CYPRESS NATURAL MEDICINE IS DEDICATED TO THE FOLLOWING PRINCIPLES:
To find and treat the cause of health problems and not be satisfied with only the alleviation of symptoms.
To treat the whole person, not isolated body parts or systems.
To regard the patient as a unique and incredible individual.
To believe the individual can maximize their genetic potential and minimize their genetic weaknesses.
To use safe, effective natural therapies to help the body restore itself to a state of healthy balance.
To value the role of the mind, emotions and spirit in creating good health.
To encourage the individual’s full and active participation in their health.
To identify and support behaviors that create the kind of life that the patient desires.
To take the time needed in order to fully understand the patient’s life story, concerns, and goals.
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I began my quest for knowledge at the University of Washington in Seattle where I studied molecular biology. It was there that my dream of becoming an Obstetrician took a very different turn. I had only known of standard care western medicine while growing up. When my husband suffered a health crisis we turned to his doctor for answers. In the current western medical care model we did not find any answers and were told that, “nothing was wrong”, even though he clearly had symptoms. So began my quest for understanding the underlying causes of illness and finding answers. My mom was a Hospice nurse and she introduced us to our first Naturopathic Doctor. It was here we found support, answers, and healing.
After receiving my Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology, I began working as a clinical research coordinator in asthma pharmaceutical research and as a public school teacher. I realized that I really wanted to be able to support people in understanding their health and helping them find true healing – not just covering the symptoms of their discomfort. Teaching them the skills for better health through lifestyle and understanding is my passion.
As my passion for health and healing ignited, I continued my educational journey by attending Bastyr University, the foremost institution for Naturopathic medical education in the country, where I received my Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine. I have further expanded my education in Craniosacral technique, bio-identical hormone therapy, natural pregnancy and childbirth, nutrition, and homeopathy. I incorporate all aspects of naturopathic medicine to create a holistic view of health for each individual person. My passion is working with children and families to bring healing into areas that many thought they were going to have to live with.
As a child and youth I struggled with severe allergies, chronic infections, migraines, and severe PMS. I just figured that these symptoms were just part the genetic hand I had been dealt and was resigned to the idea that I would have to live with these issues for the rest of my life. Through natural medicine and Craniosacral Therapy, permanent resolution occurred for all of these chronic diseases. I am happy to say that the regular need for allergy medications, antibiotics, and pain medication was no longer required. I now feel healthier in my 40’s than I ever did in my 20’s or 30’s.
Craniosacral is a foundation of my healing practice. This is such a subtle, profound treatment and I have dedicated many years of study to the various methodologies including the Biodynamic, Miln, and Upledger philosophies. Teaching Craniosacral Therapy for many years at Bastyr University honed my skills in this art.
I am passionate about women’s health including the common complaints faced during pregnancy, postpartum, and menopause. I also have a genuine love of working with children of any age in order to prevent illness and promote optimal health at a time when those changes can have such a huge impact on the rest of their lives. Teaching the skills for better health through lifestyle and understanding is my passion.
I have always had a strong curiosity in knowing how things work and solving complex problems by analyzing them from various angles. In the field of medicine specifically, I work in a way that is analogous to putting a puzzle together. There is typically a lot of previous lab results, chart notes, and reports that are available, but I find that no other practitioner has really listened to what is going on for the patient. What is their experience of their issues? By combining all of this information, I work to uncover the common thread that ties all of those pieces together in order to find underlying causes and the most indicated treatments. What I most enjoy about practicing naturopathic medicine is that the human body is a three dimensional puzzle where the pieces are always moving independent of one another and a simple algorithm will not suffice to create a long term solution. This is typically the treatment model in the field of medicine as a whole. The intersection of my curiosity in how the body works and my own journey with chronic illness led me into the field of naturopathic medicine.
Beginning in my early teens, I began experiencing frequent abdominal pain, a few episodes here and there progressed to daily struggles. A few of these episodes even warranted my parents to take me to the ER. After several visits to the doctor over the pursuant years and different prescription medications, there was no change in my health. At this point, I was losing weight, had become avoidant of eating for fear of pain, having severe insomnia, and doing poorly in school because I could not concentrate. I also began to withdraw and became depressed and anxious for which I was referred to a psychiatrist for further medication.
The mom of my girlfriend at the time was a nurse with a strong interest in alternative medicine. She suggested I go and see a naturopathic doctor that she had heard of for possible answers. This experience opened my eyes and reignited my curiosity to an entirely new paradigm in medicine. It was the first time I became passionate about health and medicine as my health steadily improved. In was that journey that completely changed the course of my life. I went on to receive my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Washington and my doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University.
I have now been in practice for over 15 years and remain dedicated to improving the health of patients of any age. I have always had strong interest in the merging of technology and medicine and am always searching for new technologies that can provide more accuracy, efficiency, and paradigm disrupting methods to the diagnosing and treatment of patients.
When I’m not reading, most of my downtime is spent in nature, whether it is hiking with my wife and two dogs, paddle boarding, scuba diving, or just hanging out at the beach. I also love traveling and am fascinated by all things ocean.
As a young child I was always amazed by the body’s ability to heal itself, whether from a common cold or a skinned knee. This invisible and mysterious force left me curious and hungry to learn every thing I could about the human body. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, I graduated from Santa Clara University with a BS in Biology. I then attended Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ, obtaining my Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine, graduating with honors.
My passion is working with men and women addressing hormone balancing, weight loss, nutrition, fertility, aesthetics and anti-aging medicine. I focus on integrating the best of what conventional and naturopathic medicine have to offer in order to create a unique and individualized experience. I love building a partnership between doctor and patient, creating a visit that is both empowering and educational, so that patients attain their health goals and feel their best.
