Health is not just the absence of disease, but the actualization of one’s health, freedom, and expression of self.
It was necessary that I addressed my health through naturopathic medicine because I was so chronically ill, it was truly a matter of life and death.
My personal healing journey began over a decade ago when my own health was suffering and my quality of life had dwindled. I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, an autoimmune disease that wreaks havoc on the digestive, nervous, and immune system. I had witnessed the near death of my mother due to complications of Crohn’s disease, another digestive autoimmune disease, and had to consider my own mortality. I was scared to think of what my life was going to look like in a couple years if I was unable to find out what was causing these problems. I refused to accept a quickly declining health and mental state of being. I was vehemently driven to discover the source of my illnesses, so that I could root them out and become whole and vibrant!
I committed myself to finding the answers and it became my mission to heal myself. When I discovered naturopathic medicine, and began medical school I wholeheartedly embodied “Physician Heal Thyself.” The years that followed were aimed at restoring my own health and thus allowing me to support and empower others to achieve optimal vibrancy and health! I learned more than I ever thought possible and within time I renewed my vitality, my health, and my love of life!
I had a private practice in Boulder, Colorado for 2 years with a primary focus in management of chronic disease, including mental and emotional conditions, autoimmune disease, gastrointestinal disorders, endocrine disorders, infertility, women’s health, aging, and neurodegeneration. I utilize foundations of lifestyle balancing through individualized daily practices, nutrition, movement, and proper sleep hygiene. The therapies I provide are biotherapeutic drainage (a European homeopathic system), gemstone therapies, Chinese medicine, acupuncture, and hydrotherapy. In chronic disease, the nervous system invariably contributes to the worsening of the disease or limits the healing. I provide nervous system balancing through lifestyle, therapies, and treatments individualized to each patient.
My schooling was multifaceted, dabbling in Photography at the School of Visual Arts (New York, NY), then studying my passion for Music Therapy at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, singing, playing piano and guitar. I then became a Certified Nursing Assistant and worked with troubled youth and geriatric populations providing the best care I could at that time. I graduated from Penn State University – Mont Alto with a B.A. in Letters, Arts, & Sciences because of my eclectic background, experience, and desire to become a naturopathic doctor. I graduated Southwest College of Naturopathic College (SCNM) in Arizona and have since enjoyed the privilege to support patients on their journey to health. Being a doctor allows me to fulfill my commitment and passion of life-long learning and supporting patients to thrive, not just survive.
My passion is to educate and empower others to achieve health, balance, and what they are committed to in life. I enjoy speaking to the public and medical professionals on all things health and medicine. I have participated in a Plant-Based support community, where I provided education through talks on digestion, nutrition, food preparation, diagnostics, and naturopathic medicine. I love hosting destination health retreats because of my love to travel and I am passionate about providing healing, fun, and education in intimate, small group settings.
I love to play, spending time hiking, biking, rock climbing, kayaking, and spending special time with my family and friends around meals. I am involved with creating at home permaculture, composting, and sustainable communities. I love to volunteer at animal rescue centers and spending time with my three pups.
We understand where we are going, if first we understand where we have been.
The first patient I ever treated was myself.
I did what doctors at Johns Hopkins Medical Hospital would not do; I found the cause of my adult onset epilepsy. Following a decade long career as a pilot in the United States Marine Corps, I was diagnosed with epilepsy by neurologists at the renowned Johns Hopkins. The diagnosis came after having seizure number two of the more than 20 that I would have over a nine-month period. Being unsatisfied with pharmaceutical intervention that turned my brain off, I researched and found a physiological cause of seizures, applied what I had learned, and stopped them from happening literally overnight. That experience drove me to naturopathic medical school and thus a profession that I was always meant to be a part-of.
As an athletically inclined male, I aged with aches and pains through my twenties and thirties because I did not understanding the human body’s natural laws. I was living a lifestyle that has been commercialized and sold as being healthy, but when true be told, it was feeding my pain and accelerating my physiological age. As a Naturopathic Medical Doctor, I have empathetically chosen to gear my practice towards health optimization through regenerative medicine, while focusing on endocrine protocols and regenerative injection therapies.
I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Baker University (KS), a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology (OH), and for medical school, I graduated from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (AZ).