I am a registered nurse, licensed massage therapist, certified reflexologist, certified lymphatic therapist, certified health education specialist, have advanced training in healing touch, and am certified as a Reiki Master/Teacher. I hold undergraduate degrees in Public Health and Nursing, a diploma in Massage Therapy, and a Masters Degree in nursing, specializing in Integrative Healthcare.
After five years working as a public health educator, I was proud to enter the nursing profession in 1999. From the beginning, I have always considered myself a compassionate and dedicated healthcare worker, but it was learning about Florence Nightingale that elevated my desire to enter the nursing profession. Of course I knew Florence Nightingale was the founding mother of nursing, but it was in graduate school that I learned she is also credited with actually being the first holistic nurse! Her nursing care focused on healing the whole person not just on the specific disease or illness. When Holistic Nursing was officially recognized by the American Nurses Association as a nursing specialty, I knew I found my calling. Today, as a holistic nurse and massage therapist, my passion is to integrate my knowledge and skills in conventional and holistic medicine to create a healing opportunity that restores emotional and physical well-being. I have learned that embracing a "whole body health" approach addressing the body, mind, spirit and environment is the only way to truly transform and restructure our lives.
Yet it was a personal health crisis not a professional endeavor that propelled me towards holistic nursing. At the age of 32, I was diagnosed with Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS). This health crisis exposed me to an amazing life experience that led me to understand holism and the body's natural healing potential. In trying to deal with my intense pain and recovery, GBS not only became the catalyst of a new journey towards wellness, but also my greatest teacher!
Inspired by this extraordinary experience and a passion to help others as a holistic nurse, I formed Intrinsic Health Source. My mission is to offer clients an opportunity to seek an integrative healthcare approach outside of a clinical setting. In a private setting I'm able to provide one-on-one, uninterrupted time to address their needs, answer their questions and provide support that can help them towards healing and embark upon their own life-transforming experience. Intrinsic Health Source is not only about addressing your physical ailments, it's about empowering yourself to make choices that nurture the "whole person" and move you forward towards your best self! My practice isn't about rushing you out the door or off the treatment table for my next appointment. It's about providing you the highest quality of care, which means if your care requires expertise beyond what I can offer, I would not hesitate to refer you another healthcare professional.
I feel a special connection with my clients that stems from my personal journey. My story may sound familiar. In a time where days are filled with "to-do lists", I struggle to maintain a sense of balance, to stay calm and positive, remain physically active, maintain a healthy body weight, reduce stress and restore harmony in my life. It's easy to fall into bad habits, especially when you feel "defeated", "uninspired", "overwhelmed" and "over-stressed". These challenges, although shared by many, are uniquely different for everyone! Using my professional and personal experiences, I work with clients to understand the many "root" causes of health challenges. I wish to inspire, motivate and empower clients to define what wellness means to them, to help develop sustainable, healthy, lifestyle habits and guide them as they take charge of their health and life.
Holistic therapies are becoming more common and popular among healthcare consumers. As a result, more hospitals and medical doctors are embracing holistic therapies to help treat the complex nature of many chronic conditions. Integrative Healthcare and Energy Medicine are exciting and growing fields in western cultures. As a holistic nurse and massage therapist, I offer a variety of services that can complement, broaden and enrich current healthcare practices to help individuals enhance their wellness state and live a healthier life.
Embracing a teamwork approach, I seek to build relationships with clients and health care providers to reach a state of optimum wellness for YOU. My mission is to put your health needs first and use my extensive training to bridge the gap between best practices found in conventional and holistic medical therapies to achieve therapeutic outcomes.