Education & Training

Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, herbal medicine & massage therapy.
2009 – 20013

Humboldt State University
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Natural Resources Interpretation; Minor in Native American Studies, Natural Resources Sciences & Interpretation; Native American Studies
1994 – 1999

Additional medical experience:

  • Emergency Medical Technician – B Certification
  • First Aid/CPR/AED for Professional Rescuer & Healthcare Provider, American Red Cross
  • Endoscopy Technician – Gastroenterology
  • Clean Needle Technique, Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Why did I create Three Treasures Acupuncture and Wellness Center? Three Treasures Acupuncture & Wellness Center was developed to fill a gap that exists in American healthcare due to sweeping changes and rising costs in our medical system. Today, more and more people are losing access to competent, effective and affordable healthcare specialists. My vision is to offer clients a new choice for their care in a comfortable and private, state-of-the-art clinic — a place where Ancient Chinese Medicine (ACM) helps to restore health and vitality. The benefit of my expertise in both Easter and Western techniques is that I can offer an integrated approach that applies traditional healing protocols with your Western medical care. I am excited to be here to serve you as a Primary Care Practitioner. I promise to always put your best interests and good health first.

More on my background

I have a diverse medical background and have worked in emergency medicine and gastroenterology in addition to Traditional Chine Medicine. I was introduced to acupuncture while recovering from a should injury. I experienced a quick recovery by combining acupuncture with physical therapy. Inspired by these results, I pursued a Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine so I could provide holistic medical care using acupuncture, massage, herbal medicine, Qi Gong and nutritional counseling. I specialize in pain management and in managing the emotional, physical and mental effects of Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS).

I’m bilingual in Spanish and English, a skill set that’s useful for serving Santa Barbara’s diverse community. My experience as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador led me to value giving back to society. I’m involved in a variety of community outreach programs. I’m a member of the Medical Reserve Corps and Acupuncturists without Borders. A source of great pride is TTAWC’s Pay It Forward program. Based on our motto that “You have to give to get in life,” each year we offer 2-5 low-income people no-cost, private treatment (referral basis only). You can learn more about our community programs here.