I’M ON A MISSION TO BRING GOOD HEALTH TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE!
My discovery of the power of natural healing was by accident; I wasn’t looking for it, it found me. I was living in a spiritual community in NYC and my roommate had been treated for cancer. I was with her when her oncologist told her “We’ve done all we can for you, there’s nothing more to do.” She didn’t want to accept that and found a chiropractor who did detoxifying diets using iridology. This was in 1976, way before anyone had ever heard the phrase “detoxify”. As is so often the case when things like this happen, I didn’t realize at the time, but this was the beginning of my spiritual path for my healing work; I ended up working in his office as his assistant.
This is how naive I was: a young girl came to see Dr. Cursio and she had severe acne. I remember thinking “Why is she here? If you have acne - take antibiotics; what is the big deal?” That concept was quickly dispelled, over and over again, as I witnessed everyone who came to see Dr. Cursio return in better health, physically and emotionally, than they were when they first came to see him. I became a believer, given the right environment, of the body’s ability to heal itself.
As things would have it, I discovered a catalogue to NCNM while I was going through a stack of papers and I remember thinking, “Oh, maybe I should go here?”
I left my hometown of Philadelphia, PA to attend the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon, graduated in 1983 and moved to California. I attended the San Francisco College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and obtained my Acupuncture license in 1987. After working at the well-known Berkeley Holistic Health Center as a Homeopath and Clinical Nutritionist, I founded the Natural Health Care & Healing Center in Berkeley, in 1988.
Early in my studies, I found myself drawn to three main areas of treatment modality specialization: Homeopathy, Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine and Functional Medicine.
I combine these modalities to provide the medical foundation to unravel complex chronic disease, and they provide me with the facility to successfully treat such diverse conditions as inflammatory illnesses, women’s health and infertility, supportive oncology care and integrative mental health.
The focus of my practice is the emotional component of disease. The body puts out many “clues” that it’s not doing well before the actual disease appears. When did these symptoms first start? What was going on in your life for 5 to 10 years before they appeared? What are the current stressors you have in your life now? These are some of the questions I delve into with my clients, for these answers provide a time line for the development of disease and are the beginning of unraveling the “why” and the “how” of the beginning of your illness.
Perhaps most importantly of all, I carry with me the perspective of healing, learned through my brief time with Dr. Cursio. And I use all my acquired skills to provide protocols for the unique needs of each person, incorporating the principles of root-cause and mind-body healing, to help people achieve a life of good health, joy and fulfillment.
Integrative Health Practice
Primary Health Practitioner for individuals and families. Extensive clinical experience in treatment of chronic illness. 1983 - Present
Clinical Nutritionist, Berkeley Holistic Health Center – one of the countries first holistic health centers.
Integrative Cancer Therapy
2007 to present: Mederi Foundation Clinical Training Program with Donnie Yance, MH, CN and Dwight McKee, MD
Naturopathic and Homeopathic
National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, Oregon. Naturopathic Doctor Degree, 1983
Homeopathic Master Clinician Course by Lou Klein
Advanced Homeopathy Courses with Jayeesh Shah, Rajan Sankaran, and Divya
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
San Francisco College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, San Francisco, CA.
Acupuncture License: California State License #AC3404
NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) Certification: #002637