People always ask.... “How did you get into acupuncture”?
When I got my first job and my first paycheck in the entertainment industry, I was so excited because I could finally go get an acupuncture treatment. I realize this might seem odd, but to me, it wasn’t. The father of my best friend growing up was an acupuncturist and I had always heard of this mystical medicine- I was completely intrigued! Thus, my journey began.
After almost ten years in the business, I was searching for something different. I really enjoyed helping people, but wasn’t sure what that meant for me specifically. One day, I was on the phone with my old friend and he just said, “Carmen, why don’t you become an acupuncturist?!” It was the a-ha moment of my life. I was so passionate about acupuncture. It had really been my anchor all those years and yet it never occurred to me that I could do it, too.
So here I am today, still deeply passionate about this beautiful medicine and I look forward to sharing it with you. I truly hope that I can provide for you what my acupuncturist has for me all these years.
“people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou
I have always loved to hear people’s stories, I bring that into what I do now. I feel that being heard is a substantial part of the healing process. I use my perceptive listening to really get to know you. My clients say that they feel they could say anything and it’s totally ok. I provide a non-judgmental space for you to just be completely yourself so we can get to the bottom of what’s going on.
I read my first spiritual books (Be Here Now and Way of the Peaceful Warrior) when I was about 13 which led me on a path of self inquiry. Since then I have read hundreds of books, explored all different types of religions, self improvement seminars, psychology and healing methods. This eventually led me to acupuncture school, where after four years of study I earned a Masters Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Emperor’s College and graduated Magna Cum Laude.
I loved acupuncture school so much. I learned a tremendous amount from my teachers and the people I met. This is also how I got into reiki and essential oils. After school I did a year long post-graduate course with Professor Neil Gumenick, my mentor and hero, who also happened to officiate my wedding. He teaches Classical Five Elements in the Worsley tradition. This style of acupuncture explores the spiritual aspects of each and every acupuncture point to achieve a deep level of healing. Because I have always received a variety of treatments, I always wanted to incorporate those different modalities into how I treated my clients. This makes my treatments unique and a little magical.
I have worked at Milestones Ranch and Echo Malibu, which are treatment centers for adults and teens with chemical dependence as well as psychiatric disorders. I have learned so much working with people in recovery and it means the world to me to be able to support people during that transitional time.
In 2009 I fulfilled my dream of opening a private practice in my hometown of Pacific Palisades. My office offers a cozy, boutique environment where you are always welcome and should feel at home.
I had been working with the non-profit Determined To Succeed as a consultant for a little over a year and I'm proud to say that this year (2017) I became their Health and Wellness Director. Which means I'm helping bring all aspects of physical and mental well-being to first generation, low income, minority teens who are headed to college. This work means the world to me and if you'd like to donate to or find out more about that organization please click here.
Whether you’re having ordinary every day stress or more serious underlying issues like anxiety or depression, I am committed to helping you discover the root of your internal blocks and clearing them. My mission is to help empower you with the tools you need to have clarity and feel grounded. I want to help you find peace in your mind, body and soul so you can fulfill your mission on this planet.
Lucky me! I have been featured in the Palisadian Post, Voyage LA Magazine, Daily Candy’s Health and Wellness Guide, and I am the author of The Adventures of a Healing Arts Enthusiast, a blog dedicated to self-improvement. I am a contributor for ThriveGlobal and my first book, Unstoppable: The Overwhelmed Girl’s Guide to Life is coming very soon.
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