I’m grateful to have a career that brings together my pragmatic, detail-oriented nature and my intuitive side. I love demystifying the inner workings of the body by uncovering what each person’s unique pattern of symptoms is trying to communicate. My clients tell me that I help them feel safe to discuss sensitive topics and that I’m gentle and easy to talk to.
In Ayurveda, disease is viewed as an invitation to connect with the body’s inner wisdom and understand where we’re being called to make changes. Through my work as an Ayurvedic practitioner, I teach my clients how to incorporate practices their daily lives that support the specific needs of their unique genetic makeup and biochemistry.
The most rewarding part of my job is witnessing what each woman does with the time and energy that are freed up as her symptoms resolve. I’ve watched clients change careers, enroll in graduate programs, pursue new creative outlets, end unsatisfying relationships and take on leadership roles in their companies and communities. The ripple effects of feeling at home in your body are powerful.
My interest in holistic women’s health was ignited by my own struggle with digestive and hormonal issues throughout my twenties and the lack of support I received from mainstream healthcare.
Like many people, I was initially skeptical that any system of medicine could offer more than the band-aid approaches I had encountered in the past. As I began to apply the principles of Ayurveda to my own life, however, I noticed some significant changes:
- my digestion improved
- my depression and mood swings went away
- my periods became less painful
- I was able to maintain a steady, healthy weight
I discovered that it was possible to decode what my body was trying to tell me through my symptoms and learn how to address their root causes, rather than just temporarily mask them.
I received my B.A. from Pomona College, where I majored in Cognitive Science, an interdisciplinary field dedicated to understanding how the mind works. In my course of study, I trained in psychology, neuroscience, philosophy and linguistics.
I received my Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist certification from the California College of Ayurveda (CCA). In addition to my core Ayurvedic training, I have honed my counseling skills through Interchange Counseling Institute’s 10-month training program. I also completed a 270-hour Advanced Herbalism Apprenticeship with the Director of Herbalism at CCA and a 100-hour women’s yoga training with Britt Fohrman here in San Francisco. I continue to study with Dr. Claudia Welch through her mentorship program.
I am a practitioner member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.
If you live outside the San Francisco area, I’m available for online consultations via Skype or Google+ Hangout.
I am currently on extended maternity leave for the rest of 2016. Thank you!
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” — Anaïs Nin