Mary Catherine Bateson describes in one of my favorite books, Composing a Further Life, how a person's many interests and experiences come together to inform their career. This is certainly true of my journey to becoming a Naturopathic Physician. I obtained a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the all women's Smith College, whereafter I obtained a Master of Science from Northwestern University, also in Chemistry. I was then a professional chef in Chicago, and then also in Portland, while I studied for a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine. I conducted my residency in family practice.
I have a private practice in Portland, and I am an adjunct Professor at NCNM, where I teach Advanced Topics in Women's Health, and Gynecology Lab. I am also a member of the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OANP) and the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP).
I live with my husband and two daughters. At home I enjoy cooking, exploring new foods and restaurants, perfecting gluten-free recipes, gardening, reading (especially mysteries), long walks with friends, pilates, and spending time with my family.
I feel blessed to have found Naturopathy as my vocation since it combines many of my passions: science, research, mystery-solving, and working with and educating people about health and food.