My whole life I have been a little different. I did things differently, I thought different thoughts and generally saw the world from a different point of view. Then I realized I wanted to be a doctor. But not just any doctor. A different doctor. You see, I was frustrated and pissed off. For the first time in my life, I actually needed help from my doctor. Over the course of a year, I saw several different doctors and every time I left the office, I was confused, frustrated, and angry. Had the doctor even listened to me? Did the doctor ever actually answer my questions? Did I have any idea what is going on in my body? No, no, and no.
And I realized I wasn't alone in my experience. I realized that people like you feel the same way. Ignored by our doctors, helpless about health, and desperate for a solution that isn't just another prescription. I knew right then that I could NOT be a part of this system. That I could not do to my future patients what my doctors did to me. I had to find another way.
So I thought long and hard about what a doctor should be. I knew a doctor should be a teacher, an advocate, a mentor. A doctor should be someone who listens with patience and compassion, someone who clearly and honestly explains all the medical mumbo jumbo, and someone who sees a patient as a human being and not a diagnosis. And I knew there had to be a different, more natural way of doing things. I was determined to become this doctor. I had no idea how, but I was going to do it no matter what.
Then, I discovered naturopathic medicine. When I read the principles of naturopathic medicine, when I saw the words Doctor as Teacher, I knew. I applied to Bastyr University that day and I have never looked back since. I realize now that I did not just find naturopathic medicine on that day—I also found myself. Naturopathic medical school was an incredible and difficult journey that tested my boundaries and my beliefs about myself, life, and about being a doctor. I came out not just knowing naturopathic medicine, but also knowing health. The difference between medicine and health is a person—a unique individual. You see, health is not just something you do or take or eat—it is a way of being, of living in the world. And my job is health. Are you ready for health?
Western Washington University 2010
- Bachelor of Science in Biology, Emphasis in Cell Biology with Honors, Magna Cum Laude
- Minor in Chemistry
Bastyr University 2015
- Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
- Advanced CranioSacral Therapy training with Dr. Stephen Hall, MD
- Plant Stem Cell Extracts/Phytembryotherapy/Gemmotherapy training with Dr. Robin DiPascale
- Biotherapeutic Drainage training with Dr. Dick Thom
- Advanced Chronic Disease training with Dr. Dickson Thom
- Hormone Balancing training with Dr. Ginger Nash
- Sleep Medicine training with Dr. Catherine Darley
- Rubimed Therapist Level 1
California State Naturopathic Medicine Committee
- License to Practice as a Naturopathic Doctor