Nutrition became a passion of mine 30 years ago when a dear family friend was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. As a supportive friend, I began to study, cook and eat a whole foods, macrobiotic diet. We attended seminars, cooking classes and retreats. I knew from the time I opened my first book about nutrition, The Macrobiotic Way, my life would never be the same.
Fast forward a couple years and I found myself struggling through some significant health concerns. I had to drop out of my studies in Psychology and Health at the College of Charleston for a semester while I focused on my health. Wow…it was an entirely different perspective to be the patient. I was shuttled from doctor to doctor; I saw specialist after specialist only to hear, “Your labs are normal. You are fine. Perhaps you need an Anti-depressant.” I felt like a number in a line. No one would listen and no one seemed to want to figure out why my health was failing. To this day, I cringe when my patients come in with similar stories… “They say my labs are normal… that I’m fine.”
Born and raised in Charleston SC, it took me months of research in natural health before I came across something called a Naturopathic Doctor…. a doctor with comprehensive medical training that focused on prevention, wellness, nutrition, and patient-centered care. With a core tenant of Naturopathic Medicine being “Find the root cause of dis-ease”, I was intrigued, to put it mildly. Although I had to travel to see an ND (there weren’t any in South Carolina), I knew I had found a guiding light through my personal health ordeal.
I returned to college and graduated with a BS in Psychology and Health but stayed a couple years to get my pre-med prerequisites. I headed out to the best Naturopathic Medical School in the world, Bastyr University.
Little did I know how much those 5 years would change my life. Not only was I knee deep in textbooks and clinical rotations, I met the love of my life, got married and we had our first child!
My passion for this medicine drives my personal and professional goal of improving access to Naturopathic Doctors in all states, particularly my home state of South Carolina. So, missing my family and goal-driven, I brought my northern-born husband and first daughter home to start a practice in Charleston.
This was all some time ago and you are now looking at the Vice President (myself) and the President (my husband) of the South Carolina Association of Naturopathic Physicians. We have managed to build a successful local and international nutrition and wellness consulting practice as well as Charleston’s first and most well known Metabolic Cleanse Program. We have three beautiful girls and some of the best patients in the world. It has been a long and worthwhile journey. I am grateful for everyone who walks into my office in pursuit of health and respect their courage for pursuing a different way of living. I look forward to the day when everyone in every state has access to the full scope of Naturopathic medicine and optimal health.
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