My Story

As many of you may know, Emerging Energy Acupuncture, founded in 2004, is my practice of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs in Providence, RI. The name Emerging Energy came to me when I was living in NYC and saw a neon sign hanging in my soon-to-be husband's loft reading "EMERGING ENERGY." His mother picked it up at a yard sale in NJ so I'm really not sure where it came from. I did know that it summed up my future practice perfectly and so the name was decided.

To me, Emerging Energy signifies energy from deep inside bubbling up to the surface and expanding outward. It signifies the gifts you bring to the world that are just waiting to come out and make themselves known. As I know personally, this energy and inspiration is sometimes hampered by sickness.

Suffering with "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" as a teenager, I personally felt the confinement that sickness can create. There were days I spent bed, feeling unable to move. I felt like a prisoner in my body. Staring at the ceiling, my mind was full of all the things I wanted to do, but my body felt heavy and lifeless. After finding healing through holistic medicine, I made it my mission to help people with health conditions that hold them back from experiencing the fullness in life.

I have always had a creative streak. My creativity comes through in my work with patients as well as creating objects and products that inspire and nurture us. I believe that creativity is one of my gifts to give the world and honoring that just feels right and is one of the practices I do for stress relief.

Pearl Apothecary, my line of topical skin care products, started in early 2014 when I was researching herbs and essential oils to treat the stubborn Psoriasis that afflicted my mother. I formulated PS Ointment to help her heal (PS Ointment is coming to retail soon!). After that, I continued to develop and formulate products that feel good, smell good, and heal our skin. It's a self-nurturing practice to take care of our bodies with beautiful products. I believe this self-love helps us heal and become whole.

Why the name Pearl? A pearl is precious, has natural luster, takes time to form, and is natural. I think it sums up the products of Pearl Apothecary quite well. These products are hand made in small batches, using the finest ingredients. We mindfully use the lowest effective amounts of preservatives in some products to keep them safe to use for 6-12 months. We do not use parabens or formaldehyde preservatives. None of our products are tested on animals and many are vegan. They will make your skin and spirit glow from within with luminescence like a pearl.

Inner Gate is my line of healing Jewelry that will be rolling out in Summer 2015. Since I was a young child, I made Jewelry and had my first business in second grade making custom friendship bracelets. I love working with natural stones, and in high school, I seriously considered a career as a gemologist. These magnificent stones have healing characteristics and can serve as objects of beauty to cherish. I am beyond thrilled to bring you adornments that inspire you to stay connected, grounded, and keep your meridians open and flowing smoothly.

Inner Gate has two meanings. First, Inner Gate refers to an acupuncture point on the inner wrist that has the power to resolve "inner blockages" in the chest. It can calm the spirit and quiet the mind. It is also used to treat nausea and harmonize digestion. Second, a gate is a powerful symbol of a journey. As you pass through a gate, you decide to take an active role in your journey, in your inner transformation. You can and should be active in your healing process, and Inner Gate Jewelry can help remind you of the power you have.

In my own experience with "Chronic Fatigue," I've learned a few things about healing. First, you must mentally detach from a medical diagnosis in order to heal. Be willing to let it go because letting it become fundamentally part who you are will impede healing. If you let it become part of your identity, why would you want to lose a part of yourself? Let it go and imagine yourself whole. Next, healing requires an active role and daily practice. Nutrition and sleep are of vital importance. Don't compromise on these. Nutritional needs can vary from person to person, but EVERYONE needs enough protein and vegetables (and limited sugar). Lastly, do what you love. Do more of what makes you happy, except if that involves eating loads of chocolate. Don't get me wrong, I belive dark chocolate is a sort of vitamin. . . so have just a bit!