As the owner and lead practitioner of Vida Holistic Therapy, I integrate two distinct disciplines, psychotherapy and acupuncture, to address your mental health needs. This unique treatment model is the only one of its kind in the state of Michigan. Combining talk therapy with body-centered therapies such as full body acupuncture, acupressure, and guided meditations has shown significant results in decreasing depression, anxiety, and addressing trauma.

The body keeps memories of past traumas even if the mind blocks them. Thus an integrated approach of talk and body centered therapy heals the mind, body, and spirit to address the root cause of an ailment so that persons can live their fullest Vida.

I am a licensed clinical social worker in Michigan and Illinois and a licensed acupuncturist in Michigan. I enjoy Urban farming with my family and believe in the importance of having a personal connection to food as part of a healthy lifestyle. I also love to travel nationally and internationally and has visited over a dozen different countries.


Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Chicago, IL
December 2010, M.S. in Traditional Chinese Medicine- Acupuncture & Herbs

Univ of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, Chicago, IL
June 2000, A.M., Concentration in Administration and Policy

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
May 1998, B.A. in Psychology and Latino Studies