I am a licensed acupuncturist in Portland, Oregon, born and raised on the beautiful island of Barbados. I have always been drawn to the art of medicine and healing and set out to become a doctor since childhood. However, I believed that there was more to medicine than medications and surgery and during my years as a medical student, sought more wholistic practices.
I began my medical career in 2008 as a doctor, obtaining an allopathic medical degree in 2014 in my home country, Barbados. After 12 months of working as a medical intern in a public hospital in Trinidad, I decided to pursue a degree in natural medicine instead of continuing on to a medical residency program. My dream was to pursue and practice a form of medicine that complemented the body’s innate abilities of self-healing, viewed each person as an individual and shared my beliefs in the mind-body connection for healing. It was at NUNM in Portland, OR, where I found my home in Classical Chinese Medicine.
My acupuncture style follows Traditional Japanese techniques which are gentle and incredibly effective. Such techniques include gentle insertive needling, non-insertive needling, moxibustion and gentle bodywork such as sotai, myofascial release and cranialsacral therapy. I enjoy working with a diverse patient population with conditions such as chronic illnesses and pain conditions, physical rehabilitation (such as neurological conditions, injury, stroke) and the secondary stress, anxiety and depression that can result.
I have chosen not to be a licensed MD in the United States but enjoy using my medical knowledge in understanding my patients from a biomedical perspective, speaking and translating the Western language of medicine, and combining it with my knowledge of East Asian medicine. I am a national board-certified acupuncturist with the NCCAOM and Oregon Medical Board and am currently an independent provider at Onkodo Clinic.
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I often tell my patients this about my practice of medicine:
Medicine is an art. It requires some creativity and insight, and no two treatments can ever be the same. Each person is unique and with each person, each visit is also unique. I am not here to heal you but to simply be present as a mediator and encouragement to your body’s intuitive function of healing. I am here to give a gentle reminder of what healthy may look like for you.