I’m a writer, photographer, and activist finishing up my last year of graduate school. In between exams, clinic rotations, work, and volunteering, you’ll find me documenting the journey.
In the summer of 2013 my partner and I moved from Chicago to Austin so that I could attend AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine. AOMA is rated one of the best Acupuncture schools in the U.S., and I’m so thankful to be earning my education here! Over the last three years I have been challenged, humbled, and supported in ways that have helped my growth, both personally and professionally. In that time, I’ve developed a passion for community acupuncture, health justice, and herbalism.
The history of Chinese medicine began with a curious and creative human. Its foundation can be traced back to ancestral observations of nature. Over the course of at least 3,000 years of inquiry, Chinese medicine has developed into a medical practice that honors art and science with equal importance. In its vast scope, this is a field that utilizes diverse modalities including acupuncture and moxabustion, herbal medicine, bodywork, exercise, nutritional therapy, and environmental health. At its core, Chinese medicine views disease and healing much like the Western medical view of homeostasis—the human body as a dynamic system constantly moving toward optimal balance. When the body shifts between this state, Chinese medicine is able to differentiate patterns of imbalance with insight using thoughtful diagnostic measures.
As a student at AOMA I’ve had the opportunity to think deeply about the vision I have for myself and my work as a practitioner. That vision involves collaboration and collective work with individuals and communities in the pursuit of health, economic, environmental, and social justice.
Prior to graduate school, I spent 10 years in the non-profit field. I’ve had the honor of learning from grassroots organizers and leaders working in various movements across the U.S. This unique education continues to influence the way I think, act, and communicate.
I am inspired by:
- The inherent genius of every organism
- Collective, creative, compassionate, and strategic collaborations that transform the world
- The Principles of Healing Justice
- Words as energetic currency
- Magic that is spun at the kitchen table
- The dance floor as a healing space
- The power of people—our traditional medicines, artistic productions, social activism, responsible entrepreneurship, and collective memories
Organizations dear to my heart:
- The Highlander Research and Education Center (New Market, TN)
- Southerners On New Ground (GA/Southern U.S.)
- The Chicago Freedom School (Chicago, IL)
- Project Nia (Chicago, IL/NYC)
- Harriet’s Apothecary (NYC)
Ideas and topics I write about:
- Musings on astrology + philosophy
- Thoughts on activism
- The healing power of food
- Experiences learning herbal medicine
- Reflections and personal essays
I’ve been writing this blog since 2011. In that time I’ve struggled to find and trust my voice. It’s a process that I continue to work on. Although the aesthetics and tone of the site has changed over the years, the thing that remains true is my belief in community—online and off.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I’m stoked that you’re here!