What inspired me to pursue a career in naturopathic medicine:

I was introduced to naturopathic medicine as I was pursuing a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition. I came to appreciate the power of food as medicine and our body’s inherent capacity to course correct pathology when provided with the appropriate tools and building blocks. Naturopathic medicine allowed me to expand the tools I could use to support health to include lifestyle medicine, botanical medicine, and natural childbirth, among others, in addition to being trained in conventional treatment options and standards of care. 

 

How I grow naturopathic medicine:

Naturopathic medicine is all about supporting the body function as it should. I do this from the earliest stages of life as my practice focuses on optimizing infant food introduction and childhood nutrition. Laying a strong foundation in health is vital and it starts with the very first foods you offer babies.

 

Career highlights:

Being featured in international outlets like EcoParent Magazine and working in naturopathic leadership organizations serving as president of the Naturopathic Medical Student Association, director of the Virginia Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and director of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

 

Advice I’d give my 20 year old self:

There are many, many different ways to live life and be happy. Don’t be afraid to get creative and have experiences.

 

How I give back to the community:

I volunteer my time and expertise to several community organizations that support those without homes and supporting the education of children, especially when it comes to nutrition.

 

Most rewarding aspects of my work:

Supporting moms who are overwhelmed with feeding their families find peace at meal times and joy in motherhood.

 

My hope for naturopathic medicine in Virginia:

My hope is for all Virginians to have access to naturopathic medicine to prevent disease, promote health, and be empowered to live their fullest lives.

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