When not seeing patients or teaching college-level anatomy & physiology, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, exercising, and ballroom dancing. So far I have competed in Latin/Rhythm dances such as salsa, bachata and cha cha and am currently branching out and learning the smooth dances like foxtrot, tango and waltz.
I am excited to get to know you and become a part of your journey to optimal health.
As a naturopathic doctor and energy healer, I truly believe in our body’s innate healing wisdom, and I feel passionate about helping others gain access to their inner power. I have been in naturopathic practice since 2002, first receiving my bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Virginia and continuing on to receive my doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University. I additionally have over 15 years of experience as a craniosacral practitioner.
My journey into naturopathic medicine has been an evolution from the scientific to the spiritual. I found naturopathic medicine after being a stressed-out, burnt out chemistry major/pre-med student in college. During that time, I’d also had my own knee surgery – an experience that was so cold, impersonal and traumatizing, that it left me disillusioned with allopathic medicine. While I was fascinated by human physiology and the study of human systems, I wanted to work in a way that created more contact between me and my clients. Naturopathic medicine was a natural fit.
‘Healer heal thyself’ is a big theme for a lot of us healers. I’d chugged along through 5 years of naturopathic medical school, completed a demanding residency and right after that volunteered for a year at a free clinic in Nicaragua where I gained a lot of experience in emergency care. So when it came time for me to begin my own practice in Washington D.C., everything seemed to catch up with me all at once. I found myself with a host of unpleasant symptoms: fibromyalgia pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, adrenal exhaustion, and intestinal malabsorption issues.
Dietary changes and nutritional supplements – the mainstay of naturopathic practice – were only a fraction of what began restoring my health. I made tremendous gains with energy healing, in fact, after my first session, I noticed a clear mind and positive mood for weeks. I grew inspired to begin studying a myriad of energetic healing modalities. And the more I learned, the healthier I became – anxiety and depression were resolved completely during my studies of shamanic healing.
In addition to extensive shamanic training, I have studied been a long time meditation practitioner, and am also a family constellation facilitator. I am very grateful to my teachers: Sandra Ingerman, Betsy Bergstrom, Ann Drucker, Linda Fitch, Tezin Wangyal Rinpoche and Chapur Rinpoche.
My own personal health journey has helped me to see that the physical, emotional, energetic and spiritual aspects of our human experience are intertwined. I enjoy weaving the contents of my eclectic medicine bag to support individuals wherever they are on their own healing journey.
I received my BS in Biology from Cornell University in 1995. I then attended Western University of Health Sciences- College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, where I received my Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree in 1999.
During my time there I came to realize that my true passion lie in osteopathic manipulation. This beautiful art looks at the relationship between the structure and function of the body, and uses gentle hands-on techniques to help each individual reach his or her fullest potential.
After medical school I earned a spot in the highly selective St. Barnabas Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine residency. This hospital-based training program at a Level 1 trauma center in the Bronx affords its residents unparalleled experience. Physicians from all over the hospital- pediatrics, surgery, neurology, etc. – would consult our service. Even those that didn’t really understand what we were doing knew that their patients did better if we were treating them. One of the greatest joys of this program is the honor of treating newborns on their first day of life.
Upon successful completion of my exams, I became one of only several hundred physicians in the country to be board certified in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.
I currently limit my hours of practice to fulfill my greatest calling – mothering my two wonderful daughters.
My personal history of sensitive skin inspired me to more clearly focus on the skin health field with a passion to serve others. As a California licensed esthetician and traditional naturopath I offer a broad range of modalities for client success and satisfaction. I believe the awareness of the body and educated understanding of the skin will ultimately result in the client’s ability to reach their desired goals.
My passion is to heal the skin and am dedicated to creating a relaxed, fulfilling and exceptional experience. My very unique combination of education, training and professional skills allows me to exceed my client’s expectations.
My philosophy is based on the belief that our clients’ needs are of the utmost importance. I am committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of my business is from repeat customers and referrals. I would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry.
I joined our team here at Cypress in October of 2012. Born in San Francisco and raised on the Peninsula, I love working closely with the people of my community and lifelong home. I have worked as a high-level administrator for over 18 years, focusing in both veterinary and human medicine for the previous 12. In 2009, I received my Associates degree in medical insurance billing and coding, bringing me to my current position here at Cypress after years of professional experience in herbalism and other forms of holistic wellness.
I consider myself a loyal and truly dedicated member of our Cypress family. I have a genuine care and interest for our patients and their wellness journey, while striving to provide a very high standard of customer care and support. My goal is to manage a very busy practice with a sense of humor, my love to laugh, while maintaining professionalism and efficiency. As a mother to two young children, I find most my personal time filled with my son and daughter, my passion for music, cooking for loved ones, camping, and working with the Tarot.
I joined the Cypress team in February 2016, after working in a specialty veterinarian hospital for over eleven years in front office management. I have over 15 years of personalized client service, office administration, and management experience and am a dedicated team player with a passion for natural health and wellness. It is my goal to offer the utmost professionalism and compassion to patients, while continuing to pursue my own health and wellness goals.
I am a Bay Area native and enjoy spending time with husband, daughter and two dogs. I love to volunteer at my daughter’s school during my spare time. I also enjoy swimming, weekly visits to local farmer markets, camping, and spending time in Half Moon Bay.
Joining Cypress has been rewarding both professionally and personally. I look forward to working with the many needs of our patients.