I’ve dedicated my career to teaching people how to understand their bodies and get the most out of life. How to work on their health and their lives, to get the results they need. Now I hope to help more people by expanding online.
I wasn’t a healthy kid. Running was hard because of asthma. Eating out, and going out for that matter, was tricky because of frequent hives and reactions to random foods. I would wear long clothes and talk with my hand over my face to cover up skin issues. Rushing to the hospital for acute illnesses was not uncommon.
It wasn’t all bad. My grandma used to give me shots of brandy to help me warm up after a snowstorm. Yes, I had a very cool grandma! Plus now I can knock back an herbal concoction in a second. 🙂
In my teens, my mom had a bad accident. She suffered major back pain and tried so many treatments. I wanted to take away her pain and allow her to be the vibrant, active woman I knew she was. The only thing that helped her significantly was acupuncture. It got me thinking about other ways to help people heal, beyond conventional medicine.
After my undergrad degree, I volunteered to teach English abroad. I traveled to a remote area of Central Asia near Tibet and lived in a small village in the mountains. As you would expect, the people there didn’t have access to hospitals and drugs. Surprisingly, they live incredibly long and healthy lives! It was common to see the elders, who were in their 90’s, carrying heavy barrels over their shoulders up and down the hilltops and valleys. It was inspiring. People there were healers. They talked about the value of natural remedies. In the remote valleys of the Himalayas, they knew something about life and health that we were missing back home.
That put me at a crossroads, conventional medicine or natural medicine? At the time Naturopathy wasn’t well known at all. Then someone asked me, if nothing else mattered – not money, not prestige, not other people’s opinions – what would you do with your life? And I had my answer:
I would teach people how to take care of themselves. How to not just deal with symptoms and manage through their day, but to live life fully.
I went to school to study Naturopathic Medicine. I started learning about the value of taking care of my body. I felt healthier than ever before. I was able to work out regularly without gasping for breath. I did taekwondo and could break boards with my feet. I tried delicious food I couldn’t pronounce in countries all over the world. I started wearing trendy outfits. I still saw the inside of a hospital, not as a patient but because I worked there. I even got into public speaking. I didn’t want to disappear anymore, I wanted to change the world.
Even while in clinical practice, I stayed on a lifelong road to education. I took more courses and eventually earned my PhD. I wanted to advance the research data in my field and to bridge the gap between my field and conventional medicine. I spent years teaching other health professionals like dietitians, pharmacists, MDs and pediatricians about natural medicines and how to work together with NDs. As a team, working together for patient care.
Okay… this was hard for me. I’m normally a very private person. But it feels important to share. Now that you know why I do what I do, let me help you live a healthy and inspired life!