Zuiko is the resident teacher at Cedar Rapids Zen Center. She practiced at Milwaukee Zen Center with Tozen Akiyama and at Minnesota Zen Center with Dainin Katagiri in the 1980s. In 1992, she received novice ordination in Japan from Tsugen Narasaki. She practiced under his direction at Zuioji Senmon Sodo and its sub-temple Shogoji until her return to the U.S. in 1997. She received dharma transmission from Narasaki Roshi in July, 1996. She also holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before ordination, she taught demography and social research methods at the university level and was a researcher with the Wisconsin State Center for Health Statistics.