Born in Singapore and raised in Germany by a French mother and German father, I came to the U.S. at age 19. A move from upstate NY to Santa Cruz, California in 2000 led me to discover acupuncture and Qi Gong, setting me on a path of studying the Healing Arts. I completed my Master in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MTCM) at Five Branches University in Santa Cruz in December of 2005 and became a California State Board Licensed Acupuncturist the following year. I’m also certified by the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine). I’ve been practicing in the Bay Area since 2006 with a recent sabbatical to fulfill my lifelong dream of publishing a novel, followed shortly by a second (and a third in progress).
Throughout my years in practice, I’ve studied various other methods of energy healing. Among those, I completed an extensive 2-year certification program in Bioenergy Balancing with Priscilla Kapel that honed my intuition and linked the body’s biochemistry with our mental-emotional-spiritual wellbeing. More recently, I’ve added Reiki to my repertoire, receiving my level I and II attunements from my Reiki Master, Geneviève Vulser. I've witnessed with amazement how much more powerful the energy has become that flows through my hands when I do healing work—both in person and in remote sessions. It’s been deeply rewarding to incorporate this gentle yet powerful healing method into my practice and observe its positive effects. I offer Reiki on its own (in person or remotely) or in combination with acupuncture (in person only).
My specialties include stress & pain management (acute and chronic), mental & emotional wellbeing, women’s health, pregnancy support and labor preparation, recovery & performance optimization for athletes, digestive disorders, and cancer support, as well as wellness maintenance. I often meet my clients when they're faced with significant questions and transitions in their lives. Between acupuncture, Reiki, and spiritual coaching, I can help you navigate change and uncertainty with greater ease at the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual level.
I strive to bring empathy, presence, and warmth to my treatments and may be most well-known for my expert cupping skills. I love working with people who are committed to their own healing and are willing to look deeply within themselves to identify and shift what may have been holding them back. From this place of awareness and intention, extraordinary leaps in healing can occur.
Helping you live your best life is my greatest reward. I look forward to being a part of your healing journey!