Sallie is dedicated to serving individuals by listening deeply to their health concerns. Together with her clients she explores factors that may be contributing to imbalances of body, mind and spirit. She offers a variety of treatments and practices that gently support the healing process.
As a practitioner of Oriental Medicine for the last 18 years, and a registered nurse for 20 years, Sallie has grounding in the healing traditions of both East and West. She worked many years in hospital settings in Maternal and Women’s Health and Mental Health, as well as practicing Oriental Medicine in a physical therapy and wellness clinic in Miami, Florida. She moved her private practice to Charlottesville in 2004.
In 2002 she discovered the ancient practice of meditative self-inquiry. In 2007 she pursued training with Byron Katie and The Institute for the Work. She currently is a Certified Facilitator, as well as a Mentor and Trainer for the Institute. Sallie has found self-inquiry to be a practice that offers profound inner exploration and discovery. She offers self-inquiry to clients who are interested in this type of healing practice.
Sallie lives with her husband in the country outside of Charlottesville, Virginia.
Sallie holds the following licenses and certifications:
- Licensed Acupuncturist ~ by the Virginia Board of Medicine
- Diplomate of Acupuncture ~ by the National Certification Commission for Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
- Certified Facilitator of The Work of Byron Katie ~ by the Institute for The Work
- Licensed Registered Nurse ~ by the Virginia Board of Nursing
Sallie graduated salutatorian from the Acupuncture/Acupressure Institute (now Acupuncture and Massage College) in 1998 with an Acupuncture Diploma. She pursued further studies in chinese herbology, integrated nutrition, homo-toxicology, homeopathic medicine and oriental bodywork to obtain a four year Master’s level Oriental Medicine Diploma in 2000.
She has studied various types of Acupuncture including: Traditional Chinese Medicine, Non-Somatic Extraordinary Vessel Healing, Dr. Tan’s Balance Method, Five Element Acupuncture, Auricular Acupuncture.
She has studied Self-Inquiry and Mindfulness with various teachers: Byron Katie, Adyashanti, Eckart Tolle, Gina Lake, Gangaji, Scott Kiloby, as well as being deeply influenced by the writings and recordings of: Thich Nhat Hanh, Stephen Mitchell, Nisargadatta Maharaj and Pema Chodron.
Sallie has participated as a practitioner in the following research studies:
- Effects of Acupuncture’s Extraordinary Vessel treatments on depression. Daniel Atchison-Nevel in conjunction with Florida International University. 1999/2000 Sallie provided moxibustion, cupping and rolling treatments. The successful results of the pilot study, Using Acupuncture to Treat Major Depressive Disorder, were presented at professional conferences and published in peer reviewed professional journals.
- Department of Gynecology at University of Virginia. Sallie worked as an acupuncturist for a UVA Medical School study which analyzed the effect of one particular six acupuncture point protocol on polycystic ovarian syndrome.
She pursues ongoing training in different aspects of Oriental medicine, Self-Inquiry, and Mindfulness Meditation. She enjoys taking weekly classes in Qigong. She also works several hours a month as an Acupuncture Detoxification supervisor for six mental health and substance abuse agencies in central and northern Virginia. She volunteers monthly with CVCA (Central Virginia Community Acupuncture) offering ear acupuncture in a group setting at the Charlottesville Free Clinic. All are welcome!