Crystal grew up in paradise - an island in the Pacific known to most as “Hawaii” but to Crystal as home - filled with wild fruits and herbs that she greedily harvested and ate. She always came home stained with fruit pulp, mud and grass - thus began a lifelong love of local food and herbs! She has spent her entire life traveling and sampling the local fare, living in exotic locations such as Australia, Ireland, France, Poland, Tennessee and now the wild jungle of New York.
Her passion for herbs and lifelong sufferance of neck pain is what led her to chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture. She received her Master’s of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, one of the foremost educational institutions in the country, studying with experts of the profession from America, Taiwan and China.
In addition to her studies at Pacific College, Crystal also has spent extensive time studying with experts in her field. These include studying classical acupuncture technique and TCM pathophysiology with Dr. Steven Jackowicz, advanced Qi Gong techniques with Master YuanMing Zhang, the use of the Dao De Jing in modern Psychology with Dr. Lu Xichen, and Korean moxa therapy with Master Kim. She holds certificates of study from the Institute of Classical Asian Studies in both Medical Qi Gong and Kyo Jung (a form of Korean physical therapy).
She holds certification in Mary-Elizabeth Wakefield’s Constitutional Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation techniques as well as having studied Japanese Facial Technique from Dr. Steven Jackowicz and GuaShi Facial therapy with Dr. Ping Zhang.
She is also a DONA International trained Doula and has had the delightful opportunity to help women from conception right through to birth. Crystal's main focus of treatment is women; Women's health (emotional and physical), beauty, fertility, and pregnancy.
To Crystal, the most exciting aspect of this medicine is the opportunity to continue learning and growing for the rest of her life. This is a field of medicine that demands continued study and effort to be considered truly a “Master” as she one day hopes to be.
She no longer suffers from chronic neck pain.