Heather "Maya" Suzuki lived and worked in Japan as an acupuncture and moxibustion therapist for over ten years. There she treated patients in both Japanese and English at Acura Acupuncture Clinic. Maya became an apprentice there before entering acupuncture school at Toyo Shinkyu Senmon Gakko and continued working throughout and after her schooling. She learned how to roll moxa, remove needles, do intakes, and clean the clinic on the job. During school Maya also became a member of Iyashi No Michi Kyokai and Tanioka's Daishiryu shonishin styles. In 2015 she attained dual licensure in Japan and the U.S. via NCCAOM and Colorado and Japan.
Maya has many hats. She owns and runs Bumblebee AcuTherapy, teaches Japanese acupuncture nationally and internationally, and is the leading translator and a mid-level practitioner for Iyashi No Michi. She is also a mid-level practitioner of Daishiryu. Maya is the head coordinator and translator for the Annual In-Touch Japan Seminar in Japan. She also volunteers as a translator for the North American Journal of Oriental Medicine, where she has published several articles about Japanese acupuncture. Maya is passionate about allowing acupuncturists to improve their technical skills and, therefore, their clinical results via Japanese style needling and moxibustion. She teaches at CSTCM in Denver, Colorado, and to students worldwide via ShinKyu University (ShinKyuUni.com).
In her clinic, Maya utilizes Japanese acupuncture and AcuTherapy, or shonishin, as well as moxibustion. She mainly treats perinatal and pediatrics. Each treatment is as individual as each person is individual. Away from work, Maya is the mother of four incredibly active children and an avid whitewater kayaker.