After high school, I earned an Associate's Degree in Physical Therapy; but life took me in a different direction; and I spent the next 12 years of my life working as a personal assistant to the CEO of a television company. Upon his untimely passing, I was faced with the task of finding a new career. Turning my attention back to health, I decided to become a licensed massage therapist.
Working on people through bodywork made me want to help at a deeper level. It was this desire which lead me to Oriental Medicine. In 2008, I started studying Traditional Chinese Medicine at Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine. Realizing I wanted to learn more about the Mind, Body, Spirit connection of this medicine, I completed my education at Academy for Five Element Acupuncture earning a Master's Degree in Acupuncture and a certification in Chinese Herbal Studies.
Since then, I've remained associated with Academy for Five Element Acupuncture assisting with clinical supervision and point location. I have also created and managed Points of Wellness Acupuncture here in Gainesville, FL. In early 2014, Melissa L. Feigel and I joined forces to build our dream, BODIES IN BALANCE ACUPUNCTURE.
For years, I worked 60 hour weeks at a desk, but I was the definition of "weekend warrior". An avid runner, rock climber and gymnast, I pushed my body to its limits and beyond on a daily basis. Then, I hurt myself, and my marathon dreams were over. Five Element acupuncture helped heal my body, and it allowed me to get back out on the road and back in the gym.
After experiencing the powerful impact of these acupuncture treatments, I decided to follow a quite different career path, one which would involve helping others to fulfill their true potential and supporting people to establish and maintain good health and happiness. So, in 2008, having spent 12 successful years working as an accountant, I completely rearranged my life to go back to grad school.
After an intense 3 year Master's program and a 1 year clinical residency, I graduated from the Academy For Five Element Acupuncture in 2012, and am now a licensed Acupuncture Physician and Herbalist in Gainesville, FL. In addition to managing our growing practice at Bodies In Balance Acupuncture, I also work at my former university in both the Acupuncture and Herbal program.