As I grew up, a rebellious teen, I left my house to start my career in natural healthcare. At 16 years old, I was the youngest student in my class to complete a massage therapy program. I immediately left the program and began working gaining lots of various experiences across different facilities in natural healthcare. I worked in spas, organic spas, med spas, with chiropractors, in PT clinics, wellness centers, and massage clinics nationwide. I fell in love with the complexity of the body and my ability to help facilitate people’s healing. I continued my education, going to school for neuromuscular therapy, in addition to various other manual therapy modalities as my career in massage therapy expanded before becoming a naturopathic doctor.
I then was offered an opportunity to teach in massage therapy schools, as an anatomy & physiology instructor. This experience served me on many levels, honing my skills to teach people the body as well as gaining an even deeper understanding of anatomy, and physiology. From there, I made the decision to continue my education, while I gained experience both owning my own business, managing other people’s businesses, and eventually completing my associate’s degree in Psychology from the university of phoenix after various start stops in traditional community colleges in Southern California. Working full-time and being a single mother proved to be challenging when in turn balancing college education but I was determined to be a naturopathic doctor. I continued to persevere and not give up on my dreams while also teaching my daughter how to have life and work balance.