Dawn started her career as a therapist after receiving her first Masters of Arts from Hazeden Graduate School. For seven years she treated men and women with addiction and mental health issues at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, Pride Institute and Lino Lakes Prison. Through her work in the mental health system she discovered that she wanted to incorporate a more holistic approach to her patient care. She decided to pursue a Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine from Northwestern Health Sciences University. She is board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and licensed by the Minnesota State Medical Board. She has experience in giving acupuncture treatments at Salvation Army, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Center, Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, Fairview Hospital, Bloomington Natural Care Center, and Pathways Health Crisis Resource Center. In addition to treating women’s health issues she has a special interest in working with male factor infertility.
Dawn relies on the natural world for her own self care and finds much gratification in the fact that Traditional Chinese Medicine is based in understanding the balance of nature. Much of her free time is spent walking along the Mississippi River, foraging for healthy plants and mushrooms, and camping in the Northwoods or in our National Parks. She enjoys nature’s abundance in the form of local, nutritious food and she is passionate about growing, canning and fermenting her own vegetables. Her treatment style is to help her patients find their own form of self care to activate their body’s natural healing abilities and well being.