Acupuncture | Herbal Medicine
Alicia received her Masters of Science Degree in Acupuncture and Bachelors of Science Degree in Natural Health Sciences from Bastyr University in 2003. She has a Certificate in Chinese Herbal Medicine from the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture. She is a Certified California Board Acupuncturist and Diplomat in Oriental Medicine with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
She has completed a post graduate program in fertility with the Jade Institute taught by acupuncturists, reproductive endocrinologists, and naturopathic physicians. She is a graduate of the Acupuncture Sports Medicine Program and has extensive experience treating pain and sports injuries. Alicia has completed advanced coursework in integrated care for pregnancy and postpartum and has completed a post-graduate course in integrated oncology.
Alicia is passionate about finding the root cause of her patient’s ailments so that they can enjoy happy, vibrant lives. She has spent most of her adult life in the Pacific Northwest and is glad to be in the California sunshine. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her spare time outside hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing.
An Interview with Alicia
What has been your toughest or most interesting patient case?
My most memorable cases have been the people that I’ve spent the most time with and have gotten to know their greatest hopes and fears. It’s difficult to pick just one.
I had one patient who had spent an entire year suffering from severe hip pain. She had surgery to ‘fix’ the pain and a whole year of physical therapy. Nothing worked. I had to try a couple different acupuncture methods but once I figured out what the problem was most of her pain was gone in one treatment.
Another memorable patient moment was when I was working with a woman in her early thirties who had unexplained infertility. She came in for a treatment to support ovulation and she said she felt her abdominal organs ‘wake up’ and actually could feel herself ovulating. She got pregnant that cycle and had two more children after that pregnancy with no problems. It was definitely not my most difficult case but rewarding to see acupuncture work so quickly and directly.
What treatment areas interest you the most and why?
I love supporting busy professional women. That’s why my specialty areas are fertility, pregnancy and pain/sports injury treatment. As women, we have more opportunities but more pressure than ever before to have a successful career that pays the bills. If we want to have children and/or a relationship we often have to balance that on top of a career. That’s a huge amount of pressure for women. So often we need some extra help along the way.
What inspired you to become an Acupuncturist or Massage therapist?
I developed an interest in natural medicine in my teenage years after working on an organic farm and studying with an herbalist who taught me about the principles of Chinese medicine. I needed an undergraduate degree to apply to medical school so on a whim I picked the combined Bachelors in Natural Health Sciences/Masters in Acupuncture program at Bastyr University. When I graduated my grandmother encouraged me to get out into the world to start helping people and my acupuncture career took off from there.
What is your favorite ailment to treat and why?
I love helping people recenter themselves and find their inner calm. It doesn’t matter what health problems or challenges you are going through in your life. Whenever you can recenter yourself it is easier to look at your problems with a different perspective and find new solutions.
Do you have interests outside of work that seem to make you a better practitioner?
I’ve spent quite a bit of the last year of my life in prenatal yoga classes so I’ve gotten to know even more about the hopes and fears of pregnant women. It really helps me relate to what my patients in the childbearing phase of their life are going through. Before that, I was a competitive cyclist and avid skier so I really understand how to support athletes and help with their sports injuries.
What is something you have dreamed of doing?
Building my own house.
If you could have dinner with any three people in the world, who would they be and why? Whatwould you want to ask them? Amy Poehler- I would ask her where she gets her amazing sense of humor from, Michelle Obama- I would ask her how she maintains her amazing, positive attitude, and Marie Forleo- I would ask her she gets her spunk and creativity from.
Do you have health tips that you would like to share?
My favorite comfort drink is warm water with lemon, fresh ginger, and honey. It’s great for when you come down with sniffles after a rainy winter hike and many types of mild digestive discomfort.