How I became Dr. H…
I believe everything we do matters in our health and wellness
I believe that the smallest changes have profound effects, and simple ordinary things can be the most powerful.
Everything we do impacts us. So, of course, I diligently crafted that concept into my professional work over the years! I repurposed the ancient saying, “How you do anything is how you do everything,” as a basis for my personal, healthcare, wellness, and wilderness philosophy.
Now, I’m a healthcare practitioner that holds a broad perspective in healthcare integrating Functional Medicine, Oriental Medicine, Nutrition, Ayurveda, Body and Breath-based practices and Lifestyle Medicines. Yet somehow, I keep it simple and uncomplicated.
Simplicity changes everything
I’ve invested in a big-picture approach to wellness, dedicating time reimagining, redesigning, and elevating how I practice. I believe that now is the time to change how we work in healthcare. I had originally pondered the idea of heading into a more conventional path to becoming a healthcare practitioner as it is the most direct route to providing health and wellness care. Finally, I realized that I could invest in a variety of high-quality programs and education and create exactly the outcome I was looking for: A wide perspective. I knew it would take me longer, cost more, require periods of learning while working, and be an unusual method. But, the work was worth it. I am invested in sharing this innovative and adaptive approach with as many people as possible.
I’m here to share a better way.
I diligently employ evidence-based health answers that you can trust with the effective combination of modern laboratory testing and Functional Medicine coupled with several thousand-year-old holistic health modalities! Finally, I blend in additional wellness skills to create more substantial support and impact.
I deliberately invested in multiple Nutrition Education programs to provide a comprehensive and integrative focus. Added to that is education in Nutrition Therapy and Nutrition Coaching. I even learned how to use food as medicine, discovering my love of concoctions. (A modern-day wellness alchemist!)
To create and support effective, long-lasting shifts, I studied Wellness and Mindset (life) coaching.I supplemented these skills by learning the most current behavioral change and useful habit-creating methods.
I help you work with yourself instead of just working on yourself;
there is a huge difference!
So, I get excited when I say: Not only can I help you with healthcare and wellness; BUT we partner in coaching creating sustainable change! Instead of just being told information, I bet what people really need is supportive simple ways that create wellness long-term.
I work in the business of transformation, not information.
We build deeply embodied resilience via movement, meditation, breathwork, and relaxation practices. For over two decades, I have interwoven teaching and learning in highly personalized ways. Through this, I discovered many health issues are solved or improved by approaching them through the lens of movement and breath. Movement and Stillness are genuinely their own form of medicine. When you add this to simply whole-life-focused living, you can be unstoppable!
Resilient health through innovative healthcare
Along with all my health practices, I believe in creating a low-toxin-as-possible living environment and home space. Improving your environment and making it healthier can often be part of the solution to wellness issues. Plus, it contributes to your community and even makes the world healthier little by little. We often discount how powerful our own personal actions can be. But, they can slowly change everything.
I love the wilderness.
I’m inspired by and appreciate nature’s amazing benefits.
I became certified in Forest & Nature Therapy: Forest Bathing. I guide wilderness excursions in a challenging yet accessible way rooted in wellness. Also, offering Get Wild with Nature Meditation experiences. I am an adventurer, and I go all in. When you go all in, you do it completely. I work with you that way, too, supporting you in crafting your envisioned life.
Over time, I melded these paths and methods together in a uniquely comprehensive way
Why do that? Why go through all those years of education, learning, and figuring that out?
Because all aspects of life and ways of being impact wellness. I believe everything we do matters in our health and wellness and creating a life we truly love.
It may seem like a lot, but to me, it just seems like life.
I have lived it, applied it, studied it, and stayed up to date. I’ve taken on the risk for you.
I embarked upon this because one size fits all method does not work. Yet, there are foundational principles that universally create wellness and health. I know firsthand that the most powerful health changes happen during our everyday lives. Day in and day out, week in and week out, month after month, year after year.
Create exceptional wellness using methods that work
Health thrives with simplicity, adaptive methods, and effective guidance. So, you achieve powerful wellness shifts with a doable stepwise process.
Not only am I a healthcare practitioner, but I also skillfully widened my scope of practice. I purposefully approach healthcare and wellness by melding together a wide range of skills. Thus, I practice in a focused integrative lens weaving lifestyle wellness modalities throughout. Thus, simplifying yet optimizing your approach to wellness and health.
