Ms. Hughes is currently an adjunct faculty member at Bastyr Center for Natural Health where she supervises students and teaches didactic classes in the Department of Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine. She has been practicing acupuncture for over 20 years and works from her community acupuncture clinic in South Seattle. Her service to her community includes setting up and running an acupuncture clinic at a drug and alcohol program in London; serving as a horticultural therapist at a psychiatric hospital; and running a sliding-scale Community Acupuncture Clinic in Columbia City.
Ms. Hughes's clinical interests include chemical dependency, women's health, geriatrics and the treatment of chronic disease, end of life care, cancer care, and stroke rehabilitation.
Ms. Hughes has been sought out by local and national media as an expert in stroke treatment and women's health. Seattle Woman Magazine published her article on stroke recovery and women's health and she authored a chapter on acupuncture in the textbook Alternative Treatments for Fibromyalgia & CFS, 2nd edition.
Ms. Hughes graduated from the London School of Acupuncture in 1989. She received a master's degree in Acupuncture and a certificate in Chinese Herbal Medicine from the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2002. She is a member of NCCAOM and British Acupuncture Council.