More calm and less pain
My primary goals are to help relieve your pain and distress, decrease anxiety and unease, and let you feel more at home in your body and your life.
Licensed as a naturopathic physician since 1992 and as an acupuncturist since 1995, acupuncture has become my primary therapeutic mode. I also provide careful listening and gentle guidance, support, and recommendations, as you explore how to develop and sustain healthier lifestyle habits. When appropriate, I will sometimes suggest herbal or nutritional remedies.
I draw on an extensive repertoire of resources, ranging from easy recipes to relevant articles and books, poems and stories and art from many cultures, that will provide you with useful perspective and practical ideas.
The cultural healing arts of conversation-convening and hosting are another aspect of my medicine practice, using group processes and perspectives that I am continually learning from The Art of Hosting and Open Space Technology international communities.
More on how I got here, and some of the other things I do & used to do:
I completed two years of general naturopathic residency at the Bastyr University Natural Health clinic in 1994, then was an adjunct faculty member at Bastyr University and taught a wide variety of courses from 1994 to 2016. My favorite teaching assignments included working with an innovative collaborative faculty team that developed and taught a year-long series of courses on Naturopathic Philosophy, Clinical Thinking, and Practice (1998 to 2016); and coordinating the faculty for an integrative medicine summer elective we called "CAM Camp,” for medical students from conventional schools (2005 to 2007)
During my tenure at Bastyr University I served as Assistant Dean in the School of Naturopathic Medicine (2002 to 2004), as the “University Catalyst” in the Office of President Daniel Church (2008 to 2010), and was the Founding Director of the Bastyr University Center for Mind, Body, Spirit and Nature, originally called the Center for Spirituality, Science and Medicine (2009 to 2016).
I have been in private practice since 1994 and co-founded a Seattle-area collaborative care clinic, One Sky Wellness Associates (originally One Sky Medicine). From 2000 until 2011 we explored the notion of “healing healthcare” by experimenting with a variety of business, clinical, and community models for bringing practitioners from a variety of disciplines together to work in close coordination on behalf of our patients. Our colleagues included naturopathic physicians, midwives, conventional and holistic family practice doctors, nurse practitioners, chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage therapists, and psychotherapists.
In 2011 three of my partners and I re-invented ourselves as Core Chiropractic and Wellness, and we have had a small jewel box of a clinic in the Lake City Professional Center, in north Seattle.
In June 2018, I am moving downstairs to Suite 90 with others of my former colleagues to co-create a new clinical care group, while Core focuses more on chiropractic care and bodywork.
I live in Seattle with my family, where I read and write and cook a lot, and am an enthusiastically casual gardener, often overwhelmed by all our flowering vines and tiny fruit trees and so much lemon balm. I am a fond long-time student of Rabbi Ted Falcon (Paths to Awakening) and John Tarrant, Roshi (Pacific Zen Institute).