A: Well… I was sort of born into this profession. My mother is a Naturopathic Doctor, so her receptionist babysat me at the clinic many times. I’d entertain myself with the typewriter, reflex hammer, sugar pellets, and pretending to make medicine with the mortar and pestle. As I got older, I’d help at the front desk in the summers to give her receptionist a vacation and began learning about Naturopathic medicine at a deeper level. “Doctor as Teacher” is one of Naturopathy’s founding principles, and I could see this illustrated in the patients’ awe at finally understanding their chronic complex conditions.
I didn’t fully appreciate this unique upbringing until I went to college and saw my friends’ harmful health habits. I became the resident “dorm doctor” and educated my friends on eating the rainbow, limiting dairy and sugar when they had a cold, gargling salt water when their throat hurt, Vitamin C and Echinacea, and other simple self-care tools. This experience as a caregiver gave me so much satisfaction and prompted me to become Pre-Med in addition to my Diplomacy and World Affairs major. Seeing that our college only educated on Western allopathic medicine and only provided urgent care services on campus awakened my passion for holistic preventative medicine. I organized a holistic health fair on campus and brought in local healers: Acupuncturists, Ayurvedic Doctors, Dulas, Essential Oils representatives, Herbalists, Massage Therapists, Midwives, Naturopathic Doctors, Reflexologists, and Reiki practitioners. Working at Wellness Minneapolis now is a wonderful gift to deepen my knowledge of all these modalities before deciding my specialty.
Q: How do you spend your free time? How do you celebrate living in your body?
A: Oh my, I love celebrating living in this body in SO many ways! Hiking, swimming, kayaking, tennis, soccer, yoga! I just graduated from Devanadi’s 235 hour Yoga Teacher Training and loved learning about the body as a vehicle for enlightenment. I practice meditation daily and appreciate the soothing waves of my breath. On the louder side, one of my favorite ways to celebrate living is having ridiculous music video worthy dance parties with my housemates. I will dance every chance I can get: in the car, around the office, in a Vegas club, at a music festival, or in the Wabasha Street Caves. Also, I’m obsessed with the lush green forests in Minnesota, so I often indulge in long bike rides or runs down by the Mississippi River. I’ve inherited from the parents the goal of being fittest of my life every year, so I enjoy trying new workouts like PiYo, Crossfit, kickboxing, running half marathons, etc.
When I’m feeling less active, I love hanging at coffee shops with a good book or reading international news. My mom and I bond cooking dinner, drinking wine, and watching a chick-flick while our dish bakes. In my free time, you can find me walking my neighborhood, talking on the phone with my friends who are scattered around the globe.
Q: What is your favorite vegetable?
A: My favorite vegetable is the green pepper! I attribute this to my mom who made healthy food fun as for her kids. She cut green peppers in thin slices then bent it backwards, so all the juicy capsules exploded like fireworks. I still take my time to enjoy the visuals, the crunch, and the refreshing taste.