Curriculum Vitae

I am thrilled to have opened my new practice here in the Chapel Hill area in 2015 and to be offering Acupuncture & integrated wellness sessions, as well individual lessons in the Alexander Technique. I teach group classes in the Alexander Technique at local institutions, including within the Professional Actors Training Program at UNC Chapel Hill; and am also holding community clinic for Carrboro Community Acupuncture on Saturdays in Carrboro.

Education

I trained to be an Alexander Technique teacher at The American Center for the Alexander Technique, the oldest teacher training in the United States, which meets AmSAT standards including over 1600 hours of concentrated supervised training and teaching over three years. I was trained by senior Alexander teachers including Joan Frost (training director), Barbara Kent, Pearl Ausabel, Judy Stern, Daniel Singer, Brooke Lieb, Cynthia Reynolds, and Judith Lakin. I was also certified by ACAT in Jessica Wolf’s Art of Breathing, an intensive post-certifcation training for Alexander teachers. I attended Pacific College of Oriental Medicine for my Masters Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine, a dual degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology. My studies included over 3400 hours of clinical and didactic training, and in addition to Chinese Medical classes and adjunct therapies, included a comprehensive foundation in biomedicine, including anatomy, physiology, pathology, orthopedics, research design, and western nutrition. This program also awarded me a second Bachelor’s degree. I received my first Bachelor of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College in 1999, where I focused on Psychology, Anthropology and Theatre and studied abroad with the School of International Training and at Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts, in Kingston, Jamaica. I am also certified in Chinese Dietary therapy, a 100 hour training with Jeffrey Yuen, a daoist master whose lineage of Classical Chinese Medicine is taught throughout the United States.

 

Credentials

I am a Diplomat of Oriental Medicine with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and hold a License in Acupuncture from the state of North Carolina (#820).  I am a member teacher of the American Society of the Alexander Technique, the American Center for the Alexander Technique. I hold certification from the National Association of Hospice and Palliative Care Acupuncturists.  Additionally I hold a Clean Needle Technique certification from the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

 

Selected Past Experience

Alexander Technique:

  • Private Practice Individual Lessons & Group Classes, New York City, 2005-2014
  • Adjunct Faculty at Pace University: Acting for Film, Television, Voice Over and Commercials, 2014
  • Guest Lecturer The Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy, Annual Weekend Retreat “Beyond Ordinary Unhappiness: Defining and Embodying Optimal Health”, April 2014
  • Guest Lecturer Long Island University: Physical Therapy Division, 2007-2010
  • Director Board of Directors, The American Center for the Alexander Technique, 2007-1010
  • Group Class Facilitator Gilda’s Club NYC Cancer Support, 2005-2009
  • Group Class Facilitator JCC Manhattan, 2009
  • Alexander Technique Teacher Manhattan Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 2008
  • Resident Associate Faculty, Teacher Certification Program, The American Center for the Alexander Technique, 2008
  • Volunteer Faculty, Teacher Certification Program, The American Center for the Alexander Technique, 2005-2008
  • Guest Faculty St. Mary’s College of Maryland Theatre and Music Divisions, 2006-2008
  • Assistant Alexander Technique Teacher, NYU School of Education & New School Actors MFA program, 2005

Acupuncture:

  • Acupuncturist at Stillpoint Acupuncture in Greensboro, NC 2015
  • Acupuncturist Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Acupuncture Treatment and Massage Therapy Clinic, New York, NY 2011-2014
  • Acupuncturist Beth Israel Continuum Cancer Center, New York, NY. Research studies in acupuncture for Xerostomia and Hot Flashes in Cancer treatment. 2014
  • Acupuncture Resident Lutheran Medical Center Neurological and Orthopedic Rehabilitation, Brooklyn, NY 2014
  • Acupuncture Resident Lutheran Medical Center for Labor and Delivery, Brooklyn, NY 2013
  • Acupuncturist Initiative for Women with Disabilities, Hospital for Joint Diseases, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY 2012
  • Presenter Paper entitled “TCM Interpretations of Auto-Immune Disease” and research study design “Acupuncture as an adjunct therapy to decrease frequency of flare-ups and improve quality of life in female patients with mild to moderate Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Controlled Randomized Trial with Multiple Arms Blinded.” (with P. Dracher, M Guerrero, and R. Ritke) Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, New York, NY 2012

