Collaboratively, my clients and I address chronic health symptoms by learning how to nurture the connection between the digestive, immune, nervous and psychological systems of the human body. To do so, I practice an evidence-based, personalized approach using Functional Medicine, Positive Psychology, Functional Nutrition, Energy Medicine, Feminism and Holism Theory.
Functional medicine is an integrative healing philosophy that addresses the underlying causes of disease using a systems-oriented approach. Integrating the latest research in genomics and epigenetics, environmental and lifestyle/personalized medicine, the gut microbiome, inflammation, and complementary and alternative (CAM) therapies. Particularly, diet, botanical, and nutritional therapies are explored to develop a more natural, individualized protocol, rather than merely suppressing or managing symptoms, which is typically carried-out in conventional medicine philosophy.
Feminist theory encourages the shifting away from society's dominant patriarchal/masculine viewpoint, experience, lens, and assumption; towards a more feminine way of knowing. Feminism used in clinical practice, helps women better understand potential loss of identity/purpose and better frame their rights to economic, sexual, reproductive, and political freedom––encouraging a more whole way of being a woman in the world.
Positive psychology is the study of strengths, happiness, and virtues that help an individual and community thrive. Traditionally, psychology has focused on only the dysfunction––people with mental health illness––and how to treat it. Positive psychology, in contrast, is a field of study that examines how people, in general, can become happier, more fulfilled, and live meaningful lives.
Energy medicine is an ancient healing philosophy that addresses how the energy body and the physical body interact. Treatment is based on transferring energy (through consciousness and intention) to remove blockages and clear the body’s energy layers (dan tiens, chakras, matrix and meridians) to restore energy flow and promote physical, mental and emotional health and healing. Examples of energy medicine techniques and philosophies are: Energy Psychology, Biofeedback, Reiki, Acupuncture, Healing Touch, and Yoga.
Functional nutrition is an evidence-based approach to using food as medicine to restore proper physiological functioning of the body. Rather than suppress symptoms with pharmaceutical agents, functional nutrition improves the root cause by addressing inflammation and the communication pathways in the systems of the body by looking at the whole picture––diet, symptoms, chronic illness, lifestyle history, medications/antibiotics, toxic environmental exposure, and mental and emotional stressors.
The holism theory demonstrates that every living organism (including people!) in the universe are interconnected; the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Holistic medicine specifically aims to treat not only our individual beings––mind, body + spirit––but, also the relationship between our ways of being in the world. Holism views humans and the environment as a single system, rather than reductionist––the isolating of systems into individual parts, as frequently done in conventional health care philosophy.