Suzanne has worked with herbs, nutrition, and healing modalities for over forty years, learning from many teachers and mentors along the way. She studied Chinese medicine primarily with Taoist master Dr. Lily Siou in Hawai’i. After graduating with a Masters degree from Dr. Siou’s Tai Hsuan Foundation in 1989, Suzanne opened a clinic and herb business on the Big Island of Hawai’i. She later received a second Masters degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine, graduating magna cum laude from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego. Suzanne practiced at her clinic in North County, San Diego for seven years, specializing in women’s health and chronic illness.
While in Hawai’i and Southern California, Suzanne researched, co-authored, and self-published Acidophilus & Colon Health, a “basic best-seller” booklet in health food stores for 17 years. She later led a team to self-publish an expanded version (Achieve Maximum Health: Colon Flora, The Missing Link in Immunity, Health & Longevity, 1995) and also wrote a revised version for Kensington Publishing. Suzanne has written self-published books on herbal remedies and many articles based on her studies, research, and experience.
Suzanne worked as Clinical Associate with Natura’s Founder/Formulator Donald Yance from 1999 to 2004, specializing in complementary cancer care, at the Centre for Natural Healing in Ashland, Oregon and taught at several of Donnie’s first clinical training programs. Suzanne also worked as consultant and substantive editor to organize the manuscript of Donnie’s book Adaptogens in Medical Herbalism (Healing Arts Press, 2013).
Since 2004, Suzanne has practiced at her own clinic, Ashland Acupuncture, integrating herbal, nutritional, and Chinese medicine. Her specialties include women’s health, adrenal and chronic fatigue, mental/emotional issues, healthy aging, and pain/injury. While acupuncture is her primary treatment modality, she has been a practitioner of the ancient Japanese healing art of Jin Shin Jyutsu since 1980. Suzanne has taught classes including Chinese medicine, dietary/nutritional health, Qi Gong, and Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help.
Since 2014, Suzanne has worked with Natura Health Products as a freelance Educational Medical Writer. She writes Natura’s Product Sheets and product Tech Sheets, along with thematic Informational Papers and White Papers, working to integrate the time-proven wisdom of traditional medicines with modern research on botanicals, nutrition, and health.