Welcome! I'm glad you're here! I'm Jem, and I'm a licensed Acupuncturist, Herbalist, Alchemical Life Coach, Feminine Power Facilitator (pending final certification), Healing Tao Instructor of Internal Alchemy Meditation & Qi Gong, and co-author of the bestselling book Awakening: Meet the Women Birthing a New Earth.
I’m also happy to be the mother of a very loving, exuberant son (born at home in 2014), and a new daughter (born late in 2020) — and my partner and I love supporting other parents in finding new ways to help their families thrive, especially as we navigate uncertain times.
I have successfully used Chinese Medicine, Daoist Alchemy, sacred sexual cultivation, dance, qi gong, and somatic practices to renegotiate my relationship with the various traumas stored in my body (from long-term early sexual abuse, rape, pregnancy loss, childbirth, and intergenerational trauma), to live a healthy, radiant, fulfilled life, comfortable in my Wholeness. I am passionate about sharing these practices with women (like You!) who are ready to empower themselves in their own healing, in a culture ripe for change.
My vision is to co-create a world in which all people have the support we need to transform sexual, relational, and ancestral trauma, so we can live in the radiant Wholeness of our sacred embodiment, and bring our unique gifts to the world, empowered by Love from Within. Because when we deeply love, listen to, and care for ourselves, fulfilling our mission and purpose in the world becomes sustainable, and empowers others to live in alignment with their Hearts, Minds, and Essences, too. The more sustainably well-nourished our individual lives become, the easier it is to co-create families and communities in which we all can thrive with freedom, safety, and mutual respect!
I am committed to eradicating the stigma and shame of sexual trauma, and to walking the path of healing, spiritual awakening, and self-actualization with women who are ready to reclaim their full vitality, activate their Essence, and live in their empowered, authentic Wholeness.
My journey with Chinese Medicine began in 1996, with the practice of Tai Chi every morning at my small Socratic seminar school in Anchorage, Alaska. This unique secondary schooling experience emphasized the importance of self-inquiry, self-cultivation, and thoughtful dialogue about classical texts in our modern world. This early whole-body engagement and exploration of the interweaving energies of every aspect of life has continued to inform my personal development and passionate work in the world.
An Alaskan upbringing with ample time in the wilderness led me to explore wild plants as food and medicine at an early age. That early passion for plants inspired further study of Western herbal medicine, and continued into studying Chinese herbal medicine in acupuncture school and beyond.
A back injury (sustained on the crew team during my senior year at Mount Holyoke College) brought me into physical pain in a way that reactivated memories of early sexual trauma, and radically shifted my life path. I spent three months in immobilizing physical and emotional pain, until taking a class about the Chinese Five Elements with Leta Herman (now of Alchemy Healing Center in Northampton MA). After five different doctors had done nothing substantial to shift my physical back pain, working with Leta cleared the physical and emotional pain all at once within two weeks, including a 5-hour Ghost Point treatment. I knew then that this is the work I was meant to do!
Leta sent me to Asheville NC to study at Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts, founded by top students of Jeffrey Yuen, an 88th-generation Daoist priest. I graduated, traveled to China, and became licensed to practice in North Carolina in 2012.
Since then, I have continued my studies in Chinese medicine, functional nutrition, alternative medicine, bodywork, qi gong, trauma healing, herbal medicine, alchemy, meditation, and transformational coaching and facilitation. My most influential teachers include (in no particular order): Mother Nature, Jeffrey Yuen, Minke de Vos, Karin Sorvik, Michael Winn, David Wei, Rick Wilkes, Jeannie Zandi, Dr. Peter Levine, Jampa Stewart, Leta Herman, Jaye McElroy, Dr. Claire Zammit, Carrie Contey, Thea Elijah, Peter and Joanne Shea, Josephine Spilka, Margot Rossi, Lorie Eve Dechar, Kevin Holthaus, Sifu Chin Tsou, and Dr. Aviva Romm, as well as numerous other healers, qi gong practitioners, acupuncturists, colleagues, and clients. And, of course, my son (born at home in 2014), is an amazing teacher of Presence, Resilience, Patience, and Authenticity -- every single day!