Wanting to be a doctor and living in Northern Michigan have been lifelong goals of mine. Growing up in Charlevoix, being a member of the Nubs Nob Ski Patrol and earning my Bachelor’s in Biology from Northern Michigan University (NMU) instilled my desire to settle here. At NMU, I discovered Naturopathic Medicine and found my way to the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in Portland, OR. While at NUNM I earned my Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) and a Masters of Oriental Medicine (MSOM). Both my education and my own health challenges taught me how to integrate alternative and traditional medicine for a truly comprehensive approach.
My education at NUNM focused on primary care, but also provided many opportunities to explore more specific interests, which for me included: women’s health, physical medicine modalities, chronic illnesses, adjunctive cancer care and autoimmune diseases. Additionally, during my Chinese medicine education I participated in a year long mentorship in Five Element Acupuncture, as well as a six-month mentorship in Japanese style acupuncture. Through these mentorships I am able to utilize numerous tools to relieve symptoms through a holistic method. In my practice, I strive to meet each patient where they are in all aspects of life, with an individualized approach of integrative and preventive medicine to reach their health care goals.