My Professional Journey
Growing up as the youngest of a mixed family of 8 kids, I had many opportunities to witness and observe the intricacies of what it means to be human. My fascination began with the anatomy and physiology of the human body, which lead me into completing an honours bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario and work as a Personal Trainer and Rehabilitation Therapist for adults with disabilities. I wasn’t fully satisfied with the approach of viewing health in the context of the body alone, so I decided to explore other ways of healing. I volunteered at a Maternity clinic in the Philippines to assist in pre & post conception care and education and learned valuable lessons in gratitude and ceremony during medical trips to the mountain tribes. I traveled to the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador to volunteer in re-forestation and learned about the powerful healing effects of the local medicinal plants from the Quechua people. These experiences inspired me to pursue education in holistic medicine. I completed my 4-year Naturopathic Medical Program at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine (BINM) and began my career as a Naturopathic Doctor. I am currently a licensed Naturopathic Doctor in Vancouver BC and I teach Herbal Medicine and Anatomy & Physiology at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition (IHN).
My Personal Journey
Although I had accomplished a lot in my life, I still felt unfulfilled and struggled a lot with stress and anxiety. I felt overwhelmed by the smallest tasks and experienced daily bouts of exhaustion, brain fog and frustration. At times it took all the courage I had to get out and face the day. I was allowing my stress and anxiety to prevent me from living my life fully. I finally reached a breaking point and decided that I could no longer live my life that way.
My quest for peace and fulfillment was unstoppable. In the time I found between patient visits and everyday life, I dove into the great works of Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, Rumi, Osho, Byron Katie, Louise Hay, Mada Dalian and countless others. I worked with plant medicines, meditation, yoga, mindfulness, somatic therapies, shinrin-yoku, integrative body psychotherapy and used my training and experience as a Naturopathic Doctor to improve my mental, physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
These experiences helped me reach a state of calm, presence and joy, as though a weight had been lifted and I could think clearly, be fully present with my friends and family and enjoy what life has to offer.
During my Naturopathic practice, I noticed that the majority of my patients were also struggling with stress and anxiety, and in many cases it was the route cause of their health concerns. When I incorporated some of the strategies that I developed for myself into their health plans, their health and wellbeing improved in response. This inspired me to focus my efforts on a larger issue at play.
The reason why I am so passionate about helping people overcome stress and anxiety is because I know how it feels to be in it and how it feels to be free of it. It is so important to me to help you break through your struggles and find your freedom. I want you to experience the joys of life without the limitations of stress and anxiety.
I have distilled my teachings and experiences into effective and realistic strategies to reclaim your health and vitality. I am here to guide you in your healing journey to achieve a truly balanced and fulfilling life.
PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS AND CERTIFICATIONS:
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine – Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine
Honors Specialization Bachelors Degree – Kinesiology – University of Western Ontario
Advanced Cardiac Life Saving (ACLS) and BLS/CPR – OHM
Acupuncture – CNPBC Board Certified Acupuncturist
Bowen Therapy - Jonathan Damonte RSHom (NA), CCH
Total Body Modification (TBM) – Dr. Kevin S. Millet, D.C
Craniosacral Therapy – Upledger Institute International
Global Health Certification & Internship – Natural Doctors International – Ometepe, Nicaragua
Reiki & Therapeutic Touch Therapy – Level 1
Advanced Intravenous Therapy – Dr. Stefan Kuprowski, ND