I have wanted to be a doctor my whole life and I always loved growing up in Northern Michigan so settling down here was definitely on my list. Growing up in Charlevoix, being a member of the Nubs Nob Ski Patrol and earning my Bachelors in Biology from Northern Michigan University (NMU) in the UP further perpetuated my desire to settle here for the long-term. At NMU, I discovered Naturopathic Medicine while volunteering at an event for the Marquette Food Coop. After a lot of research and a bit of soul searching, I 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, (both Western and Asian,) chronic illness, adjunctive cancer care and autoimmune disease. I particularly enjoy these areas because I’ve found that focusing the patient’s care from a wholistic approach greatly improves both their disease outcome but also their quality of life. 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 goal(s) and optimize their life.