When I was 12, I told a friend that I was going to be a doctor. Of course, like many of us, I got a bit sidetracked with life.
After college, armed with a B.S. in Accounting and CPA certification, I joined the corporate world and made a successful career for myself for over 20 years.
But something kept gnawing at me...
About this time, I had a personal health crisis when I gained 30 lbs in a month. I knew it was a thyroid issue, but my doctor tried to tell me I was overeating. Only at my insistence did he agree to test me. A few days later I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and told to take thyroid medication for the rest of my life.
At the same time, my parents were getting older and experiencing a huge decline in their quality of living… and the only solution given to them were pharmaceuticals.
Again, I knew there had to be a better way.
That’s when the dream I had forgotten became real…
I made the decision to become a Naturopathic Physician and, in 2012, graduated from the National University of Health Sciences in Chicago with a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine.
As part of the Vitalistic Naturopathic Community, a community of physicians who believe in the ability of the human body to heal itself, my job is to help you create a healing environment that reawakens your health.
Certainly, pharmaceutical medications, as well as lifesaving or improvement surgeries, have a place…
but I’ve found that the best approach to solving health problems is an integrative approach. It's not one or the other. There are benefits to both naturopathic and conventional healthcare. But in my life, I've learned that traditional naturopathic modalities with conventional medicine added as an alternative when needed works best to help me be my best healthy self.
Because life flows in the middle… in the grey.