How can a natural approach to healthcare help you? My thoughts on this are simple: the body can heal and self correct given the optimal nutritional, hormonal, and mindset environment. Sounds crazy, right? It’s amazing how simple changes can make a big difference. Here’s how I do that:
Get to Know Me Personally…
I was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. It was an amazing place to grow up! Here are the top two questions about Alaska, answered:
I was raised with the notion of eating “healthy” foods, which seemed to inspire my own search for what “healthy” meant for me. My family has a long list of medical professionals: mom- nurse, grandfather- urologist, grandmother- emergency room physician, aunt- medical editor, uncle- researcher at NIH, sister- physician assistant, uncle – pharmacist. So you can see where conversations usually headed in my family! My passion for healthy food and desire to be a physician lead me to naturopathic medicine which is, for me, a blend of conventional medical science and nutritional medicine. I’m passionate about what I do and love inspiring change!
Today, my husband and son are the lucky taste-testers of my food experiments. We live in Lakeview with our cat and have called Chicago home since 2011.
… and Professionally!
After earning a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from North Carolina State University, where I graduated magna cum laude, I continued my education at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) in Tempe, Arizona. Upon graduation from SCNM, I was selected for the prestigious Integrative Therapeutics STAIR Residency, which took place at Integrative Family Wellness Center in Brookfield, Wisconsin. There I interned with specialists in gastroenterology, cardiology (Dr. William Davis—Author of Wheat Belly), obstetrician/gynecologists, and compounding pharmacists.
As a student at SCNM, I interned at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)– National Institute for Digestive, Diabetes and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), and completed specialty rotations in endocrinology and diabetes, dermatology, obstetrics, and integrative medicine with my MD colleagues. My professional affiliations include the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), Illinois Association of Naturopathic Physicians (ILANP) where I served as Vice President in the past, and the Endocrinology Association of Naturopathic Physicians. I’ve also served as President of the Naturopathic Medical Student Association (NMSA), and have presented on a variety of health topics for professional and public audiences alike.
In addition to holding a doctorate in Naturopathic medicine, I am a Certified Nutrition Specialist® professional. A Certified Nutrition Specialist® (CNS) is a nutrition practitioner or a person who uses nutrition therapy to address health needs. I successfully completed the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists (CBNS) examination on science-based nutrition therapy. This certification is only available for advanced (masters or above) degree holders in medicine or nutrition from an accredited university.
My office is located within Balance Health + Wellness.