I have been facilitating people’s wellness journeys since 1996. I am passionate about personal growth and transformation enabling us to feel more connected with ourselves and others, creating greater peace and harmony within our bodies and minds, within our relationships, and throughout the world.
I am a wife and a mom to two boys and have lived on Cape Cod in Massachusetts since 1998.
I bring my highly developed intuition, myriad healing skills, and deep respect for your life journey to support you on your path toward vibrant health and wellbeing.
My love of exploration began when I was a youngster. Growing up in Baltimore, I was bitten by the travel bug while adventuring with my family across much of the United States and western Europe before I was 14. I was insatiably curious about other languages and cultures, but I especially loved ancient artifacts and edifices such as Mesa Verde, Stonehenge and the Roman Colosseum. During these two extended trips, which deeply bonded our family, my parents awakened in me a hunger for adventure and the desire to step out of my comfort zone, a natural impulse to seek out how people around the world live and lived in bygone times, and the desire to test my ability to think on my feet and find solutions to problems that arise along any journey.
Along with my love of outward exploration, I was a sensitive, intuitive kid, always aware of how people around me were feeling. Today I am known as an empath, but in the 1970s and ‘80s, I felt very alone in sensing disturbing feelings or energy that didn’t feel right to me. I didn’t know how to deal with what I was feeling, so I learned to disregard my discomfort in order to get along in the world.
At Dartmouth College I nourished my passion for ancient cultures by majoring in Classical Studies, which included ancient Greek and archaeology. I was thrilled to awaken to the realization that our modern European-American civilization owes so much to ancient Greek and Roman language, principles and architecture.
After my first year of college, I worked for the summer in Glacier National Park in Montana. Living amongst the majesty of incredible mountains, I started to feel a sense of awe, and it seemed to me that some kind of divinity must exist. Did I dare use the word God? Coming from a secular Jewish family, I wasn’t sure. But for the first time in my life I felt deeply that there must be an overarching force in the universe.
That summer I also happened to read a book called The Tao of Pooh, by Benjamin Hoff, which deeply impacted me as an introduction to the ancient Chinese philosophy of Taoism and the art of living in balance.
After college I lived for a year in Kyoto, Japan and taught English. I felt deeply peaceful living amongst the ceremonial sacredness that wove through daily Japanese life: the precise making of sushi rice, the beautiful presentation of food on a plate, the age-old tea ceremony, Shinto shrines on street corners, the lighting of incense at one of the numerous Buddhist temples throughout the city. In Japan I read another life-changing book, The Turning Point, by Fritjof Capra. I felt an urge to discover my life’s work, which I intuitively sensed would be in alignment with what Capra described as a new paradigm of holistic health and well-being.
After returning to the States, I was given a book about acupuncture and was surprised to discover that the practice of this ancient healing art, which originated in China, felt deeply resonant with what I had been seeking. Becoming an acupuncturist seemed bizarre, so I decided to think about it while interning for the summer on a small farm in Maine. While there, I came across another seminal book, this one by a woman who called herself Peace Pilgrim. Peace Pilgrim left her job in Philadelphia and spent years walking alone across North America with no possessions save the clothing on her body, handing out pamphlets about creating peace. I was deeply struck by her teaching that peace in the world can only be attained when people achieve inner peace, and that our most difficult hurdles are our relationships with family. I dedicated myself to seeking inner peace and to support others in doing so.
In the ensuing months, the pull towards acupuncture school persisted. I decided to follow that pull and began my studies at The Traditional Acupuncture Institute (TAI) in Maryland the following spring, when I was 26. I was thrilled to finally find my tribe in an atmosphere of self-inquiry, emotional intelligence, and devotion to healing and personal growth for ourselves and our future patients.
The acupuncture master’s degree program was the greatest challenge I had yet undertaken. For two and a half years straight. I was asked to explore ever deeper levels of my being in order to become a healing practitioner of the highest order. One of my fellow students used to say that TAI was a school of philosophy with a “front” of acupuncture. We learned the skills and knowledge base of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, but our true focus was helping people evolve into their best selves, body, mind and spirit.
After graduation, I was itching to move somewhere new, but I had no idea where. One day in yoga class I heard a voice inside say, “Go do yoga teacher training.” I looked around the room and thought, “Who, me?!” As my inner voice hadn’t yet seemed to steer me wrong, I enrolled in a program at Kripalu Center in Massachusetts. During my training, a fellow student whose husband was a chiropractor on Cape Cod asked if I might want to come work in her husband’s office. I visited and had a strong sense that that was the place I should be, even though I had never been especially attracted to the ocean. Four months later, I was living on Cape Cod and taking steps to open my acupuncture practice there.
Within four years, I had created a thriving practice called Cape Cod Acupuncture, met and married my husband, completed a three-year training in Chinese herbal medicine, and given birth to our first son. Our second son was born 4 years later, and the adventure of family life began, including the challenging juggle of motherhood and working outside the home.
From my childhood, I knew that family could be both stabilizing and crazy-making. Remembering Peace Pilgrim, I was committed to cultivating and sustaining excellent relationships with my husband and children, and I explored numerous avenues for support. My husband and I had gone to a couples’ retreat before we got married, and the simple communication strategy we learned there was (and still is) invaluable in getting us to connect and work through issues that arise. The Five Elements of Chinese medicine were also extremely helpful in understanding the personalities and the needs of my husband, children, and myself.
As I regularly heard my patients and friends relating struggles with their partners and children, I started feeling called to help other families connect in the ways that seemed to work in my household. I completed several trainings in mediation, especially resonating with the one based on Nonviolent Communication principles. I integrated this work into my practice.
Once my younger son got to the age of five, I started to hear the call of the wider world once more. Remembering my childhood adventures, I organized a four-week family sojourn to Paris, the UK and Iceland that included a 2-week home swap in London. A few years later we ventured out again, to Greece and Italy. In one tear-stained afternoon I realized that my family was not as internationally adventurous as I, and I resolved to bring travel into my life in a way that would suit us all.
The following spring, I planned and led a weeklong group trip to England for 11 women. The next year I became an independent travel advisor with an agency in New York City. Helping people plan trips was a delightful balance to my acupuncture practice, but I knew inside that something was still missing. It was only when the COVID-19 quarantine happened and I took a break from practicing acupuncture that I gave myself permission to truly dream my path forward. During those months of shutdown, I was finally able to have the space to articulate my passions for contributing to the world at this point in my life.
I now work wholeheartedly with people who are ready to dedicate themselves to shining the light on their inner landscape of thoughts, feelings, needs, and dreams, healing emotional wounds, and giving themselves permission to create the life they are yearning for. I still maintain a small acupuncture practice in Chatham and work virtually with people through online programs, retreats, wellness consulting and holistic life coaching.