Jana Bricker, L.Ac., C.SMA
I was first introduced to acupuncture following a shoulder surgery, and continued treatment to relieve chronic headaches and debilitating migraines.
My fascination with acupuncture theory and the success of the treatments made me want to learn more. A lot more. After four years of school, over 3000 training hours, and four board exams, I became a licensed acupuncturist and board-certified herbalist. My respect for, confidence in, and fascination with East Asian Medicine continues to grow, and I continue to further my education and share what I learn with my patients.
I call myself an acupuncturist and often reference the fact that I went to “acupuncture school”, but in truth, I am much more than an acupuncturist, and school was much more than learning about acupuncture.
Acupuncture is a technique. East Asian Medicine is a way of looking at and living in the world. We are interconnected at all times – interconnected with other people, with nature and the seasons, and with what is going on in our community and the world.
In order to be effective, those who practice this medicine must understand the body in both Eastern and Western terms. We diagnose through observation, discussion, and palpation. The modalities of treatment often include much more than just acupuncture – I often use cupping, gua sha, and herbal medicine, along with discussion about food therapy, and breathing and meditation techniques.
I am endlessly curious about how humans work and the interconnectedness of all things. Through my desire to relieve suffering, and my joy in testing East Asian medical theory to solve the puzzles of the human body and psyche, I am able to create a healing space to bring about positive results.
I go out of my way to make sure that all questions are thoroughly answered during office visits. I am grateful for the opportunity to get to know my patients and be a part of their “team”. I truly love the work that I do.
Please feel free to contact me if I can answer any questions or help you determine if acupuncture, and/or Chinese herbal medicine is right for you.