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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!
In 2016 I had my long-time suspicions of sensory processing disorder confirmed by a professional. My journey to understand how my mind works is still ongoing; you can read more about it in relation to my project Autistic Empaths.
National University of Natural Medicine (OR)
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and Masters in Integrative Mental Health Class of 2020
Reiki II Practitioner (OR)
Completed March 2017
University of Louisville Post-Bac Pre-Med Program (KY)
Completed April 2014; 3.9 GPA
Institute for Integrative Nutrition Health Coaching Program (NY)
Completed September 2012
Columbia University B.A. in English Literature (NY)
Graduated May 2010; Magna Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa
Kane School at Kinected Studios Pilates Mat Certification with Anatomy, Gait and Posture Analysis (NY)
Completed May 2010