As a child, I was fascinated by how the human body works. I was fortunate to have two uncles and an aunt who were physicians who modeled caring and thoughtful medical care, and encouraged my interest. However, when I went to Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, I was more drawn to alternative therapies. I considered going to naturopathic medical school or becoming a midwife. Still undecided about a career path, I moved to California. I met mentors there who were practicing integrative medicine, and I decided that I too could combine my love of alternative therapies with an evidence-based, rigorous approach to healing. By choosing an allopathic degree, I also hoped I could change the medical model from within.
I attended Boston University School of Medicine and trained as a family physician at the Maine-Dartmouth Family Practice Residency Program in Augusta, Maine.
After working in rural Maine for several years, I moved to Eau Claire, WI and then to St. Paul. I was on the faculty of the United Family Practice Residency Program for ten years, and then worked at HealthEast Clinics for seven years. I received a Bush Medical Fellowship in 2006. I studied fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, and became interested in chronic Lyme disease as a frequent explanation for these conditions. I later completed an ILADS preceptorship with Dr. Richard Horowitz in New York.
In 2015, I decided to move into a full-time practice of integrative medicine, and banded together with dear friends and respected colleagues to form Birch Tree Healing Arts, a truly integrative, collaborative and egalitarian healthcare practice (www.birchtreehealingarts.com).
I am married and have two grown children. I live in St. Paul with my husband and our cat, and enjoy gardening, cooking, reading, and word games. I am active in the Jewish and the Vipassana meditation communities.
- To provide evidence-based, cost-effective, compassionate integrative medical care
- To create collaborative and respectful multidisciplinary relationships with other providers
- To serve as a role model for a private, independent medical practice
To educate providers and patients in integrative medicine
- To create a financially, physically and emotionally sustainable practice for myself in which my gifts and knowledge are used to their fullest
- To give back to the community by teaching and providing a set amount of sliding fee scale care