We all have experiences in our lives that can profoundly influence the choices and directions we take. One such event for me was an accident in which I broke five ribs. My hospital stay was brief and uneventful except for the moment, as I was leaving, that I asked the attending physician what I could do to help my body heal. Now remember, this was many years ago, and the idea that one could actually be proactive in creating healing was not at all a mainstream thought. So the doctor was a bit puzzled by my question, and certainly he did not have an answer. Thus I was left on my own to begin my study and exploration into the effects that diet, nutrition, herbs, massage, and exercise can have on one's health.
My initial undergraduate studies were in biology at Penn State University, and later at Central Washington University. But health care was becoming a larger interest in my life. I continued my studies at Bastyr University in Seattle, earning a Bachelors Degree in Natural Health Sciences. In 1987 I received my Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine, also from Bastyr University
My interest in, what we now call "alternative" or "complementary" medicine, has continued over the years and in 1995 I received my Masters Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
I thus became one of just a few physicians trained and licensed in Washington State to practice both Naturopathic Medicine and Acupuncture.
I also have advanced training in cranio-sacral therapy from the Upledger Institute; facilitator training in Transformational Breath; and six years of training from the Barbara Brennan School of Healing, of which I am currently a faculty member.
I have been in practice in the Wenatchee Valley since 1988.