Welcome to Two Hearts Wellness™ and to premiere health coaching and Asian bodywork therapy services. I am a former academic, a forever scholar and educator, and a passionate health and wellness advocate. It is my goal to provide excellent, informative, and lasting health benefits to people who are ready for change, improvement, and life-long learning and self-discovery.
If this is you, keep reading!
A little background: I spent my formative years either in graduate school or in academia but I also have extensive experience in strength training and 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, I knew just what I wanted to do. I LOVE muscles and bones and could not be more excited to begin my second career in the field of integrative and traditional Chinese medicine. Indeed, I prolonged my misspent youth by returning to graduate school for a master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine with the ultimate goal of becoming a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist.
At present: I am 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 have offices in North and South Austin and I genuinely love working with patients who have musculoskeletal issues, digestive problems, sleep issues, and/or anxiety/stress challenges. I also do a lot of facial rejuvenation and aesthetic work, which is great fun. As a health coach, I tend to 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!
Board exams: Licensed acupuncturists and herbalists undergo four board exams: Acupuncture; Herbs; Foundations of Chinese Medicine; and Western Biomedicine. I recently passed my biomedicine board and expect to be finished with the full range of exams by the end of fall. As an clinical intern, I specialized in musculoskeletal pain and its attendant concerns. I also did a lot of work with facial rejuvenation and aesthetic acupuncture. As a licensed acupuncturist, I want to 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 offer continue to facial rejuvenation and other esthetic treatments as part of the spectrum of the aforementioned health-nurturance plans. I am especially keen on anything related to the muscles and skeleton and anything in the field of dermatology, including aesthetic skincare.
As a fitness-wellness coach and educator now, I focus on positive, mindful, affirmative coaching and on guiding my clients toward body awareness so that they can knowledgeably build a solid foundation of balance, flexibility, and strength. In my role as a bodywork therapist, I “listen” with my hands and am genuinely able to connect with what the individual most needs in that moment. I love practicing tui na, cupping, gua sha, and moxa with all my heart and am always so happy to bring joy and ease to those who come to me for bodywork therapy.
I update my web site regularly and will make changes to this page as things develop, but for now, this is where it’s at as of fall 2017
So…are you looking for an intuitive bodyworker who knows and loves muscles and bones? Do you want to work with a health coach 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 fitness 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 own fitness and wellness journey.
Note: Two Hearts Asian bodywork therapy is available by appointment in South Austin all day Sunday and 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 Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, Two Hearts services are offered in North Austin at 4131 Spicewood Springs Rd Ste N8, Austin, TX 78759 (located inside The Remedy Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine). Health coaching appointments may be available at other times and do not require in-person visits.
I 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!
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