At 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.
1974-1975: Studied with Dr. Bernard Jensen - Iridology, Nutrition and Herbal Medicine
1975-1976: Berkeley School of Nursing Arts, Santa Monica, CA – LVN degree/license
1976-1978: Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA – RN 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, Phd – Advanced Techniques in Birth Trauma Therapy
2009: Tibetan Sound Healing, Ubud, Bali – Certification in Tibetan Sound Healing
2009: Rainbow Therapy, Sheep Mtn., Alaska - Certification in Rainbow Therapy
2013: Certification in Pelleve Natural Facelift Technique, Ellman International, Corp.