My grandparents and great grandparents were imprisoned at Tule Lake concentration camp in northern California for two years during WW2; My mother was born there In 1945. I am the daughter of an “issei” or first generation Japanese immigrant on my father’s side; I was born in Japan and raised in Portland, Oregon.
I grew up bilingual and bicultural. Navigating two cultures has taught me to hold space for more than one way of knowing and being, while allowing me the freedom to create my own, continually evolving identity as a Japanese American-healer-mystic-visionary-athlete-artist.
As a practitioner of Traditional East Asian Medicine (TEAM) for over 20 years, I have studied and incorporated the 4 foundations of this holistic medicine: Acupuncture, plant medicine, bodywork therapies, and Qigong/internal cultivation exercises into my private practice and daily life. As I continue to delve more deeply into the mysteries and magic of my own healing path, I am especially committed to supporting the wellness and resilience of the BIPOC community.
I am grateful for my lifelong passion as an athlete (gymnastics, trail running, rock climbing, surfing, stand up paddle racing) to keep me firmly rooted on this earth. As I stand at the intersection of fitness, ethnicity/race, traditional healing practices, and empowerment of the feminine, I bring balance and harmony as we transition into the next stage of our collective healing work.