My journey in the wellness industry began in 2007. I was working full-time as a lawyer in Washington, DC, and was desperate to alleviate some of the health issues that came along with my stressful work and environment. Acupuncture and a regular yoga practice were the only things that really helped me. Inspired, I soon completed a 200-hour yoga teacher certification and began teaching part-time. I quickly discovered that what I loved most about teaching was seeing the positive impact my classes were having on students’ health and well-being. It was then that I decided to switch career paths to study alternative medicine, so I could bring gentle and effective healing modalities to others. In 2011, I established and ran a successful wellness practice in DC, and in 2018 I moved with my family to the Netherlands.
I studied Acupuncture for three years at the Tai Sophia Institute (now the Maryland University of Integrative Health) in Laurel, Maryland. I earned and continue to maintain my Board Certification/Diplomate in Acupuncture from the National Certification Commission in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (U.S.). I completed my PLATO Medische Basiskennis training here in the Netherlands through NTI in 2021. I am a registered Acudetox Specialist by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (worldwide), and a Coordinator for Acupuncturists Without Borders in the Netherlands, focusing on stress and PTSD treatments for refugees. I am also a CAT Vergoedbaar Therapist, and a practicing member of the Dutch Professional Organization NVTCG Zhong.