Most often asked question in my practice? “How did you become an Acupuncturist?” The story goes something like this:
For a good portion of my life I have found that when I follow my heart’s desire, personal development and growth occur naturally. When I throw into that mix, trusting that image, what dawns is the life I envisioned. This is precisely what occurred in 1996 when I began formally studying Western Herbal Medicine with one of the premier internationally recognized teachers in the field, Rosemary Gladstar. Over the course of a year of intense, stimulating and transformative training, my eyes opened to new perspectives in the healing arts. I began to see how folk remedies, the old fashioned doctoring methods and today’s modern medicine were all so closely aligned.
Then one fine day my wife gave me the gift of meeting and being treated by her Acupuncturist. The first treatment was “interesting.” However, the second treatment rocked my boat right out of the water. I found a renewed sense of joy and ease about myself. My step seemed lighter, my thoughts more clear and I had a heightened sense of awareness. It was such a rejuvenating sensation that I wanted more. It seemed that in the very next breath I was visiting the Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Laurel, Maryland for a meet and greet. It was the convergence of the students, faculty, Chinese philosophy, Acupuncture and openness of the Institute that tossed me onto the next roller coaster of my life. In the following three and a half years I became immersed in the Master of Acupuncture program. That course of study changed my life and the ways in which I view the world around me. I am passionate about this medicine, the people I meet and the ability to be of benefit to others.
Personal interests: wildlife, conservation, quiet woodlands, contemplative studies, natural and organic foods, gardening, cooking, tennis, exercising at the gym, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, hiking, camping, traveling, reading, The New York Times, great coffee and a good movie.