Holistic Wellness in Austin, TX

About

Welcome to Two Hearts Wellness and to the benefits of traditional Chinese medicine in the form of acupuncture, herbal therapy, and bodywork combined with education and health nurturance support.  Please allow me to tell you about me and about what I can do for you.

The short version: I am a licensed acupuncturist and a wellness educator. If you want holistic healthcare that is dedicated to helping you to achieve your best version of wellness and to helping you to learn about yourself and your health then you will more than likely be very happy to work with me.

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My true passion is working with people who expect a lot from themselves and who want the very best in their holistic healthcare practitioner.  I am at my absolute best when I’m required to think and strategize and be creative.  Everyone’s health situation is unique and I will meet you right where you are and then work with you to get you to where you want to go.

A little background: I spent my formative years either in graduate school or in academia but I also have extensive experience in fitness/wellness.  Growing up in Santa Barbara, California meant that I spent my life at either the beach or at the gym.  While pursuing my doctorate in Hispanic literature, I worked in the weight room at Indiana University and was an elected representative on the student health/wellness advisory committee. During school breaks, I’d often go with my best friend to her family’s home in Chicago.  While there, I would sigh over the library of my bestie’s dad (a retired orthopedic surgeon) and say, “If I had two lives to live, I’d be an orthopedic doctor.”

When the time came to leave academia after a successful career teaching Spanish literature, culture, and language, I knew just what I wanted to do.  I LOVE anatomy–especially muscles and bones–and could not be more excited about my second career in traditional Chinese medicine.  I prolonged my misspent youth by returning to graduate school for a master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine  with the goal of becoming a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist.  I founded Two Hearts Wellness while still in school and have been a tui na practitioner for about three years at the time of this writing (June 2018).

Though I am a licensed acupuncturist first and foremost, I continue to offer tui na and other bodywork services.  Acupuncture is wonderful but so are the no-needle modalities.  If you don’t like needles, you can get pretty much everything that you need from tui na and other related therapies–just ask me about them and I’ll be glad to explain (or go to my blog, here, and take a look around).

My background in fitness/wellness is of great benefit to my practice, no matter what modality you choose.  Are you an athlete?  Well, I get you.  I know how it feels to be injured and sidelined and I feel your pain.  By using the techniques and modalities associated with ancient Chinese martial arts training, I am able to help put you back in the gym or out on the road or field the way you were before your injury brought you down.  I’m also great at figuring out where general aches and pains originate (neck, back, shoulders, and/or feet) because I have an athlete’s sense of the kinetic chain to go along with my Chinese medicine practitioner’s feel for the interrelatedness of the whole body system.  If you’re in pain, whether or not you are athletic, I can help!

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My background in academia prepared me to be a widely-educated and critically thinking professor and, now, practitioner.  I am also highly qualified in a range of health-related areas.  I am a licensed acupuncturist, a certified health coach, a certified personal trainer with a specialty certificate in sports nutrition, a certified yoga instructor, a second-degree Reiki practitioner, and–last but certainly not least–I am credentialed through the AOBTA to provide Asian Bodywork (Chinese style tui na) therapy.  I no longer teach yoga or provide personal training. However, I do have an excellent referral network and can also help you by speaking with your trainer or teacher (with your written permission) so that your work outside my office is supported and supports your ultimate health and wellness goals.

I have offices in North and South Austin and much of my work from student clinical internship has carried over to my clinical practice.  As a student, I underwent over a thousand supervised internship hours and I treated patients who suffered from:

  • Pain of all sorts, including chronic functional pain, sports injury, work-related repetitive stress injury (and these were interesting–I have treated a lot of musicians, for example), and pain from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which is very dear to my heart.
  • Stress, anxiety, insomnia, and digestive issues.  My scholarly specialty focused on national trauma and how it filtered through art and literature; now, either as part of a patient’s work with a therapist or as a stand-alone modality, it is a joy to be able to help anxious or stressed or worn out people to feel better, sleep better, and digest better.  Improvement all around!
  • Weight loss and body image.  Everyone wants to look and feel their best, and it’s amazing what traditional Chinese medicine can do for you, especially if it’s part of a combined bodywork and coaching scenario.  Plus, gut health can change a lot of other things, and when your gut is happy so are you.  I love working with people to help them achieve their best level of health from the starting point of digestion.
  • Aesthetic treatments and dermatology.  See above.  Everyone wants to look their best.  Acupuncture is great for this and so is my signature no-needle treatment that I offer now.  If you have rashes, scars, stretch marks, rough skin, and/or signs of aging, I can help you!
  • Men’s health. As I wrote about in a blog post (here) I treated many cases of erectile dysfunction while in student clinic and became expert in men’s health in general in so doing. Men’s health is indeed very well-served by traditional Chinese medicine.
  • The desire to be proactive rather than reactive.  Why wait until something goes wrong?  Life is so much better if you have a handle on your health before you need to go to the doctor.  You get only this life…so why not make it the very best it can be?  Preventative and health-nurturing practices are an art, and highly individualized.  I love thinking and creating just the right program and protocols so that you can live your very best life at your highest level of vibrant health!

