Born and raised in Iowa, I moved to Portland, OR after studying English and Writing at the University of Iowa. Not sure which direction to go after college, I worked as a teacher’s assistant at a Montessori school. During that time I learned about Montessori’s theories of child development and became enamored by her child-centered, naturalistic and holistic approach. I spent two years immersed in study and received both Primary and Elementary diplomas from the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) as well as a Masters Degree in Education from Loyola College in Maryland.
I loved teaching and I loved working with families. But after a while, I wanted to learn more about how to support human development physically and mentally as well as intellectually. I started doing independent research on nutrition and the effects of mindfulness on children’s concentration. I considered applying for a PhD program or a traditional Medical Degree. But after living in a world where humans were treated as holistic beings, I knew I wouldn’t do well in a traditional system focused on reductionism. I had learned about Naturopathic Medicine while living with acupuncture students and I learned about how Naturopathic Physicians get to the root of the problem and treat the cause of disease. The National College of Natural Medicine (now a University) in Portland had just started a new research program, so I decided to apply. I had originally intended to only pursue research, but as I learned more about medicine I decided to become a clinician as well.
During my second year of medical school, I met the love of my life and became pregnant. My first birth had been a traumatic hospital birth and I wanted a different experience. My daughter was born at home on a rainy Thursday afternoon. My midwife was also a Naturopathic Doctor and had been one of my instructors in my research program. She inspired me to consider adding the midwifery training to my school work. I struggled with the decision as I was already taking on two degrees with two young children a partner living in another city. But the opportunity nagged at me and I couldn’t let it go. I took the classes and started an apprenticeship. After attending my first birth as a student, I was hooked.
After 6 years of study and apprenticeship, I moved to Yakima, WA and started working with two amazing doctors in a thriving clinic. I am seeing patients full time, attending births, consulting on research projects, and finding time for my own writing.
Medicine is my mission. Midwifery is my calling. Research is my passion
307 S. 12th Ave. Ste. 9 in Yakima, WA
Family Medicine, Functional GI Disorders, Natural Childbirth, Pediatrics, Mind-Body Therapies,