What can patients expect from you as a provider? My patients can expect warmth, respect, and understanding in a safe and non-judgmental space. The approach I use is both holistic and collaborative. I believe in the power of considering each person as a whole, looking at body, mind, spirit, and environment, as well as inner strengths and more. I also believe that forming a trusting partnership is key to making progress and moving towards healing.
What do you specialize in?
- Substance Use Disorders
What makes you different as a provider? My background as both a naturopathic doctor and a counselor gives me a unique perspective as a provider. Naturopathic doctors attend 4-year medical schools, where they are trained to provide primary care medicine, as well as use nutrition, lifestyle changes, botanical medicines, and other complementary and alternative treatments.
I recognize the importance of treating the whole person, and not focusing exclusively on individual parts. I believe in helping patients learn new skills and develop new understanding to allow them to take charge of their health. I also believe in the resilience of the human body and mind, and their ability to heal when given adequate support.
How long have you lived in Southern California and what brought you here? I’ve been in San Diego for over five years. I grew up in Kansas, and after moving here I discovered that I felt right at home and decided to stay!
What sort of interests or hobbies do you have? In my free time I love going on hikes, reading, watching movies, spending time with friends, and writing and performing music.
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