This wide approach also allows me to offer personalized healthcare and wellness with transformational coaching that creates desired outcomes. When I work with someone, Together, we dig deep, finding root causes of healthcare and wellness issues. Then using a solid health solutions system, we work to resolve them. We turn around challenging wellness issues into a strategically developed and personalized health-promoting plan.
Create optimal outcomes for an exceptional life
It’s like finding an auto mechanic. You want a mechanic that knows the whole car and how it works together. Not just how the radiator works. We humans have an interconnected system—each part of us impacts the rest. You are not a bunch of different systems; you are a whole person. And we impact the environment we live in, and it Impacts us too.
With a big picture approach, we find the root and look at patterns, not just symptoms. Not only did I invest in evidence-based practices; but I tested and tried them out for myself. I used all of these tools and methods over the years to transform my wellness, health, and life.
I believe that everything in our life matters and impacts our health. Thus, I created a simple yet comprehensive system that guides my approach I call my Seven Pillars of Health and Wellness that help an exceptional life, thriving resilience, and optimal-for-you wellness.
- Resilient Wellness and Health
- Envisioned Life and Ways of Thinking
- Breath, Stillness, and Relaxation
- Experience Nature and Wilderness
- Embodied Movement and Activity
- Creative Expression and Soul
- Connection and Community (meaningful to you)
Guidance and strategies to produce incredible outcomes
In recent years, I experienced a severe injury and an adjunct medical issue that required more than eight years of surgeries, procedures, therapeutic work, and self-care. I used many of these methods to produce rock-solid recovery for myself. I share this so that you know not only am I devoted to this professionally; so, I have direct experience in my own life producing remarkable outcomes.
During this time, I walked a path of unwellness and discomfort. I was challenged, met many obstacles, and struggled immensely. I gave up a few times; but ultimately moved through creating wellness, resilience, and life shifts for myself. Those years propelled me on a journey and to walk that path with you. (You can read my blog articles that are chronicling this path.)
During that time of healing and recovery, surgical procedures, adjunct medical needs, and therapeutic work, I realized firsthand: I can live with resilient engagement when feeling sick or uncomfortable. You don’t need to be disease-free to cultivate wellness. We redefine and simplify continuously, creating outcomes you want despite symptoms or circumstances. I used my Seven Pillars of health and wellness to help myself heal up fully functional. I continue to employ them as I evolve while creating my new optimal-for-me normal.
Simple. Comprehensive. Transformational.
While going through my recent accident and medical recovery, I explored creative work through writing and art to support healing. In Writing and Artwork, I experienced over and over how much it helped me.
Sometimes, we lose our voice when injured, unwell, or traumatized; doing creative work can give it back to us. This is expressed differently for everyone, but we can all benefit from the wellness and health that arise from creativity. For me, I realized that I am a writer, poet, and artist. And that all art is relevant and matters.
I came out on the other side functionally healed. I have become even more rooted in knowing everything I do for myself in my life matters; especially my mindset and building resilient wellness.
It is powerful to be able to help yourself over and over.
You can too.
I know that change is hard. Transformation is difficult and takes time, and that is okay. I know the challenges, but also how amazing producing the results and rediscovering feeling good is. I help you create opportunities turning obstacles into life-changing shifts! It can be simple and life-changing at the same time.
I am immersed in this work and able to support you along your path. Know that I don’t just tell you what to do. I don’t just give you advice, information and tell you how you “should” be. We all know that just does not work! Instead, I partner with you and support you going all in so that you create meaningful and long-lasting change.
When I work with someone, know that I am devoted to helping you achieve remarkable wellness. Sometimes it happens quickly, sometimes it takes longer time.
This is what I do, personally and professionally. Let me help you do it too.
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My main Service Categories are
- Wellness, Healthcare & Nutrition,
- Coaching: Life, Wellness & Health, Nutrition Therapy
- Breath & Body: Breathwork, Embodied Movement, Yoga Practices, Deep Relaxation
- Nature and Wilderness
My Education, Focus Areas, and Skills:
Healthcare, Wellness, and Nutrition:
- Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Ayurveda, and Acupuncture: Chinese Herbalism, Oriental Medicine, Ayurvedic practices and various acupuncture methods.
Focus Areas: acupressure, cupping, Gua sha, ear acupuncture, Electro-acupuncture, osteo-manipulation, qigong, Feng shui, breath work, Shiatsu, Tuina, Ayurvedic Herbalism. Learn more about Oriental Medicine and Ayurveda here.
