I was born in Wisconsin to a business family engaged in customer service and learned from an early age how to be helpful to those in need. I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Warwick in England before embarking on travel to South and Central America where I worked as a teacher.
After my time abroad I decided to pursue an education in Classical Chinese Medicine and Naturopathic Medicine at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. There I worked in the Naturopathic and also the Chinese Medicine pharmacies and learned a great deal about herbal use and preparation.
After two years of coursework, I decided to attend medical school to allow for greater integration between conventional and alternative medicine. I attended Ross University School of Medicine where I earned my medical doctorate. During my time at Ross I had the good fortune to spend time at the Mayo Clinic in a pediatric psychiatry rotation as well as with the famed Patch Adams on his farm in West Virginia. It was a varied and stimulating experience to say the least.
After medical school, I completed my residency at the University of Vermont Psychiatry program. I worked extensively with the child psychiatry department as well as doing rotations at the local county mental health agency. I honed my skills in conventional psychiatric interventions across the spectrum of patients.
After residency I took my first job at a high volume clinic in northern Wisconsin serving a varied population of all age patients and learned to manage a large panel of people in a team based setting. My last job prior to moving to Colorado was in a federally qualified health center in rural Vermont focusing on improving health in an impoverished and rural population. I also worked in a hospital on the weekends doing acute care with psychiatric emergencies.
At this point in my career, I truly enjoy meeting people where they are in terms of their mental health challenges and goals. I emphasize the healing potential of mind and body while focusing on treatments that are most likely to be helpful long term. I am happy to work in an integrative fashion to find the ideal combination of interventions that serve my clients.