Personal Biography

I was born and raised here in Wilmington, NC. Like most of us, I grew up playing basketball, soccer, and swimming. In 1984, I graduated from John T Hoggard High School as a Ronald Reagan scholar. In 1984, I enrolled in UNC-Chapel Hill and majored in Psychology. 

After Chapel Hill, I worked for 6 years in my family's jewelry business, Kingoff's Jewelers. I got my gemology degree and managed a retail store. I was fortunate to have had the experience of working with the public and learning how to run a business.


In 1997, I moved to Santa Fe, NM, and attended the Southwest Acupuncture College. It was a fine school, but the altitude, 7200 ft, and the arid climate were unpleasant. In 1998, I moved to Orlando, Florida and transferred to the National College of Oriental Medicine. In June of 2000, I graduated, passed the national board certification, and moved back to Wilmington. In August, I was granted a North Carolina Acupuncture license and have been practicing since.


College & Post Graduate Education:


1984 - 1988 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA Psychology

1995 - 1996 University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Computer Science

1997 - 1998 Southwest Acupuncture College, Santa Fe, NM

1998 - 2000 National College of Oriental Medicine, Orlando FL, MS Oriental Medicine


In North Carolina, acupuncturists are required to take 40 hours of continuing education every two years. I'm proud to say that I have taken over double the requirement. I have consistently focused my training within these areas:  Pain Relief, Nausea, Insomnia, and Drug-Herb interactions.


Professional Practice:


I have been in practice fulltime since August 2nd, 2000. My focus is on treating the whole person, not just a label that describes their condition. It is my goal to get you back to your life, not back to my office.


I specialize in treating pain, whether from arthritis, trauma, headaches or digestive disorders. I have also helped hundreds quit smoking and have helped even more to sleep better.