Meridians are pathways that run throughout the body carrying vital energy, or chi, throughout the system.

Laurel’s path to becoming a practitioner of Asian medicine was hardly a direct one. Trained in the arts and humanities, she completed her doctorate in Comparative Culture at UC Irvine before she began her study of acupuncture and Asian medicine. She has been in practice since 1997 and brings to it her experience as a generalist and her belief in holism.

Laurel has worked in a variety of settings: hospitals, clinics, hospice, homes and rehab facing with her patients the challenges one meets along the road of life: stress, cancer, multiple sclerosis, infertility, menopause, asthma, musculoskeletal problems, depression, addictions, migraines, sleep complaints, menstrual disorders, digestive problems: all of it. She works with patients who use Asian medicine as an adjunct to their western regimen and patients who support an Asian medicine regimen with western care.  Whatever approach a patient chooses, Laurel will provide the care necessary to address current health challenges, support patients in becoming skillful in handling stress and encourage all to create lives that are joyful and nourishing.

Stimulates, disperses, or regulates the flow of the vital energy, or chi, to help bring about a balance of energy. Specific points along energy channels-the body's vital pathways-relate to specific organs and systems of the body. The practitioner manipulates these points with fine needles or the use of heat, cold, pressure, or minute electrical currents.

I invite you to join me in a conversation at the Tara Healing Center about the ways in which oriental medicine can contribute to your life.

You may call (619) 784-TARA to book an appointment or you may also email me directly.

More about me...

Before making the decision to move to San Diego to study oriental medicine, I continued my studies in nutrition, aromatherapy, meditation, pranic healing, Bach Flower Remedies and massage. I consulted in higher education and served on the Board of Directors for Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. After graduating from PCOM, I continued in an advisory role to the college and began a decade long affiliation with the organization that accredits schools of acupuncture and oriental medicine for the Department of Education participating in over 50 site visits.

I began my acupuncture practice in 1997 and have brought to it my experience as a generalist and my belief in holism. This is to say that I have worked with patients in a variety of settings—hospitals, homes, clinics, hospice, rehab—facing varied challenges: stress, cancer, dental problems, fertility, menopause, asthma, musculoskeletal problems, depression, HIV/AIDS, addictions, migraines, sleep complaints, menstrual disorders and digestive problems.  I work with patients who use oriental medicine as an adjunct to western care and with those who choose to use western medicine as an adjunct to oriental medicine. Whatever a patient chooses to do, it is my intention to provide interventions that will address their current health challenges, support them in becoming skillful in handling stress  and encourage them to create lives that are joyful and nourishing.

Toward that end I continue to work on expanding my skills and exploring what brings me joy. This includes my work as a docent at the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park, my membership in the Asian Arts Council at the San Diego Museum of Art and my role as a volunteer at the Natural History Museum.  In addition to continuing education studies in acupuncture and herbal medicine, I have complete the second level of Reiki which I incorporate into my acupuncture treatments.