I grew up in Japan seeing Asian folk medicine being used at home. I still remember a snake being soaked in a grain alcohol bottle sitting in our kitchen cabinet. Grandma warmed my tummy with moxa sticks when I had a tummy ache and applied yellow powder to my cuts.
My first experience with acupuncture was in the year 2000 after my back went out at work. It was too painful to breathe and I could not get up for 2 weeks. Acupuncture gave me a tremendous pain relief and eventually freed me from pain completely!
In 2003, my daughter was born at home with help from my midwives and acupuncturist after a long, exhausting labor. My daughter was born 40 minutes after acupuncture needles were inserted.
In 2004, abnormal tissue growth was found in my husband's spine. Despite 3 operations, it left him with severe pain and muscle spasms. Acupuncture is one of very few things that continue to give him relief from his ongoing pain and discomfort.
Through my own family experiences, I wanted to understand healing properties of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. I also was deeply moved by those who offered us assistance at challenging times. I wanted to offer something meaningful back to them, but I felt I didn't have anything to offer. This is when I decided to become an acupuncturist so I can contribute to the health and happiness in my family and others.
I had a great opportunity to apprentice with Dr. Kanno in Takasaki, Japan. He has been practicing for more than 35 years, and he specializes in shonishin (non-needle technique developed for children). I now use this technique with children and has been finding it very effective. I return annually to Japan leading education tours for acupuncturists from different countries.
I live in Makawao, HI with my husband Dylan and daughter Momo. I enjoy playing the marimba, exploring the island, working out, and eating yummy food that this beautiful island offers!
I am here to assist you and your family to live life in full health, both physically and mentally. I am commited to safe and compassionate care that huides you back to a happy and healthy life, once again.
If you have any questions or conerns before making an appintment, please feel free to contact me. Call: 808-468-2459 or email to: . I would be happy to talk about your needs and my approaches to how I can better treat your specific situation. I look forward to talking with you soon.