Naturopathic Health Care service in Bennington, VT and Delmar, NY; Naturopathic Doctor, Homeopathy
My interest in the healing arts began at an early age. As a young girl, I spent many an hour with my great grandmother, tending to her aches and pains with medicated balms and soothing words, delighted to provide her a bit of comfort.
As I grew older, my attention turned to my grandmother, a nurse, whom I observed patiently providing medical advice and care. I admired her skill and ability to help people who were ailing and aspired, one day, to be able to facilitate healing for those in need.
Logically, my college years put me on a pre-medical track, with the goal of becoming a medical doctor. It was not until I took a job in the medical records department of a busy general practice that I realized that the allopathic medical model was not a good fit for me. I completed my pre-med studies, but it would take me a decade-long journey to find my way back to where I felt I belonged in medicine. During that time period, I had the opportunity to work with a medical writer, who introduced me to Ayurvedic medicine, through which I had profound experiences with the healing nature of plants and a holistic approach to health. A few years spent living in an intentional community studying philosophy and spirituality, further opened my eyes to the inter-relationship between physical health and mental-emotional wellness. And working as a projects manager for a non-profit healthcare education group provided me with insight into healthcare disparities and the need for greater numbers of primary care physicians. The journey also led me to experiences in book publishing and graphic design, where I honed business skills and explored creative talents. Rather than taking me off-track, I believe all these experiences prepared me to recognize naturopathic medicine as the health profession I had long sought.
It was upon the recommendation of a friend that I made my first appointment with a naturopathic physician. The consultation introduced me to the individualized, attentive, nature-based approach to health that is a hallmark of naturopathic medicine. I was so impressed by this practitioner's ability to listen and was inspired by her efforts to teach me about my own body and how best to support its healing. And with that visit, I had finally found the profession that would allow me to facilitate healing in others. Within two years, I moved to Oregon and enrolled in the oldest naturopathic medical school in the country, The National College of Natural Medicine. During my studies there, I was mentored by many respected leaders in the field of alternative medicine. The foundation of my training was in primary care naturopathic medicine, with extensive training in homeopathy, botanical medicine, nutrition and hydrotherapy. I received specialized instruction in Biotherapeutic Drainage, Flower Essences, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique, Gemmotherapy, and Organotherapy.
As a primary care naturopathic physician, I believe that health is an active process maintained through daily lifestyle choices and therapies that support the body’s innate ability to heal itself. When illness does arise, its underlying cause is unique to each person and requires thorough assessment and individualized treatment. As such, the whole person must be considered, including physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects, in order to facilitate true healing. Ultimately, I hope to provide my patients with the understanding and tools necessary to prevent disease and support lifelong health.
Joining the incredible team of providers at the Stram Center was an obvious choice for me. I was delighted to find such a diversely talented group of clinicians all united by a holistic philosophy that aligned so well with my own. It has also allowed me to return to my roots, providing naturopathic medical care to east coast regions where it is not as readily available. Working as a part of the Stram Center team provides me the opportunity to continue to grow, learning from my fellow professionals and, most importantly, allows us to provide patients with the best care possible.Experience:
- Licensed Naturopathic Physician, state of Vermont (New York does not currently license naturopathic physicians; a licensing program is under development)
- Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine, National College of Natural Medicine, Portland, Oregon
- B.S. in Biology, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York
- Member of the Vermont Association of Naturopathic Physicians
- NaturopathicHealthcare, Bennington, Vermont office
- Biotherapeutic Drainage
- Homeopathic Medicine
- Holistic Medicine
- Botanical Medicine (including Gemmotheraphy & Flower Essences)
- Oligotherapy & Organotherapy
- Cleanse/Detox Programs
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
Vermont Association of Naturopathic Physicians