Board certified since 1997 by the National Certifying Commission on Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, holds a Master's in Acupuncture from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute (now called TAI Sophia) in Columbia, Md. She has also studied Japanese Meridian Therapy with the Tohohari Medical Association in the U.S. as well as in Japan. Prior to becoming an acupuncturist, she trained at Potomac Massage Training Institute, graduating in 1983, and taught there for more than ten years. Her acupuncture approach is based in Five Element theory--seeing and listening to the patient as a whole and in the context of nature and the seasons. Symptoms are seen as helping to point the way to bringing balance and health. She's worked with patients dealing with a wide variety of issues and concerns including fertility, digestion, sleep, allergies, HIV-associated conditions, pain, depression, skin problems, effects of chemotherapy, headache, anxiety, stress and achieving/maintaining general wellness. She's had a private practice in Washington since 1983.