Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)® My first experience with acupuncture was for a shoulder injury in 2012. As a stubborn 21 year old, I didn’t want to go to the emergency room, so a friend took me to an acupuncturist instead. I was a bit skeptical, as I’d never tried anything like it, but I was hopeful. When I got there, the acupuncturist did what acupuncturists do best! NEEDLES! Long story short, I did end up going to the doctor and finding out I had a torn rotator cuff, and was told I’d have to immobilize my arm for 6 weeks. I saw the acupuncturist for a few more treatments, and I was able to move and use my arm after only 3 weeks...needless to say, I was a firm believer after that! It was after this event, that I found community style acupuncture; a more affordable way to get the treatments you need for less money. Acupuncture has helped me through injury, pain, stressful life events, and emotional challenges, and I would never have been able to get the help I needed, had it not been for this more affordable option. __ In addition to obtaining a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture from ASAOM, I also received a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutritional Science from the University of Arizona. In the past, I spent a combined 6 years working for an addiction recovery and behavioral health treatment center, where I received extensive training in helping and understanding people with mental health afflictions and addictions. During this time, I received my Yoga Teacher Certification, and have been teaching yoga since 2014. My extensive studies in a variety of different areas offers a unique perspective and holistic approach to my acupuncture treatments, giving me the ability to pull insight and wisdom from many areas of expertise.