I have been fascinated by the body and the concept of health ever since I can remember, and have always been drawn to the field of medicine. I took a slightly unusual path to get to where I am today – I graduated with honors with my Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2006, knowing from the beginning that I would continue on into medicine. After working as an engineer for a handful of years in Hawaii, my desire to help people find and preserve health grew ever stronger, and I discovered that natural medicine was my calling. I relocated to Oregon to attend the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM), and recently graduated with honors with a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and a Doctor of Science in Oriental Medicine. In the process of getting these two degrees, I also became a licensed massage therapist.
I am island born and raised, spending most of my childhood (and much of my adult life) sailing through and living on islands of the Pacific Ocean. This upbringing has given me a unique view on life, which I carry with me daily. The ocean and island life taught me how to be calm and patient, how to appreciate the simple things in life (such as precious fresh water), how to trust in the unknown, and how to listen to the spaces in between. I have been exposed to many different cultures and ways of living, and know what it is like to live with the realization that life and death are intimately intertwined. I feel that these lessons help me relate with what patients are going through as they navigate life changes and health challenges.
I am currently completing a rigorous two-year residency with Dr. Edythe Vickers, N.D., L.Ac. at An Hao Natural Health Care Clinic, where I am receiving extensive training in women’s health and fertility, chronic pain, adjunctive cancer care, autoimmune disorders, and pediatrics. In addition to acupuncture and gentle styles of bodywork, I use food as medicine, lifestyle counseling, and Western and Chinese herbs to build and maintain the foundations of health – and also incorporate western labs, imaging, pharmaceuticals, and referrals as needed.
My interests include connecting to the rhythms of nature via daily qigong, hiking, backpacking, photography, and when home in Hawaii, anything having to do with being in or on the water. I have sailed across the Pacific Ocean twice in a 40-foot sailboat, and have spent many months in secluded areas of Southeast Alaska photographing wildlife and learning from nature. I love to learn new things, and am often reading multiple books at the same time and taking classes on the weekends. I am inspired by places like the local farmers markets, and love creating new healthy meals for my family and friends.