I grew up in a conventional medical family in the Midwest. My naturopathic doctor degree beautifully rounds out the medical bunch and has added a dynamic touch to family conversations. Because of my upbringing and clinical training experience, I believe very strongly in an integrative approach to healthcare to best serve her patients’ needs.
I graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Resource Ecology Management. During my time in Ann Arbor, I discovered my love of botany and the healing power of plants. Following college, I pursued my other love, alpine environments, and moved to Summit County, Colorado. I soon reconnected with my medical interests and worked as an EMT and a medical interpreter for Spanish-speaking patients. I then discovered that the pursuit of naturopathic medical school would offer me the perfect combination of primary care medicine training and the expert instruction on the use of natural medicines. I graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in Portland, Oregon. During my training, I sought out extra training to address the high prevalence of heart disease among patients. I completed a selective, one-year internship on a cardio-pulmonary rotation with Dr. Martin Milner at the Center for Natural Medicine in Portland.
My clinical practice includes comprehensive evaluations to assess for food intolerances and hormone imbalances that may be impacting mood, energy, sleep, skin, reproductive health, and digestion. I am committed to listening to each of my patient’s healthcare concerns and to providing individualized care to each. I use natural treatments to help patients regain balance in their body and mind and to support detoxification pathways. I often prescribe botanical medicine, homeopathy, nutritional supplements, and prescription medicine including bio-identical hormones. I am passionate about using food as medicine and optimizing individual’s nutritional intake.
In addition to my clinical practice, I co-founded the Food as Medicine Institute at the National University of Natural Medicine. Since 2011, NUNM has offered 12-weeks hands-on cooking and nutrition classes called Food as Medicine Everyday or the FAME series. In 2018, the Journal of Alternative and Complementary medicine published an article demonstrating both short-term and long-term health benefits of participating in a 12-week FAME series for adults with prediabetes. (A link to the article can be found here.) I currently serve on the Board of the Gorge Grown Food Network whose mission is to build a resilient and inclusive regional food system that improves the health and well-being of our community. I love spending time indoors and outdoors with my family, celebrating a good meal with them. In spite of my love of local, fresh food, I am a struggling but enthusiastic gardener.