At the age of 23, Alyssa had to undergo open heart surgery. This began a long list of happenings that would change her view of Western medicine forever. There were so many events that seemed in opposition to cultivating health and healing. Once she had finally recovered from surgery, Alyssa knew there must be more to medicine. Simple humanity was a huge piece of what was missing in the care she had received.
Soon after surgery, Alyssa realized her life calling as a health practitioner and moved to Los Angeles to enroll in a Masters program of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. In 2011 she opened her own acupuncture and wellness practice in Santa Monica. In addition to this, she is a certified CrossFit trainer and co-founder of Sweet Cheeks Headquarters, a successful food blog that focuses on healthy living and Paleo style cooking. Sweet Cheeks is a regular contributor to the CrossFit Journal and a site where you can find a continuous stream of anecdotes and delicious recipes.