For the love of Nature

It is so gratifying, as a small business owner, to contribute to Bozeman, a community I love and have called home for almost 22 years. For the month of June 2017, new Rootstock Acupuncture clients had the opportunity to select the "Support Story Mill Community Park" option when booking their first appointment. Eight new clients chose to do so!

Together, we raised $160 for Bozeman's newest and greatest park. Story Mill Community Park is not just any park - it has restored wetlands and trails that afford a true nature experience right here in town. This artist's sketch provided by the Trust for Public Lands captures the vision.StoryMill BridgerDrive Sketch

As a Master's student at The Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in Florida, one of my courses was "Inner Development of the Practitioner." Nature journaling throughout the seasons was one of the assignments - the idea being that practitioners are most effective when we are able to focus our intention. 

Only when there is stillness inside, can we focus that intention. 

"On my way to this spot

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Acupuncture for Caregivers

A small group gathers in the parlor on the first floor of The Health Collective in downtown Bozeman, where I practice acupuncture. Sometimes we sit in silence, sometimes there is quiet music playing and sometimes we talk.

Time to receive

What matters most is that these individuals who are caregivers, for 30 minutes on a given day, have chosen to receive - to take the time to care for themselves in the form of acupuncture therapy.Acupuncture for Caregivers in Bozeman flyer

Acupuncture for Caregivers is in its second year offering free acupuncture therapy for stress relief 1,2 twice a month. Its free because I volunteer my time and we are fortunate to have the help of a generous donor who pays for supplies.

Serving the underserved

Since becoming a Licensed Acupuncturist I wanted to share my skills with what I believe is an underserved population.

There were two inspirations for this community program. The first was seeing the effects of stress on my mother, the caregiver of my father for a decade. The second was during my internship at the Academy

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Taking this time to give thanks

This Saturday, my family and I will be heading south for a week-long road trip family vacation in the Utah desert.

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Thanksgiving, for us, will be bountiful views of orange sandstone formations, hikes in curvy slot canyons, and the joy of being together.

I love this time of year when we get back to what is most essential to us and actively express thankfulness for the same. 

I am thankful:

  • For my family and our health
  • I get to balance being a mom with being a health care practitioner
  • For my “village,” including my son’s preschool “school family”
  • For the trust and connection I have with my clients
  • I get to be part of something bigger than myself at The Health Collective, through my community partnerships and as a citizen of Bozeman
  • For every opportunity to improve, learn and grow

Feel the warmth. Give thanks.

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Summer: Balancing the energetic and lazy aspects of the season

It's official! I just heard my first ruby-crowned kinglet. We are entering the most yang, sunny, energizing phase of the year. Summer is here!

Joyful signs of the season!

I, like many, thrive in this time of the year - running, hiking and biking more. Gardening. Adventuring. Ingesting colorful eye candy otherwise known as flowers, foliage, birds, bees, snakes, mushrooms... I love it all!sun heart

I’m a planner by nature - having something to look forward to on the calendar is half the fun for me. That said, I also see the value in creating a balance of planned activities AND room for spontaneity – offering me the choice to be energetic or enjoy the concept of long, lazy days of summer.

Running-wise, I’m considering trying something a little different this summer - running for the pure pleasure of it with no obligation. Rather than sign up for a race that requires long training runs that eat up my free time, maybe I'll volunteer for the Ridge Run which has become an annual tradition in our

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Volunteering brings health, happiness and greater sense of community

The title of Kelly Pohl’s recent Bozeman Daily Chronicle guest column pulled me in: “Taking part in shaping community’s future.”peoplecircle

I love the questions she posed, “Can we grow while maintaining our quality of life” that we have come to expect in Bozeman and the Gallatin Valley? “Can we grow and maintain the same expectations for public safety, access to nature, excellent schools, and a tremendous sense of community?” And I applaud her calls to action: “…Voice your opinion. Support the organizations that support your community. Vote. Volunteer…” 

Volunteering is in my blood

My volunteer history dates back to being a junior member of the Ironbound Ambulance Squad in Newark, NJ. I was a trained EMT and responded to emergency calls one night a week while in high school.

In my twenties I was a two-time Student Conservation Association volunteer (now known as Americorps). I educated the public on the environmental and cultural wonders of two very different but both incredibly wonder-filled places: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Grand Canyon National Park.

While in

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