Ms. Hughes supervises students in Team Care appointments at Bastyr Center for Natural Health and at the community care sites at Rainier Park Medical Center and Providence Mount St. Vincent's Nursing Center. An adjunct faculty member at Bastyr University, Ms. Hughes also teaches didactic classes in the Department of Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine. She has been practicing acupuncture for over 20 years and works in private practice at her own sliding-scale community acupuncture clinic in South Seattle.
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's past service to her community includes setting up and running an acupuncture clinic at a drug and alcohol program in London, and serving as a horticultural therapist at a psychiatric hospital.
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.