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Returning from Maternity Leave

Returning from Maternity Leave

For those of you who don’t know, I’ve been on maternity leave since late June.  My son, Cole, was born the morning of July 5th- just 2 days after his due date.  Both baby and I had a healthy natural labor and delivery.  Since then, I’ve been enjoying all the newborn baby bonding time I possibly can.  It’s been an incredible experience, but I’m looking forward to getting back to work and seeing you all again.

I will be returning to work on Monday October 9.  Initially, I’ll be working limited hours Monday-Friday.  I’m going to try to include some early hours (11am-1pm) and some late hours (4-6pm)- so hopefully I will be able to accommodate most people’s scheduling needs.  My hours and availability will probably change over the coming weeks and months as I figure out what works best for my patients, baby, and childcare.

Life with a baby can be hectic, and responding to voicemail and email can be challenging; so I encourage you to use my online scheduling to view and book available appointments by clicking here:  Another great way to reach me is by text (360.943.5570).

Because I will only be working limited hours, I will be strictly enforcing my no-show and short term cancellation policy.  Basically, cancellations are no problem, so long as you give me 24 hours notice.  If you have to cancel in less time or forget your appointment, I’ll be charging the full cost of the appointment, unless I’m able to fill your slot on short notice (thank you for understanding!).

I hope you’ve had a great couple of months and I look forward to seeing you soon!

P.S.  Here’s a photo of my little one :)



Upcoming Maternity Leave

Big news!

As some of you may already know, my partner Robert and I are expecting a baby boy in early July 2017!   We’re both very excited to become parents and will be taking some time away from work to focus on our new baby.

When will I go on leave?  And how long will I be out?

If all goes according to plan, I will begin maternity leave June 19th and return to work October 9th.  Of course, babies often don’t arrive on schedule, so I may adjust those dates as needed (I’ll keep you posted if there are any changes).

Continuing care while I’m on leave

I won’t be working for the three months I’m on leave.  If you’d like to continue taking Chinese herbs while I’m away, I would be happy to mix up a supply to last you while I’m out- please let me know prior to June 5, so I have time to mix it up for you.  In addition to not seeing patients during this time, I also will be taking a break from email and voicemail.  In case you would like to continue your treatment with another provider while I’m away, I wanted to provide you with some great practitioner options.  Luckily, there are some wonderful acupuncturists in Olympia who will be available to see you during that time.  Here are the practitioners I most recommend (in alphabetical order):

Michelle Bilodeau, EAMP - Michelle and I were classmates way back during our Chinese medicine training.  Like me, she practices all branches of Chinese medicine: acupuncture, herbs, qigong, and nutritional counseling.  Her practice is located in West Olympia, near the auto mall.  She accepts most major insurance plans.  She works afternoons and evenings during the week. Email:  Tel: 360.754.1396

Rain Delvin, EAMP, LMP – Rain is a fantastic acupuncturist, herbalist, and Thai massage therapist.  Her office is located around the corner from mine, at 2020 Jackson Ave in West Olympia.  She is in-network with most major insurance plans (including Regence/Uniform).  Email:  Tel: 360.754.1823

Denise Robison, EAMP – Denise is a long time practitioner of acupuncture and herbal medicine.  She specializes in family medicine, women’s health and fertility, and pediatrics.  Her office is located in West Olympia, near the auto mall.  She is in-network with most insurance plans (including Regence/Uniform).  She works evenings, Monday through Friday.  Email: Tel: 360.357.5353

Sarah Tung, EAMP, ND – Sarah is a great acupuncturist and naturopathic doctor.  Her acupuncture style is very similar to my own.  Her office is located in West Olympia, just off 101 on Black Lake.  She is in-network with most insurance plans (including Regence/Uniform).  She works mornings and early afternoons and also has some weekend hours available.  Email:  Tel: 360.350.9014

Scheduling and office hours after maternity leave

Right now, I’m planning to return to work part-time in early October and slowly increase my hours back to full-time over the course of several months.  At this point, I’m not entirely sure what my initial office hours will be.  Some of that will depend on baby’s schedule and some of that will depend on child care.  My plan is to send out another email and post an update on my website a few weeks before I return to work, letting you know about my hours, availability, and scheduling.  So keep an eye out for that update.

Thank you!

Thank you for your understanding and support during this exciting time!  If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me (prior to June 19th) :)

Spring Qigong Class

Qigong Class- Spring 2015

It’s spring!   Spring is a time of growth and renewal: plants are growing, flowers are blooming, the weather is warming, and days are getting longer.  Ancient Chinese philosophy teaches the key to health and longevity is to keep in harmony with the rhythms of nature.  As the natural world is becoming more animated and active,  it’s a great time to break-out of our winter hibernation, try new things, become more active and move our bodies more.

One great way to attune your body to the spring season is to practice qigong- a gentle mind-body exercise that coordinates movement, breath, and focused attention.  This season I’ll be teaching a rejuvenating qigong form called, appropriately enough, Return to Spring.  This form is part of the Sheng Zhen system of qigong as taught by master Li Junfeng.  It is a profound way to invigorate and energize the body after periods of inactivity or illness. The graceful set of movements detoxifies the body and improves circulation, while fostering a lighthearted and happy spirit- perfect for spring!

