I love and enjoy many things, but herbal medicine tops the list. I have a Master’s of Acupuncture (M.Ac.) and a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (Dipl.OM.), with a practice focusing on Chinese herbal medicine flavored by my experience and training in Ayurveda, Integrative Yoga Therapy and Western herbal medicine. I was licensed for five years in Florida as an Acupuncture Physician before moving west. The former Director of Herbal Studies at Academy for Five Element Acupuncture, I am also a Registered Herbalist (RH) with the American Herbalists Guild. I currently enjoy writing while continuing to learn more about herbal medicine, taekwondo and Qi Gong. My first book, The Beginner’s Guide to Chinese Herbal Medicine, will be published in April 2020.
I offer phone and online herbal consultations in Chinese, Western and Ayurvedic herbal medicine, for both adults and children, as well as mentoring for herbalists. A specific area of mentoring is for acupuncturists trained in the Chinese herbal medicine system who want to explore using local herbs in that system.
I have also become a homeschooling parent. If you had asked me before my son was born if I would homeschool, I probably would have said no. Then, at age 3, my son was diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech. We tried Montessori pre-K and realized the communication challenges caused too much anxiety for him. Why should a four-year-old have daily anxiety? Homeschooling was the answer.
To homeschool, I’ve pulled from a lot of previous job experiences and education and self-taught quite a few things. Luckily, I’m great at organizing and planning. While I have a 500-hour certification in yoga therapy, I wanted to focus more on techniques for kids, so I completed the Shambhala course “Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness for Kids“. I find mindfulness practices are amazing tools for today’s kids (and, well, all of us.) I originally started this website to share my homeschooling experience. While I started with blogs solely about mindfulness and homeschooling, this site has since expanded to include a lot more. My son and I are learning Taekwondo as a way to explore the mindfulness that martial arts can bring, and the health benefits (and struggles) it has presented to me.
What is Childhood Apraxia of Speech? The definition from ASHA.org: Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) is a neurological childhood speech sound disorder in which the precision and consistency of movements underlying speech are impaired in the absence of neuromuscular deficits (e.g. abnormal reflexes, abnormal tone). CAS may occur as a result of known neurological impairment, in association with complex neurobehavioral disorders of known and unknown origin, or as an idiopathic neurogenic speech sound disorder. The core impairment in planning and/or programming spatiotemporal parameters of movement sequences results in errors in speech sound production and prosody. (ASHA, 2007a, Definitions of CAS section, para. 1).
What that means in real life is that we spend a lot of time in speech therapy, and for my son to learn to pronounce a sound or word, he will have to practice it hundreds if not thousands of times. In daily life, and this blog, you’ll see me refer to neurodiversity because I think there’s so much out there right now, not just CAS, that our kids are experiencing.