How I Practice

 

My approach to medicine is medically based and naturally focused with an emphasis on individualized and collaborative care. There is no one-size-fits-all cure. In order to see results, we will need to work together to get to the root cause of health issues.
 
I practice a trauma-informed and body-positive model of care. I accept people of all ages, shapes, colors, gender and sexual identifications and backgrounds. My practice is a safe space, and I will always do my best to make you feel that way.

You can expect transparency when working with me. I may not have all the answers. I’ll let you know if I need to do more research, and I will always provide a referral for cases that are outside my scope of practice.

MODALITIES I USE

  • Lifestyle counseling

  • Nutrition

  • Botanical medicine

  • Homeopathy

  • Biotherapeutic drainage

  • Hydrotherapy

  • Detoxification

  • Amino acid therapy

  • Holistic Pelvic Care™ - a physical medicine practice that brings balance and tone to the pelvic floor and
    heals physical and emotional trauma stored in these tissues

  • Pharmaceuticals
    (only when absolutely necessary)

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Preconception

  • Infertility/ Fertility

  • Postpartum Care

  • Environmental Medicine

  • Menstrual Cycle Tracking

  • Integrative Oncology

Neuro-Endocrine disorders, including:

  • Thyroid disorders

  • Diabetes

  • Adrenal insufficiency

  • Insomnia

  • Fatigue

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Migraines

  • Weight management

CONDITIONS I TREAT

Many areas of women’s health, including:

  • Infertility

  • Hormone imbalances

  • PMS/PMDD

  • Amenorrhea

  • PCOS

  • Endometriosis

  • Perimenopause/Menopause

Autoimmune disorders

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Systemic Lupus Erythematous

  • Inflammatory Bowel disease

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Guillain-Barre syndrome

  • Psoriasis, Hashimoto’s

  • Grave’s disease

 

Gastrointestinal disorders, including:

  • IBS

  • IBD (Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis)

  • Food allergies/intolerance

  • Celiac disease

 

Skin conditions

  • not limited to, but including:
    eczema, psoriasis, acne

My Story

 

I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, and the term naturopathic medicine was not a part of my vocabulary until my late-twenties. To be completely honest, I never envisioned myself as a doctor.

 

My path to medicine was not linear, and I am grateful for that. It allowed me to experience everything between waiting tables, traveling to over 30 countries and working with U.S. Embassies around the world to promote cultural awareness and appreciation. All experiences which have shaped me into the hard-working, well-rounded and empathetic practitioner that I am today.

My personal healing journey began during my undergraduate studies at the University of Iowa, where I made some major lifestyle changes. Consequently, a better path to health began to illuminate itself to me. A few years later while I was teaching English in Sevilla, Spain, I experienced radical health for the first time. That year was a turning point in my life. It was when I recognized the importance of community, stress and the environment in relation to health.

After completing a rigorous accelerated prerequisite medical program, it was time to take the next step in making my calling a reality. This is when I moved to Portland, Oregon to attend the oldest school of naturopathic medicine in the country. 

 

Five years later, I obtained my doctorate in naturopathic medicine from the National University of Natural Medicine. I currently hold a naturopathic medical license in the state of Oregon, where I live with my fiancé and toddler. I also have a satellite practice in Lincoln Park, Chicago so I can stay connected and give back to the community where I am from.

 

Click here to learn more about my practices.

 

 

My Training

A naturopathic doctor (ND) must attend a 4-year graduate level, medical school accredited by the CNME (Council on Naturopathic Medical Education). After rigorous academic and clinic training, NDs must pass a series of board examinations to be licensed to practice medicine. NDs are educated in all of the same basic sciences as MDs, but also study holistic and non-toxic approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and optimized wellness.

 

Using clinical nutrition, botanical medicine and homeopathy in addition to conventional western medicine modalities, naturopaths are able to support and promote the body’s natural healing process and help patients reach their full health potential.

 

For a deeper look at how naturopathic medical school compares to allopathic medical school, click here.

Six Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

 

 

The Healing Power of Nature

Within each of us lies an inherent, ordered and intelligent desire to be in homeostasis. Put simply, our bodies are designed to be healthy. When we learn to work with nature, this can happen beautifully.

First, Do No Harm

Naturopathic doctors strive to use the most effective natural options first in order to reduce risk and harmful side effects of more invasive options.

Treat the Whole Person

Physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, genetic, environmental and social factors all contribute to health and disease. Our bodies need to be recognized in their complexity if we want to truly heal.

Identify and Treat the Cause

Cure > Palliation. Treating the person, instead of the symptoms, in order to address underlying cause.

Docere. Latin for Doctor as Teacher

I am here to educate, inspire and empower. Ask all the questions you need to be the best advocate for your health. Doctors do not heal patients. Patients heal themselves.

Prevention

Don’t wait until you’re sick to start thinking about your health. The power of preventative medicine is strong and has the potential to save tremendous time, money and suffering. Prevention is also the best public health tool. 

 

Credentials

National University

of National Medicine
Portland, Oregon

  • Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine

  • 3,800 hours of academic & laboratory education

  • 900 hours of clinical training

  • 250 hours of preceptorship

    • Over 100 hours completed with Dr. Tori Hudson, ND

    • Over 50 hours completed with Dr. Steven Sandberg-Lewis, ND

National University
of Health Sciences

Lombard, Illinois

Accelerated Prerequisite Medical Program

University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa

Bachelor of Liberal Arts

Oregon Association of Naturopathic Doctors

New England School of Homeopathy
 

18 month Cycles & Segments Homeopathy training with Dr. Paul Herscu, ND, MPH and Dr. Amy Rothenberg

Current Affiliations

Naturopathic Medical Institute

  • The NMI is committed to preserving the roots of naturopathic medicine and educating young doctors in the practice of nature cure. To learn more visit NMI.

 

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