I grew up on a small farm near the coast of Oregon, where I learned to respect and love nature. In pursuit of this passion I attended The Evergreen State College and received my Bachelors of Science degree in biology. During my studies at Evergreen I completed an internship with a Naturopath, which piqued my interest in the natural health field.
After working for several years as a Certified Medical Assistant I decided to attend the country’s oldest naturopathic college, the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM), where I studied Naturopathy and Classical Chinese Medicine for 6 years.
I was fortunate enough at NCNM to work with David Berkshire, LAc and Dr. Dickson Thom, ND, DDS for 2 years. These mentorships provided me with excellent experience in the practice of 5 Element Acupuncture and Biotherapeutic Drainage. I continue to study with world renowned 5 Element Acupuncturists such as Judy Worsley and Nicki Bilton, whom often consult with me at my clinic.
I have advanced training in both Chinese and Japanese Acupuncture as well as Pediatric Meridian Therapy. I am passionate about providing people complimentary and alternative solutions to conventional care by utilizing nutrition, exercise, herbs and homeopathy.
The blending of Naturopathy and Chinese Medicine has provided me with a broader perspective and deeper understanding of health and disease. As a dual degree practitioner I have the tools necessary to provide appropriate care for a diverse spectrum of people. I approach each patient as an individual, not as a disease pattern and strive to find practical solutions to people’s health needs.
In addition to being a physician I am a runner, wife and auntie. When not seeing patients I spend my time outdoors, taking long walks with my husband and dog, hiking and gardening. I particularly enjoy cooking with fresh produce from my mother’s farm, as well as sharing recipes with friends and family.