I was born and raised in Massachusetts. After graduating high school, I joined the U.S. Army, where I served as a pharmacy specialist. I was stationed in Texas and Colorado and was deployed to the Persian Gulf for Operation Desert Storm. After discharge from active service, I remained in the Army reserve while attending pharmacy school. I graduated from Northeastern University in 1996, with a degree in pharmacy. Since then, I have practiced as a pharmacist in Massachusetts, Arizona and Tennessee.
While living in Arizona, I developed a desire to help people in a more hands-on and natural way. I enrolled in the Oriental Medicine program at the Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine & Acupuncture. I obtained a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine degree in 2014. I am nationally board certified as a diplomate in Oriental medicine from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). I became a licensed acupuncturist in Arizona and opened a private practice.
In the fall of 2016, I closed my practice and moved to Jackson, Tennessee. Since then, I have been working as a pharmacist but due to time constraints, was not able to practice acupuncture. Thankfully, my situation has changed, and I am now ready to see patients again. I am excited to be able to use my education and experience in both western and eastern medicine to help people achieve better health.
I have many hobbies and interests. I like movies and tv, eating good food, traveling, music and theater. I love animals and have a pet dog, Raina. I enjoy singing and I am a member of the Jackson Choral Society. I also enjoy attending performances of the Jackson Symphony and theater performances at the NED and the Orpheum in Memphis. Fitness and health are important to me, so I make time to work out and practice yoga.
If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about acupuncture offered at Payne Chiropractic, please call us at (731) 660-6212 today!