Amy is an intuitive healer and health educator. Her patients reclaim their health and discover renewed well-being through acupuncture, dietary changes, herbal medicine, awareness practices and physical movement.
While acupuncture is a primary therapeutic tool, it is only one of the many healing modalities she uses in clinic. Thorough assessment of a patient’s physical, mental and emotional health is the foundation of her approach to care. She treats a broad spectrum of conditions and strongly supports patients to take an active, educated and empowered role in their health. Amy holds a clinical Master’s degree from the Seattle Institute of East Asian Medicine (formerly SIOM).
Prior to her training in East Asian medicine, she counseled bereaved clients at Providence Hospice of Seattle, coordinated patient care at Seattle’s Central District Planned Parenthood, and provided advocacy and direct care to people with a variety of health conditions in rural Nepal.
Amy traveled broadly in her youth as part of her education and service experiences. Her extensive periods living in Nepal, Belgium, Scotland, Australia, and Taiwan are the foundation beneath her medical and life education. Amy understands each culture, individual and group, has their own unique way, deserving honor, understanding and respect.
Outside of clinic, Amy educates members of the community about meditation’s physical, mental and emotional health benefits. Meditation, in the Zen Buddhist tradition, has played a foundational role in her life since 1996. She is a senior lay student of Shodo Harada Roshi and trains regularly at Tahoma One Drop Zen Monastery on Whidbey Island. She has been further influenced by formal and informal teachers including Byakuren Judith Ragir, Gregory Kramer, John Tarrant, Rev angel Kyodo williams, Resmaa Manekam, and Lama Rod Owens.
Since 2006, she has served as a community volunteer leading meditation with incarcerated men at Monroe’s Washington State Reformatory. She works at the local and state level toward police accountability, as well as her own internal work, learning with and supporting organizations including The People’s Institute, Holistic Resistance, Not This Time, and Next Steps WA. And in play…yes she does aspire to balance and occasional play, she delights in hiking and paddle boarding. Watercolor painting has been a passion in the past, as evidenced here. However, in recent years that pursuit has taken a back seat to engagement in the injustices in our world. If you’d like to understand better how this dovetails with her healing work, have a look at her testimonial to King Co Council (3 min) regarding the killing of Mi’Chance Dunlap-Gittens or her reflections the summer of 2020 following George Floyd’s murder here.
Mindfulness NW (Bellingham, WA)
Certification Mindfulness Teacher Training completed 2016 9 month cohort-based training (350 hours): extensive practice and study in Mindfulness; underlying psychological and scientific understanding; history of implementation; Buddhist roots; and effective leading and facilitation.
Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine (Seattle, WA)
MAcOM completed 2007
Three-year rigorous, apprentice-style clinical training in Acupuncture (Chinese, Japanese, Auricular), Chinese Herbal Medicine, Tuina, Food Therapy & Qi Gong. Internship included treatment of neuromusculo-skeletal conditions, gynecology, internal medicine, addiction and detoxification, emotional disorders, pain disorders, sports injury & trauma, and pediatrics.
Colby College (Waterville, ME)
BA completed 1996
Majors: Government, International Studies
(conc.: Environmental Studies)
Honors: Graduated magna cum laude
University of Glasgow & Glasgow School of Art (Glasgow, Scotland)
January – June 1995
Pitzer in Nepal (Balkot, Nepal)
August – December 1994
Cultural & language immersion program
Rotary Exchange Student (Tournai, Belgium)
August 1990 – July 1991