I love that I had the opportunity to move back home to Maine to serve a place that is so dear to my heart. After graduating from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, I immediately stepped into the process of creating my private practice and developing health and wellness education services for my community. Since 2012, I’ve acted as an integrative medicine expert consultant to conventional healthcare providers and institutions. In that time, I’ve also consistently taught future healthcare providers a variety of biomedical courses as faculty for Kaplan University (now Purdue Global), Southern Maine Community College, York County Community College, and most recently, UNE College of Graduate and Professional Studies (see CV here). I strongly believe in the power of health education opportunities in community, and as such I’ve taught wellness classes for adult education programs, the Common Ground Fair, and a variety of private institutions. I've studied and worked with herbal medicines since 2002, and I love teaching herbalism classes and taking students out into the Maine landscape to learn their craft. I’ve been a writer for various local publications, the herbalism education platform Herbmentor, and most recently a contributing author in Bonnie Thomas’ book Creative Coping Skills for Teens and Tweens: Activities for Self Care and Emotional Support including Art, Yoga, and Mindfulness (Jessica Kingsley Press. 2019). It’s been a wild ride, and I love the ever evolving art of my practice and the deeper relationship I get to build with patients. In my free-time I get outside, create artwork, and enjoy time with dear friends and family.
VALUES STATEMENT FOR THE PRACTICE:
I truly believe it is important for people to know what I'm about as a person and how that translates into my practice. This is an ever evolving part of my progression as a human, and I promise to try my best to continue to communicate this clearly as time goes on. Here is a short list:
1) Health At Every Size (HAES) approach: Over the course of my years of practice, I've come to recognize the harm that can be done in the name of health. While purposeful weight management is a societal expectation and the cornerstone of many natural health practices, interventions centering weight management are not an evidence based approach to health and wellbeing. As such, I uphold a health at every size approach, which centers body liberation and individualized well-being support.
2) Discrimination has no place in my practice: Please read my Non-discrimination statement at the bottom of the page for clarity.
3) Slow medicine is essential for the management of chronic disease. That is, I will help make you more symptomatically comfortable, but if patients are amenable, I strive for lasting, foundational methods of care. That means, much of what I will suggest has nothing to do with taking a pill. Natural or pharmacological. The process of healing is very rarely linear, and my job is to support you while you do the work at your own pace and comfort level, whatever that is.
4) There is no "right way" to heal: I will meet you where you are at, and if we can clearly and quickly communicate on challenges you encounter on the way, I am confident we can trouble shoot to help you. That's what I'm here for. I also coordinate care with your other providers to make sure you are provided the best care possible. I value integrative care.
5) I don't prescribe things I haven't tried myself. Outside of specific therapies, like prostate support, there is nothing I recommend to patients that I haven't tried myself. For that reason, I know how hard some parts of healing and understanding yourself better can be.
6) Getting outside or bringing Nature to you is an essential part of any health plan. I am passionate and see the necessity of integrating natural place and space back into healthcare. I consider myself a steward of the earth, and eco-friendly practices in my life are very important to me.
7) Healthcare and health education should be accessible. As a small independent business, I try my best to provide payment plans and creative ways for patients to cover cost. While that is challenging to integrate into one on one care for patients, I frequently do public education that is free and/or low cost as a way of supporting community healing and empowerment.
WHAT IS NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE?
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances which encourage the person's inherent self -healing process. While in many jurisdictions Naturopathic doctors are licensed to prescribe pharmaceuticals and perform minor surgery, naturopathy typically focuses on naturally-occurring substances and minimally-invasive methods.(Summary courtesy of the AANMC)
First Do No Harm: Utilize the most natural, least invasive and least toxic therapies.
The Healing Power of Nature: Trust in the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself.
Identify and Treat the Causes: Look beyond the symptoms to the underlying cause.
Doctor as Teacher: Educate patients in the steps to achieving and maintaining health.
Treat the Whole Person: View the body as an integrated whole in all its physical, emotional and spiritual dimensions.
Prevention: Focus on overall health, wellness and disease prevention.