I was born in the Midwest, raised in a cabin in rural Alaska and moved to Washington in 1990. I am an alumna of Central Washington University, where I received my Bachelor of Science in Biology. Because I love to teach, my original college major was Elementary Education; but after taking an elective course in human physiology, I immediately switched tracks and headed for medicine. I graduated from Bastyr University with my Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and am a licensed Naturopathic Physician in the state of Washington. I practiced for a brief time in Florida, in an attempt to experience what it was like to live in sunshine; but I shortly realized that even wonderful weather was not a substitute for the pleasure of living in Seattle, and moved home.
MY PHILOSOPHY - It’s
all about balance.
One item of note: many patients come in expecting to have to permanently quit all of their guilty indulgences. They think that coming to see a naturopathic doctor means forever after eating only seaweed, brown rice and tofu, and never again having the pleasure of a banana split, an order of french fries or the occasional Sunday afternoon-on-the-couch-movie-binge. This isn’t realistic and it’s definitely not very fun. We have to remember that the “guilty little pleasures” have a purpose in our lives - they feed the spirit, which is just as vital as feeding the body; again, it’s a matter of balance. This is what Seattle Natural Medicine is all about; not living a life of deprivation, but living a life in balance.