I am not like other doctors, although I have trained like them, over time, my philosophy has dramatically shifted. I was educated at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland Oregon. While there I received my Naturopathic Medical Degree and a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine. Through my years of practice, I have continually tried to evolve. As my patients needs shifted, I would shift too, finding new methods, manners of evaluation, new products and new philosophies.
When I was a child, I would have terrible leg pains, I would wake at night, crying in pain. Many nights my mother would come in, sit in the rocking chair and rock me, rubbing my legs until they felt better and I could go back to sleep. One night, as she went to settle into the chair, I looked at her and said “No mamma, take me to the healing chair” confused, she asked me which chair I was speaking of. I told her, the chair in her office she would meditate in. She of course took me, and I of course fell asleep quickly. She told me later, that I had never seen her meditate in that chair, yet somehow I knew it was a place she had used for her own healing for a long time.
This story has always personified to me what medicine can be, what it should be. Medicine doesn’t have to be complicated, and it should never inspire fear, it shouldn’t need to kill or harm in order to be effective. It should reflect the amazing possibility of our bodies, and our fantastic ability to heal, it should also honor our intuition, in fact, it should result in a stronger sense of connection and unity throughout our lives. In medical school, I learned how to understand the science of the body, how to read tests, and evaluate for nutrients, how to design a good diet, and how to educate my patients. I also learned through my Chinese Medicine background that there is more to our bodies than what can be displayed on a test, or a chart or diagram. I learned healing is a process initiated by a conversation between our bodies and the world in which we live. After school, I learned that what school can’t teach is: often the facets of illness don’t fit into a book, test, or diagram, that often we are ill because of something beyond medicine. Leading me to understand the one truth of every illness and of lasting health:
Illness manifests when we have become disconnected from what nourishes us most. Meaning the foundation of healing is to repair the disconnect and harness the infinite healing power of the body through methods which allow us to return to a nourished state of being. This is the foundation from which I practice.