About Me

I am a certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor, wellness coach, teacher, musician, and writer. I want to share with others things that have helped me through challenging times, things that have helped me heal, grow, and connect spiritually. I hope these things can help others too.

I am a clinic practitioner offering consultations in Ayurvedic wellness at Yoga Veda Institute’s online clinic. I am also on the faculty at Reiki Awakening Academy, where I teach webinars on Ayurveda, sound healing, herbalism, and other healing-related topics.

As a writer and editor, I am available for select freelance writing projects. In addition to my freelance writing, I am coordinating and editing an Ayurvedic cookbook written by students of Yoga Veda Institute.

MY HEALTH BACKGROUND
My interest in holistic healing has developed because of my own challenges. I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in my early 20s after a bout of mono at 17 never fully went away. Western medicine could not help me much. I searched for alternatives.

Thankfully, I got better overall (despite many ups and downs) with the help of energy healing and acupuncture. Unfortunately, in 2017 I had a drastic setback. An acute infection almost killed me. I had been stressed out due to life circumstances and was not taking good care of myself.

That infection damaged my nervous system and severely weakened me. I spent two nights under observation at the hospital due to tachycardia. I was in and out of the ER for months due to body tremors, dizziness, and tachycardia. I completely lost my appetite and could barely eat for six months.

I did much searching with regular doctors, since most of my tests are normal, except I was diagnosed with “idiopathic” neuropathy and POTS, an autonomic nervous system disorder. My amazing integrative doctor ran additional bloodwork, and I tested positive to mycotoxins, Epstein-Barr virus, and candida. He also diagnosed me with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS).

Overall, I am doing much better – though I still have some ways to go before being 100%. For example, I am determined to cure my neuropathy, even though Western medicine does not offer much in the way of answers.

During my convalescence, I studied Ayurveda at Yoga Veda Institute online. Ayurveda is an amazing healing system from India. The herbs and lifestyle recommendations from Ayurveda have helped me get my life back, along with the help of my integrative doctor. Many others have helped me on my healing journey, including acupuncturists, volunteers at Healing Rooms, and my Ayurvedic Practitioner.

ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND
My interest in sound healing stems from my love of music. I studied saxophone at the University of Michigan where I received a dual bachelor’s degree in English and Music. I’ve taken diverse courses in sound healing with many teachers, including Jonathan Goldman, David Gibson, Eileen Day McKusick (Biofield Tuning), and Chloë Goodchild. I have a gong therapy certification from Mehtab Benton and passed level 1 sound healing training with the Sound Healing Academy.

I am also a certified yoga teacher (RYT 500/E-RYT 200) and Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider. My yoga training includes certification in Restorative Yoga from Judith Lasater and Yoga in Chairs by Liz Franklin. I have more than 500 hours of yoga therapy training and have studied with Gary Kraftsow, Leslie Kaminoff, Bo Forbes, and many other great teachers.

My life coach training includes a Master Life Coach certification through Transformation Academy, a Life Breakthrough Coach certification, continuing education through Coachville, and specialized training as a Health and Nutrition Life Coach.