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My journey to become a doctor and educator
My journey to become a Naturopathic Doctor started at a pivotal time in my life. I’d been a sickly kid and teen, and was an even sicklier college student. By the time I started graduate school, on track for a career in Food Science, I’d tested positive to dozens of food allergens. Even after eliminating these foods from my life, my body continued to protest. I became underweight, and I suffered from chronic depression, fatigue and debilitating migraines.
This had become my normal. After seeing several mainstream doctors, I found myself at a crossroads.
Doctor after doctor told me there was “nothing wrong with you,” which I intuitively knew couldn’t be farther from the truth.
A turning point
Things went from bad to worse. I’d started a job at an international food company, was newly married and planning to start a family. But, my quality of life was dire. Every day I dealt with discomfort, digestive and hormonal dysfunction, and depression. I knew I had to take control of my health, and that meant uncovering the root cause of what was really going on with my body.
That’s when I had my first experience with a Naturopathic Doctor. For the first time, I was with a doctor who took time to really listen, to understand what was going on in my body wholistically, instead of jumping to prescriptive solutions that simply masked my symptoms.
My ND validated something my intuition (and my nutrition training) had been telling me all along — that food, rather than medication, is nature’s most powerful medicine.
This was the first time a physician helped me understand the interconnection between all of the factors that were affecting my health. And, more importantly, how what I put into my body could help it heal, naturally. In taking charge of my own health, I realized the course of the rest of my life. I returned to school and have been a licensed ND using food as medicine for over 10 years.
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Your body is your life, tune in
Few of us have been taught to understand the interconnected systems of our body — that’s the very reason I struggled to uncover the root of my chronic health problems earlier in my life. We’ve become accustomed to mask our symptoms rather than understand their source.
My fundamental belief is that you know your body better than any healthcare provider ever can.
Your body already has the essential building blocks to heal. My job is to help you tune in to the signals it’s sending you so you can respond, gain relief from chronic conditions and achieve optimum vitality. Throughout my blog articles, Tune into Your Body podcast (coming soon), and online wellness courses, the topics of individualized nutrition, finding balance and integrating mindfulness are common themes.
Living a life of vitality requires balance. When I’m not working with patients and students, I’m a mom to my daughter Alex, wife to Pete, and pet-mom to our Golden Retriever-Saluki mix, Casey. I also love to spend down time outside, read fiction (the Outlander series has been the favorite for years!) and sing soprano with Aurora Chorus.
Across my blog articles, I explore some of the most common questions and challenges my patients and students share with me. Using everyday stories and digestible science, gain new tools and insight that you can apply to your life and health.
My online wellness and nutrition courses help you take control of your health. By simplifying the science of our body’s integrated systems, and engaging you in real-time application, I empower you to tune in and give your body what it needs to reach optimum vitality.
Join me as a patient in my Portland clinic and receive your personalized health assessment, whole-food nutrition plan and support to get to the root cause of chronic conditions. I work with men, women and children at Portland Natural Medicine.