I have dedicated my life to studying the intricacies of women. I am passionate about educating women on the importance of a healthy body, mind, and spirit.
What is functional medicine?
Functional medicine is a comprehensive, holistic way of looking at health and disease. It’s a personalized approach to medicine that asks why illness occurred in that individual, taking into account their genetics, microbiome, lifestyle, nutrition, and environment. It seeks to identify the root causes of dysfunction and chronic disease, which often stems from our standard American diets, high stress lifestyles, toxic environment, and unhealthy habit-based choices.
My Mission is to treat the whole person- Body, Mind, and Spirit.
We, as women, all have the potential and right to live a healthy, productive life that we can be proud of. However, we tend to put our loved ones and our commitments first and leave our own needs by the wayside. When we give to everything and everyone before ourselves, we often become depleted to the point of no return. We’re left functioning in survival mode or on auto-pilot, and not really enjoying life or flourishing. I’ve seen hundreds of women, over my decade in practice as an obstetrician/gynecologist, who neglected their own needs, under the guise of being an amazing mom, wife, or professional, only to end up in my office exhausted, sleep-deprived, over-weight, in chronic pain, and desperate for answers.
My goal is to help you see that the answers lie within your own lives. Your daily choices about what and how you eat and move, and how you pause for gratitude and restoration determine how your hormones function, how your brain and body respond and interact with each other, and how you either move toward health and joy or toward disease and distress.
For women who really struggle to put themselves first, I ask: “What does it teach your children when they see you neglecting yourself?” or “What does it say about how you value your relationships?”
If you give of yourself until there’s nothing left, then what good are you to your loved ones? My wise mother has said “I want to take care of myself and be healthy, so I’m not a burden to my children when I’m older.” I appreciate that, by her taking care of herself, she is showing us love. I try to live by that sentiment. I take care of myself so I can be healthy enough to play with my children and grandchildren, so I can enjoy time with my husband, so I have enough energy and mindfulness to serve my patients and my community.
I believe that if you want to raise healthy, well-adjusted children, or have a fruitful marriage, or a successful business, or create meaningful change in your community, you must first invest in yourself.
Your body and your physical health tell a story. It tells me what you’ve been consuming, what you’ve been exposed to in the environment, how you’ve been moving, if you’ve interacted with the elements, how your mind is functioning, what struggles you’ve endured, and if you’ve been nourishing your spirit.
Your mind and mental health are a reflection of your physical health. You cannot have one without the other. What you think affects how you feel, and in turn, how you act. In the same regard, how use your body affects the chemicals in your brain, which changes how you feel. Your mind is the great connector between your body and your spirit.
Your spirit is that permanent energy that transcends your physical body and connects you to your higher-power. The only way to truly be healthy and live a joyous life is to nourish your spirit. Your body exists as a house for your spirit to have worldly experiences in which to grow and connect. In this way, it’s vitally important to nourish your body and mind, to nourish your spirit.