My exposure to natural healing started at a young age. My mom took me in for adjustments as a baby for ear aches and colic, but it was too soon then to know that I wanted to be a doctor. My mom tells a story about me at age 3, and a little bird. I kept an injured baby bird in a shoe box and nursed it’s broken wing back to health and let if fly off. My mom knew before I did that I’d end up in the medical field.
At age 8 or 9 my father was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. This was traumatic for me to witness when, at one point, half his body was paralyzed and he was bed ridden. I loved and cared for him at his bedside and fought my mother, hard, when she forced me to go to school. After years of pain and suffering he had all the mercury fillings removed from his mouth with the advice of a holistic minded doctor. He was able to recover, function, and regain his enthusiasm for life. But nope, I only played doctor at this point and didn’t quite get my calling…yet.
At age 15, I became extremely sick. I woke up one morning unable to move any joint in my body. My joints literally would not bend. I had a red, feverish rash covering most of my skin. And I hurt, everywhere. The pain was intense. I cried, a lot. Overnight I went from the natural fearlessness of a 15-year-old girl active in sports and cheerleading, to a deeply frightened teenager experiencing intense pain. And truly thinking I may not live.
I remember my mother taking me to the doctor through the back door of the clinic, I was immediately quarantined because of the red feverish rash that covered most of my body. Doctors ran test after test with no avail. No one could figure out the source of the rash, swollen joints, and pain. Doctor after doctor, test after test, no one knew what was wrong with me. Pumped full of drugs and steroids, I only gained weight and got worse. My fears and parents’ fears escalated. One day I finally surrendered and told my mom “take me home, I’m going to die.”
Looking back, I crossed a bridge that day. I didn’t know it then, but I found the power that comes from acknowledging and naming a deep fear and letting others help you move through it. After that, my mom moved past her own fear and stepped up the research herself to find an answer. Her insistence that I be tested for Lyme disease, rare and unheard of in Michigan in the 90s, is what saved my life. Witnessing my mother transforming her fear into action has forever made her my hero, inspiration and rock.
I slowly started to get better on my own. I could function to an extent and bend the joints in my hands after running them under warm water each morning. We finally found a holistic minded doctor who is similar to my practice today. It took years of vitamins, herbs, detoxes, cleansing, and ultimately major gut repair. Like major gut healing to get to the healthy state I am in today – energy back, pain gone and living a life full of vitality again! As long as I take care of myself and my immune system, I am able to stay in good health.
From my mom’s example of leaving no stone unturned and the inspiration born out of that painful experience, I now passionately work closely with my patients to uncover the source of their illness, empathize with their pain and frustration, and then stay the course to help them heal. I daily count myself blessed to be able to use my experience to help others move through their fears and heal.
I was able to catch back up in school form missing so much, graduate on time and the journey began. For grad school I moved across the country from Michigan to Texas to start the Graduate program at Texas Chiropractic College. I also completed certifications in Acupuncture, Applied Kinesiology, Activator Technique and became an Applied Clinical Nutritionist in hopes to gain more knowledge to help me find the “unknown cause” of my patient’s pain.
In practice today, I strive to find the core root cause of a patient’s symptoms. I went undiagnosed as a young girl for a long time, long enough to have caused serious complications with my health. It was unsettling and frustrating to not understand why I was sick. It’s important to me to address the cause and to educate my patients as much as possible to empower them to take control of their health and return their vitality!