Originating from Seattle, Washington, Alana received a BA in Communication from the University of Washington. After realizing her passion for both sports and helping people, she sought a career that would combine these interests. Alana first tried acupuncture after years of chronic neck and back pain from a high school sports injury. Acupuncture made such a positive impact on her life that she wanted to share the medicine with others that may not think of it as the first option for healing.
Alana moved to San Diego, California to attend a four-year Masters programme at the renowned Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Predominantly focused on Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, the course also integrated Western medical classes (such as ortho-neuro evaluation), massage, numerous other healing techniques. After completing over 900 hours of supervised clinical service, Alana graduated in 2014 with a Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine. She also passed national board exams through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
During her time at PCOM, Alana worked additional internships at AcuSport and Old Town Acupuncture & Wellness, where she had the opportunity to assist an internationally respected sports medicine acupuncturist. These opportunities provided her with excellent one-on-one training with experienced acupuncturists who treated professional athletes including Olympic triathletes and current MMA fighters.
Since starting Elite Acupuncture, Alana has had the opportunity to travel 0n tour around the UK and Europe with world-famous bands Little Mix and The Vamps as their acupuncturist/sports therapist. She has also worked with Jess Glynne, Example, the cast of “Ovo” by Cirque du Soleil, and many professional dancers.