Journey Home Healing
My intention is to create a space of safety, curiosity and compassion for each person I work with. I value the importance of being heard, seen & respected. I beleive it is important to create awareness & education of the body & self, cultivating a space for learning, reflection & empowerment. I am in service to my patients.
My roles are as a doctor, healer, teacher & advocate to my patients. I value sustainability in my work, whether with treatment plans or in teaching my patients to live a more sustainable life. I honor the diveristy of my patients. I work well with those interested in having a deeper connection with their health care provider, stepping into a more empowered role in their own healthcare. I help bridge the gap between physical health and the mental, emotional & spiritual health. I learn from my patients.
I hold an ability to recognize and see connections ~ on the physical, mental, emotional & spiritual planes. Often, we need that ~ an in-tune, trained and objective perspective. Sombody to reflect back what you may deeply know, but may not have words for, or be able to see the full picture of just quite yet. It is not uncommon, in visits of mine, to go from a simple review of lab results, exploring the microscopic landscape of one's health, to the next, where we find ourselves diving into soul purpose or one's own personal hero's journey. The stories are beautiful, and the journey, although difficult and frustrating (as journeys can be), can also hold much beauty and wisdom. What unfolds, is healing and transformation. Often, it does not stop at self, but transcends to family, community and beyond. My biggest desire in life is to make this world a better place, one lab review at a time.
The medicine I turn to and practice has drawn me in throughout my life. As a little girl, it was through the plants, the creatures, the magic, and endless hours in nature. As a teenager, it was through my realization that food influences how I feel, working at a health food store, exploring herbal medicine further, being an athlete (gymnastics, synchronized swimming, dancing, running), and a desire to help others. In undergrad, it was my desire to learn about other cultures, including their beleifs & how they practice medicine, striving to understand the variations in how we live, believe, relate, feel, pray and heal. Doubling majoring in anthropology and biology, I continued to learn about humans and plants.
I became a steward of the earth fighting fires, educating the public, creating awareness of the importance and value that nature provides. I fought forest fires for six fire seasons on both Minnesota crews as well as on the Prineville, Oregon Hotshot Crew. My work study position during my time at Bastyr Univeristy was as a gardener, tender & educator of the herbal medicine garden.
These work experiences lead me into the environmental sector of Peace Corps, in Morocco. Even then, I gravitated towards health & healing projects. I quickly observed, without health, individuals have very few internal resources left for caring for the environment. I also observed that often, change begins with the women and children. This lead me to projects to support women and children (something I continue to do today in my practice), creating & coordinating Women's Wellness Workshop Retreats for Moroccan women from rural areas, participating in young women's empowerment summer camps, and all the informal connections and education that organically unfolded living in my village for two years. Living there, no English was spoken. I quickly learned the nuanced ways of communication, supporting, healing and holding space, for others and myself.
2582 Island View Lane, Lummi Island, WA, USA
Bastyr University, Seattle
Journey Home Healing
Herbal Medicine, Nutritional Medicine, Homeopathy, Physical Medicine, Nature Cure Philosophy, Counseling