Since I was a young child, I have been fascinated by the interconnections between our bodies and our minds. This has fueled my lifelong quest to learn and help people heal.
An Oregon-licensed Naturopathic Physician, I earned my Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine in 2001 from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, followed by a residency at Bastyr University in Seattle. I earned my BA in American Studies and Women’s Studies from Yale University.
Throughout medical school and my medical practice, I have pursued extensive additional training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, counseling, psychology, Behavioral Medicine, Mind-Body Medicine, and CranioSacral Therapy through many venues. Currently I participate in several TEAM therapy training programs created by David D. Burns, MD at Stanford University. I’m certified as a Level 4 TEAM Therapist and Trainer through the Feeling Good Institute. In recent years, I’ve also benefitted from continuing education through the National Association for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine, (NICABM), The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, and the Upledger Institute.
Being a primary care doctor taught me how crucial empathy is to healing, and helped me radically improve my empathy and counseling skills. Over time, the nature of my medical practice steadily led me more and more into pure counseling. Several years ago, when I participated in a workshop by Dr. Burns on rapidly overcoming depression, I realized my true passion lay in this work, and I transitioned my practice from medicine to therapy. It is a profound honor for me to witness and participate in my patients’ journeys of transformation, liberation and healing, and I find this work extremely rewarding.
Prior to medical school, I taught wilderness skills, environmental education, and outdoor leadership to youth at risk in myriad programs throughout New England. Many of the skills I developed there assist me today in building relationships, embracing new perspectives, creating a safe, supportive environment for my patients, and encouraging and inspiring life-changing action. Finally, the darkness I’ve walked through on my own personal journey to growth and healing has prepared me to accompany my patients in even their darkest places.
I relish spending time with my family, gardening, reading, hiking, cooking and knitting.