 

Continuing Education, Professional Development & Other Training

  • Alexander Technique 5-day Residential Workshop @ UNCSA with John Nicholls, Lyn Charlsen, Michael Fredrick, Sandra Bain Cushman, July 2015
  • Spirit of the Points with Andrew Prescott LAc, June 2015
  • Case Study: Scalp Acupuncture with Wunian Chen, MD, LAc, May 2015
  • The Space Between Stories e-course with Charles Eisenstein, March- April 2015
  • Pachamama Alliance Awaken the Dreamer Symposium @ Pickards Moutain Eco Institute, March 2015
  • Indirect Procedures: Alexander Technique for Musicians with Pedro de Alcantara, Nov 2014
  • Art of Breathing Refresher Course with Jessica Wolf, Nov. 2014
  • Alexander Teacher Refresher Classes, Primary Control & Monkey with Barbara Kent, June-July 2014
  • Freedom to Move Conference: Dart Procedures Workshop with Alex Murry and Diamond-Dart Meridian Sequence with Judith Muir, May 2014
  • Polarity Immersion with Gary Strauss, Feb. 2014
  • Experiential Workshops with Barbara Kent & Michael Hanko (ACAT AGM), Feb. 2014
  • Bo’s Abdominal Acupuncture with Paul Ryan, LAc as part of Lutheran Medical Center training, May-July 2014
  • Directional Pulse Taking with Ann Cecil-Sterman, LAc Oct. 2013
  • Acupuncture for Labor Preparation with Deborah Betts LAc, Oct. 2013
  • Acupuncture & Acupressure for Labor and Delivery with Claudia Citkovitz, LAc as part of Lutheran Medical Center Intensive, Aug. 2013
  • Advanced Acupuncture Clinical Case Review with Ann Cecil Sterman LAc, June 2013
  • Pilates through an Alexander Technique Lens with Robin Schiff, May 2013
  • Nurturing the Unfolding Life with Jeffrey Yuen, Oct. 2012
  • AmSAT Annual Conference and General Meeting, classes with Caren Bayer, Nada Diachenko, and others. New York City, June 2012
  • Art of Breathing Refresher Course with Jessica Wolf, Oct. 2011
  • Lucid Body for Directors and Teaching Artists with Fay Simpson, June 2010
  •  Alexander Technique & Parkinson’s Disease workshop with Bill Connington (ACAT AGM), Feb. 2010
  • Clinical Energetics & the Holding Space Method with Gary Strauss, May 2008
  • Post-Certification Course at ACAT with June Ekman, June 2007
  • Experiential “Learn How to Fly” workshop with Pearl Ausubel (ACAT AGM), Feb 2007
  • International Congress of the Alexander Technique, Oxford, England, with Walter and Dilys Carrington, Marjorie Barlow, Elisabeth and Lucia Walker, Rivka Cohen, Meade Andrews, Penelope Easten and others, August 2004
  • AmSAT Annual General Meeting & Workshop, Champaign-Urbana, with Alex and Joan Murry, Shoshana Kaminitz and others, June 2004

 

Ongoing Alexander study with senior Alexander teachers has also included private lessons with: June Ekman, Jessica Wolf, Alex Farkas, Caren Bayer, Peter Grunwald, Elisabeth Walker, and more.

I am also an enthusiastic student of Yoga, Meditation, Qi Gong, polarity therapy, non-dual philosophy, Gabrielle Roth’s 5-Rhythms, and newly of Continuum Movement and local herbalism!