I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t drawn to helping others in as many ways as possible, whether in the abstract or concrete, by listening and being engaged and non judgmental, or by helping to lug furniture.
Currently, I enjoy dividing my time between Bermuda, where I attend home births, and offer consults and healing sessions, and here in Boston area where I see gynecology clients and also offer both health consults and healing sessions.
I bring almost 30 years of continuous experience as a full scope Nurse-Midwife and Women’s Health Practitioner, in both OB and GYN, and a background in whole foods and holistic approaches to care. I view health as a complex integrative process encompassing all four bodies: the physical, the emotional, the mental and the spiritual. Rather than suggesting a pushy fix for symptoms, I intend to provide guidance to maintain or repair health, and incorporate that larger view into your visits with me.
My trainings in many body-mind modalities have helped me to become known for my gentle ability to guide you through your exam, whether it’s your first gynecological exam, or if you may have had difficulty in the past due to trauma. Your annual gynecological exam can be an easy event. So can visits for problems like pain, unusual or irregular bleeding, peri-menopausal or menopausal changes.
I am a strong believer in the merits of Bio-Identical Hormones, particularly in the largely ignored early peri-menopausal state where disrupted sleep, mood swings, weight gain, and fatigue are sometimes erroneously attributed to causes other than the hormonal imbalance they can be. I have developed a large panel of clients who have found relief through its benefits.
For birth, I have remained a supporter of using medical interventions in the way they were designed, which is to protect the health of mother and baby in the event of abnormal or life threatening situations. Statistically, these happen about <3% of the time. Generally speaking, pain in labor is not abnormal, nor is variable speed.
Throughout my career, I have been a contributing editor nationally to Rodale Press publications, and locally to the Expectant Parent’s Guide to Boston. I have also been a guest lecturer at the New England School of Acupuncture, and have presented on local and national conference panels, including a workshop for the American College of Midwives in 2008 regarding the usage of Bio-Identical Hormones. I have worked with a diverse group of nurse midwifery students, medical students and family practice residents from universities that include Harvard, Yale, Columbia and Boston University.
1987 – MSN Columbia University, and certification as a Nurse Midwife
1983 – BSN, Boston University
1974 – BA English, University of Rhode Island
Numerous continuing education credits in the field of integrative medicine, functional medicine, and traditional ob-gyn care. As well, I have practitioner training and 18 years experience in modalities of integrative healing techniques which include Nutrition, Meditation, Pain Relief, Unlimited Body Practice, Reconnective Healing, Reconnection 3 day, Creative Questions, and most recently Access Bars/Access Consciousness, and the Access Facelift.
Prior work and life experience:
I have worked as a portrait photographer (at malls, and department stores) right after college. I worked in retail, both in clothing and then in natural food stores in the Boston/Cambridge area, where I became well versed in supplements, whole foods, herbs, and the many other things one can find there. I substitute taught in Boston Public Schools for a short while. I owned a macrobiotic sandwich business called Rice House, which helped support me through nursing school. Reading profusely, I love novels and poetry and spiritual books, as well as books about nature, and science, and self help. I traveled as much as I could, here and abroad. In addition, I took courses to expand myself as a person, so that I could be fully present in the world and with those around me.
I must also add here in the life experience section that I am blessed to have two young adult sons who have helped me with my heart and soul expansion from the moment they arrived.