I have been into natural health most of my adult life. My introduction originated with my Mother, who years ago sent me off to college with my first bottle of vitamin supplements. Thanks to her, I have been taking them religiously ever since. Unlike my upbringing, I quickly realized exercise needed to be a part of daily life, along with a diet that did not follow the meat and potatoes regimen that we were served on our dinner table most nights. However, my foray into natural healing would not develop until later with the arrival of my first born child.
Tyler came into this world in textbook fashion, with an uneventful pregnancy, a swift natural birth and a healthy 8 lbs 2 oz. However, what was to follow was anything but typical. I had signs quite early on that this child was somehow different from the other children, which I quietly observed in our weekly play group. He walked at 8 months, never crawled first, had picky eating habits, did not like to be picked up when he cried, became unglued at certain sounds, arranged his Lego blocks by color groups at age 14 months and seem to need constant stimulation so he would not get bored. These were just some of his behaviors that made him stand out from his peers.
At age 3 1/2 I had enrolled him into preschool. After a tumultuous year of preschool, I was kindly asked to take my child elsewhere. Until this point, I knew my child was different, but I had no idea what it was exactly. He had been IQ tested as a gifted child, which explained some things, but that was far from the total picture. His elementary school years were filled with behavior referrals and suspensions for his inability to deal with the school environment. There was no doubt he was smart, but for some reason basic simple tasks were met with resistance and turmoil. Even though I had found a small, private gifted school to better cater to his needs, many of his issues proved too challenging for the average teacher.
So the onslaught of professional evaluations began. Tyler was evaluated for everything from ADD, to ADHD, Sensory Integration Disorder, Autism and more. No one test ever really nailed it down completely. Many therapies were tried, but not once did I take his plight to an MD, who I knew would only recommend medication. What other tools did they have? Call it motherly instinct or just my inherent resistance to modern medicine, but I chose not to go a route of medication. I saw far too many kids in Tyler’s classes drugged up and medicated. I couldn’t do that to my son.
This began my quest for alternative treatments that would help my son. And help they did, in one way or another. Of the many therapies we tried included brushing therapy, occupational therapy, fine motor skill coaching, energy work, naturopathy, homeopathy, nutritional supplements, music therapy, neurofeedback, psychotherapy and more. With each step, Tyler moved forward as a calmer, more level headed being, and could now live in his world without it rocking his. He graduated from High School with honors, attended college and is now living on his own while working full time as a computer programmer! Without the aid of these therapies, I shudder to think were he would be today.
Along the path, one of the practitioners we engaged was a Naturopath. While she was testing my son, she saw some things that indicated I might have transferred some pathogens to him while pregnant. She tested me as well as my son. Together, we embarked on a ninety day detoxification program to clear our bodies. The end result was a more serene child. And for me, my life long battle with eczema had disappeared, as well as my hay fever that I had struggled with since my teenage years. But the event that launched me into holistic medicine did not come until my fortieth year, when someone popped into my life and asked a very poignant question, “Are you passionate about your career?”
I had spent eighteen years at that time in the computer programming field, something I pursued after I earned my BA in Computer Science in 1981. Never once in those eighteen years did I ever ask myself what I would be passionate about. My quest led me towards a path of holistic health. I have a natural yearning to help people, as it hurts me to see people suffering. I started my practice in 2008 part time and finally quit my corporate job in 2011 to pursue my passion full time.
My holistic health practiced is anchored with my Doctorate of Naturopathy, which I earned from Clayton College of Natural Health in 2005. I am also a certified BodyTalk practitioner, which is a form of energy balancing using the body as a tool to find where dis-ease is held and assisting in releasing those energies. I also pursued training in a form of natural allergy elimination. I am a certified NAET practitioner since 2009, having trained with Dr. Devi Nambudripad herself, the founder of NAET.
I recently graduated form the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese medicine with a Masters of Acupuncture degree. No small feat after 3 years of study, 2,265 hours in class, 550 hours in the student clinic and treating over 250+ patients! I have passed all of my national board exams and have been officially certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, (NCCAOM). I am now a licensed Acupuncturist in the State of Colorado. I will be continuing my education to further explore Chinese Herbs and continue to add to my knowledge base.
In summary, my life path is to help others in health, healing and understanding on their path to a happy and healthy life. Allow me to be your guide.
Wishing you good health,