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In the spring of 2012, I had been living in New York City for six years and my health took a turn from "fine" to decidedly "not fine." I lost 15 pounds without thinking about it, I felt severely exhausted, mentally unclear to the point where I was getting lost, suffered incapacitating migraines regularly, had digestive issues, and dealt with joint aches and unexplained muscle twitches and weakness. Even my skin was retaliating, with psoriasis, mind-exploding itching, and awful acne.
After blood tests were positive for inconclusive autoimmune activity, my doctor and neurologist were out of ideas. I was vaguely offered steroids, but I did not want to start taking medication for symptoms I could "deal with," especially when we did not know the root cause.
In time, inspired to help my mother with her own arthritis and fatigue, she and I experimented with a gluten-free diet and it changed our lives*. The majority of our symptoms went away entirely, and those that remained were much more manageable. In time, to my great surprise, I realized I felt better than I ever had. I did dream about chocolate-chip cookies and sourdough bread for a few months, but it was never worth the fatigue, confusion and depression that came with "sneaking" gluten and I soon stopped altogether.
Since then, I have continued to experiment on myself to improve my health. I have done elimination diets, taken supplements, completed a Candida protocol, and more, many just to know what the experience would be like for my clients. In 2015 I was diagnosed with SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) and now manage that with a low-fodmap diet. I have not had autoimmune symptoms in years! The specifics that worked for me are unique to me, but diet and lifestyle changes can make a significant difference for everyone’s health.
In 2016 I had my long-time suspicions of sensory processing disorder confirmed by a professional and in 2017 I was diagnosed as autistic. I advocate for a neurodiversity paradigm shift in medicine and society. You can read more about my work with neurodivergence at Autistic Empaths.
*Note that I never recommend clients try a gluten-free diet before being tested for Celiac disease by their physician.
National University of Natural Medicine (OR)
Master of Science Integrative Mental Health 2019
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Class of 2020
Craniosacral Practitioner (OR)
Completed Level I, II, III 2017-2019
Reiki II Practitioner (OR)
University of Louisville Post-Bac Pre-Med Program (KY)
Completed 2014; 3.9 GPA
Institute for Integrative Nutrition Health Coaching Program (NY)
Columbia University Bachelor of Arts in English Literature (NY)
Graduated 2010; magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa
Kane School at Kinected Studios Pilates Mat Certification with Anatomy, Gait and Posture Analysis (NY)