From a young age, I knew that I wanted to be a Doctor, and although I may not have known exactly what type of physician I would become, I did know what I expected Medicine to be. For me, Medicine is looking for the root cause of the problem, using the least invasive or concerning treatment necessary, always keeping the whole person in mind, and always valuing the power of prevention.
My journey with Naturopathic Medicine specifically began as a teenager when dealing with some anxiety. A Physician discovered I had some notable food allergies and ultimately helped me tremendously. While he was not a Naturopath, it was not his title as an M.D. that amazed me, but rather how he practiced. He treated his patients as a whole person; no longer was I just my condition as he looked for the cause of my condition and then used the best tools he had for the job. For me Naturopathic Medicine is the best blend of this as our toolbox has conventional options such as Prescriptions but also Nutrition, Supplements, Botanicals, Acupuncture, and more. A type of medicine where many tools are available, where the patient is not just an organ or disease, where the power of our body’s innate healing ability is respected, and where the root cause is sought, is my kind of medicine!
I am a Naturopathic Doctor, Licensed in the State of Arizona as a Primary Care Physician. I attended The University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ where I received my Bachelors of Science in Nutritional Science (Dietetics) and Chemistry. My Medical training was completed at The Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ. I feel incredibly privileged to have had the access, support, and passion to spend so much of my life acquiring knowledge that enables me to help improve the lives of others.
Born in rural Montana where my family farmed and ranched, I was fortunate to have spent a great amount of time in an environment that taught me so much about the character of people, animals, our food, and this land. In fact, my first anatomy lessons were held on the ranch both witnessing life begin and end. It still amazes me how many of my perspectives on health and medicine stem from these roots. Sometimes we make things more complicated than necessary and often forget we have many of the resources already available to us, it simply takes the knowledge and tools to use them. Being many miles away from a hospital or Doctor makes you first ask, “What do I already know how to do and what do I have available to me?” when it comes to health problems. I enjoy helping patients create their own skills and take charge of the aspects of their health that they can.
I have spent much of my life in the Phoenix, Arizona area with the exception of my memorable time in Tucson. You will typically find me hiking, camping, traveling, and exploring our state and parks. I currently live in the valley with my partner and our two dogs and cat. And yes, all of them but the cat enjoy our hiking and camping just as much as we do!