From a young age, natural medicine and a holistic nutrition was a foundational part of my life as the first go-to when illness was present, and every day at the dinner table which was (unbeknownst to me), preventative nutritional medicine. From it’s natural simplicity and effectiveness, it sparked my interest early on and remained a strong part of my lifestyle through early adulthood. It wasn’t until my mid twenties that I decided to pursue natural medicine professionally and study it in-depth through a graduate program that I truly understood the amazing complexities of herbal medicine and nutrition. With my interest intent on studying herbal medicine and holistic nutrition, my options for graduate study were limited, and it fortunately led me to enroll in the Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) for a three year Masters of Science degree in Herbal Medicine in 2009.
Being the only accredited graduate herbal medicine program in the country, I gained specialized experience integrating modern scientific knowledge with traditional wisdom to generate a well- informed understanding of the therapeutic potential of medicinal plants. Combining practical skills with foundational theory, the program provided a thorough 3-year clinical education covering the principles of health and wellness; herb identification and wildcrafting, herbal pharmacy; herbal pharmacology and phytochemistry; integrative human physiology; extensive nutritional training; research methods; materia medica; clinical application skills and herbal therapeutics. This extensive degree results in the accumulation of 84 graduate level credits. A typical masters degree requires the acquisition of only 36 credits.
During my third year at MUIH, I actively practiced in the faculty supervised student herbal medicine clinic and completed a 2-year apprenticeship in the Herb Dispensary compounding with over 100 western, Ayurvedic and Chinese herbs. Being continually active in modern medicinal research, I participated in collecting and compiling international research for the Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies medicinal plant monographs, and also helped to facilitate medicinal herb clinical trials MUIH.
Following the completion of my Masters work in 2012, I earned my certification in Nutrition (CNS) from the Certification Board of Nutrition Specialists. I am also a Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LDN) by the Maryland State Board of Dietetics. I practice integrative herbal therapeutics and operate my own compounding herb dispensary. I am passionate about providing holistic care for both acute and chronic conditions for all ages. I incorporate whole food nutrition therapy and herbal medicine in a clinical capacity that is safe, effective and targeted to meet your specific medical needs. Areas of particular interest for me include sleep physiology and sleep disorders, stress, anxiety, gastrointestinal health, IBS, food intolerances, thyroid disorders and Ayurvedic lifestyle and nutrition counseling.