The class will meet for 8 weeks, Sunday evenings (7-8pm) at the Yoga Loft in downtown Olympia.  For more information about the class and registration information, click here.  I hope you can join!

If you’d like a preview of what we’ll be learning, check out this video of my qigong master, Li Junfeng as he demonstrates the form:  Return to Spring performed by master Li Junfeng



Keeping Healthy in Autumn

Keeping Healthy in Autumn

Traditional Chinese medicine advice for health and harmony in the fall season

Fall is here!  Days are getting shorter, weather is getting cooler, and the natural world is moving into its dormant phase: leaves and fruits wither and fall, seeds dry, tree sap descend to the roots.  The seasonal change also affects our bodies– particularly the skin and immune system, leading to drier skin and an increase in colds, coughs, and allergies.  Ancient Chinese doctors noted that a key element to keeping healthy (in any season) is to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature, to adjust lifestyle according to the energies of the seasons.  Here are some simple tips for harmonious living in fall:
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Chinese Herbal Medicine Travel Kit

Chinese Herbal Medicine Travel Kit


A week from now I’ll be in Beijing!  As part of my packing and prep, I’m gathering items for my Chinese herbal medicine travel  kit.  I’ve brought this kit with me all over the US and several second and third world countries, urban metropolises and remote rural spots, freezing mountains and hot tropical jungles.  It has come in handy every trip I’ve taken, so I thought I’d share.  Here’s what I bring to keep healthy while on the road:

What I pack: Chinese Herbal remedies for travel

What I pack: Chinese Herbal remedies for travel

White Flower Oil- This is a topical liniment composed of a variety of essential oils including wintergreen, eucalyptus, lavender, and menthol.  It’s a wonderful topical pain reliever for sore muscles, stiff necks, or achy backs.   After a long day of walking and traveling, I rub this on my legs and feet to rejuvenate and improve circulation.  It also takes the itch out of bug bites and may even repel some insects.  The essential oils have the aromatherapy effects of relaxing and invigorating- so in theory, it could help jet lag, fatigue, anxiety, depression, and home sickness.  I’ve also used it to mask bad ambient odors by dabbing some on my neck so all I smell is minty goodness.  Alternatively, you could sprinkle some oil on the source of the odor (dirty laundry, smelly shoes, etc.)

Huo Xiang Zheng Qi Shui- This herbal liquid  is an incredibly effective remedy for traveler’s diarrhea, food poisoning, nausea and vomiting.  Luckily, I’ve only ever had to take this on a few occasions.  It tastes terrible, but it really works, really quickly.  A couple of years ago I got food poisoning and was so sick I couldn’t even keep water down.  This stuff saved me: a couple swigs and no more vomiting.  It’s a good thing to keep on hand, wherever you are- when you need it you probably won’t feel up to a trip to the pharmacy or doctor’s office.

Bi Yan Pian- This is my favorite formula for most nose, sinus, ear, eye, and throat problems (colds, flu, allergies, postnasal drip, sore throat, cough, sinus headaches, stuffy ears, itchy eyes, etc.)  Many of the ingredients have antiviral properties, and I have found it helpful for both preventing and treating many viral infections.  I even found it helpful when I came down with dengue fever in southern Mexico (dengue is a virus transmitted through mosquito bites).  For prevention, I take a dose before getting onto a plane or other high-germ environment.

Ginger candies-  First off, these are delicious.  They’re also great for treating nausea from motion sickness, soothing an upset stomach, and helping ears “pop” on airplanes during take off and landing.  Ginger is also used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to treat mild colds and flu manifesting with chills and body aches.  I always have a couple in my handbag for emergencies (or a tasty treat).  I buy mine from an Asian market, but you can also find them at stores like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods.

Yunnan Baiyao-  This is a very famous formula.  The Chinese government has given it a Class-1 protection status, as status granted to only 2 herbal patents.  Considering there are thousands of different Chinese herbal patents out there,  this should give you an idea of just how precious and important this formula is.  It is an incredibly powerful remedy for stopping bleeding, treating traumatic injuries, preventing and treating infection.  It can be used topically for scrapes, cuts, bruises, even gun shot wounds.  And can also be taken internally for internal bleeding, severe bruising, broken bones, sprained joints, abscesses and infections.  Hopefully, you’ll never need to use it; but it’s good to have on hand in case.

I also bring enough acupuncture needles to treat friends and family on the road (and myself when needed).

And that’s basically it!  This is by no means a complete medical kit, but it does address some of the more common travel health conditions.  Of course, I would recommend bringing all the usual first aid items (like bandages, sterile gauze, alcohol swabs, antibiotic ointment, and pain relievers, etc.)   Get your vaccinations.  And always pack a good supply of prescribed medications, supplements, or herbs.

Wishing you fun and healthy travels!

Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Services

Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body’s own natural healing ability and improving functioning by the insertion of very fine needles into specific points.

Acupuncture treatment sessions generally last between 50-60 minutes and include herbal consultation.

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