L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.
Cynthia received a Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine (MTCM) degree in 2004 from Five Branches University. The program included over 3,200 hours of education and clinical studies in acupuncture, herbal medicine, tuina (bodywork), qigong and tai chi, Chinese dietetics, and allopathic medicine. Cynthia concurrently earned a Medical Qigong Practitioner certification and Integrative Sports Medicine certification in 2003. She then traveled with a small group of classmates to Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, for a month-long externship observing doctors treating patients in clinics of orthopedics, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. The integration of allopathic and traditional Chinese medicine Cynthia observed in China made a lasting impression, and inspired her to work collaboratively with doctors and other healthcare practitioners.
Cindy’s experience includes working in private practice since 2004 in California and Oregon. She taught in various clinical settings for 4 years at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland while maintaining a private practice, working with doctors and other healthcare providers. She has advanced training in acupuncture and herbal medicine for neurological disorders. Cynthia is passionate about ancestral health practices including food as medicine and natural movement. She loves learning about herbs, and takes them daily to enhance health and vitality.
Before beginning a career in holistic medicine, Cynthia received a bachelor’s degree in Human Movement Studies (exercise physiology and athletic training) from San Francisco State University. She enjoyed a fun and rewarding career as a personal fitness trainer and fitness director in the San Francisco Bay area. While working for several years in orthopedic physical therapy clinics, Cynthia had the good fortune to assist the sports medicine team of the 49ers, Giants, Sharks, and other professional athletes. This experience led to her success as a post-rehab specialist. She integrates Western orthopedic rehab and sports medicine into her acupuncture practice, offering therapeutic exercises and qigong for injuries.
A native of Ohio and resident of the Great Lakes region for her first 13 years, Cynthia grew up in small towns riding horses, playing sports, and exploring her artistic tendencies. She began mountain biking and racing in her 20’s, and learned to surf while living near world class surf breaks in Santa Cruz, CA. She has been running trails for over 35 years for fun and to connect with nature.
Cynthia has been certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) since 2004. She is licensed to practice acupuncture by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies and is certified as a Health Coach by The American Council on Exercise (ACE). Cynthia was happy to discover Healing Horizons Integrated Health Solutions, as it has always been her goal to integrate the best of both Eastern and Western medicine.