- What is your personal mantra?
My initial response to this was following the golden rule; treat others as others treat you. Through the years though, I have found this has changed slightly. You are never fully aware of what a person may be currently going through or had experienced, therefore I want to treat others with as much love and kindness as I am capable of regardless of their disposition.
- What made you interested in Naturopathy?
Naturopathy has been a lifelong passion of mine. I educated myself on yoga/meditation at a young age of 14. From there, I began to read about herbs and vitamins, and try them out for myself. Later on, my mom became sick, and I wanted to help her. This soon expanded to wanting to help others as well. Through classes to help me expand my consciousness I found that I wanted to be a healer, and thus pursued education in Naturopathy.
- Did you experience any sexism when getting your education in the medical field?
I did not find the alternative medicine field to be a sexist environment. In fact, I started my path in optometry school and did not find it to be a sexist environment either. Between the two fields, I found that Naturopathy was higher in female presence while the optometry school was higher in males.
- Why do you find it important to Educate, Not Medicate?
The most important focus is to help people understand how diet and lifestyle are so intricately intertwined with health. Helping people to understand this connection builds the foundation to understanding how therapies affect the body. This includes the large impact diet and lifestyle has, but also extends to the ways in which herbal and pharmaceutical intervention impacts the body plus the natural alternatives to pharmaceuticals.
- You created your own business, what advice do you have for women who want to manifest their own career?
Being able to clearly envision my future business was key in manifesting my career. This allowed me to have a goal that I could set my mind to and come back to as I worked through different obstacles.
- Many people struggle with anxiety in this modern age, what things could someone do to lower their anxiety levels without having to turn to medicine right away?
Making lifestyle changes is essential in managing anxiety. Anxiety is often the result of unbalanced stress levels. My favorite ways to address this is through breathing exercises, yoga, meditation, and diet.
- Many children are being heavily medicated so early for ADHD, Anxiety, Mood etc., why is this an issue?
Medicating at an early age for various reasons should always be taken very seriously. Many of the mentioned problems can be managed with diet and lifestyle changes, and medication can allow for the root cause to be masked. Changing diet and lifestyle first is essential in addressing the many facets of health, and we should apply this to our children as well.
- What are some ways that you stay mindful of how your body and mind is feeling?
Staying mindful is something I am constantly working on. I focus on doing this through meditation, and allowing myself the time to reflect and check in with my body on a regular basis by being present.
- What was the best advice you were ever given?
Do what you set your mind to. Being able to make a goal and find the faith, willpower and resources to achieve that goal is key to a happy and fulfilled life.