My Story & Philosophy
Photo: Teaching "Soil Health = Human Health" workshop to Earthaven visitors
I am dedicated to a life of service
At an early age I was introduced to the healing power of plants and reverence for nature by my Caribbean parents. While receiving an Honors Bachelor of Science in Biology/Pre-Medicine from Marist College in New York, I worked as a paramedic and volunteered in the emergency rooms of various hospitals. This experience led to me realizing that there was something missing in patient care – the consideration of the whole person.
Photo: Teaching About Worm Casting to Earthaven Visitors
Photo: Giving Tour of My Home Garden at Earthaven Ecovillage
In 2016, I found my home at Earthaven Ecovillage in the Appalachian mountains of Western North Carolina amongst a plethora of nature’s medicines. Here, I am privileged to have gained many homesteading life skills while continuing my clinical practice and education.
My passions fuel my work
Another personal passion is for learning, which currently has me focused on studying the evolving science around the human microbiome and its relationship to soil. I am especially eager about offering experiential health retreats in my 5,000 sq. foot organic garden nestled in the heart of Earthaven, where the art of healing is supported and consciously woven through our connections to nature and community.
Photo: In My Community Garden at Earthaven Ecovillage
I have specialized knowledge in the areas of gastroenterology, infectious disease, neurology and autoimmune disorders. Therapeutic tools include botanical medicine, nutraceuticals, nutritional counseling, detoxification and Bach flower remedies to heal the physical & emotional body. Yoga and meditation are often encouraged as a growing body of scientific evidence reveals the healing potential of these time honored practices.
Naturopathic Medical Training
To practice naturopathic medicine in the United States a doctor must successfully:
⦁ Complete a 4 year college undergraduate degree including standard pre-medical course work.
⦁ Complete a 4 year nationally accredited naturopathic medical program.
⦁ Pass parts I and II of the North American Naturopathic Licensing Examination (NPLEX).
⦁ Receive a naturopathic doctor’s license from the Bureau of Naturopathic Medicine.
⦁ Meet requirements for continuing education bi-annually to renew license.