I am a graduate of La Salle University and the Eastern School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. I am Pennsylvania Licensed and registered, as well as Nationally Certified by the NCCAOM. I am always striving to learn more and improve my skills. I have completed many CEU courses to gain expertise and certification in specialized areas like fibromyalgia, oncology, sports injuries, and women's health.
I have been in private practice in Chester County PA for over 17 years and have worked for Penn Medicine/LGH at the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute in Lancaster PA, and in 2018 completed the Memorial Sloan Kettering Oncology Acupuncture Certification course.
Education and Certifications
Eastern School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Acupuncture is a 3 year full time study with your last year spent in the school clinic treating patients.
Nationally Certified by the NCCAOM
A Diplomate of Acupuncture is an acupuncturist who is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM®)
Pennsylvania State Licensed and Registered
Along with my National Certification from the NCCAOM, I also hold a current Pennsylvania State License and am a member of the Association for Professional Acupuncture in PA.
B.A. of Psychology, La Salle University
I have always had a passion for helping people. Originally, this led me to obtain my degree in Psychology, and later on, to find my true passion in the practice of Acupuncture.
Once asked, "How does a nice Italian girl from Philly end up in Acupuncture school?" Well here is the answer...After experiencing the "never-ending flu" back in the 80's, I had been given a diagnosis of CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), fibromyalgia, and fevers of unknown origin. I saw twelve specialists at major University hospitals who all decided I had 'nothing wrong' one even suggested that maybe a new dress and a night out to a lovely dinner might help me feel better!
After four years, and many tests, my family doctor decided to test me for a new disease he heard about at a conference "Lyme disease"; and there it was a positive result in its most advanced stage of disease. After IV Therapy for the Lyme I still had many problems and was told to by the doctors at Penn I could be permanently disabled. One young doctor suggested that I try acupuncture. I didn't even know what it was but at 24 permanent disability was not an option, so off I went to find out about Acupuncture. Well I did find out about it and I tried it, for me it was a miracle, a God sent that gave me my life back. The pain started to subside, the swelling went down, the headaches and fevers lessened. I already had a college degree and a career but I knew I wanted to go back to school to study Acupuncture so I could help others the way I was helped.
Acupuncture is a 3 year full time study with your last year spent in the school clinic treating patients. There is more to this story and I would be glad to share it with you if you are interested, just ask me when you come in.
Acupuncture can be new and a bit scary to many people, I have been told that my gift is that i can put people at ease with my gentle, compassionate way and caring treatments. I can also identify with those who've been experiencing frustration with long-term pain or illness with a lack of relief.