I have wanted to serve as a physician for as long as I can remember. While I was on track to enter conventional medical school, my plans took a turn as a result of participating in the Peace Corps in Central Asia. Exposure to the wisdom of folk and herbal medicines unveiled new perspectives and ways of approaching health that fueled my search for a discipline that was more holistic and Earth-based, which I eventually found in naturopathic and Chinese medicine. Prior to entering graduate school, I worked on a homestead and organic farms and gardens in Vermont, and completed a yearlong herbal medicine training program through the Wisdom of the Herbs School. I also lived and worked at a meditation center for several years, where I was first introduced to qigong and which helped grow my understanding of mind-body medicine.
I graduated with high honors from the National University of Natural Medicine in 2019, having completed a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and Master’s of Science in Oriental Medicine. While in school in 2016, I became licensed as a massage therapist and have taken workshops in cranial sacral therapy, myofascial therapy, and visceral release. I am currently pursuing a two year residency with Dr. Edythe Vickers, N.D., L.Ac. at An Hao Natural Health Care Clinic.
I am passionate about working holistically with all aspects of a person’s health, utilizing a variety of modalities, such as nutrition, bodywork, mind-body medicine, perineural injection therapy, herbal medicine, and acupuncture, including Five Element style. I am a long-time meditator and teach meditation classes through the Portland Shambhala Center.
I enjoy growing and cooking my own food, making herbal medicines, as well as traveling, hiking, running, bicycling, camping, and a variety of outdoor activities. I am happy to be in the Pacific Northwest where the options feel limitless!