Dr. Bonnie

Lotus and lily padsAt age 15 I started to question the medications my parents gave me when I was ill.  An awakening occurred within me and I began to study and utilize medicinal herbs and began an organic vegetarian diet.

What followed was my exodus to a more natural enviornment, a home birth and an opportunity to learn how to grow my own food and medicine.

To fully realize my dream to serve women in birth and to be a Naturopathic Doctor I began a 7 1/2 year educational course of study.  I first became a Licensed Vocational Nurse, then proceeded to get my training as a Registered Nurse and finally post-graduate studies in Naturopathic Medicine earning my Doctorate Bastyr University.  As a registered nurse I worked as a Pediatric nurse for ten years in several Children’s Hospital’s along the west coast and I feel that experience helps to bring wisdom into my Naturopathic Pediatric Practice.

I had a private 22 year Home Birth and Family-Centered Naturopathic Practice in Encinitas, California.  Relocating to Haiku in 2006 after my youngest son went off to College.

I continue to study and enhance my knowledge base to be able to serve my patients better.  Since I have been in Maui I have focused on studying Hawaiian Herbs with several teachers.  I respect the ‘Aina deeply and grow a vegetable and herb garden at my home.  I get so much joy from teaching about the herbs and taking patients and their children out into my garden to pick fresh herbs for medicine.

Last year I studied Tibetan Sound Healing in Ubud, Bali and learned how powerful and primordial these sounds can be to reset the nervous and Chakra system to a more attuned and balanced.

Education

1974-1975:  Studied with Dr. Bernard Jensen - Iridology, Nutrition and Herbal Medicine

1975-1976:   Berkeley School of Nursing Arts, Santa Monica, CALVN degree/license

1976-1978:  Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CARN degree/currently licensed in CA & Hawaii

1980-1984:  Bastyr University, Seattle, WA - ND degree/currently licensed in CA & Hawaii

1988-1990:  Apprenticeship for Nurse Midwife License, San Diego, CA - NMW/currently license in CA

1994-1996:  Birth Trauma Studies with William Emerson, PhdAdvanced Techniques in Birth Trauma Therapy

2009:  Tibetan Sound Healing, Ubud, BaliCertification in Tibetan Sound Healing

2009:  Rainbow Therapy,  Sheep Mtn., Alaska - Certification in Rainbow Therapy

2013:  Certification in Pelleve Natural Facelift Technique, Ellman International, Corp.