I was first introduced to acupuncture following a motor vehicle accident in 2002. The accident left me with severe whiplash, limited mobility and a lot of pain. Physical therapy wasn’t helping and I didn’t want to be taking pain medication forever. On the advice of a friend, I turned to acupuncture.
After one acupuncture treatment. my pain was significantly reduced and my mobility was significantly improved. Acupuncture treatments over the next few weeks resulted in continued healing. From that point I was hooked and acupuncture became my go-to modality when I was in pain or my neck and shoulders were tight from long days of sitting in front of a computer.
I have always been drawn to helping people. In my past life, as I refer to my career before I became an acupuncturist, I was a research chemist working on developing a new method of detecting cancer. While this had the potential to help a lot of people, academic research tends to move slowly and I wanted to make a shift to a profession where I felt like I was making a difference.
In 2009 I made the decision to leave academia and study acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). From that moment, every time I doubted my decision I would get a sign from the universe letting me know that I was on the right path and that I should continue my journey to become a healer. I graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA), the oldest accredited school of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the country, and recognized as one of the top three acupuncture schools in the United States.
Part of the Team
I am grateful to have found my way into Dr. Baumgaertel’s Menu for Change program. It is refreshing to be part of a team that places such a high focus on an integrated approach to healthcare, preventative medicine, and empowering patients to be their best selves. Menu for Change treats every person as a unique individual with their own individual needs and treatment approach. I very much enjoy taking the time to get to know my patients, and I place a great importance in making sure they feel listened to and heard. Every day I have the honor of working with people to achieve their health and wellness goals. It is a wonderful feeling.