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My goal is to help you achieve your optimal health and wellness. I have seen the impressive results that acupuncture and Chinese medicine can produce, and I am grateful every day to be a practitioner of this gentle and powerful medicine. 

My background is as an officer in the US Air Force, serving 20 combined years active and reserve duty as a C-5 pilot/aircraft commander and a staff officer at the Pentagon. I am a 1992 graduate of the US Air Force Academy, majoring in Operations Research and Economics, and have a Masters of Science degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Operations Research.  I began studying alternative medicine in earnest starting in 1999 order to overcome my own health challenges.  I truly believe that illness can be a great teacher, a spark to ignite a personal transformation; and I also understand how much our health affects our quality of life and the importance of finding solutions to these challenges.  It is a privilege to help my patients feel better, as well as facilitate a deeper kind of healing.

I am a summa cum laude graduate of Northwestern Health Sciences University three-year masters program in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, a licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac.) by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice, and a certified Diplomate (Dipl.O.M.) by our national certification commission, the NCCAOM.

My husband and I are native Minnesotans, and made Aitkin our home in 2016 so that our toddler could grow up with family nearby, have lots of woods to roam and lakes to fish. I enjoy being a mom, cooking, hiking, tickling the piano keys, spending time with family, and playing a mean game of Scrabble. 

                   


Your unique health care situation is important to me. I am happy to answer any questions you may have regarding how acupuncture, nutrition, and herbal medicine can benefit you.

 


Aitkin Acupuncture at Riverwood Healthcare Center
Brown Log Building

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