As an acupuncturist and herbalist, doula and mother of two, I’ve experienced first-hand how the demands of work and family can leave a woman feeling depleted.

That’s why I do what I do.

After the birth of my first child in 2003, I put my knowledge of traditional Chinese placenta encapsulation the test and prepared my own placenta. Though the postpartum period had its challenges, I felt relatively good overall. So good, in fact, that when my next child was born I didn’t think it was necessary to prepare my placenta.

My second recovery was vastly different from my first. I was weepy, fatigued, and had terrible mood swings. I tried to go back to work after four months and had to quit because of low thyroid levels, fatigue and depression.

In all, it took me over fourteen months to recover. I had no idea how much the placenta capsules had helped me the first time around and swore that if I ever had another child I would be sure to encapsulate my placenta again.

Over the past decade, I’ve heard the same story, time and again, from women who have benefited from encapsulating their placenta. I believe it to be an integral part of the postpartum recovery process and hope that every pregnant woman knows the potential that is stored in her placenta.


IMG_2533I have twelve years of experience in private practice as a California state-licensed acupuncturist and herbalist with a specialty in obstetrics and gynecology. I received a bachelor’s degree from Williams College in Massachusetts  in 1994, and graduated summa cum laude with a Masters in Science from Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine here in Santa Monica, CA in 2000.

In 2002 I became a certified birth doula and feel grateful to be witness to such a sacred event.  I have learned so much from each birth I have attended over the past decade, and feel the experience has greatly influenced my style as an acupuncturist.

I went on to do post-graduate training in obstetrics and gynecology, studying with some of the field’s most renowned acupuncturist-midwives. In addition to receiving hands-on training in obstetrics, I also learned the art of placenta encapsulation, according to traditional Chinese methods handed down from their teachers before them.


In my private acupuncture practice, I offer a full spectrum of complementary perinatal care. I treat everything from morning sickness to back pain, amniotic fluid irregularities, pregnancy-induced hypertension, breech presentation, labor preparation, natural labor inductions, postpartum care and more.

IMG_0660I combine a self-produced guided meditation series with acupuncture treatments designed especially for the last four to five weeks of pregnancy to aid in a smooth birth and give pregnant moms a chance to bond with their babies before labor begins.

I strive to be nurturing and empowering, and to create a safe environment for mothers-to-be, and for all patients seeking optimal health and a deeper level of spiritual well being.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my kids, gardening, camping, meditation, yoga, dancing Argentine tango and spending time with other moms and dads here in our close-knit community.

For more information about my private practice

please contact me at 310-367-5086