Before attaining my doctorate, I was a well-established massage therapist for 10 years. I worked with various Chiropractors throughout the bay area and owned my own massage establishment in Pacifica. I worked with a wide variety of clientele and gained a great deal of knowledge on alleviating various body ailments. I also learned many patients have been ignored or not listened to by different healthcare practitioners. This, I believe is why I have such success with my patients. I make sure to listen carefully and take a whole-body approach to wellness including observing and enhancing brain function. We must look at diet, nutrition, lab work, brain, and cognitive function to fully see the big picture and to better understand how to help a patient heal.
I completed my graduate degree at Palmer Chiropractic, where I learned various safe techniques for adjusting patients. I am certified to perform Physiotherapy in conjunction with Chiropractic. In addition to helping many patients looking to enhance their wellness, I also help others better manage their sports injuries, scoliosis, migraines, vertigo, degenerative disc disease, stenosis, diabetes, and post-surgical rehab needs.
My passion to learn and help people with their health continues. A large portion of my post graduate education focuses on Functional Medicine and Neurology of the brain. I am currently finishing up a Clinical Mastership Program to attain an Advanced Functional Medicine Certification, developed by world-renowned Functional Medicine provider, Dr. Kharazzian. These clinical models focus to treat neurological, autoimmune, and chronic diseases with non-pharmaceutical applications. I am also working on attaining my fellowship with the International Association of Functional Neurology.
This education is enhancing my ability to serve my patients at a higher level. The work is patient centered, evidence informed, and we work as a team to achieve goals. My work focuses on strengthening positive pathways in the brain-gut axis and body, so that people can feel balanced, healthier and happy life. I use education and various body therapies to help people succeed. I am currently continuing my education learning with evidence-based models
I’ve been practicing psychotherapy for over 15 years, and have witnessed the healing power that arises through a therapeutic relationship. I first worked as a Master’s level clinician (MS in Counseling Psychology with a focus on Marriage and Family Therapy) in community mental health settings for four years. At this stage, I first recognized the art in both assessment and therapy. Discovering the value of an assessment process piqued my interest in psychological testing, and I pursued a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. This helped me hone in on developing assessment skills to contribute to empowering the individuals I work with.
To enhance my clinical work, I am an adjunct professor and supervisor for doctoral students in assessment and therapy. While I have worked with diverse populations, including a focus on the LGBTQI+ community, I also have extensive experience and research in the treatment and assessment of trauma, mood and anxiety disorders, self-injurious behaviors, and family dynamics. I have a supportive, yet direct approach. I look forward to connecting with you to see if we can work together to meet your goals.