Specialty: Adult Radiation Oncology Education/Training: BS in Nursing, MAOM (Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine), Acupuncture Fellow at New York Beth Israel Hospital's Integrative Medicine Dept (2010-2011) Certification: NCCAOM, OCN Years in practice: 6 years Years at MGHCC: 4 years
What drew you to your specialty? After working for many years as an oncology nurse I became interested in learning additional ways to manage the side effects of the chemo and radiation, and improve quality of life. Multiple acupuncture research studies have showed the efficacy of treating common side effects from chemo, including nausea, hot flashes and dry mouth.
Favorite part of your job: Educating patients that are new to acupuncture and seeing the positive changes they experience.
What you’d like to tell patients/family members about integrative therapies/your specialty: Acupuncture is a very safe, gentle medicine that can have illicit significant results. It is typically a calming experience that patients look forward to as it creates a quiet space for resting the mind and body. I frequently hear from patients that receive regular acupuncture during their course of radiation that they find it they have “a better day" after they have an acupuncture treatment. This can mean many things from a decrease in symptoms to improved sleep quality to a sense of calmness or mental clarity.