I extend the principles and philosophy of anthroposophic medicine as a way to bridge the knowledge of Classical Chinese Medicine, biomedicine and naturopathy. I have mentored with anthroposophic physician Kelly Sutton, MD in Fair Oaks, California and sat on the Board and involved in the formation and continuation of Sophia Michael Remedies, a free online web resource for homecare and health advice from an anthroposophic philosophy. I led the Anthroposophic Medicine Club at NUNM (www.anthromedclub.com), inviting speakers to speak on various topics to the greater Portland Anthroposophic community. I have completed the five year International Post-graduate Medical Training with the Medical Section of the Goetheanum in Switzerland, and am currently in a 2-year mentorship with neurologist Siegward Elsas MD at Klinik Arlesheim for complete certification with the Medical Section.
I obtained my Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from the National University of Natural Medicine located in Portland, Oregon, where my training focused on primary care, cardiopulmonary naturopathic medicine, and adjunctive cancer care. I obtained a concurrent Masters degree in Classical Chinese Medicine, with treatments focused on physical and internal medicine, as well as soul-spiritual supportive treatments. In addition to this practice style, I have a special interest in anthroposophic medicine – a comprehensive view of the human as a being of body, soul and spirit.
My approach to Chinese Medicine is through the exposure I’ve had to the philosophy and practice of 88th Daoist master of the Jade Purity Yellow Emperor Lao Zi School, Jeffrey Yuen, through my mentor Kenneth Glowacki, DACM, LAc. This includes Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Nutrition/Dietetics, the therapeutic use of Stones and Essential Oils with the use of the extraordinary vessels, and less commonly used channels. I have trained in treating musculoskeletal pain and injuries using various acupuncture techniques within this ongoing mentorship.
Prior to returning to Ontario, I was a primary care provider in an independent clinic in downtown Portland, Oregon, licensed as both a naturopathic physician and acupuncturist. Acute and chronic illness treatments were multi-disciplinary, including screening labs and imaging if necessary, herbal, homeopathic and pharmaceuticals as well as acupuncture. Bringing a multi-disciplinary approach to the primary care office is ideal for individuals seeking care - as a one-size fits all algorithmic approach doesn't always lead to healing.
Before obtaining a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, I obtained a Masters of Science in aqueous geochemistry from McGill University in Montreal. My career focus as a Professional Geologist was on human health and ecological risk assessments of contaminated sites across North America. It is through this work that the inspiration to explore natural and traditional medicines grew, to further foster the relationship of human beings with the planet to obtain a mutual relationship for healing. I have a strong passion for the outdoors, biodynamic gardening, skiing, disc sports, running, cycling, painting and knitting. I grew up on a small farm in Palmer Rapids, Ontario, Canada and strive to integrate these rhythms of nature into our busy daily lifestyles for nourishment.