About My Practice
During your visit with me, my goal is to provide a warm, safe and inviting environment where you are comfortable sharing with me your health concerns. I hope you will experience me as a knowledgeable practitioner who is compassionate, kind, understanding and a good listener to the issues affecting your health.
My practice utilizes natural therapeutics to maintain health and bring about a cure. It is based on a philosophy that views a person as consisting of a body, mind, and spirit, all interacting with each other, but certainly not just a complex mass of chemical and physical reactions. I will be interested in all aspects of your total lifestyle, including your work, stress level, exercise or lack thereof, nutrition and relationships. My belief is that that illness is not directly caused by a pathogen (disease-causing organism, i.e., virus, bacterium), but is the result of the body’s response to a pathogen and its attempt to defend and heal itself. Your lifestyle has a lot to do with this. I use naturopathic techniques in conjunction with other alternative methods or conventional medicine (including professional collaboration) to treat and work with the following:
- Acute conditions such as headaches, sore throats, colds and flu, intestinal upsets, ear infections, contact dermatitis, urinary tract infections, and sprains and strains
- Chronic illnesses such as migraine, hypothyroidism, chronic fatigue, cardiovascular disease, arthritis and musculoskeletal pain
- Mental and emotional problems such as stress, depression, anxiety, and anger
- Natural childbirth (in conjuction with midwives)
- Sleep disorders
- Life Coaching, including transitioning out of corporate lifestyle (of which I have firsthand extensive personal experience)
I use the following diagnostic and treatment modalities:
- Nutritional therapy – By changing our diet and adopting a healthy lifestyle, I can assist and often change or reverse the course of an illness and restore health. As a naturopath, I am trained in assessing nutritional status and recommending dietary changes and vitamin and mineral supplementation.
- Botanical therapy – I use herbs to enhance immune function; improve digestion; normalize bodily functions; destroy bacteria, viruses, and fungi; soothe irritated tissues; calm nerves; induce more restful sleep; and relax muscles. Examples of botanical treatments are teas, poultices, and tinctures.
- Homeopathy – Substances that cause specific symptoms in large doses can cure those same symptoms in infinitesimal doses. For example, when a healthy individual is given quinine in large doses, it produces symptoms of disease. Yet, when I give very small dose of the quinine to an individual with the same disease , it helps ease the symptoms. This is known as the Law of Similars. When the appropriate remedy (called the similimum) is given, it can produce powerful and effective results. I use homeopathy to treat all forms of acute and chronic illness and injury, and it is safe for children, pregnant or lactating women, and the elderly.
- Applied Kinesiology Muscle Responsive Testing – A system of testing I utilize to determine what substances you may have allergenic reactions to.
The naturopathic therapy I practice is based on six principles:
- The Healing Power of Nature – The body has the inherent ability to heal itself. This healing process is intelligent and ordered. I support and assist the healing process by identifying and removing the obstacles to a cure.
- Identify and Treat the Cause – Every illness has a cause. Causes may occur on the physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual level. Symptoms are expressions of the body’s attempt to heal, but are not the cause of illness. I am trained to find and remove the underlying cause of an illness rather than just eliminate or suppress symptoms.
- First Do No Harm – I use methods and treatments that minimize the risk of harmful side effects. These methods are not designed to suppress symptoms but instead, remove the underlying cause, which may be harmful.
- Doctor as Teacher – The original meaning of the word "doctor" is teacher. My goal is to educate you, the client, and emphasize self-responsibility for health.
- Treat the Whole Person – When I treat an individual, all aspects of that person (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual) are taken into account.
- Prevention is the Best Cure – Illness is often due to diet, habits, and lifestyle. I assess risk factors and susceptibility to disease and make appropriate recommendations to prevent illness or to prevent minor illness from developing into more serious or chronic disease. The emphasis is on building health rather than treating symptoms.