I hold both Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine and Masters of Acupuncture degrees from Bastyr University and completed a certified residency in family medicine through the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. Over the years, I have developed a unique bodywork blend that combines elements of myofascial and positional release of specific muscles to gently mobilize joints. This helps to restore normal muscle function and range of motion as well as relieve pain. This mix has been successful for many people, even when other conventional and/or alternative methods have failed. This work makes up a significant portion of my practice. In addition, I have a strong emphasis on lifestyle and nutritional medicine.
I tend to be a minimalist when it comes to prescription, but will adapt to accommodate patient needs.
I help people to understand how their bodies work and piece together many small changes of root factors to provide results rather than prescribing large numbers of medicines and just treating symptoms. Acupuncture also helps decrease the need for excessive prescriptions.
I have offered free courses through the Laconia Adult Education program each semester since 2002 when I began my 14 year period as the primary provider at the Holistic Health Center of LRGHealthcare. I served 8 years as treasurer of the NHAND (NH Association of Naturopathic Doctors), 5 years on the board of Naturopathic Examiners for the state of NH, including 2 years as chair, and 13 years as the NH delegate to the AANP (American Association of Naturopathic Physicians). I also hold a BA in Biology and Psychology from Oberlin College and an MS in Environmental Education from Lesley College.
I have always felt a strong kinship with the natural world, and so have engaged in a wide range of outdoor recreational activities such as cross-country skiing, camping, hiking, archery and playing ultimate Frisbee. I also enjoy reading while sitting in a recliner, under a cat. My 10 year old daughter joins me for many of my outdoor adventures.