Thea began her practice in the healing arts in childhood when she discovered that she had a natural affinity for giving massage and for finding people’s sore spots. Many years later, after experiencing a diverse personal and professional life which included living, studying and working in Japan, Mexico and China, Thea made her way back to the healing arts as a licensed professional. She earned her Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City where she is currently a Clinical Supervisor engaged in training future professionals like herself. She is also a NYS Licensed Acupuncturist and is Nationally Certified to practice Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal medicine.
Over the past 15 years, Thea’s clinical practice has evolved to focus on musculoskeletal conditions and pain often associated wth sports injuries, an accident or surgery or from simply having awoken one morning with a particular issue. Though sessions may begin by addressing pain, future appointments invariably include treatment of other sometimes seemingly unrelated symptoms that occur simultaneously. Through observation of and discussions with a patient, Thea works like a detective to reveal the way symptoms are often connected, sometimes as a cause of or resulting from one incident or a series of them. She also educates her patients, using a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) paradigm, about how and why they may be feeling their symptoms on a physical and/or emotional level. Thea is most at home when working with and guiding her patients to find greater health and well being using the varied modalities of TCM such as Acupuncture, Tui Na, Gua Sha, Cupping, Moxibustion and Auricular therapy with needles and ear seeds.
Some symptoms other than pain that Thea is very experienced with include digestive disorders, all menstrual related syndromes including fertility and menopause, headaches, fatigue, insomnia and many others. In addition to TCM practices, Thea often adds therapeutic essential oils and Chinese herbal recommendations into patient care, when appropriate. Thea lives in Brooklyn with her husband and tween daughter and in her spare time loves to read, cook, sing and do yoga to help maintain her own health and well being.