Education and Credentials
- New York / New Jersey Licensed Acupuncturist: Lic # 25MZ000682
- M.S., Traditional Oriental Medicine, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
- B.S., Biology, Rutgers University
- NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) Diplomat of Oriental Medicine
- Educated in China and the United States by masters of Chinese medicine
- Additional licenses or certificates in Clean Needle Technique, Chinese Herbology
- Chronic pain management (arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome)
- Headaches and facial pain
- Stroke, facial paralysis, hemiplegia
- Stress, anxiety, and insomnia
- Psoriasis, acne, herpes zoster
- Pain due to injury
- Neuralgia and neuropathy pain
- Diabetes and obesity
Why did you choose the field you are in?
I’ve always loved science, especially the science of how the body works: why people get sick and how we recover. I became interested in holistic and alternative medicine after graduating from college. I discovered a whole world of natural medicine and healing in which patients fared very well without an overload of medicine. Since then, I’ve wanted to help patients heal naturally using a blend of conventional treatments, acupuncture, and Chinese herbology, one that often has fewer side effects than a strictly conventional regimen.
I was fascinated with how Chinese Herbal Formulas worked and how people knew certain plants, herbs, and roots were beneficial for certain disease conditions years before science even found the cause of the disease. I enjoyed seeing how acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine helped people resolve major problems like anxiety, allergies, back pain, digestive disorders and arthritis…all conditions modern science cannot consistently resolve. As a lover of science, I had my own healthy dose of scepticism, but I am always compelled to delve further into the results of a different approach to solving health problems.
Why did you choose Randolph Pain Relief & Wellness Center?
My initial exposure to Dr. Simon was our shared interest in pain management. My interest in treating people was more about what is going on internally and energetically that allowed for someone to experience pain the way that they do. In most clinics, only pain symptoms are treated. Chinese medical philosophy says if you treat the branch but not the root, the problem will never be addressed. Dr. Simon was new to acupuncture, but his philosophy of treating the patient over treating the symptoms resonated with me.
Share a success story or something that excites you about coming to work every day.
I am always amazed by the fact that acupuncture can treat problems not treatable otherwise. I had a patient with relentless migraines, 19 days a month. After 3 months of treatments, the frequency was down to 5-6, and within 6 months, 0-1 per month. I also had a patient with debilitating foot pain who was told that nothing was wrong and to just take anti-inflammatories. All she wanted was to walk her daughter through the airport when she left for home. Within the first 2 acupuncture treatments she felt less pain. Not long after, she walked her daughter through the airport to see her off. These successes change my perspective. I see patients now from the perspective of their hopes and dreams for better health, not just as a bundle of seemingly unrelated pain symptoms.
Why are you passionate about what you do?
I love helping people. I get a selfish satisfaction knowing that my efforts were put to good use. I take joy in knowing I was part of someone’s personal journey to understanding how their body and mind are connected and that anyone can experience benefit from Chinese medicine.