Meet the Team: Andrea

Welcome, Andrea!

It’s thrilling to have Andrea bring acupuncture back to SuNu, Linden Hills!

Andrea has been working with individuals and families within our Linden Hills community for the last few months. With her years of knowledge and own successful private practice, it’s no surprise that her schedule at SuNu has filled quickly. Andrea’s calm, soothing and competent presence bring a welcomed grounding energy to the SuNu Team.

SuNu considers Eastern Medicine and Acupuncture an essential part of holistic health, wellness and healing. Andrea’s eagerness to collaborate with the Chiropractors and Massage Therapists in clinic has brought a new depth of care to our clients. It’s incredible to be able to offer this multi-dimensional approach to care to our community.

I had the privilege of interviewing Andrea to learn more about who she is as a practitioner and all she is offering at SuNu. Please enjoy this opportunity to get to know Andrea, too.

A conversation between Andrea & Erica Ciardelli

 

1) Andrea, you have helped so many already through your years of private practice and clinical work. What drew you to SuNu Wellness? 

Practicing as a part of a holistic collaborative offers the opportunity to learn from one another, put values into practice, and offer the best care everyone is capable of. Layering the benefits of singular healing methods and modalities only enhances and strengthens a patient’s treatment plan. To have a team of knowledgeable, skilled and caring providers and practitioners to partner with is a gift. It’s very exciting.

2) What type of services do you offer at SuNu

I am National Board certified and licensed by the State Medical Board to practice acupuncture medicine. I offer acupuncture and cupping at SuNu, currently.

3) Who would benefit from working with you? What does acupuncture treat or support? 

I work with people of all ages and a broad range of physical and emotional symptoms including pain, internal imbalances with digestion, respiration, the nervous system, reproduction, anxiety and depression. Acupuncture in particular assists people as they face the transitions that life presents at all stages of growth and aging. Something I am really enjoying about my practice at this moment is the resiliency I see around me and within my patients. We are all learning how to care for ourselves and each other in new ways.

5) What is it about Eastern Medicine and acupuncture, specifically, that interests you?

I am drawn to this work in East Asian Medicine for its depth of historical efficacy and versatility. And for it’s comprehensive approach to the human experience, healing and adaptation to ongoing changes.
I am deeply grateful and feel privileged to have learned from these teachers of East Asian descent. I continue to work and study in an effort to practice this medicine in a way that it was intended.

As a practitioner of traditional medicine from a culture that is not my own, I acknowledge cultural appropriation has happened and still happens in the health and wellness field. I am committed to educating myself about structural and systemic racism (including when it targets people of East Asian and Pacific Island descent) and working to make changes. I hope to exercise grace and openness when it comes to my own mistakes so I can learn and adjust.

6) Can you describe what a typical acupuncture experience with you is like?  

It’s not a one-size-fits-all approach to health care, medicine or treatment. The goal isn’t a diagnosis of what’s ‘wrong’, rather, an understanding of the connectivity of the body’s systems and restoring balance where/when needed. I offer an additional lens through which to make sense of your symptoms and experiences. Change is constant and it helps to think of your health as a 3D puzzle where there are many ways to support the integrity of your experience and for you to flourish.

With my patient’s needs, goals and comfort level in mind, I’m able to create treatment plans addressing the causes of underlying imbalances in the whole system that affect their quality of life, sleep, ability to connect with others and to pursue what is important to them. Acupuncture, while dynamic, broad and expansive, can be individualized to meet peoples specific needs.

Connect with Andrea & SuNu Wellness

When working with Andrea, patients can expect careful listening and inquiry to build an accurate picture or what they’re experiencing. She uses her gentle and versatile application of training and experience to address the whole person.

Andrea practices out of the Linden Hills location and is accepting new patients. Make your appointment today! To learn more about the Acupuncture Team and additional services available at SuNu Wellness, follow the links to our website.

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