Once upon a time, I sought a future in educating children. I majored in Liberal Studies: Elementary Education, and acquired employment within an elementary school district. Shortly after, I began having children of my own, abandoned the prospect of being a paid educator, and put all my efforts into my own kids. However, I have been volunteering in their schools for the past 10 years, and seem to have a good rapport with youngsters.
When I began my education in Chinese Medicine, I was unsure about the area in which to specialize. Recently, my business partner suggested that I pursue pediatrics. I have been using this medicine with my own kids and the children of friends for several years anyway, so I decided to open myself up to the possibility, and am currently signed up to do an internship at Rady Children's Hospital next term.
There are many alternatives to needle insertion that employ the principles of traditional medicine. Though my older daughter (14) accepts a limited number of needles in select areas of her body, and is compliant with patented herbal formulas; and my younger daughter (8) will, if caught in the right mood, accept up to 4 needles on her lower legs and feet, they both prefer press-seeds, massage, and fire-cupping, and always love select, (tasty) raw herbal formulas that I serve as "tea." In addition to the education and experience I will receive during my internship at Children's, I expect to learn Shonishin, a Japanese acupressure technique, and look forward to implementing it into my private practice.
California Licensed Acupuncturist and Certified Massage Therapist; mother of two; dancer, yogi, hiker.