Since I was 8 years old I have wanted to be a Good Doctor. I spent an entire year in the hospital with my parents who were struggling with undiagnosable illnesses. It turned out my father was living with a rare brain tumor, and my most precious mother had a rare autoimmune condition. Fifteen years later, when my mother was struggling with Stage 4 breast cancer, I discovered the power of integrating naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, and visualization with cutting-edge allopathic treatments. I witnessed first-hand the beauty and healing power of integrating all systems of medicine, and I remembered my childhood calling.
During my adolescence, I trained for over 13 years to be a prima ballerina. I learned much about the dedication it takes to maintain our bodies during rigorous training schedules and I have found acupuncture to be a powerful modality to support our bodies during these physically demanding workouts.
My undergraduate degree is in Biobehavioral Health (pre-med) from Penn State University. After I graduated I went on to study at the National University of Naturopathic Medicine. As part of my studies, I traveled to India to study Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India. I completed my Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine at Emperor’s College, where I graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2007.
I began my private practice in Integrative medicine in Southern California. Later I headed to Europe where I worked with professional athletes. While working in Europe I discovered in myself a passion to travel and assist communities in need. I started and ran a community clinic in rural Brazil for six months in 2011. In 2012 I opened my own Integrative Health & Wellness Clinic, The Center of Joy, in Oakland, California.
While running my private practice I was able to gain deeper insight into the natural compounds that work effectively through the application of a patch delivery system. Inspired by seeing a family’s children suffer from motion sickness during a boat ride, and by my own struggles with motion sickness, I sat night after night at my kitchen table with duct tape, massive bandages, essential oils, homeopathics, and herbs, working to develop a patch. It would cover the navel, a tried and true point on the conception vessel. The first GoPatch (handmade) was born, and it worked. Patients asked for them and sent them to friends around the country.
GoPatch is now commercially available. The motion sickness patch relieves many forms of nausea–from chemo, anxiety, other medications, vertigo; and it even works on pets! We have another patch to ease menstrual cramps as well. We have our FDA listing, and our US Patent was granted in 2017. Doctors, pharmacists, acupuncturists, natural grocery stores all recommend GoPatch.
Outside my dedication to the healing arts, my greatest pleasures are dance and creating a meal of seasonal, local, organic ingredients, and sharing time around a table with family and friends. Travel is also a huge part of what brings me joy.
I have a deep and ever-expanding love for horses. Currently, I am applying my clinical experience treating humans with acupuncture to helping heal horses through acupressure. You can often find me side by side with a horse friend cultivating my techniques.
I never forget my dog Neiko, one of my greatest teachers. For fourteen years, he was my constant companion, helping me remember that first truth: unconditional love.
I specialize in finding the root of a person’s imbalance as opposed to focusing on treating solely their symptoms. Instead, I work with them to restore equilibrium to their overall being. I use acupuncture, nutritional counseling and mind-body techniques as a few of my tools. I believe in the importance of the mind-body-spirit triad. I approach patient care with compassion, concentration, and a good bit of laughter.
After all, laughter is said to be the best medicine! ☺