functional Medicine: that the body is an amazing creation with the ability to heal and to stay healthy, and that medicine is to be used to assist the body to return to a state of balance/homeostasis, or good function.
Functional Medicine uses information from modern technology to help diagnosis, such as from MRIs, blood tests, hormone/metabolic testing in addition to the ancient practice of a detailed health history and examination of the body. It uses ancient techniques of stimulating healing such as acupuncture, massage, reflex points as well as new healing stimulating devices such as low level lasers, and new techniques of homeopathic injection therapy and prolotherapy for healing joint problems.
It also blends the ancient methods of herbal formulas with cutting-edge nutritional substances both of which enhance the functioning of the human systems, rather than over-power our systems.
I started my career in Oriental medicine rather late in life, going back to school at the age of 41. However, I didn't feel old, in part from my earlier studies and practice of health. I consider myself to be blessed to be able to have a career that is also my passion, as I would have continued to study Natural health for my own interest, and also to have the joy of helping people return to a state of health and function.
Located in the beachside- Town of Indialantic, in Brevard County, Florida. The office at 18 S. Riverside Drive is on the Southwest corner of the 192 Causeway and Riverside Drive.
From Melbourne, go over the 192 Causeway, turn right on Riverside Dr. then turn right into the first driveway.
A consultation is a short session at no charge to discuss your health problem. It can help us determine if you are a candidate for acupuncture, prolotherapy, Oriental medicine or other therapies. It will help you to find out about what I do and help you make a decision about going further. Aconsultation can be done in the office or by phone.
Acupuncture is amazing - you can drag yourself into the office and leave "floating on a cloud." The healing space that happens during an acupuncture treatment is profound. It is extremely relaxing and can bring clarity of mind, release of tension and renewed physical vitality.
Chinese Medicine is a powerful healing method. Unlike most drugs, the herbs are combined into complex formulas that are specific to the patient's entire individual condition, not just one particular symptom.
Practiced since the 1950's, prolotherapy treats joint pain by helping to strengthen the tendons and ligaments which stabilize the affected joint. It involves injecting an irritant solution (Dextrose and Lidocaine) into the area where connective tissue has been weakened or damaged through injury or strain. The injected solution stimulates the immune system to release growth factor at the site of injury which results proliferation (prolo) of new cells in the connective tissue.