Northern California Center for Lifestyle Medicine
Photo by Dante Fontana, © Style Media Group
Describe your business. Did you find it, or did it find you?
I was raised on a farm in Iowa where we grew all of our own food and—don’t tell anyone—had an outhouse! I couldn’t wait to leave home after high school. I joined the Marine Corps and became an Arabic and Spanish linguist and was trained as a small arms weapons instructor. After my service, I became interested in nutrition and medicine and eventually found my way to Bastyr University in Seattle. I graduated with a doctorate in naturopathic medicine and have been practicing ever since. I feel this was what I was meant to do. It’s so exciting and fulfilling to support others in reaching their highest health and happiness potential. I use a combination of natural medicine and lifestyle approaches in my practice; as well, I offer bio-identical hormone replacement therapy and natural thyroid support. I see people from all walks of life—the only requirement is that you want to feel better and are willing to make changes to do so. Children come for ADHD, autism, eczema, allergies and other childhood conditions. I see adults for weight loss, hormone balancing, high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes, chronic fatigue, arthritis, etc. Lifestyle changes and natural approaches to health are powerful tools and I feel very blessed to have found this career.
How are you involved with both the community and your customer?
Because I have two young children, I’m involved in their school activities. This past year I taught “Friday Science Centers” each week to a group of 90 third-graders—now that kept me on my toes!
What life accomplishments are you most proud of?
My family—I have an amazing husband and two fantastic children. Because of a medical condition with our oldest child, we have been through some tough times. Despite the challenges we’ve experienced, I’m proud of our family’s perseverance.
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