Hi, I'm Jessica! I am an acupuncturist and Traditional East Asian medicine practitioner, and owner of Balanced Point Wellness in Minneapolis.
Licensed in the states of Minnesota and Oregon, I received national certification in Acupuncture and am a National Diplomate of Chinese Herbal Medicine, granted by the NCCAOM in 2011 after graduating from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. I've experienced 7 wonderful years in practice treating many different complaints and conditions. My focuses in practice center on women's hormonal health and menopausal symptoms, anxiety, depression, and trauma, sciatic-type lower back pain, shoulder pain, TMD, and digestive complaints. Other focuses include internal medicine, and neurological diseases. Any health concern is relevant.
Some of my philosophies, treatment style, and experience:
I believe deeply in the body’s innate ability to rebalance and heal from within--with guidance, work, attention, and intention. When we gift ourselves a level of deep awareness, along with an intention to give ourselves what we need, the time and diligence to find balance and healing, and of reaching towards goals, whether they be emotional or physical, we can arrive at a place that previously may have been unimaginable.. we can become fully healthy and complete—with a sense of ‘intactness’ that our current world simply doesn’t lend to us being able to do alone. I love witnessing the power of acupuncture, herbs, and essential oils to facilitate this type of healing. I am continually amazed and humbled by this beautiful, and powerful medicine.
I approach each patient as an individual by pinpointing the underlying issues causing discomfort. In treatment, a combination of shiatsu, cupping, gua sha, moxibustion, gentle Japanese techniques, essential oils, and flower essences in addition to acupuncture lend to a relaxing and transformative experience. I also offer nutritional suggestions, herbal formulas, and essential oil recommendations for optimal health on a case-by-case basis. On some days, I might recommend a book, a movie, a meditation channel, or a podcast that I feel could be of benefit to your wellbeing. In other words, I get to know you.
A little about what I've learned since obtaining my Master's in Chinese medicine:
--Certified in Koshi Balancing with Jeffrey Dann, LAc--4-part seminar series completed in March 2013--Koshi balancing is a gentle Japanese style of treatment that involves bringing alignment to the hips, spine, neck and shoulders using non-invasive needling techniques, a cooperative exercise called Sotai, used to train the body to move in healthier ways, and painless needle insertion. Japanese acupuncture is a great option for patients who consider themselves "needle-phobic". If you want to try Koshi balancing, please wear loose-fitting, stretchy clothing.
--Treatment of Gynecological Disorders with essential oils and herbal medicine with Peter Holmes, LAc --I use essential oils in almost every treatment, and recommend home-care and use for self-care with essential oils. Essential oils are wonderful for balancing hormones, mood, and for integrating past painful memories and releasing traumas. Please inquire more if this interests you!
--Chinese herbal medicine with the highly respected Dr. Huang Huang. A different and very pinpointed perspective on Chinese herbal therapy, this education has helped me to keenly identify what herbal directions to take, and how best to treat many conditions.
--For over a year I have studied specific essential oil benefits for healing physical, mental-emotional, and past trauma with Tiffany Carole, LAc's Healing Oil Collective.
--I have attended Northwestern Health Sciences University Health and Wellness Symposium in 2017 and 2018, which includes numerous CEU (continuing education credits) and offers a wealth of perspective and knowledge.
--I am a supervisor of clinic interns at Northwestern Health Sciences University. This line of work has nourished me AND my practice on levels I never could have imagined. Teaching students has brought a whole new level of deep appreciation for, and made me fall further in love with, Chinese medicine and the offerings that it has for patients and for the world.