For the past 25 years I have been working with people reaching for a greater state of health and wellbeing. The work I do with others would not have come about if I had not fully engaged on my own journey to reclaim my health. My focus on identifying hidden stressors in the body, cleaning up the body’s ecology with detoxification while strengthening the reserves through nutrition and supportive lifestyle modifications has been foundational for both my clients as well as myself.
I am committed to helping others find their way back into balance. I believe healthy wellbeing is our natural born right. It is through learned behavior that we fall out of alignment with the innate intelligence that lies within our own bodies.
My work involves finding the root cause of dysfunction using functional labs, nutrition, herbs, diet and lifestyle modifications to support radiant health.
I fell through the cracks of the “health care” system and had to navigate my own ship back into balance through a lot of hard work. But I know from first hand experience that it can be done! I have found that the easiest ways to heal the body involve identifying the root causes of health dysfunction with functional lab work. Only then can you put in place the correct measures to heal the body.
I have found through my own trail and error that everyone is incredibly unique. There is no one size fits all solution for anyone. One persons medicine can be another persons poison. With that in mind, I use an integrated individualized approach using my training in Functional Diagnostic Nutrition, Ayurveda, detoxification therapies, kinesiology, and other tools like heartmath and PEMF that strengthen the body’s response to stress.
Heres to your health!
I am a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner and a Ayurvedic Health Practitioner with a special focus on GI health, autoimmunity and women's hormonal health . I am also currently two years into a post masters doctoral degree (DAOM) in Chinese Medicine at AIMC in Berkeley, California. I have been working with clients in the realm of health and healing since 1997.
As a FDNP, I work with functional labs to identify the "roots" of an imbalance in the body. I also work with herbs supplements and nutrition to support people interested in rebalancing their health.
As I continue my studies in the holistic model of Traditional Chinese Medicine, I find that offering a supportive framework using herbal formulas, food as medicine, and targeted nutrients strengthen the constitution which results in optimized health outcomes.
As a FDN-P and Ayurvedic health practitioner I will:
I believe in the optimization of human health through the use of tools and therapies that rejuvenate,restore and rebuild the functions of the human body. I believe that the roots of radiant health and longevity are byproducts of our magnificent microbiome and we must work to strengthen our roots in order to achieve optimal health.
We all have bioindividual needs and that there is no one size fits all solution. As our bodies grow and change, our nutritional needs change as well. I don't believe that there is one perfect food solution and am not a fan of any particular diet.
Food can be both your greatest ally as medicine and it can also lead to your downfall depending on what you are eating and what your body requires to thrive. The truth is that one size does not fit all with food.
As this planet is heavily taxed with chemicals and pollution, so are our bodies. I support the body with detoxification strategies to help move toxins out of the tissue . The healing process does not happens overnight, but I see big changes when people commit and take consistent small steps.
I came from a family of health care providers (my father was an anesthesiologist, professor and author, and my mother was a pediatric nurse). This set the stage for an interest in health from a young age. I initially attended University of Oregon in pursuit of a BA with a specific focus in journalism. After UofO, I journeyed down to study bodywork in Santa Cruz CA. I spent the next 19 years as a bodyworker after studying Craniosacral Therapy, Acupressure, Neuromuscular Therapy and Hypnotherapy at Twin Lakes College in Santa Cruz CA, Heartwood Institute in Garberville CA and MountainHeart in Crested Butte CO. I later went on to study at the California College of Ayurveda in 2005.
My personal healing journey started 15 years ago. I was an overworked bodyworker and exhausted as a mother to three young children. The needle that broke the camels back came when my youngest child fell ill at 2 years of age with Lyme disease. This progressed quickly into a PANDAS diagnosis. In this period of time I realized I was also sick with Lyme and later mold toxicity.
In the deepest moments of despair, I realized that I needed to find resources and tools to get my daughter and myself well. This awareness helped me find health care practitioners that held important keys to our healing journey. In that period of time I learned how to use many tools of healing and was able to rebuild our health.
I implemented an anti inflammatory diet for my family specific to our dietary needs. I used genetic testing to find genomic “holes” that needed to be filled. We also used lab testing to find infection and used medicine and herbs to bring the infections down and replete with necessary nutrients. I also used non traditional forms of healing like muscle testing to learn how to listen to the body.
As we lowered the inflammation in our systems we were able to rebuild health. My daughter is now 100% better, her PANDAS diagnosis long gone. While I have not shared her journey publicly until now, her healing journey feels like an important piece of my journey as a practitioner.
Uncovering deeper layers of my own healing journey has taught me about a reproductive condition that I am working with called Endometriosis. The use of supplements and nutrition has been life saving on my journey to a pain free existence and I am now 1 year into a doctorate program focusing on Chinese medicine at AIMC in Berkeley. My commitment is to help others find solutions and work to balance the body . My focus revolves around supporting those overcoming chronic conditions, GI issues and hormone health issues.
Upon reflection, my families journey has been transformational challenging and rewarding. Due to the role nutrition has played in my own healing journey, in 2014 I decided to study a form of clinical nutrition that served as a bridge between functional medicine and nutrition.
My interest in finding underlying causes for illness is what drew me to the model of Functional Diagnostic Nutrition. My view is that the healing process requires a holistic approach involving implementing foundational nutrition, removing infection, supporting the spirit and mind with lifestyle modifications and putting in place detoxification support.
My work is to help you to both, find answers to the underlying why's and support you from the ground up so you are able to heal yourself.
The functional labs used in FDN look at primary systems of function and can be extremely useful for uncovering deeper issues. I have found that tracking my symptoms both on paper and with the use of labs has been a valuable tool to chart my own healing progress. This is the basis of FDN. With a strong foundation in identifying hidden stressors (through lab work) and working with protocols based on diet and lifestyle modifications, dietary supplementation,and detoxification, FDN works to remove blocking factors that prevent optimal health.
In 2014-15 I went through a 12 month FDN-P training to become a functional diagnostic nutrition practitioner.
In 2015-16 I studied under Andrea Nakayama in a year long course of study: Holistic Nutrition Full Body Systems in preparation for FNLP certification. This training has taken my love of nutrition and supportive therapies to the next level. This training taught me the importance of "working with the whole matrix of a person" while using a functional lens to address imbalance in the body. I now work using this matrix to help people map out and meet their health goals.
In 2016 I went through training in levels I-IV in Acutonics at West Coast Acutonics with Katie Mink Lac. and went on to study with the founders at the Kairos Institute of Sound Healing in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
In 2018, I studied under Grace Liu PharmD, AFMCP, (Founder of "The Gut Institute" in S.F. CA), and participated in a 6 month Advanced Microbiome Medicine mentorship program. This area of immersion and study revolves around removing pathogens, reinoculating the micro biome, repairing, rebuilding and replenishing the gut micro biome in order to restore balance within the entire body.
In 2023, I am currently in graduate school at AIMC in Berkeley CA where I am completing my post masters doctorate in Chinese medicine and acupuncture.
Additional specialized training includes:
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