Lisa’s journey into acupuncture began with a fierce curiosity for what it means to be human. She studied at the University of California San Diego where she earned a degree in Biological Anthropology with a minor in Chemistry. Here she developed a unique understanding of how humans adapt, behave, evolve and thrive. During this time she completed three years of premedical undergraduate work but knew she wanted to practice a different approach to medicine–a holistic approach that considered the entire human experience. Lisa moved beyond the classroom and onto the global stage, traveling the world. During her extensive travels, she exposed herself to diverse forms of medicine and healing modalities. Lisa was inspired by such vastly different approaches to health and began exploring how she could bring these modalities into her practice.
She continued her education at Bastyr University in Seattle, WA where she received her Masters of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MSAOM). At the Bastyr Center for Natural Health Lisa earned over 1,300 hours of rigorous clinical experience and treated an array of conditions, from low back pain to gastrointestinal issues. While earning her clinical hours, Lisa also cared for underserved patients living with HIV/AIDS at the Madison Clinic at Harborview Medical Center. As a member of the Sports Medicine Club, Lisa also participated in events such as the Seattle Marathon, where she treated a large number of athletes using acupuncture, Tui Na (massage) and cupping, post run.
As a believer in Western and Eastern medicine, Lisa saw a gap in the way that clinical providers were treating patients. In an effort to bridge this gap she uses traditional Chinese medicine alongside her knowledge of western treatment for common musculoskeletal and sports-related injuries. Lisa is a certified Kinesio Taping practitioner (CKTP) and uses this precise and effective taping method adjectively to offer a wider range of powerful treatment modalities. She is also currently working on completing a 60 unit sports acupuncture apprenticeship program, that is deepening her knowledge of effective treatment strategies for common sports-related injuries.
Intrigued by exploring her own physical and mental limits, Lisa can be found participating in endurance and extreme sports: whether it’s running, cycling, backpacking, rock climbing, snowboarding or surfing, she’s always interested in the next adventure. She’s trekked the mountains of the Himalayas, climbed the ridges of the North Cascades and boarded on the slopes of the Andes; as an accomplished athlete, she understands the importance of preventative care and the frustrations of sports-related injuries. Lisa believes that caring for athletes requires a comprehensive picture of health, including your physical, mental and emotional goals.
Currently living in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Lisa is a fellow outdoor enthusiast. Her specialty is in supporting competitive athletes and weekend warriors prevent and recover from musculoskeletal injuries as well as most chronic pain conditions. Lisa is an advocate for her patients best, healthiest version of themselves. While she would love to see her patients on a daily basis, giving them top-notch hands-on care, she knows how busy they are and how valuable self-care is. She motivates her patients through education and with tools that will enable them to participate in their own healing process and personal growth.