passionate about understanding and correcting the roots of chronic disease
Throughout the course of my life I've embarked on many adventures that have shaped my personal interests - including my unique, individualized approach to medicine. In 1999, after graduating with honors from The College of William and Mary with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, I spent 6 years traveling and exploring the Western United States and New Zealand. Highlights included a thru-hike of the 2,700 mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada, a summer exploring the New Zealand backcountry, and 2 years skiing and climbing in Wyoming's Teton Mountains outside of Jackson Hole. It was while pushing my body during these experiences that I began to realize that the nutritional choices I made profoundly affected my strength, energy level, and mood. During this time I also developed a deep appreciation for the importance of connecting with the natural world and a love of true wilderness.
I returned to advanced studies in 2005 at George Washington University where I earned a Master of Health Science and Physician Assistant degree. For four years after this I practiced as a PA in cardiology, a field that I was drawn to by my own love of running and athletic endeavors. While practicing in cardiology, I truly began to see the value and importance of searching for the roots of disease, rather than simply ameliorating symptoms with medications. No matter how many pharmaceuticals I prescribed, my patients’ heart disease, blood pressure problems or elevated cholesterol continued to progress and worsen unless they were able to make fundamental lifestyle and dietary changes. This motivated me to return to medical school to increase my depth of knowledge through the study of both integrative and functional medicine.
In 2015, I obtained an MD from the University of Arizona. While there, I studied with physicians from the Center for Integrative Medicine, including Dr. Andrew Weil, New York Times bestselling author and a pioneer of the integrative medicine movement. In 2018, I completed my training through the Institute for Functional Medicine and am a certified functional medicine practitioner (IFMCP).
In 2019 I completed my residency in psychiatry at the University of Washington. I believe that most psychiatric disease starts with systemic inflammation in the body, and that the key to addressing mental illness is correcting the roots of this inflammation. Working from a functional medicine perspective, I treat patients with a variety of issues including psychiatric, gastrointestinal, endocrine, dermatological and others.
In my free time, I’m usually chasing waves or exploring wild places. I also enjoy meditation, and mindful food preparation, gymnastics, slacklining and skateboarding.