About Me

About Me

I grew up in the Midwest, the youngest of three daughters.   My father taught health and biology and coached sports.  He was instrumental in developing my love of nature and natural health. My father was always athletic and my mother started running in her late 40s, participating in her first race at age 50.  Eventually she became a top-ranked runner on the senior circuit.   Both my parents still exercise regularly in their late 80s.  When I was 10-years-old I was a champion swimmer in 2 events in the state of Indiana. Although my competitive career in sports seems to have peaked at that point, I have maintained a strong belief in physical activity as a primary component of health, and work with my patients to get them moving, no matter what their age or physical condition.  

I graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in 1979 and headed west to join my two sisters in San Francisco.

I graduated from Bastyr University as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine in 1999.

During my first career in the pharmaceutical industry, I performed studies on some well-known drugs before their release into the marketplace. This is a major advantage in my practice since I know and understand pharmacology and am able to knowledgeably work with people who are currently on pharmaceuticals. Naturopathic medicine can and should be used by people who are already taking conventional drugs both to maximize the efficacy of the drug at the lowest possible dose,  and minimize side-effects.

After leaving the pharmaceutical industry, I spent many years developing public health programs with various non-governmental non-profit organizations. Some of these programs had to do with properly addressing serious diseases and some of them were establishing women's health services to underserved communities. I can see now that my entire life has been a preparation for being the best naturopathic doctor I can possibly be.

I enjoy travel and have been to many developing countries that rely on natural medicine - primarily herbs - to a greater degree than is typical in the United States.  I have incorporated aspects of traditional practices I have observed (and sometimes been the recipient of) in Fiji, Trinidad, Guyana, Indonesia, The Ivory Coast, Burma and Thailand.  In addition to naturopathic medicine, I also studied Ayur Vedic (traditional Indian) medicine while at Bastyr University, earning a certificate in that medicine.  

In the early 2000s I developed rheumatoid arthritis - a painful and often debilitating autoimmune condition that affects the entire body.  I came to understand that chronic illnesses are greatly influenced by stress and began a concerted effort to understand and alter my own responses to stress.   I have come to see rheumatoid arthritis as a blessing in my life as it has propelled me down a path that has greatly enhanced my ability to positively impact my own health and that of my patients.

Naturopathy is by its very nature a holistic medicine, and I have learned that happiness and good health go hand-in-hand. I try to explore with my patients what can be done to improve every aspect of their health.
I have been happily married to a wonderful man for almost 35 years.  We love San Francisco's natural beauty and the diversity of its people.  We share our home with 2 cats and a dog and travel as much as we can.  


    Associations: 

  •  I am a member of the California Association of Naturopathic Doctors (Calnd.org) and the Soka Gakkai International Buddhist Organization.

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