I grew up in the Northwest surrounded by nature and have always been inspired by the intelligence of the natural world. I think that nature’s ability to heal us is very powerful and can be utilized in amazing ways. I am attracted to natural medicine modalities such as botanicals, nutrition, supplements, and hydrotherapy in which I have found success in treating many aliments from acne to neurological issues. I have no doubt that the power of natural healing can enhance anyone's life at whatever stage or age they are.
When I was just 20 years old and pursuing a degree in business, my father was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer and I became his primary caretaker and health coordinator. After 3 months utilizing conventional medicine and following the standard of care for a glioblastoma patient, the doctors told us there was nothing else they could do and to make arrangements for hospice.
From that point forward I buried myself in the books and researched all natural treatments that could possibly benefit brain health, stop tumor growth, decrease inflammation, decrease seizure activity, and repair radiation damage. My father is still alive today over 11 years after his diagnosis and I attribute much of that to the healing power of nature that was able to support his body through many different treatments and clinical trials. I strongly feel that there are so many naturopathic treatments that can be applied to neurological patients and have dedicated my practice to helping this population.
Once I decided I wanted to become a naturopathic physician, I knew it was going to be a very tough road! I had already gone to business school for 6 years and was just starting my career but there was this powerful voice inside of me that kept saying "is this what you really want to do"?. The thought of going back to school for 2 years to study premed and then another 5 years of medical school sounded exhausting, but there was a deep calling inside of me to pursue natural medicine and provide resources to people in need. So, I took a leap of faith and quit my comfy business career, sold my car, and rented a cheap apartment near school to follow my dream... it was the best decision I ever made!
I attended Seattle University for my undergraduate and graduate studies in business and then pursued additional training in premedical studies (which is 2 years in biology, anatomy, physics, and chemistry). I attended the prestigious Bastyr University’s Medical School for five years specializing in natural and conventional treatments as a primary care physician. The training to become a licensed primary care naturopathic physician requires 310 doctorate level credit hours along with 2 years of clinical training which includes over 2000 clinical hours along with 2 rigorous board examinations.
- Seattle University: Finance and Premed (BA, MBA)
- Stanford University Graduate School of Business: Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- Bastyr University: Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (NMD)
- University of Washington Hospital, Neuro-oncology preceptorship
- Bastyr University preceptorship with Neurology clinic
- Family Medicine and Physical Medicine
- Women’s Health
- Medical Detoxification
- Neuroplasticity Research and Stroke Rehabilitation
- ADHD and Mental Illness
- Botanical Medicine and Stem Cell Phytotherapy
- Women's Health and Family Medicine
- Intravenous Therapy Certification
- Recipient of the Northwest Naturopathic Physicians Neuroscience Scholarship
- Bastyr University Student Scholarship
"I always wanted to become a doctor but my vision of healing and the types of medicine I wanted to use didn't fit the conventional mold of medicine"
I found myself at a crossroads....
I could take the path well traveled and become a conventional MD, complete medical school, and then go to to do standardized training and work at a hospital in my speciality just like the other 893,851 other MD's in the United States. This path would be more secure because I would know exactly how to treat each patient that came into my office with an algorithm and pharmaceuticals. I would probably be an employee in a hospital or clinic with a nice salary and financial stability.
I could become a naturopathic medical doctor and undergo a rigorous 5 years of medical school taking all the classes an MD would (including a year long cadaver lab) along with intensive classes and clinical training in botanical medicine, physical medicine, counseling, nutrition, and hydrotherapy. I would spend close to $400,000 on my medical education and be one of the elite 5,000 practicing naturopathic doctors in the United States blazing my own trail. This would be a much harder road financially, emotionally, and mentally BUT I could treat patients like individuals, offer far more treatments than just pharmaceuticals, create a clinic that feels like a sanctuary, have a similar scope of practice as an MD (I can diagnose, treat, and prescribe medications), get to the root cause of the disease, be my own boss, have a world-class education in natural health, spend more time with patients, and teach my patients how to live a healthy vibrant life.