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As a health coach, I attract people who are genuinely committed to change and who want to be challenged to think.  I am, after all, a former professor and I do sincerely love to inspire thought!  As a TCM practitioner, I want to instill a sense of mastery and empowerment in my patients.  There is always something wonderful to learn about yourself and your health when you come in for an appointment!

Acupuncture board exams and specialty areas: In Texas, licensed acupuncturists undergo four board exams: Acupuncture; Herbs; Foundations of Chinese Medicine; and Western Biomedicine.  As my practice unfolds, I expect that I will continue to work with injured athletes; musicians who have repetitive use injury; folks who are challenged by anxiety; people who need support for their digestive function; and with those who simply want to nurture and balance their health. I will also deepen my practice of dermatology, a topic that I LOVE, and continue to offer facial rejuvenation and other aesthetic treatments as part of the spectrum of the aforementioned health-nurturance plans.

As a health coach, I focus on positive, mindful, affirmative support that directly addresses your concerns.  If the goal is weight loss, we do more than just count calories.  If it’s managing a health condition, then education and empowerment are a focus.  Body image problems, poor lifestyle habits, and/or feeling stuck are common issues that many people face.  But your individual situation belongs to you, and I will work directly with you to find solutions, to get around obstacles, and to pave the road for lasting change.

In my role as an acupuncturist: Until I became licensed to practice acupuncture and herbal medicine, I made use of all the wonders that traditional Chinese therapies have to offer to a patient except the needles and the herbs.  This in no way limited the what I was able to do; rather, it gave me the opportunity to refine my practice and expand my abilities.  I have always enjoyed practicing tui na, cupping, gua sha, auriculotherapy (via ear seeds), and moxa and am happy to bring joy and ease to those who come to me for bodywork therapy.  I even developed a signature no-needle facial rejuvenation treatment that clients truly adore.  (That said, acupuncture facial rejuvenation treatments are a specialty of mine and I’m always happy to discuss your options for one, the other, or a combined treatment strategy for you).

Personally, I love acupuncture but not everyone is ready to start with needles.  Would you prefer to experience traditional Chinese healing therapy without acupuncture?  During your first appointment we can talk about what is best for you.  You will have the chance to see how wonderful traditional Chinese medicine really is for so many conditions, from pain to anxiety to digestive problems, and more, including aesthetics and beauty, and you can discover for yourself how well it works with or without the needles.  Once you’re more familiar with Chinese medicine, we can try acupuncture if you like…or not.  Up to you.  (Still not sure?  I have a blog post for that….here).

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So…are you looking for an intuitive acupuncturist who knows and loves muscles and bones?  Would you like to try all of the wonders of Chinese traditional therapy with or without the needles?  Do you want to work with a practitioner who listens and who truly hears you, one who is smart, passionate, knowledgable, and enthusiastic about you and your long-term health gains?  One who can construct an effective wellness program that nurtures your health and genuinely enriches you in a way that complements your life and your schedule?

You’ve found the right place.  Welcome to Two Hearts Wellness, and thank you for trusting me to be an integral part of your very own individual and unique health and wellness story.  Let’s make it shine, shall we?

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Note: Two Hearts Wellness services are available by appointment in South Austin on Monday afternoons at 2919 Manchaca Rd., Ste. 101 in Austin, TX 78704 (located inside Heather Gordon Spa and Wellness).  On Monday until 2:00 p.m. and all day on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, Two Hearts services are offered in North Austin at 4131 Spicewood Springs Rd Ste N8, Austin, TX 78759.  Health coaching appointments are available at other times and do not require in-person visits.

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2hw.v2I have a scholar’s love of writing so there is  lot to discover on this web site.  Do feel free to look around, and please enjoy!

You can follow my blog, stay posted via Instagram, connect on Facebook and Twitter, or contact me here to set up an appointment for fitness/wellness and health coaching services.  If you are interested in acupuncture, herbal consultation, and/or Asian bodywork therapy, click the link, above, to book an appointment online.

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I love traditional Chinese medicine and want you to feel the same way too!

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