came to this work as a Naturopathic Physician and midwife through my
children, now in their 20's. When I was pregnant the first time in
Colorado, I learned about natural childbirth and breastfeeding and that
led me to La Leche League and other like-minded people who questioned many of the mainstream medical practices.
When my daughter was a baby I didn't like taking her to the pediatrician
because I didn't want to give her antibiotics or other strong
medications, but I didn't know what else to do. Then I was thrilled
when I took her to a Naturopath for the first time: she had an ear
infection and we didn't have to give her antibiotics! We used diet,
herbs and homeopathics to get her through that ear infection and make
her stronger overall.
That inspired me to become a Naturopath myself. I had graduated from Mount Holyoke College
with majors in Japanese and anthropology (I have lived in Japan, speak
fluent Japanese, and my husband is Japanese). So then to complete
medical school prerequisites I attended the University of Colorado.
During this time I also had another child. We then moved to Portland, Oregon so I could attend the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. I graduated with honors and completed the obstetrics program.
I've been in practice as an ND since 2000 and as a midwife since 2001. I am a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OANP). I am the current President of the American Association of Naturopathic Midwives (AANM)
and organize yearly Naturopathic Midwifery conferences. I also
serve as a Board Member on the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine
I feel blessed to have found work that I love.