As a primary care physician, I provide treatment of routine injuries, illnesses, and focus on preventative care. I offer integrated, accessible health care and am accountable for addressing a large majority of personal health care needs, developing sustained partnerships with patients, and practicing in the context of family and community.
With the role of a healthcare gatekeeper, I enjoy working with and referring to other practitioners and specialists so that you receive the most comprehensive, well-rounded care.
I own and operate MAR acupuncture PC, a private and integrative medical practice at St. Petersburg Health & Wellness.
In addition to Chinese medicine, I love all forms of athletics and outdoor play, spending time with friends & family, adventuring with my fur-baby, organic living, traveling, going to music events, meditation, and community outreach.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is my love story.
My first exposure to acupuncture was seeking treatment for my low back which was in muscle spasm. The pain was incredibly high and debilitating; I couldn’t move or work (and my job at the time required international travel). I went to an acupuncturist and after the first visit, my pain level was lower and I was mobile. After just three visits, my pain level was at zero and I was back at work, traveling and exercising! My mind was blown! From my first hand experience with the healing power of this 3,000-year-old medicine, I fell in love and wanted to know everything about it! I applied to Traditional Chinese Medical school in NYC, quit my high stress traveling job and here I am, 15 years later: practicing my passion.
I seek the care of a TCM practitioner as my primary care of medicine and integrate it with allopathic medicine when necessary. For example, in 2016, I fractured the humerus bone (upper arm) due to a road cycling accident and I immediately sought care at an ER and with an Orthopedic MD. My follow up care was with an acupuncturist/Chinese herbalist to support and expedite my body’s natural ability to heal. The orthopedic surgeon was surprised at how quickly the bone was healing and wouldn’t need surgery! The result was that I had minimal downtime, only missed a couple of days of work, never underwent invasive procedures, didn’t take opioids for pain management, and I’ve returned to a full range of motion.
I’m honored to be entrusted with your health and have you experience the positive changes in your body, as I have.