I came to naturopathy through an interest in my health, my evolving passion for environment and science, and my lifelong love of plants and the wild places and gardens where they grow. I’ve used herbs, food, water and homeopathy as the mainstays of my own health care for nearly two decades.
Before attending NCNM, I worked for a dozen years as a journalist covering science and the environment for newspapers, magazines and online media. That work let me explore the depth, complexity and interdependence of ecological systems—which include all of us on this earth. As a physician, I now apply these insights to the physical, emotional and spiritual systems of individual patients, in their social and environmental contexts.
As a naturopath I treat people, not conditions. My preferred tools are plants—as teas, tinctures and flower essences—along with food, homeopathy and hydrotherapy. This is the people’s medicine. My job is to remind my patients that natural cures are in your hands, your cupboards, your bathtub, your refrigerator. I am here as a teacher and cheerleader, helping patients toward better health.
N.D., National College of Naturopathic Medicine
Graduate, New England School of Homeopathy
Graduate, Portland Permaculture Institute design certification program
Graduate, Columbines School of Botanical Studies
Graduate, Blue Iris School of Herbal Studies professional program
M.A. in Journalism, University of Missouri Graduate School of Journalism
B.A. in Film Studies, Wesleyan University
School Year Abroad, Barcelona, Spain
Upcoming and recent speaking engagements
4th Annual Dandelion Seed Conference: The truth about detox and “cleansing.” Olympia, Washington, Oct. 9-11, 2015.
Oregon Counseling Association member meeting. Sept. 25, 2015.
Sumner College Practical Nursing Program. Sept. 14, 2015.
Sage Country Herbs: Herbal & Nutritional Approaches for Brain Health and Mental/Emotional Wellness. Valley Center, California. March 21, 2015.
National College of Natural Medicine: Garden Medicine: Bringing Patients Back to Nature and Health. Portland, Oregon. Dec. 13, 2014.
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