As a Naturopathic Doctor I use a comprehensive system that addresses the whole person. I use natural therapies that support the healing process and allow the body to heal itself.
The greatest gift I have been able to develop through my life is to be a ‘Docere’ – Teacher. The training as a Naturopathic Doctor has enabled me the honor to be with people and share in their stories and to teach them how to take responsibility for their well being.
Teaching and learning go hand in hand, to exemplify this the ancient sage, Ben Zoma said, “Who is wise? He who learns from every person, thus from all my relations I grow wise”.
Every dialogue I share with friends, patients and doctors, every action engaged bears a lesson to be learned, an opportunity to gain awareness, which is the beginning of wisdom.
My journey to naturopathic medicine started in 1993 as I was traveling in India. I was at a yoga ashram and took particular notice of their small herbal garden. This was a medicinal herbal garden no bigger than 20 yards by 20 yards and it contained all the medicines for the local village of 3,000 persons! This was an epiphany for me, that in such a small area of land, the earth could offer medicines for so many persons.
When I returned to the United States I began my search for a school that would teach the art and medicine of the herbs. That brought me to the California School of Herbal Studies where I studied for 2 years. I continued on my path to healing and the medical sciences and that brought me to the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, Oregon. NCNM is the oldest Naturopathic Medical School in the United States. The training is in western diagnosis of disease with the complements of healing modalities as Botanical Medicine, Homeopathic Medicine, Physical Medicine, Hydrotherapy and Nutrition.
I have been practicing in medical clinics as a Naturopathic Doctor since 2000.
- Integrative Medical Clinic, Santa Rosa, California.
- Phoenix WellCare, Napa, California.
- Natural Health Centers, Portland, Oregon. Main campus teaching clinic of primary care medicine.
- PAHC – Portland Alternative Health Clinic, Portland, Oregon. Specializing in the health care of mostly drug dependent persons.
- Outside In, Portland, Oregon. Clinic for teenage and homeless youth for acute care.
- In Act, Portland, Oregon. State governmental program for persons that choose medical health rehabilitation due to a drug crime offense.
- Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon. Internship at hepatology clinic for patients with hepatitis C.