Role at Health Foundations:
Medical Assistant and Acupuncturist
When did you begin working at HF?
I started working in June 2015 and love being involved in all kinds of jobs here.
What is your educational background/training?
I have been a phlebotomist for over 7 years working at local blood banks and clinics around the metro area. I fell in love with acupuncture and holistic healing after many successful treatments while training for the twin cities marathon in 2009. Soon after, in the spring of 2014 I graduated with my Master in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. I also had the opportunity to travel abroad to Tianjin University in Tianjin China, where I completed advanced studies in acupuncture and Oriental medicine. I truly have a passion for helping others and guiding them through their healing journey.
Where were you born and what month? Anything you want to share about your birth?
I was born at St. Josephs on July 20th two long weeks late according to my mother. It was during a stormy day with tornado sirens going off in the background. Luckily no tornado hit, just a little lady was born at 8:25 pm.
Where do you live now?
I live in Woodbury, with my cat Cliff.
Describe your family.
I am the youngest of 3 children, and have 3 nephews and 1 niece. I absolutely love being an Aunt it is the greatest gift. My family is from Brainerd MN so any chance I get I am heading up north for lake fun and family adventures.
What is one of your favorite things to do when you are not at HF?
I love anything outdoors during all 4 seasons. Hiking, kayaking, and picnics are some of my favorite activities. Also curling up with a good book is always a favorite.
What is one of your favorite restaurants in Saint Paul?
French Meadow is amazing! Breakfast, lunch, or dinner they have something for everyone with fresh ingredients.
If you could get on a plane tomorrow and travel anywhere in the world for free, where would you go?
I have always wanted to adventure down under to Australia. I would love to experience new foods, meeting the locals, and site seeing.
What inspired you to get into your field?
Growing up I was always a helper and knew I wanted to be a part of the medical field. I have always been one to use a more holistic approach in my personal health care. I discovered the wonders Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine while training for the Twin Cities Marathon in 2009; while training I had a lot of aches, pains, and troubled knees. The prescribed rest, ice, and Ibuprofen only went so far before the aches and pains would come back. I followed up with a suggestion to try acupuncture, and after 8 treatments I finished the marathon pain-free and Ibuprofen free! It was a wonderful experience. Being a phlebotomist at the time I decided to continue my needling career and started acupuncture school that fall. Acupuncture has helped me through more than just the marathon and I want to be able to help others the way it continues to help me.
What do you love about Health Foundations?
I love the good energy you feel right as you walk in door.
Our saying “Your body Your baby Your Birth Your way” says it all, I love what Health Foundations is all about and what it has to offer families. Everyone here is so welcoming and knowledgeable; I continually learn something new every day.
When will you be available?
I will be offering Community acupuncture Wednesday nights at the birth center from 6-8 PM, $30 per session. Please come and check it out!