I grew up eating Twinkies while day-dreaming about Oreos. Never did it cross my mind that what you eat could have an impact on how you feel, let alone your health. Chinese medicine was a universe away, where the only exposure to eastern medicine was the occasional trip to Chicago’s Chinatown.

Fast forward a couple of decades and I'm  committed to health and wellness—-but not in an annoying way. (Don’t worry, I'll only judge your eating habits behind your back.)

 The Health World is Confusing

Let's be real, the health world is overwhelming, and the prospect of completely changing your lifestyle almost seems not worth the mental headache. If this is how you feel, then I'm in your corner.

I was changed by Chinese medicine and the power of nutrition after helping cure my own digestive and anxiety issues after dissatisfaction with conventional treatments. I had to learn to navigate the health and wellness world, and have made it my mission to parcel out the good from the bad, all the while helping others do the same. You can read about my healing journey here. I decided to pursue a more holistic and health-oriented profession in order to help others struggling with their own healthcare battles, realizing that health and wellness aren't spectator sports.

In 2010, I enrolled in graduate school and have since earned my masters degree from the highly esteemed Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago. I completed my 4 year masters program with over 3,500 credit hours of theory and clinical practice and supplemented my education by attending an advanced acupuncture and herbal program at the Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Shen Yang, China. It was in China where I saw the true value of integrative medicine at work, where patients received eastern therapies alongside western procedures.

No longer a Twinkie connoisseur, I am NCCAOM board certified acupuncturist and herbalist as well as a Licensed acupuncturist in the state of Illinois. I'm  committed to educating and treating those within her LGBT community as well as enlightening and working with the broader public on the importance of self-care, health, and nutrition. I'm also obsessed with plants, and you can check out why they are so important for our health and well-being here.

If you want to feel better but are completely overwhelmed by the process, I'm your gal. Getting healthy and feeling better doesn't have to be a continuous nail on a chalkboard, it should be straightforward and fun, with no guild added.

You can find my website here: www.polkpuncture.com

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