Science is definitely a passion of mine, and I loved studying Genetics at the University of Minnesota. However, after having worked in various research labs throughout undergrad I felt more and more drawn to something that would involve patient care. Through personal connections, I became interested in midwifery and trained to be a birth doula to dip my toe into the birth work field. Long story short, I fell in love with the field of midwifery and women's health and am returning to school to become a Certified Nurse Midwife.
What drew you to Wellness Minneapolis?
Throughout my experiences as a doula I worked alongside nurses and midwives with different backgrounds and types of education. I was most drawn to the midwives that also had doctorates in naturopathy. The way they cared for mothers and their families really stood out to me. I see the same qualities that I loved in the ND midwives in all of the care providers at Wellness Minneapolis; they are examples of the way I would like to serve people in my community and provide care as a future midwife.
What are your interests in holistic medicine?
I am most interested in the health of women and newborns, and want to learn about nutritional, herbal, and bodywork techniques that can be applied throughout pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. I know that through the requirements of nursing school and my midwifery program I will learn a lot about traditional healthcare for women and newborns, but I want to provide truly holistic care for my patients in the future and have the tools to give them natural solutions.
What is your favorite part about working at Wellness Minneapolis?
I love the Wellness Minneapolis team! They are all so knowledgeable and committed to giving their patients the same care they would give a family member. I am always being taught and uplifted by them.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
I truly believe that each of us profoundly impacts the life of our community through the relationships we build and the attitude we bring to any situation. I get myself out of bed in the morning to hopefully impact my community in a life-giving way through simple everyday tasks and interactions. This ties into my passion for the service aspect of healthcare and supporting growing families through pregnancy and childbirth because the paradigm of your healthcare provider can completely change your physical and psychological experience.
What are you currently working on in your professional life?
I am a certified Birth Doula through DONA international and am taking classes part-time in my pursuit of a Certified Nurse Midwife degree.
What is your favorite breakfast item?
I will eat eggs and bacon for pretty much any meal, so it definitely qualifies as my favorite breakfast, but is also one of my favorite busy-day dinners too.
What is your favorite beverage?
Matcha green tea- I have a heaping teaspoon of matcha tea blended into coconut milk almost every morning. Last summer I spent some time in Japan and became hopelessly addicted!
How do you spend your free time?
I love to dance and often go out to dance Argentine Tango, Salsa, Bachata, and Merengue. I will pretty much try any type of dance if given the chance! I also love baking, reading, and spending time outside and with family.
What do you look for in a healthcare practitioner?
Aside from being knowledgeable and qualified to provide health care, it is important that a healthcare practitioner see me as a complex person rather than simply a body that needs fixing. I connect well with providers who make a conscious effort to listen to and deeply respect their patients.