Naturopathic Doctor*, Acupuncturist, Herbalist
BA Psychology - with focus on clinical research (1993, University of Kentucky)
Dipl. Massage Therapy (1995, Boulder College of Massage Therapy)
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (2003, Bastyr University)
Masters of Acupuncture (2003, Bastyr University)
Chinese Herbal Medicine (2016, AOMA)
My introduction to natural healing began in massage school where my studies included many forms of bodywork, nutrition, Chinese medicine and herbal medicine. I apprenticed with master herbalist Brigitte Mars and completed my pre-med courses while in Boulder, Colorado.
After completing my Naturopathic and Acupuncture degrees, I was awarded a teaching fellowship at Bastyr University in 2004 and continued as adjunct faculty.
I have post graduate training in environmental medicine with both Walter Crinnion ND and Paul Anderson ND.
I completed my Permaculture Design Certification in 2012 at Commonweal in Northern California.
I have been lucky enough to study herbal medicine with master herbalists in Boulder, CO, Seattle, WA and the Amazon basin, Peru.
My pre-medical background includes psychology, dance, music, spirituality, and indigenous healing traditions.
I have been working as a healer since 1994. I had a private practice in massage therapy from 1994 to 1998.
Prior to my move to Austin, I was in private practice in Seattle for 8 years. My offerings in Seattle included adult primary care, environmental medicine, physical medicine, acupuncture, massage, women’s health, weight loss, injection therapies for pain, IV nutrient and chelation therapies, herbal medicine, diet, nutrient therapy and more.
I served as a board member for the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians and as clinic director of Mosaic Natural Health in Seattle.
I have done medical volunteer work in Peru and Kenya
I moved to Austin in late 2011 to work as the Education Coordinator for the American Botanical Council. Following that appointment I served as adjunct faculty at AOMA School of Integrative Medicine from 2012 to 2016, where I also completed my Chinese Herbal Medicine certification. From 2012 - 2023 I also served as a naturopathic health consultant at Peoples Rx. I currently have a private naturopathic and acupuncture practice at Si Shou Acupuncture Wellness in south Austin. I have served as a board member for the Texas Association of Naturopathic Doctors since 2014.
As a faculty member I have taught courses such as:
Botanical Medicine, Minor Surgery, Lab Diagnosis, Pathophysiology, Medical Terminology, Women's Health, Herb Drug Interaction and have been a guest lecturer in biochemistry and pharmacognosy. I have been keynote speaker at conferences and workshops on topics such as Permaculture, Women's Health and Environmental Medicine.
Naturopathic doctors are not yet licensed in the state of Texas, so I now offer my knowledge and expertise as a health “coach”, “consultant” or “detective”.
I blend Eastern, Western, traditional, and contemporary healing philosophies into a truly individualized approach for each client. I collaborate heavily with other practitioners (both conventional and alternative) in an effort to assure that my clients have the best tools for healing.
I believe that my role as a healer is to empower clients in their unique journey toward the optimal health of their body, mind and spirit. I find this is best achieved by collaborating as an equal partner in the healing process, identifying the obstacles to health, and supporting the innate ability of each person to heal themselves.
My base health philosophy is that symptoms of disease are our body’s way of communicating that something is out of balance. Imbalance can be anything from infections to nutrient deficiencies and toxic burden to improper diet choices and non-productive thought habits. One other thing I feel pretty sure of, is that illness and disease are rarely, if ever, due to a deficiency in a prescription drug. That is not to say that prescription drugs and surgery do not have a place in healing, on the contrary, I am a big fan of conventional medicine. Conventional medicine saves lives. Too often, however, conventional medicine fails to facilitate a return to balance and true health.
I value the genuine connection I have with my clients. It is important to me that my clients feel empowered and respected as individuals, but also challenged to move forward in their journey toward optimal health.
I look forward to working with you!