My story is an ordinary one. I see many of our patients experiencing different versions of it every day in our clinic. It is the story of a healthy childhood with enough food, education, medical care and opportunity, but a nagging sense of dis-ease. There was no reason for me to be feeling unwell. In spite of a healthy diet and lifestyle, I experienced years of pain and fatigue, living a full life, but wondering why it was so difficult. My doctors told me my lab tests looked great, that I was healthy. They were able to treat my specific illness and injury, but no one looked at the root cause of my symptoms. I kept asking, “if I am healthy, why do I not feel better?”
A Health and Wellbeing Toolkit
Eventually, I did find solutions and am so glad to have a tool kit for my health and wellbeing. It would be convenient to say it was “this” diet or “that” supplement that “cured” me. In reality it was a journey of body, mind and heart. The solutions lay in an integrative approach: visits with skilled professionals, extensive lab work, and persistent attention to my health with acupuncture, herbal medicine, diet changes, meditation and exercise.. Once I was able to identify and treat the root cause, my quality of life returned. Now, when I get sick and injured, I know how to regain my health and wellbeing. I enjoy a deep gratitude for this path and the opportunity to serve our community.
It is my great pleasure and honor to share these tools with you.
Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. 1994
Massage therapy and nutrition certification. Heartwood Institute. 1998.
Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz. 1985
State Licensed: Montana Board of Medical Examiners. Active.
Nationally Certified: National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Active.
Ongoing. 20 hours per year plus additional study in relevant topics.