Growing up, traditional Asian medicine was a part of daily life – from food, martial arts, and meditation to healthcare. Chinese Medicine has become a home after decades of studying the diverse traditions of Asian medicine from India, Japan, Korea and Tibet.
Following years of living in Asia and meeting and training with clinicians and healers abroad, I completed formal academic training in TCM, Classical acupuncture and medical herbalism. Following graduate studies that included Chinese, Japanese and myofascial trigger point treatment, I completed post graduate degree studies in Kampo, or Japanese herbal medicine.
I completed an Acupuncture Fellowship in hospital-based care, along with another degree in Integrative health services, with a focus on Ayurveda, women’s health and psychology.
I aim to complete my doctoral degree with a focus on medical research, orthopedics and oncology, in early 2019.
I have had the fortune of serving thousands of patients through our outpatient, community care project. (CAP). Our services are available through our private practice, among the longest standing in the area.
My practice is constantly updated in lieu of clinical research as an evidence base, returning to traditional medical archives and drawing upon personal experience, and that of generations of masterful physicians and medical thinkers.
My experienced clinical work is continually referred by physicians, therapists, manual and physical therapists and cherished colleagues in the field. My clients range from long-standing, community members and local families, to noted politicians, the film and fashion industry, clinicians and therapists, professional athletes, dancers and performers and those in the service and culinary fields.
As a visual artist and bibliophile, I found yoga and meditation as an adolescent, and it brought together for me the creative, the embodied and expressive. I moved to Asia, learned languages, translated and edited texts. I experienced this wisdom of life and longevity in rural kitchens, agricultural practices, temple architecture - as inseparable from clinical medicine.
Over twenty years of Yoga and contemplative practice inform clinical care and processes of self-healing. My primary mentors of traditional medicine and healing have all emphasized this dual cultivation. It's now the basis of my approach to mindbody medicine.
Through formal programs of study in contemplative psychotherapy, and innovative applications of psycho-emotional healing derived from medical classics, I continue to develop effective and meaningful strategies of care. Affective neuroscience is a prominent arena of research.
My approach to mindbody medicine is a joining of these streams, which I call the “Yoga of Medicine (YOM).” It puts at the forefront the rooted, phenomenological and experiential base of health and healing.
Like many of you, I am committed to my own perpetual growth and healing. Through personal retreat, mentor relationships and community building with local parents and colleagues - through the arts and education - I support health and wellbeing as a joint, relational effort. Having come full circle as a parent, a lot of my free time is devoted to living a creative life - writing, painting, sculpting and the culinary arts.
Writing and Research
I have worked as a yoga researcher (under Georg Feuerstein at YREC), published over ten books, contributed articles and edited for journals, co-wrote academic curricula at the graduate level, and developed teacher training material for yoga education.
Medical humanities and anthropology enrich my perspectives on clinical practice. My research focus includes the interface between culture, science, religion and folk and traditional medicine. Through community education initiatives (Samaya Education) and interviews (YOM) with physicians, healers and top educators, I promote an extended medical gaze that appreciates humanity and diversity in a plural view of Asian medicine practice.
I am finishing work on my latest books on “contemplative medicine and healing.” I also love teaching and have spoken at universities, at yoga teacher trainings, led retreats, workshops and classes - nationally and internationally - for the last fifteen years.
The interface of art, traditional medicine, dharma and contemplative practice (yoga) have been a lifelong passion and the continued direction of my work.