I was in private practice full time for almost 10 years as a Functional Medicine Nutritionist, Clinical Herbalist and Therapeutic Chef specializing in autoimmune conditions and the gut-brain axis, before a near death experience in Alaska propelled me to reassess my beliefs with the interconnectedness of all things, where healing stems from, and the causes and conditions that manifest in illness, trauma, and pain.
I now recognize the deep interdependence between the healing of our core being to the healing of our oceans, forests, and all bioregions along with our direct environments (socially, ecologically, culturally, etc). I experience now that the persistence of disease states has so much more to do with a loss of self, of our identity, and our soul place than merely as a result of inflammatory foods and cytokines. I’ve expanded my awareness around the interplay of disease states, autoimmunity, and our energy meridians; the interconnection of all life and all energy; and the effect of our emotional, psychological, and spiritual well-being on our health generally and more specifically on our digestion and immune systems.
I still focus on the ways we choose to nourish ourselves, though now I see that nourishment goes beyond nutrition. I still promote anti-inflammatory nutritional choices, functional medicine lab work, and heartily endorse the benefits of collaboration between practitioners of Western, Eastern, functional, folk and energy medicine, and the seen and unseen world. To expand the support of myself and of my clients to get to the true root of health and life challenges, I’ve spent the last several years intensively studying shamanic practices, including Medical Qigong and Chinese spiritual medicine, Celtic and Brazilian practices of vocalization and sound, Japanese practices of energy healing, and diving deep into the psychology of anxiety and depression, trauma recovery, the grieving process, and mindfulness practices. We are such complex beings and diagnosis, recovery, healing, and our soul’s journey is equally complex and multifaceted.
My calling is to help you look within and heal your relationship with your soul, your body, and your health, to reconnect you to your inner truth and the environment, and to empower you to live with vitality an embodied life that truly lights you up from a place of knowing and self-confidence. From this space you will heal your digestion, build your resilience to stress and change your relationship to your body and your health forever.
DEGREES AND CERTIFICATION TRAININGS
Medical Qigong Practitioner/Chinese Energetic Medicine Practitioner, 4 year Program, in Progress: The Center Place, Boulder CO (Anticipated completion 2021 or 2022 depending on Covid delays): Medical Qigong is an ancient form of Chinese energetic medicine, and is one of the four main branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), along with acupuncture. Disruptions in the electromagnetic energy of the body occur throughout our lifetime as a result of poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, injuries, surgery, suppression of emotions, taking in foreign energies, and aging. The goal of qigong is to correct these bio-energetic imbalances and blockages. This enables the body to strengthen and regulate the internal organs, the nervous system and the immune system, relieve pain, regulate hormones, and strengthen and release deep-seated emotions and stress.
Hypnosis for Trauma & PTSD Certification Training: Effectively Integrating Hypnosis, Neuroscience, and Mind/Body Approaches in Clinical Practice, with Carol Kershaw, Ed.D and Bill Wade, M.Div., LPC, LMFT. (2020). Topics covered: Neurophysiology of trauma/PTSD, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), Trauma and attachment, Latest neuroscience research on body/mind healing, Long-term stress and its impact on the limbic system, Essentials of clinical hypnosis, Putting clinical hypnosis to practice, Strategies for developing traumatic memory reconsolidation, Focused attention as a state of negative or positive hypnotic trance, Biofeedback tools paired with hypnosis to support post traumatic growth, How to avoid common mistakes in talk therapy that may make trauma symptoms worse.
Professional Shamanic Practitioner Training, 3 Year Program with Julie Kramer, Hygiene CO (2019): Trainings in Partnering with Compassionate Spirits through Shamanic Journeying, The Art of Divination; Restoring Lost Power: Soul Retrieval and Power Animal Retrieval; Removing Foreign Energy and Energetic Enmeshment: Extraction, Cord Cutting, and Curse Unraveling; Psychopomp and Compassionate Depossession: Shamanic Healing for the Dying and the Dead; Partnering with the Natural World; Transfiguration and Medicine for the Earth; Space Clearing and Tending; Leading Guided Shamanic Journeying.
Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP) Training: Applied Neuroscience for Treating Anxiety, Panic, and Worry with Catherine M. Pittman, Ph.D., HSPP (2018). Topics covered: Using neuroscience in the treatment of anxiety; Amygdala management for anxiety disorders, PTSD, OCD, and depression; Managing anxiety driven by the cortex; Medications effects on the brain and neuroplasticity; Exposure strategies for teaching the amygdala; Mindfulness in the anxious brain; Using neurologically informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy interventions; Treating comorbid depression; Cognitive restructuring interventions for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder; and Using memory reconsolidation approaches
Body Talk Fundamentals Training with Wendy Nelson of Energy Wisdom, Boulder (2017): BodyTalk is a holistic approach to healing, based on energy medicine. The body is a complex ecosystem with a delicate balance between physiological biochemical functions, emotional and mental interactions, environmental influences, and hereditary and genetic restrictions. BodyTalk helps synchronize the body’s natural functions – to achieve and maintain healing and growth on all levels: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.
Reiki Master Practitioner Trainings (2016): With Helen Knight: Dreamtime Healing in Spirit Reiki Level 1; Lisa Powers in Usui Reiki Levels 1, 2, 3, & Master Teacher Training Cert.; Melissa Crowhurst: Natural Healer in Usui Reiki Levels 1, 2, 3, & Master Teacher Training Cert; and Level 1 training in Usui Reiki with hypnotherapist Rosemary Owen: Reiki is a Japanese energy healing system that improves energy flow in and around the body.
Access Bars Certification Training with Brain & Body Balancing, Denver (2015) The Access Bars are 32 bars of energy that run through and around the head, storing the electromagnetic component of all thoughts, ideas, attitudes, decisions and beliefs. Each of these can limits capacity to be generative in that area.
Functional Medicine Nutritionist and Health Coach Training, Bauman College, Boulder CO (2009) Science-based nutrition curriculum; practical, hands-on application of narrative health coaching and nutritional counseling. In-depth training in whole-foods nutrition as it contributes to the prevention of illness and the promotion of optimal health. Trained to provide expert evaluation of and recommendations for diet, targeted nutrients, and lifestyles that support clients in slowing the progression of chronic illness and attaining optimal health. Trainings in digestive physiology, biochemistry, nutrition analysis, macro and micro nutrients, nutritional counseling and health coaching, stress and endocrine interactions, men’s and women’s health, liver detoxification, gastrointestinal health, blood sugar regulation, weight management, cardiovascular health, mental health, musculoskeletal health and sports nutrition, immune system health and autoimmune conditions, and cancer support. Campus no longer in Boulder.
Leadership Training, Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships, Denver CO (2008) One year training in nonprofit management, developing cross-sector partnerships, leadership skills, and organizational capacity building.
Natural Foods Chef Professional Training, Professional School of Natural Cookery in Boulder CO (no online component at that time) (2006) Plant-based training supporting a healthy lifestyle and integrating the study of energetic nutrition into a culinary arts professional training. Creating balanced meals for food sensitivities and allergies, gluten intolerance and celiac disease, low glycemic and paleo diets, raw foods cuisine, macrobiotic, ayurvedic, and Chinese medicinal diets. Training in plant-based expertise for heart conditions, diabetes and other health concerns.
Clinical Herbalist Professional Training, Academy of Scottish Herbalism in Eugene OR, (2004). Herbal and nutritional care for allergies, colds & flu, digestive and heart health, stress, men’s & women’s health, blood sugar disorders, urinary tract issues, pain, injuries and first aid. Herbal care for babies, children and during pregnancy. Herbalism to direct reproductive choices, menopause and arthritis. Nutrition and herbs for skin care, dental care and in depth understanding of the roles of vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates and fats in nutrition and dietary structure. Herbal and nutritional care for adrenal exhaustion, anxiety, emphysema, cancers, high cholesterol, high and low blood pressure, chronic pain, ovarian cysts, post traumatic stress, shingles, tinnitus and gastric ulcers. Botanical Pharmacy Training in making tincture extracts and infused vinegars, honeys and oils, medicinal infusions, decoctions, poultices, fomentations, steams, therapeutic use oils, glycerites, respiratory syrups, medicinal bath salts, body and tooth powders, lip balms, ointments, creams, floral waters, trans-dermal creams, aromatherapy formulas, therapeutic incense, smoking blends and elixirs. Also trained in botany and herb gardening.
M.A.., Communication Studies, CSU Long Beach (2002). Coursework in interpersonal communication, small group communication, cultural communication, persuasion, and public speaking.
B.S., Political Science and Women’s Studies, U of Oregon (1998).
Memberships: American Association of Drugless Practitioners, Council of Holistic Health Educators, National Association of Nutrition Professionals Member ID #15093, International Association of Health Coaches, Healthcare Providers Service Organization, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, Celiac Support Association, Gluten Intolerance Group.