Abigail is a Board-Certified, Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist in the state of California, the Owner and Clinic Director of FLOAT: Chinese Medical Arts, and the mother of two young children. She is a fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM), and holds a Master’s Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Emperor’s College, where she specialized in Women’s Health, Orthopedics, and Chinese Internal Medicine.
Born and raised in New York City by parents in the theatre business, Abigail has an eclectic background. She earned a B.A. in Languages and Literature from Bard College in Upstate New York. She was a professional actor in her teens and early twenties. She received formal training in medical massage and five-element-style Shiatsu at the Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy in New York City, a program that first sparked her interest in Chinese Medicine.
During her seven years as a licensed massage therapist in Los Angeles, Abigail specialized in orthopedic/rehabilitative massage and pre- and post-natal bodywork, working also as a birth doula. Although she no longer offers full-body massage, she uses her hands as a second set of eyes and ears, helping her refine a composite diagnosis for each person she treats.
Specializing in Reproductive Health, Pregnancy and the Postpartum period, Stress Disorders and Orthopedics, Abigail works with each patient to help them create a plan of care that best suits their needs. She has treated a wide range of patients between the ages of 3 months and 100 years old, and learns something new from each person she meets. Her listening skills are informed by her training as an actor, her meditation practice and the philosophy of Nonviolence. She continues to study with her mentors of over 10 years, Dr. Yvonne Farrell and Dr. Ji Zhang, and enjoys taking continuing education classes with (among others) Doctors Jeffrey Yuen, Yvonne Farrell, Randine Lewis and Deborah Betts. Abigail is a frequent speaker at BINI Birth, enjoys participating in panels throughout the West Cost on topics of Women's Health, Fertility and the Childbearing Cycle, and loves mentoring Chinese Medical students and birth doulas.
Abigail lives in Northeast Los Angeles with her husband and two children, both of whom were born at home underwater. She enjoys organic gardening, cooking, hiking, hip-hop and African dance, and making art projects with her kids. She blogs at MamaFloat, is a guest blogger for Ergo Baby, and is currently writing a memoir about her experience with Postpartum Anxiety.