After 30 years of nursing, I went back to school to learn Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (OM). I did this because after 6 weeks of treatment with acupuncture and Chinese herbs, my life long allergies to dust, mold and pollen were gone. After trying all that Western medicine has to offer, I was faced with a lifetime of medication or allergy shots. I researched the history and effectiveness of the medicine, went back to school and realized I had found my niche. The best part for me is that many people who have exhausted traditional treatment options with Western medicine have found relief from Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. It's a wonderful feeling to help those who have nearly given up hope to ever feel better. And after working in intensive care, It really tickles me to see those tiny needles give people relief!
I have been in the health care field for over 45 years working as a nurse and more recently as a Licensed Acupuncturist. I spent years as a Registered Nurse working in hospitals on general medical wards and in intensive and coronary care. For 6.5 years I was a Family Nurse Practitioner in a western medical community clinic. I have also taught clinical nursing through Anoka Ramsey Community College.
In 2001 I graduated from Northwestern Health Sciences University with a Master's degree in Oriental Medicine and have been practicing in Anoka or Coon Rapids since graduation. I earned a Master's degree in nursing. I am a Minnesota Board of Medical practice Licensed Acupuncturist and hold a Certificate in Oriental Medicine (which includes acupuncture) from the US National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
I believe that health is a manifestation of balance, both within the body itself and between the body and the external environment. When the body is internally balanced and in harmony with the external environment, energy flows smoothly throughout to nourish all organs and tissues. By adjusting and stimulating the flow of energy through acupuncture, it stimulates the body's natural healing ability to maintain health and protect against disease. I further believe that acupuncture should be affordable to a wide segment of the population.
I felt so passionately about community acupuncture that I taught many acupuncturists in the Twin Cities area how to set up a community clinic to provide more affordable acupuncture. I also organized the local coalition of community acupuncture clinics. I am a past president of the AOMAM (Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Association of Minnesota).
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