Credentials & Biography
B.S. Plant Biology - University of Georgia
Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine - Bastyr University
Certified in Plant Based Nutrition - Cornell University
Licensed Neurofeedback Practitioner
I have always had an interest in helping people. As a middle schooler, I volunteered as a candy striper, in high school I worked as a lifeguard for 4 years and in college I became certified in wilderness first aid so that I could help anyone I needed to help while I was out hiking.
After earning my bachelor's degree in plant biology, I was unsure as to whether I wanted to work in the field as a botanist identifying medicinal plants or pursue a clinical career. I worked in the field and at a hospital as well as a pharmacy all along observing patient care and patient improvement. While working, I visited with a number of other practitioners including acupuncturists, counselors using biofeedback, naturopathic doctors, and orthopedists. I decided I would like to work in a clinical environment. However, I knew I wouldn't be satisfied with treating everyone the same way, as I observed just how different we all are. I looked for a program that included a large number of modalities to use because it appeared to me that one modality didn't work for every person.
Naturopathic medicine was a good choice because it included all of the scientific rigor of a normal medical school but taught a wide range of modalities including pharmaceuticals. While I was in school, I noted massage was having a large impact on patients in our clinic and I decided to spend a summer in an intensive massage program giving me the ability to understand massage and apply it when needed. I chose to have 3 of my shifts be counseling and biofeedback shifts because I was interested in how to use these tools to address anxiety and depression.
After graduating, I pursued the study of neurofeedback in Arizona and then Seattle and South Carolina. I did my post-graduate internship at Seattle Healing Arts Center and focused on patients complaining of gastrointestinal disorders, musculoskeletal pain and mental anguish using neurofeedback, manual therapies, herbs, and nutrition as interventions. During this time I volunteered as a doctor for the Alternative Health Access Campaign (AHAC) in Seattle, WA.
I have seen lots of different neurofeedback devices and ways to practice it and feel that the system I have chosen is the most researched and beneficial. I completed my training in Neurofeedback and became board certified and went on to become certified in reading QEEGS so that I could better help my patients and make neurofeedback more affordable.
Nutrition is a modality that is important to incorporate in most peoples' treatment plans so I have taken the time to further my nutritional education and study under Cornell's Dr. T. Collin Campbell and earned the highest certificate you can obtain as a clinical doctor in nutrition without a nutrition degree.