After a decade of working in corporate, private, and public sectors, I left the familiarity of American life to serve in the Peace Corps in South Africa. There, I lived and worked among the Venda tribe and met two mentors who forever changed my worldview.
I apprenticed with social development expert David Patient and psycho-neuro immunologist Neil Orr, who co-authored the book, The Healer Inside You. Under their tutelage, I learned the importance of instinct and intuition for individual health and collective transformation.
Patient was diagnosed with HIV in 1983, when he was told by doctors that he had maybe six months to live. Trusting his intuition, Patient pioneered his treatment plans through a more holistic lens, and lived another 34 years. During our mentorship, from 2013-2017, my perspectives on health, individual empowerment, and social development expanded far beyond the definitions I'd learned through formal education.
From 2015-2021, I also mentored with Thotme, a body-centered psychotherapist and spiritual teacher. During this time, I healed decades of trauma from my psyche and body and began to consciously experience the scientifically verified intuition of the human heart.
This intuition led me to the work of Annie Adamson, founder of Primal Vinyasa® and Primal Therapeutics®. From 2018-2022, I became certified in both of these trauma-informed modalities which include aspects of Ayurvedic Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, holistic therapeutics for the psyche and body, and clinical herbalism.
I am also educated in Peter Levine's Trauma Healing, Pat Ogden's Sensorimotor Therapy for Dissociation and The Body, and numerous continuing education courses through the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine.
This journey has enabled me to personally heal from PTSD and chronic inflammatory dis-ease by uniting with the power of natural design. It is within that design that I've come to recognize that each of us has an undeniable role within the ecosystem, and that dis-order, dis-ease, and disharmony persist in our lives until we discover that purpose and learn to embody our nature.
As a holistic clinical therapist and herbalist, I am here to support you in the personal rebirth of your psyche, body, and soul.