- Functional Medicine Practitioner: A whole system biology-based approach to determine the root cause of disease and health issues using laboratory testing, modern and traditional methods. (The best of both worlds!) Learn more about Functional Medicine here.
- Nutrition, Food & Nutraceutical Medicines: Foods, nutrition protocols and nutraceuticals for specific health needs.
Focus Areas: Food as Medicine (Culinary Medicine) and Meal Planning. Fasting Protocols, Body(circadian)-Rhythm Eating, and Cleansing protocols. Green and Nutraceutical Powders, Smoothies and Wellness Tea concoctions. Optimal body weight: loss and gain. Personalized Supplements & Nutraceuticals programs. Performance and Biohacking methods. Longevity and Optimal Aging. Nutritional lab testing, Nutritional Therapy, and Coaching. Learn More about Nutrition here
- Facial and Skin-System Wellness, Medical-Grade Microneedling: For body, facial and skin trauma, scar tissue care, optimal longevity, and rejuvenation.
Focus Areas: Medical Microneedling (Collagen Induction Therapy) certification and training. Gua Sha and cupping, Professional level Microcurrent certification. Facial acupuncture and acupressure methods. Essential oils for skin care. Facial massage techniques. Facial Yoga and Exercise education (The Face Yoga Method, Happy Face Yoga, The Face Gym, Face Works, The Face Yoga Expert, Facetoned method, and Luminous Face Yoga.)
- Laboratory Testing: Nutritional, Healthcare focused, Optimal Wellness focused testing via local laboratory or home-based testing.
- Lifestyle Medicine & Wellness: Sleep Health & Wellness, Creating Resilience through Wellness, Drug-free Pain and Discomfort Management, Home Environment Wellness, Essential Oils, Botanical and Herbal Medicine.
Extra Specialized: Light, Frequency and Bio-Magnetic Therapies (PEMF, Full-spectrum Infrared, Frequency-based light therapies), Cold thermogenesis and therapy, pulse oximetry, nootropics, heat training, adaptogens, heart rate variability
Coaching: Life, Wellness & Health, Nutrition Therapy
- Thought, Life & Perspective coaching, Health & Wellness Coaching, Nutrition Therapy Coaching
- Focus Areas: Challenge & Transition, Creating Supportive Habits, Crafting and Designing your Envisioned Life, Health & Wellness, Simply Transformational Coaching
Breath & Body: Breath, Embodied Movement, Yoga Practices, Deep Relaxation
- Breathwork and Deep Relaxation:
- Breathwork: Breathwork with Meditation: Embodied and Somatic, breath awareness, breathing for performance, breathing for calm & relaxation, breathwork for wellness
- Meditation: Wellness-focused meditation, Vipassana Meditation, Somatic, and Embodied practices, stillness while moving
- Deep Relaxation Techniques: Therapeutic restorative practice, iREST, Somatic and Embodied practices
- Yoga Practices: Yoga: All forms of yoga that I guide are Trauma-informed, Somatic, and Embodied with more than 25-years of experience.
Focus Areas: General Hatha yoga, Deep Relaxation Yoga Nidra, Yin Yoga, Prenatal and Postnatal, Sun Salutations, 5 Tibetan Rites, Yoga for Athletes, yoga in nature, Body positive yoga. Accessible Yoga Ambassador, community-based yoga programs
- Embodied Movement & Fitness: I use an innovative approach combining modalities resulting in effective, accessible programs:
Focus Areas: Natural and Embodied movement, Somatic Movement, Functional fitness and training Education, Myofascial techniques via The Roll Model Method, Optimal Body Capacity (weight loss or weight gain).
Nature & Wilderness
- Forest Bathing: Forest & Nature Therapy, Outdoor Wellness, Wilderness guiding, with a Wellness Lens. Walking and Trekking, Wellness and Mindset Coaching for outdoor activities and adventure, Meditation in Nature, Free Range Human Adventures founder.
Focus Areas: Walking into Wild (Wilderness Excursions), Still in Wild (Nature Meditation), Waking up to Wild (Forest Bathing hiking events), The Forest Within: Nature Based Deep Relaxation sessions, Audio guided DIY Forest Bathing sessions.
- Writing, Artwork, Poetry, Walking into Wild (book), Today, I Begin Again (book), Creativity and Healing
Do you want simple yet comprehensive wellness? I’m here to offer you exceptional guidance in exactly that,
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