Last year was a growing experience for me. I collaborated with a few friends and colleagues to try small-scale organic farming on some local land that had decades ago been an old dairy farm. We knew something about growing things as amateur gardeners and figured we could just scale it up a bit. The difference we discovered was that now we began to feel the cadence of planting and harvest, the quickening of growth according to the cycles of nature, the years of spring growth and fall decay that formed the rich soil. And, where I had previously grown handfuls of herbs, now we began bringing home armloads of vegetables in harvest season, or dreams and muddy boots and fingernails during springtime.
This growth, and the connection with the living aspect of nature and nourishment, is what excites me about the opportunity to work with patients in the Menu for Change program. Having a longstanding interest in clinical psychology, I trained as a naturopathic physician in the interest of pairing healing medicines from nature with the study of what makes each person unique in their health journey.
Since completing my naturopathic family medicine residency, I have grounded my teaching and practice in the philosophy that you can heal you. And while for most of us, it takes some coaching, encouragement, and support along the way, I try to always maintain my therapeutic commitment to the autonomy and healing potential within each person. I look forward to the opportunity to walk with you for part of your journey.