Who I am
My training in holistic health began at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. I earned a Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2002. Shortly thereafter, I set up a practice in Olympia, Washington. Since then I have learned about a variety of other healing approaches that span four continents.
Depending upon the needs of a client, I currently draw upon one or more of four major healing frameworks:
I act as a truly holistic practitioner. I am able to presence the deep essence of an individual, bear witness to how separation occurs and support them to rest back into wholeness. I have a nurturing and compassionate masculine presence. I enjoy working with men, women and children in living their lives to the fullest. I enjoy working with men in supporting them to stand in their authentic masculine power. My nurturing presence seems to allow women permission to soften into their radiance. I have non-insertion acupuncture techniques that make energetic re-balancing accessible to children and sensitive adults. I am able to allow the mystery to unfold with the freshness that only “not knowing” can bring; this often comes with a playful spirit that fills the session room.
I am passionate about this work. My adaptability allows the process to be shifting directions during the session and to continue to be met. I am willing to laugh, shout, tremble and cry with people as the unfolding occurs. The non-judgementalness held in the room makes space for perceptional shifts to occur. The space for this transformation is sacred to me and therefore held with deep integrity.
Sessions may involve talking and emoting, physically moving the body and stepping through a ritual, or peacefully laying on a table in a sleepy state with no words exchanged. Because the mystery is where the pieces are that we don't already know, there is never an agenda of what will be occurring during a session. It is a watching of how things will unfold.
Besides working with Individuals I also work with groups. In 2003 I started an acupuncture and alternative health care program at the Senior Services for South Sound Center in Olympia. This provided an opportunity to serve the senior population and provide alternative health care. In 2010 I began teaching elemental and embodiment workshops. The journey to share with communities continued in 2013 as my partner, Jessica Rose and I traveled for 7 months offering our medicine in small villages and clinics. Upon our return, I was inspired to create a school, and in 2015 I co-founded Awakening to Wholeness, a two year school to support embodied energetic practices and awareness. In 2019 I led an outdoor week long retreat to support a deepening of connection with self and the land through meditation, exploration and ceremony on Maui, Hawaii.
Beyond supporting the evolution of individuals, I am also interested in the evolution of medicine. I believe that every health care modality, at its core, has the opportunity to nourish people in their wholeness. At this time, both mainstream and alternative medicine are taught as a way to fix individuals. When we recognize the individual as intrinsically whole, then these same medical techniques may be utilized as supports to this experience and have a different impact on health.
I am an enlivened individual who has a great love of humanity. I have traveled the world, and through an abundance of rich experiences, feel as though I have lived many lives in this one. I am devoted to my own self growth and evolution and carry a wealth of experience into session with me.