In 2019 while practicing on Nantucket I developed two tick borne diseases: Babesia and Lyme. Nantucket is ground zero for ticks. I was working on a research project at the time: The Gut Microbiome and Chronic Lyme to address chronic lyme symptoms in patients by supporting the gut microbiome. When I develped Babesia and Lyme it changed the way I approached treatment of chronic lyme patients. I had to walk the walk to talk the talk so to speak. When you have Babesia all systems are crashing-WBC, RBC, platelets. Liver enzymes rise. No appetite. Rapid weight loss and SOB with air hunger. Parasites attack the RBC so there is not enough oxygen. I was fortunate to have a colleague and mentor who pointed me in the direction of Functional Immunology which is the foundation of functional medicine. Following a program for immune balance and resiliency I was back to vibrant health after 3 months. I have a renewed vision of healing that includes functional immunology. I am able to give my patients the tools for a balanced immune system and greater health.
My passion for health began at a very young age having asthma. I was driven to find a way to restore my health so I could breath with ease.
I was fortunate to have the forsight to go to the southwest and begin pre-med studies earning a nursing degree. I completed my studies at the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon as a Chiropractic Physician, with the ability to serve as a primary care provider.
I also earned a Masters in Human Nutrition/Functional Medicine and is also certified in classical Homeopathy.
My post graduate studies are in the field of genomics and functional immunology.
I am a volunteer with the Human Genome Project.
I am a 2017 TNP Academy Scholar with the Nantucket Project