Roosevelt University, Schaumburg, Illinois, May 2002
On-the-job Projects - Who took my Yoda action figure?!
Rolling Meadows, Illinois, 2001 - 2002
Just before graduating with my computer science degree, I worked with this company as a Web Application Developer and Internet Technology Consultant. I developed dynamic internet applications, met with clients to gather requirements, and worked in tandem with the graphic artists and other developers to prefect the look and feel of our projects.
Rolling Meadows Chamber of Commerce
Real Estate Lookup
Developed a section of their public website for the community to research
available real estate by categories. There was also a backend administrative
form for managing the data.
Klaucens & Associates, Inc.
Northbrooks, Illinois, 1998 - 2000
I acted as technical support, web master, systems analyst and programmer, and assisted engineers in designing electrical, HVAC, plumbing and fire protection systems
Designed a nice portfolio site for the company. This was in the old days before Wordpress and such.
AutoLisp Symbol Manager
"Lost in Stupid Parentheses" - well, that might be a LISP programmer's anacronym, yet I thoroughly enjoyed creating this interactive symbol manager to make the lives of us drafters, as well as the electricians, plumbers and HVAC engineers so much easier.
AutoLisp, Lots of math (google was my friend)!
Plotter Paper Tracker
Yes, Visual Basic. What can I say? I loved creating applications to share with the company. This one tracked plotter paper usage and cost.
Visual Basic! ;]
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Healing Arts Education
Master's in Science of Oriental Medicine
Southwest Acupuncture College, Albuquerque, New Mexico, May 2008
“A picture is worth a thousand words.” Ancient scientists recognized life as patterns, much like how modern physicists see matter as vibrating modes. Life’s patterns are a language which, like any language, expresses meaning. Ancient physicians focused on understanding this universal language and recorded their findings as healing principles and practices. Yin and Yang are at the core of Asian Medicine, and like 0 and 1, represent a binary pattern that can uncover the secrets of the Universe.
Massage Therapy Certification
Chicago School of Massage Therapy (now Cortiva), Chicago, Illinois, May 1989, Class 14
500-hour year-long course on all aspects of healing through touch, including anatomy & physiology, study of various techniques (such as shiatsu, swedish, sports massage, trigger point therapy, and more).
Healing Arts Licenses & Titles
Doctor of Oriental Medicine (D.O.M.)
New Mexico acupuncture and primary healthcare provider license, 2008
Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.)
Oregon acupuncture license, 2012
Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (Dipl. OM. (NCCAOM))
National board certification
Healing Arts Continuing Education
An overview of my continued training....
Traditional Chinese Medicine Continuing Education
Koshi Balancing, Shonishin Pediatric Acupuncture, Channel Theory, Fukushin Abdominal Diagnosis, Shan Han Lun, and more
Advanced Bodywork Courses and Continuing Education
Craniosacral Therapy, Structural Integration, Hakomi Bodywork, Sotei Exercises, Aston Patterning, Tui Na, Jin Shin Do, Shiatsu, and more
Healing Arts Experience: Physician, Educator and Eternal Student
Spirit River Healing Arts
Doctor of Oriental Medicine / Licensed Acupuncturist
Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2008 – 2012 / Portland, Oregon, 2012 – December 2016
Owner and physician at Spirit River Healing Arts, my own Traditional Chinese Medicine practice. As the owner, I also handled marketing, bookkeeping, and inventory, and treated patients using the following:
- Acupuncture and adjunctive therapies (herbal formulas, dietary
and lifestyle plans, moxabustion, cupping, gua sha, etc.)
- Advanced Bodywork techniques (ie. Craniosacral Therapy,
Structural Integration, fascial release techniques, Acupressure styles, Tui Na, Dao Yin
longevity exercises, and more)
- Mindfulness meditation, as well as other Western style meditation practices,
and Eastern-style Qi Gong, Nei Gong (internal techniques) meditation and
- Taiji Chuan (aka Tai Chi) instruction both as prescriptive and
mindfulness-based exercise, and as martial arts training
- Decades of experience with a wide variety of conditions
Working Class Acupuncture
Licensed Acupuncturist, Manager of Hillsdale, OR clinic
Portland, Oregon, Feb 2013 – May 2015
Managed WCA's Hillsdale clinic and also treated patients in this community-style acupuncture clinic. As an acupuncturist, I saw 20-30 patients each 4-hour shift. As the clinic manager, I handled oversight of ordering, cleaning, building maintenance, new acupuncturist training, and more. I attended regular meetings with the other location managers and helped set business policies. I loved the patients and always shared more, such as bodywork, herbs and other modalities.
Casita Community Acupuncture
Doctor of Oriental Medicine
Albuquerque, NM, 2011 - 2012
A friend needed help at her wonderful community-style clinic in New Mexico. I helped by seeing 20 – 30 patients per shift. Treatments included acupuncture, moxabustion, cupping, Tui Na, suggesting herbal patents, and more.
Doctor of Oriental Medicine Consultant
Kid Power Therapy Associates, Inc.
Albuquerque, New Mexico, Summer 2010
Imagine a Kung Fu Panda style training gym for kids run by brilliant and compassionate healers of all kinds. I had the honor of assisting as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, sharing traditional Chinese medicine therapies with the Kid Power staff of Occupational and Physical Therapists, Speech Therapists and others.
One of my favorite memories was teaching Taiji Chuan exercises to a young girl with brain damage. She could not make movements which crossed over her body's centerline. After the exercises, she was able to perform these movements and then opened up to communicate with her therapists in a way she had not done before!
Herbal Consultant and Research Assistant
Golden Flower Chinese Herbs
Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2007 - 2008
I acted as a consultant for those calling for help understanding the proper use of herbs. This included medical doctors, veterinarians, doctors of oriental medicine and licensed acupuncturists, and chiropractors. I also performed industry research and organized the data to or professional advocacy and marketing.
Professor of Taiji Chuan
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine - Chicago
Chicago, Illinois, 2004 - 2005
While still a student at the college, I was asked to design and instruct the Yang Style Taiji Chuan curriculum at this college of traditional oriental medicine. I taught classes, discussed Daoist philosophy and how the art and science of Taiji Chuan would benefit students both as a therapy to offer their patients, as well as a personal practice to improve their skills as a physician.
Acupuncture Intern and Bodyworker
Dr. Lixin Sha
Chicago, IL, 2004
Assisted Dr. Sha in treating patients and was specifically requested for my skill in therapeutic bodywork. This was an amazing opportunity to learn from a respected and skilled M.D. and traditionally trained acupuncture physician.
Heart in Hand Wholistic Healing Center
Chicago, Illinois, Sometime around 1990-ish
Back in the day, near the beginnings of my massage therapy / bodywork arts practice, I worked in conjunction with a psychotherapist (who mostly utilized Hakomi body-centered psychotherapy) and a group of bodyworkers. My skills and understanding grew, cultivated by learning from and working with amazing healers who performed bodywork (Craniosacral Therapy, Structural Integration and more), and Shamanic work (such as Mary Thunder who combined Native American rituals with 10-step program work).
Lutheran General Massage Therapy Program
Park Ridge, Illinois, 1988 - 1990
I developed the Massage Therapy program at the hospital's wellness center, treated a wide variety of hospital and community patients, and also handled marketing.