I am a Yale-trained nurse practitioner and wellness expert with over 10 years of experience in preventive medicine. I have spent much of my career ferociously seeking expertise in integrative and functional medicine, and have studied with great minds and mentors. I’m currently deeply entrenched in the Institute for Functional Medicine’s certification program, having completed the hormone, GI, biotransformation, and energy modules, as well as Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice. I am also completing my certification with the Kalish Institute for Functional Medicine.
My passion and excitement for integrative medicine stems from my personal belief that our bodies are designed to heal. With the right tools and proper fuel, we can conquer chronic illness, prevent debilitating conditions, and be fully present in our lives. I strive to find the root cause of your symptoms rather than simply applying a pharmaceutical band-aid.
In the early years of my career, I cared for individuals living with HIV and other infectious diseases. My patients were often quite sick, and their care was complicated. These years gave me a solid foundation in conventional methodologies and the complexities of dis-ease. I have seen examples of conditions in which pharmaceuticals are absolutely necessary and lifesaving. However, I also know that in many cases our bodies are capable of healing themselves, and my practice is devoted to helping you do just that. Targeted nutritional interventions, smart supplementation, and root-cause resolution medicine allows me to guide you to healing, yet I am well trained to use and manage medications when appropriate.
I began my studies of health and wellness at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine where I created my own major, “Health Studies”, a blend of mathematics, biology, and psychology. My senior thesis focused on the practice of midwifery in America and how it differs from conventional obstetrical care.
After graduation, I worked on a large research project at the Yale School of Epidemiology and Public Health which examined the group prenatal care model for inner city women to see if this intervention resulted in better birth outcomes and lower rates of HIV and sexually transmitted disease.
From there, I attended the Yale School of Nursing where I studied adult and women’s health, received my Masters in the Science of Nursing, and attained licensure as both a registered nurse and an advance practice registered nurse (nurse practitioner). My senior thesis was awarded the Milton A Sydney Prize and focused on contraceptive options for adolescents living with HIV.
The next leg of my educational journey was spent in Brooklyn, NY where I was a fellow in the Nicholas A Rango HIV Clinical Scholars Program.
In 2014, I completed my certification as a holistic health coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and joined a team of integrative practitioners in Kensington, CT, working alongside naturopathic physicians and acupuncturists. Here, I deepened my knowledge of natural medicine and was able to expand my clinical skills.
I have worked closely with Aviva Romm, MD, a well-known functional medicine physician, midwife, and fellow Yalie who is also one of the world’s top herbalists. The mentorship that Dr Romm has provided has been invaluable, and I’m grateful for the opportunities I had to be on her team.
I’m currently deeply entrenched in the Institute for Functional Medicine’s certification program, and hope to finish and be IFM certified by the end of 2019.
When I am not practicing, studying, or dreaming up new ideas for my business, I can be found hanging out with my little boy, cooking, and doing Crossfit.
I came to the field of health after a number of experiences traveling in Russia, East Africa, and Central America. These focused my attentions on matters of health and wholeness. I was fascinated by concepts of health in the contexts of cultures and communities. I studied medical anthropology as an undergraduate at University of California, San Diego.
Following some time working with Mercy Ship in New Zealand, I trained as a family nurse practitioner at the Yale School of Nursing where I was a National Health Service Corps fellow. I have been a board certified APRN in family medicine since 2005. I worked for nearly 10 years in community health centers, first in San Diego and then in the greater New Haven area. Over those years I was engaged in a variety of exciting projects involving school based health, diabetes prevention and education, nutrition, and integrative chronic pain, all while providing full scope primary care.
For the past 5 years I have worked in women’s health practice seeing patients of all ages and from a variety of backgrounds with all degrees of health and dis-ease. I provide GYN care for adolescents through menopause. I have provided labor support to women at home and in hospital/birth center settings. At Swan Integrative health I focus my practice on women and children. My goal and joy in practice is to join people on their journey to living life to the fullest. I believe in a body-positive approach to our understanding of ourselves and the body’s design to function well.
I am actively expanding my functional medicine knowledge base and have completed the Institute for Functional Medicine’s Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice course.
Outside of work, I am married to my beloved, and the proud and grateful mama to three healthy, happy kids, all birthed at home.