How are you currently using your ND? What is your primary focus area of practice? I am currently using my ND for direct patient care. My primary area of focus is using Naturopathic Medicine and Craniosacral Therapy to help people living with chronic illness and those determined to prevent it. I focus on using diet, herbs, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, craniosacral therapy, and lifestyle counseling to help people live their optimal lives.
I am also a certified Craniosacral Therapist and TA through the Upledger Institute, and a volunteer writer for the Naturopathic Medical Institute.
What is unique about your clinic or the way you practice? My clinic is run as a membership model with a 12 month commitment. $100 a month x 12 months gets people access to up to 2 hours of care each month. I also see patients at an hourly rate of $100 an hour. Each visit usually includes both a discussion and implementation of Naturopathic Medicine as well as a craniosacral therapy treatment. Patients get to choose the duration of their visits and then we accomplish as much as possible in that time frame.
How is OANP valuable to you and your profession? OANP is invaluable to my profession with the support for crises such as COVID-19, continuing education support, representation in the State and Federal governments, and a body to turn to for support. Plus, the annual conference is always a highlight of my year.
Do you have a favorite patient experience? My favorite patient experiences are when people leave my office in less fear than when they entered. My first priority in working with patients is to help them understand their body and their symptoms better, to understand that they have agency in their health and health care, and to reduce their pain, fear, and feelings of helplessness.
Why do you practice naturopathic medicine? I practice Naturopathic Medicine because it works. It has worked for me, it has worked for my family, and it has worked for my patients.
Who is the most influential person to you on your naturopathic journey? There are two people that jump to mind. First Dr. Richard Barrett - I had many a clinic shift with Dr. Barrett and I greatly appreciated his no-nonsense approach to medicine and his insistence on students giving full case presentations and Ddx before jumping into how to treat. I also admire how he has incorporated updated teaching methods and EBM into his classes and clinic shifts.
The other person who has greatly influenced me is Dr. Deborah Frances. The way she weaves and incorporates her whole self into her practice and the amazing results she gets with her patients is a constant inspiration.
What professional accomplishment are you most proud of? My failures are actually what I have the most to be proud of. I have learned through trial and error what kind of practice I do want and what I don’t want. I began wanting to run a large multi-practitioner primary care clinic, and over time, I have realized that where I thrive is in one on one relationships with my patients and having time to write and create within my practice. I look forward to the next phase of my profession.
Do you have any words of wisdom for recent ND graduates? Don’t be afraid to fail. Don’t be afraid to grow and change as you figure out who you are as a doctor and person. And, use your down time for your own healing, continued study, and rest - it comes and goes, don’t be discouraged.
What is your definition of “happiness”? The ability to adapt to situations, learn from my experiences, enjoy the company of loved ones, be in nature, and create.
What would you sing at Karaoke night? Probably something by the Dixie Chicks, Rising Appalacia, or Lizzo.
Who is your favorite author? J.R.R. Tolkein
If you had a warning label, what would yours say? Do not follow, makes frequent stops. My family gets a bit annoyed with me for getting distracted by plants and greeting them by name on our walks.