I am a Michigan registered acupuncturist and Vermont licensed Naturopathic doctor.
My main interest in complementary and alternative medicine revolves around my desire to offer the best quality healthcare available. I know the importance of working with different providers and coming up with the best comprehensive and holistic plan customized to each individual.
Born in Hong Kong, I have been surrounded by Chinese medicine and nutritional theories all my life. After moving to the US, like many Americans, my family did not have health insurance. Every ailment was treated with my grandmother’s expertise in Chinese herbs, which was the only thing that helped. I found myself inflicted with many ailments during childhood due to accommodating to a standard American diet and moving to a new country. It wasn’t until after my Naturopathic training at Bastyr University in Seattle, WA, a rigorous CNME 5-year accredited medical program, that I learned to overcome many food intolerances I didn’t know I had. My journey to health brings personal insight to what I would like to offer my patients—the ability to take charge of your own health that honors your unique experience.
Naturopathic Medicine is holistic primary care medicine that supports and directs the mind and body’s innate ability to heal. Currently, Michigan does not recognize Naturopathic medicine as primary care, though it is licensed in 18 states and Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Thus, in Michigan, I do not practice primary care medicine. Naturopathic medicine focuses on wellness and disease prevention. Its treatment approach applies diet therapy, exercise, lifestyle hygiene, nutrient therapy, botanicals, and homeopathy, all of which I do practice in Michigan. To learn more about the scope of naturopathic medicine, click here.
I value evidence-based therapies in complementary and alternative medicine. After getting my Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Truman State University in Missouri, I was in the process of preparing for traditional medical school. However, my reticence with finishing the process became clear when I realized I wanted to offer the type of effective medicine I grew up with. Instead, I focused on experience in laboratory research before I found Bastyr University. I have experience researching corn genetics, neonatal meningitis caused by K1 capsule E. coli, and the effects of turmeric on iron-loading in liver cells. Previous to practicing in Michigan, I had a private practice in Saratoga Springs, NY.
My main therapeutic approach is Chinese and Western herbal therapy, nutrition, homeopathy and acupuncture. I have a special interest in women’s health, fertility, endocrine disorders, metabolic disorders, autoimmune disease, and chronic pain. I have worked with medical doctors specialized in rheumatology, allergies, pediatrics and women’s health. I have also worked extensively with naturopathic physicians who focus on endocrinology, women’s health, adjuvant cancer care, Chinese medicine, homeopathy, and functional medicine. My training in China at the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Longhua Hospital affiliated with the Shanghai University of TCM, and Jade Institute fertility training has especially reinforced my expertise in various aspects of women’s health.
In my free time, I like to spend time with family and friends, play piano and banjo, garden, cook, throw pottery, read, and hike.
Accreditation and Education
- Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND), Bastyr University, Seattle, WA
- Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MSAOM), Bastyr University, Seattle, WA
- Licensed Naturopathic Doctor (ND), VT
- Registered Acupuncturist (RAc), MI
- Diplomate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
- Certificate of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai University of TCM
- Certificate of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chengdu TCM University
- Bachelors of Arts, Biology/Music, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO