I’m on a mission to make Ayurveda a household word and help you transform your health and your life! After nearly 25 years seeking the nutrition holy grail – the one key to health and wellness that would be the panacea for everyone – what I found was that there is no one thing. Every person is unique, and your diet and lifestyle should honor that.
In 2013 my life completely changed. My mom, who was my rock, my heart, my best friend, was diagnosed with ALS – also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. There is no cure for the disease, no treatment to assuage its debilitating effects – it is literally a death sentence. The doctors gave my mom 2 years – she was gone in 6 months. Every day I would watch her get weaker, to lose a little part of herself. It was soul crushing. I was dealing with so many emotions that ultimately began to express themselves physically – aches, pains, sleeplessness. Working in healthcare, I knew that if I went to see my primary care physician the only thing they would be able to offer me was an antidepressant – yet I wasn’t depressed and that wasn’t what I needed. Suddenly I remembered a friend who had seen a holistic practitioner not far away from me. I reached out and got an appointment the next week.
When I went to see the practitioner, he asked me a bunch of what seemed like random questions, about all the different areas of my life. He looked at my tongue. It didn’t make much sense to me, but I was desperate to find a way to navigate this extremely difficult time in my life. At the end of the session, he explained his findings – all my symptoms were connected, and he explained how using the language of Ayurveda. It was eye opening. He wasn’t treating all my different symptoms separately – like we do in Western medicine – he was treating the root cause, and the whole person all at once.
I went home and immediately implemented his recommendations. Within a couple days, I felt like a new person! I thought “Why aren’t we (western medicine) using this??!?” Ayurveda got me through the most difficult time of my life. I was hooked.
Ayurveda is an ancient science. All the random questions and tongue-gazing that my practitioner did has a purpose – to get to know the person that is sitting in front of you on all levels. In western medicine we like to compartmentalize – for example, if you have a problem with your foot you see a podiatrist, and if you need to lose weight you see a dietitian. However, in Ayurveda, we recognize that everything is part of the same whole. Just like all my symptoms were connected, so are yours – they can’t NOT be, because they are all a part of you. In fact, Ayurveda takes it a step further, taking into consideration external factors like environment and time of year – these are part of you, too.
When you meet with me, I’ll ask you a lot of questions to get at the root cause. I’ll focus the questions a little more around food and digestion, since that is where a large amount of my training lies. If you’re comfortable showing me your tongue, great, but if not, that is ok, too. After the assessment is complete, I’ll explain my findings in the language of Ayurveda – and if you are like me and my clients, you’ll have an “aha” moment where suddenly it all makes sense in a way that it never did before!
I’ll make recommendations – the simplicity of them may surprise you! – and we’ll decide together which ones you’ll try. Ayurveda is not all or nothing – it’s an evolution of you coming back to your natural, inherent, balanced state.
Swastha: Ayurvedic word for health; literally, “to be situated in the self.”
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I bet you didn’t know:
I got married in India (see photo)
I’m an ordained minister and have performed 3 wedding ceremonies so far!
My culinary skills – especially with baking – were inherited from my grandmother
I decided to be a dietitian because of Mrs. Garrett on The Facts of Life (yes, she was a dietitian!)
I grew up on a farm
Education & Credentials
I love to learn and consider myself an eternal student! Here is a look at my background:
- 25 years as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
- Certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor
- Master’s Degree in Public Health Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics from the University of Delaware
- Certified Exercise Physiologist with the American College of Sports Medicine
- 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance
- Certified Pro Crystal Healer
- Advanced Reiki Practitioner
- 40,000+ hours of experience in health and wellness