A: I chose to pursue naturopathic and Chinese medicine because I felt something was missing in the conventional healthcare model. I wanted to practice a form of medicine capable of nourishing the vitality of each individual being, not just managing disease. I wanted the experience of seeking and receiving healthcare to feel as human and significant as it is. The combination of naturopathic and Chinese medicine provides me with a broad and deep array of tools to help people with their wellbeing in a very personal way; I love that.
Q: What keeps you engaged in your work?
A: I think that learning about ourselves and our health is one of the most beautiful ways we can enrich our experience of living life here together. Whether it’s learning about how our bodies are structured, a pain process, the reason for a symptom, or the way a health process interrelates with other parts of life, I love helping people discover more about themselves and along the way, grasp a more accurate picture of their own wellbeing and brilliance.
Q: What kinds of patients do you like working with most?
A: I like to work with people who are curious to find out more about themselves or their symptoms. I look forward to listening to patients and hearing their stories from their own points of view. I enjoy seeing the light bulbs go off as I explain my combined Eastern-Western approach to their health. It’s wonderful to empower people and see the connections being made as insights resonate with their lived experience.
Q: What conditions/health patterns do you like to work with most?
A: My approach allows me to address a wide variety of conditions. In particular, I love being able to bring a fresh, effective approach to a pattern or a symptom that has been recurrent or has felt intractable. I’m skilled in working with physical pain patterns, digestive symptoms, insomnia, osteoporosis, nervous system and mental/emotional patterns like anxiety or depression, and respiratory conditions and allergies.
I also enjoy explaining labs and imaging results or the long-term effects of certain medications to patients in ways they’ve maybe never had the chance to hear about before. Under normal circumstances, I incorporate hands-on medicine (bodywork and acupuncture) into my practice. Due to social distancing, I’ve transitioned my entire practice online for now, but have found creative ways to support the body through virtual consults.
Q: How do you spend your free time?
A: When I’m not working, I love yoga, reading and poetry. I appreciate music and have been learning the ukulele. I enjoy being near water and love laughing, cooking, and eating with friends and family. I love languages and speak Spanish and Portuguese.
Q: How do you celebrate living in your body?
A: I love this question! I find that dominant mainstream culture conditions us to relate to our bodies from a more cerebral or top-down orientation, so it’s a radically different thing to live into this question. I’m always curious about how we might be in a more reciprocal relationship with our bodies as sources of wisdom and perception.
Personally, I am constantly in awe of my body and how much awareness, strength and intelligence it has. I have a longstanding yoga practice that has evolved with me through various chapters in life. Recently, I have been exploring a couple of different styles of embodied meditation.
I love surfing as way of celebrating living in my body: the experience of being in the water looking back at the shore or out to the horizon and feeling the vastness and smallness within that. Surfing is an amazing way for me to get out of my head, appreciate what my body is capable of and to work with healthy fear. In general, I love being with friends and immersing myself in nature.