Several years ago, my mother told me a story about my 6th birthday party. She was happily serving cake and ice cream to my friends, and when she got to me I asked her “Do we have any salad?” My young palate craved crunchy salty foods, but since then I have definitely developed a love for certain sweets.
At 14 years of age, my grandfather gave me my first book on nutrition. He would cook meals of steamed vegetables, topped with olive oil and Spike and serve me teas and shakes with Chinese herbs. I felt the Prana and life – giving nutrition so clearly in my body and I believe that is where my journey started.
In the early 90’s I moved to San Diego from Utah to pursue the path of health and nutrition. I soon found a position at The Chopra Center for Well Being. I began in the kitchen helping to prepare special meals for guests in the Pancha Karma program, until my heart led me to become an assistant to the therapists. Dr. Chopra was on site often back in those days and would hold Satsangs once a month, teaching us about Ayurveda and spirituality. This experience sparked the beginning of my path as a healer.
I enrolled in a 1000 Hr Holistic Health Practitioner program where I was trained in several massage modalities as well as Herbs and Nutrition (Ayurvedic Body Therapy classes were not available then).
I became an Intern before graduating at The Optimum Health Institute, and gained more experience facilitating guests that were undergoing intense cleansing and regaining their health and vitality. From there, I went on to learn more about the field of wellness from David Wolfe and Sunfood Nutrition. These experiences gave me a perspective on healing through nutrition, but from raw food exclusively.
Soon following, I managed a private practice of massage and teaching Yoga classes for 16 years in San Diego. I also trained and practiced as a Holistic Midwife for 10 of those years and acquired more skills such as organic farming of vegetables and medicinal herbs, which I used to create a pharmacy for my clients and myself. During that time I also raised two beautiful sons.
I moved to Nevada City in the spring of 2016 to return full circle to my path in Ayurveda. I have been trained at the California College of Ayurveda in the Therapies they offer and joined the team at The Ayurvedic Healthcare Center, as well as Vital Living Ayurvedic Spa in Nevada City, California. I am a clinical Ayurvedic Body therapist, specializing in administering Pancha Karma therapies. As well as providing therapies, I am an experienced Ayurvedic chef.
During 2017-2019 I became a Licensed Massage Therapist and received the following certifications:
Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor – 625 Hours
Ayurvedic Obstetrics and Fertility from of Arya Ayurveda in Pune, Maharashtra India – 200 Hours
Foundational Integrated Herbology with Ayurvedic Herbs for Women from
KP Khalsa of the International Integrative Educational Institute – 30 Hours
I continue to take specialty Ayurvedic courses in women’s health related issues and autoimmune diseases from Mary Thompson, a leader and Master teacher in Ayurveda, and KP Khalsa. Last but not least, I am pursuing Jyotish, Vedic Astrology, to further assist clients in understanding their health.
Ayurveda is my passion, and I am making Womens health and Pancha Karma my specialty. I feel the vastness of Ayurveda is something you can spend several lifetimes learning. It is Divinity and Science perfectly balanced. I find an Ayurvedic lifestyle to be fulfilling physically, spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually.
My heart is to spread this Divine Science of preventative health and longevity to all who are seeking to provide gentle guidance and resources for you to be your own healer. Ayurveda has the solutions for everything because it treats the individual–you, as your unique self.
Please reach out if there is anything you are inspired about. I would love to hear from you and help you, or refer you to someone who can. Blessings and grace.