Amy is an intamy_darling_2014_051_highres_uitive healer and health educator. Her patients reclaim their health and discover renewed well-being through acupuncture treatments, dietary changes, herbal medicine, awareness practices and physical movement.

While acupuncture is one of her primary therapeutic tools, it is only one of the many healing modalities she uses in her clinic. A critical assessment of a patient’s physical, mental and emotional health is the foundation of her practice and approach to care. She treats a broad spectrum of conditions and strongly supports patients to take an active, educated and empowered role in their health. Amy holds a clinical Master’s degree from the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine (SIOM).

In addition to her clinical work and training in East Asian medicine, she previously counseled bereaved clients at Providence Hospice of Seattle, coordinated patient care at Seattle’s Central District Planned Parenthood, and provided advocacy and direct care to the sick in rural Nepal.

Amy has traveled broadly as part of her education and service experience. Her extensive periods living in Nepal, Belgium, Scotland, Australia, and Taiwan provide a unique global perspective that greatly complements her medical education. Amy understands that there is no single right way. Each culture (individual and group) has their own unique way, deserving of honor and respect.

Outside of the clinic, Amy educates members of the community about meditation’s physical, mental and emotional health benefits. Meditation, in the Zen Buddhist tradition, has played a foundational role in her life since 1996. She is a senior lay student of Shodo Harada Roshi and trains regularly at Tahoma One Drop Zen Monastery on Whidbey Island. She receives additional support in her meditation practice from teachers Byakuren Judith Ragir and John Tarrant. Since 2006, she has served as a community volunteer, facilitating meditation and services for Buddhist inmates at Monroe’s Washington State Reformatory. She further devotes time to watercolor painting and other creative visual arts, exercise, hiking and paddle boarding.

Education

Mindfulness NW (Bellingham, WA)
Certification Mindfulness Teacher Training completed 2016                                                                 9 month cohort-based training (350 hours): extensive practice and study in Mindfulness practices; underlying psychological and scientific understanding of Mindfulness; history of Mindfulness implementation; Buddhist roots of mindfulness; and effective leading and facilitation.

Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine (Seattle, WA)
MAcOM completed 2007
Three-year rigorous, apprentice style education clinical training in Acupuncture (Chinese, Japanese, Auricular), Chinese Herbal Medicine, Tuina, Food Therapy & Qi Gong. Internship included treatment of neuromusculo-skeletal conditions, gynecology, internal medicine, addiction and detoxification, emotional disorders, pain disorders, sports injury & trauma, and pediatrics.

Colby College (Waterville, ME)
BA completed 1996
Majors: Government, International Studies
(conc.: Environmental Studies)
Honors: Graduated magna cum laude

University of Glasgow & Glasgow School of Art (Glasgow, Scotland)
January – June 1995

Pitzer in Nepal (Balkot, Nepal)
August – December 1994
Cultural & language immersion program

Rotary Exchange Student (Tournai, Belgium)
August 1990 – July 1991