It’s a long saga, but the elevator speech version is: I’ve always wanted to be a doctor, but after interviewing a number of MD’s in high school (and them all recommending that I choose something else – every one of them, I swear), I decided to try my hand as an A&R music rep. After a few years I was burnt out and did an exhaustive internet search for my next career. I found Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, and have never looked back!
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
It sounds super cheesy, but I LOVE what I do. Naturopathic Medicine allows me to combine both my brainy science and intuitive creative selves, in a way that helps people instead of hurting them. I honestly can’t believe everyone doesn’t want to be an ND – best profession ever.
What conditions/health patterns do you like to work with most?
This is a bit of an indirect answer, but one of the great things about doing family medicine is that I am exposed to a variety of conditions and health patterns. What I enjoy is sitting down with someone who is in distress, listening to their story, and helping them find the original cause. I love when a patient comes in for a follow-up, after trying something that was originally unfamiliar or uncomfortable, and discovering something about themselves. For me it’s less about the particular condition or dis-ease, and more about the journey back to wellness.
What are you currently working on in your professional life?
I would love to learn more about Ayurvedic medicine, and am currently looking for the ideal program.
What is your favorite breakfast item/vegetable/meal?
I love breakfast! Any time, any day. Blueberry pancakes, scrambled eggs, French toast, fresh fruit…..all of them yummy all of the time. I however, am VERY particular about my eggs – they cannot be scorched or overdone.
How do you celebrate living in your body?
I was a dancer before entering into the science world, so I love anything that involves movement & music – outdoor festivals, a fun night dancing, or an intense yoga class - they all help re-invigorate me.
What do you look for in a health care practitioner?
Someone who participates in Active Listening, and can comfortably tell me she/he doesn’t know something. It is important to me that the person is presently in the moment during our sessions, and is also humble enough to admit that they are human. There is a lot of pressure to be “right” in our profession, which can be dangerous if it supersedes their ability to pay attention.