An early mentor suggested that I look into naturopathic medicine. She was the first to show me that as a naturopathic doctor I would be able to address not only the whole person, but the whole family using a wide variety of gentle, natural therapies. I am able to take time and listen to my patients and really get to know each and every one as individuals. I have to say that providing care for a person before she or he is even born is one of the greatest privileges that I have. As a midwife, I am honored to attend births in family’s homes and share the intimacy of bringing the newest member of the family into this world.
When I’m not practicing medicine, I’m mentoring students on their thesis project for the Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research program at the National College of Natural Medicine where I am an associate professor. I also conduct clinical research at the Helfgott Research Institute. Research has been an important part of my life for the past seventeen years. My first introduction was at the Functional Medicine Research Center at the supplement company Metagenics. I started as a student intern and worked my way up to Clinical Research Coordinator. I used to joke that I was involved in just about every aspect of the clinical study except seeing patients–and now I can even do that. My current project is looking at identifying food sensitivities to treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Two of my past projects were on are Dietary Supplements and Estrogen Metabolism in Healthy Premenopausal Women and Strontium’s effect on bone density.
On a personal note, I have two wonderful kids who are thriving in the Corbett School District. We share our home with three dogs and a cat who love to chase each other all over the house. We spend time as a family creating art, gardening, reading, hiking, and taking photographs. In fact, the landscape and flower pictures on this website are ones that I have taken. I hope you enjoy them!
Here is a link to an article I was interviewed for in Fit Pregnancy about aromatherapy in pregnancy.
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, National College of Natural Medicine, Portland, Oregon 2002-2007 —Honors in research & Certificate of natural childbirth
Human Investigations Program at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). Currently on leave of absence.
Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Sociology from University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington 1994-1998 —Minors: mathematics and women’s studies
Member – Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians
Member & Treasurer – American Association of Naturopathic Midwives
Exam Chair – American College of Naturopathic Obstetrics
Member – National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy