Root Deeply, Grow Strong.
My given name is Kristen Conner, but I much prefer to be called by my old nickname, "tank". In Living Tree I have endeavored to create the sort of experience that I myself would like to have as a patient: clean, comfortable, safe, unhurried, and where patients are fully heard, believed, and genuinely empathized with.
I have an intimate relationship with injury and chronic pain due to a genetic collagen disorder called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Hypermobility Type. I came to my studies in massage therapy, acupuncture, and medical qigong because the standard offerings of NSAIDs, narcotics, and cortisone injections frequently caused more problems for me than they resolved.
I have a professional background in bookkeeping, administration and massage therapy, and I have artistic interests in lost wax casting and clay. I greatly enjoy cooking and gardening when my body cooperates, listening to music and public radio, and the company of my husband, our cats and rabbits.
I am an ardent animal rights and welfare supporter, and I am active in local efforts to humanely reduce cat overpopulation via TNR (trap, spay/neuter, and return) with organizations such as Fix Our Ferals. I am also an advocate and activist on behalf of cats in Contra Costa County's animal shelters.
I don't necessarily look the way that many people think I "should" as a professional business owner, and I'm okay with that. Actually, I'm rather proud of it. I am here to relate to you on a person-to-person basis, and I neither need nor want the trappings of a white coat.