Originating from Seattle, Washington, Alana received a BA in Communication from the University of Washington in 2005. 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 in 2009 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 remedial massage and numerous other healing techniques. The curriculum included Western medical classes such as anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, clinical science, pharmacology, nutrition and ortho-neuro evaluation. 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.
While living in San Diego, Alana met her future husband, Nathan, who is from the UK. After graduating, Alana moved to England where she got married in 2015, and now resides in Dorridge, Solihull. Alana is an avid fan of the University of Washington Huskies, Seattle Mariners and the Seattle Seahawks. She enjoys baseball, basketball, American football and snowboarding, and is learning to enjoy soccer (football), cricket, and skiing.