Biography

I have always considered myself healthy. I thought I knew a lot about how to take care of myself, but I decided to learn more about nutrition and health after a series of health crises of my own. After a physical, my doctor prescribed folic acid because she found that I was at risk for heart disease. "But don't worry," she said. It's no big deal." Then I was diagnosed with Acid Reflux, then IBS. I was worried. I had come to New York with an MFA, ready to take the theatrical world by storm. Now, six years later, I was calling myself an actor and a playwright, but working a "day job," waiting for that magic moment when my real life would begin. And now suddenly I was falling apart! One day I woke up and realized that this was my life, and it was just flying by unattended. I had to do something. After a lot of searching, I decided to go back to school.

Now I am a Board Certified Holistic Health Counselor and Reiki Master, and a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. I graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (accredited by Teachers College/Columbia) and studied with Reiki Master Motoko Kawasaki. In addition to my private practice, I teach lectures, workshops, and group programs and act as the Senior Editor of Delightfully Healthy News, an online holistic health newsletter. I also contribute to The Mindful Eater (www.themindfuleater.com), a holistic foodie blog, and have written for “Ask the Holistic Health Expert” about living successfully with IBS and Acid Reflux on PlanetThrive.com, an online holistic community.

Interests

knitting, cooking, reading, writing, walking around new york city, exploring small towns