I am a nationally certified acupuncturist in Knoxville, TN. I am board certified in acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and licensed by the State of Tennessee. I am also one of the Tennessee representatives in the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA), a board member of the Tennessee Acupuncture Council (TAC), and on the Acupuncture Now Foundation (ANF)’s Hospital Task Force. Additionally, I am certified with the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) in Clean Needle Technique.
I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC (1997), and I earned my Master of Science degree in Clinical Acupuncture from Tri-State College of Acupuncture (TSCA) in New York City (2011). My graduate acupuncture program focused on three distinct styles of acupuncture including Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a specific Japanese style acupuncture called KM Acupuncture, and Trigger Point Dry Needling (Dr. Janet Travell), an advanced sports medicine style of acupuncture, focusing on releasing muscle spasms and chronic pain. I integrate these three unique styles of acupuncture into my practice in order to bring the best possible outcomes to my patients.
At TSCA, I trained with master practitioners who treat wide array of sports and dance injuries – from players of the NY Jets and Giants (National League Football) and the NY Yankees and Mets (Major League Baseball) to the New York City Ballet and Broadway dancers and performers. In addition, I have worked with patients who had a wide array of signs and symptoms – from allergies and asthma, severe and chronic headache and refractory migraines, gastro-intestinal issues such as IBS, gastritis, and Crohn’s disease, symptoms of emotional stress and anxiety, complicated neck and back pain, insomnia, chronic and complex pain conditions, auto-immune conditions, arthritis, and patients undergoing chemotherapy and other cancer treatments. I also treat pregnant women as well as am one of the only pediatric acupuncturists in East Tennessee.
In New York City, I accumulated over 2,000 hours of both didactic and clinical experience in acupuncture. I was trained in Tui Na bodywork, a therapeutic style of Chinese medical massage. I incorporate this medical massage and essential oils into my acupuncture treatments to further harmonize each patient’s internal balance. In addition to treating patients in TSCA’s community acupuncture clinic, I had the wonderful opportunity to observe the practitioners at the Integrative Therapies Program for Children with Cancer at New York-Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in their Pediatric Oncology Department before moving to Knoxville, TN.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. I wholeheartedly believe in the power of acupuncture to help the body heal itself. I am passionate to help people overcome physical as well as emotional challenges in order to improve their health and well being. I have found that acupuncture works on its own but especially in conjunction with treatments and therapies from general practice medical doctors, osteopathic doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists and sports trainers. I work to co-treat and be a supportive modality along with other medical practitioners.
Acupuncture is $120 for first time visits, which typically takes about an hour and a half and $70 for any additional sessions. I take cash, check and credit cards via Square.
Depending on the insurance carrier and policy, some patients can submit their receipts and get reimbursed for their visits. You can call your insurance company to find out if they cover your treatments and if a doctor’s referral is needed. I provide the billing invoices and any necessary documentation to help you with this process. At this time, I do not bill insurance directly for acupuncture treatments. It is my hope to be a part of the movement for legislators and our medical system to consider acupuncture as a low cost, preventative medical modality covered by health insurance. Please note the cost of acupuncture is generally considered tax deductible as a medical expense. Acupuncture is also covered under most Flex Spending Plans. Please check with your Flex Plan administrator for specific coverage.
I have a beautiful, warm treatment space in the Bearden area of Knoxville at 6311 Kingston Pike (Suite 1-E) in the Professional Building of Kingston Pike (zip code 37919 on Bearden Hill beside the Blue Cross Blue Shield building).