ACUPUNCTURIST AT SIX FISHES NEIGHBORHOOD ACUPUNCTURE
I've been immersed in acupuncture and herbal medicine (Chinese and Western) since 2016. But it wasn't until I undertook specialized pediatric training that my passion for Chinese Medicine fully ignited. New to Philly, I’m a graduate of Oshio College of Acupuncture and Herbology on Vancouver Island, BC (Coast Salish Territories).
Since then, I've treated kids with high fevers; helped a 10-day old avoid a (second) ER visit for severe reflux; and recommended herbs to ease a baby’s colic. And I've calmed a teen's anxiety with a few well-placed "pins."
I continue to be in awe of this medicine's capacity to help babies, kids, and parents alike navigate the process of growing up and prevent higher-risk medical interventions. I use acupuncture and herbs for my own family and even for the dog when he's having a rough day!
CHINESE MEDICINE LOVE STORY
What brings you joy?
Seeing a kid's brow relax after receiving a few pins. Learning that a postpartum parent was able to prevent mastitis with the herbal protocol I recommended. Hearing a teen say that they feel more relaxed during school. And just being there for my patients of any age in moments of sadness and celebration. These are the times in practice that remind me why I took this path, to begin with.
how I work
What’s your superpower?
Collaboration. I learned this from my very first acupuncturist, Itzik, whom I saw for relentless tension headaches. He cured my headaches and partnered with me in my healing process using exercises, nutrition guidance, and moxa. The power of that experience inspires me to this day. It's a skill that I honed during my internship at the Victoria Native Friendship Center, where I treated patients for chronic pain, fibromyalgia, migraines, body/ mind pain, and addiction. These relationships showed me that client-centered, trauma-informed care means taking into account everything from your unique constitution to the wider social context in which you're located. And that healing is a partnership.
who I am
What was before Six Fishes?
Since I was a kid, I've worked and volunteered in social justice movements. I served as the Director of an LGBTQ inclusion org, organized a worker cooperative conference, worked alongside local organizers in earthquake-shaken Haiti, and spent many years advocating for more progressive policies in my own Jewish community. Before joining Six Fishes, I co-organized an herbal mutual aid project on Lkwungen Territories. I also work with Buddhist organizations committed to racial equity and justice. I'm delighted to be a part of Six Fishes and I look forward to working with you!