I grew up wanting to be a doctor for as long as I can remember, so I took advantage of the various opportunities Northern Michigan had to offer to help prepare myself for a career in medicine. I took extracurricular health classes at Charlevoix High School, became a member of the National Ski Patrol at Nub’s Nob and earned a Bachelor’s in Biology from Northern Michigan University (NMU). At NMU, I discovered Naturopathic Medicine while working at the local food co-op and found my clear path to patient care. From there I earned a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) and a Masters of Oriental Medicine (MSOM) at the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in Portland, OR. While at NUNM not only did I learn how to treat numerous health complaints, but I also learned how to integrate both alternative and traditional medicine through managing my own health challenges.
My education at NUNM focused on primary care as well as provided me many opportunities to explore more specific interests, which for me included: women’s health, physical medicine modalities, chronic illnesses 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. These styles allow me to provide balance throughout the whole body and simultaneously focus on specific areas to allow for a comprehensive approach to relieve symptoms. 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.