HeartSpace Natural Medicine…Coming April 2018

After having been blessed with several wonderful locations around Baltimore in which to build my naturopathic practice over the past 12 years, I am delighted to share with you that as of April 2018, I will be transitioning to my new office “home” at 4637 Falls Road, near the intersection of Falls Road and Cold Spring Lane (about 1 mile from my current location). I chose this space with you in my mind and heart as I intend to continue offering you a safe and welcoming environment to explore your health holistically and compassionately.

My new practice will be called HeartSpace Natural Medicine and will be accompanied by a new logo, website and phone number which will all be shared with you very soon. I do not anticipate any significant interruption to your care during this transition. Please reach out to me directly if you have any questions regarding the upcoming changes:  443-961-7411.

March 17, 2018 at 10:09 pm

Where I Went On My Supplement Vacation

Like many of you, I occasionally feel a need to take a “supplement vacation.” During a long stretch of the Fall my bottles of vitamins and minerals which had been adding strength and vigor to my summer days sat on the shelf and collected dust. I continued to eat an anti-inflammatory diet, exercise by walking to and from work and practice regular meditation, but as a series of unforeseen house repair projects piled up quickly this winter, my resiliency to the stress started to wane. My supplement vacation took me to a place where moods swing and muscles ache. Doubt and anxiety crept in like uninvited stowaways rocking the boat and distracting my attention.

My pathway back to stability and focus began with simply reintroducing my multi-vitamin and a probiotic. Next trickled in some fish oil for a mood lift and vitamin D for a sense of inner sparkle. And while the answers to all health concerns do not lie in the bottom of a bottle of ashwagandha, magnesium or B complex, these nutrients as well as others do support your body’s ability to bounce back from emotional and environmental stressors with greater ease. I view supplements as a tool to strengthen your vitality so that the other healing practices you are exploring (acupuncture, chiropractic care, physical therapy, cranio-sacral therapy, counseling, etc.) will work better and hold longer.

This is one vacation I don’t mind returning home from! And as you step your healthiest foot forward into 2018, I look forward to creating a treatment plan for you that moves you closer towards your health and wellness goals.

January 7, 2018 at 2:34 am

Unconventional Gratitude

The longer I practice and observe what lies beneath pain, suffering and illness, the more I learn about the Body’s ability to tell a story about its desire to love and be loved. The story is universal but the details are so specific and unique to each individual’s journey.

Arriving at this experience of deep and transformational love can rock our very foundation. It can challenge everything that we decided was true about ourselves or the people / situations in our lives. The “I’m not good enough’s” and fingers pointed to blame other people or circumstances for our discomfort may no longer fit when Unconditional Love sits down at the table.

How far can you stretch your gratitude this holiday season? Is there a place at the table to embrace family grievances in thanksgiving for the opportunities to learn about forgiveness? Does your gratitude extend wide enough to embrace all of the things you wished and hoped for this year that did not arrive or go as planned in order to teach you about patience or letting go?

Practicing “unconventional gratitude” – or the kind of gratitude that rocks our foundation enough to arrive somewhere new and beautiful – can pave the way towards transformational love… chipping through suffering and pain to reveal the sparkling gem waiting in your heart.

May your holiday table be wide enough to hold all of the healing that you have yet to learn is possible.

November 15, 2017 at 2:25 pm

A Different Kind of Doctor

Dear Prospective Patient,

Welcome and thank you for being here ~

You may have come across my name through a web search for “Naturopathic Doctors in Maryland” or you may have been referred to me by a friend, family member or another healthcare provider. How ever our paths have come to intersect, I am grateful.

If you or someone you love is experiencing physical, mental or emotional discomfort, you may be curious to know if I can offer symptomatic relief. And while there is no way that I can predict who will most benefit from the perspective and approach that I offer, I can be clear and open with you about what I bring to the treatment space when engaging in a healing partnership with a new patient.

I offer to you…

  • My listening presence.
  • My gratitude for your courage in branching from the traditional healing path in search of a new possibility.
  • Time to tell your story and to unpack your experiences in a way that is meaningful to you.
  • A strong appreciation for medical science coupled with the wisdom of natural and traditional healing methods.
  • Support with connecting the dots between your physical symptoms and how they relate to your life experiences.
  • A safe space that is free of judgement and guilt.
  • An opportunity to know and love yourself more deeply.
  • A reminder that you are in charge of your health.
  • A willingness to collaborate with other members of your healthcare team to facilitate continuity of care.
  • My commitment to accompany you on your healing journey with patience, presence and unconditional love.

I am a different kind of doctor, and I look forward to the opportunity to guide you in a direction of health and vitality.

You may have some logistical questions that can be answered on the Therapies page regarding treatments that I use in practice, visit fees and accepted payment methods. You are also welcome to call the office at 443-226-7665 to speak with myself or my office manager.

Peace to you,

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March 4, 2017 at 6:45 pm

In Search of Enough…

Yes, I am that person who leaves one bite of peanut butter at the bottom of the jar and jams two lone rice44752906 - plate with magnifying glass crackers back into the pack, tucking them away in the cupboard for safe keeping. This behavior baffles my husband. “Just finish it,” he insists. “But I want to know that I can come back for more,” I explain. “Even if it is just one bite.” I want to feel like I have enough.

My personal stories about “enough-ness” have been rising to the surface as winter progresses. Am I investing enough time into my business? Am I doing enough to protect the planet and the healthcare rights of my patients? Am I allowing enough time for self care? These thoughts come with vulnerability and a ruffling of self-confidence. I want to tuck them away with my crackers or stuff them down deep like the last scrape of peanut butter, but by noticing them and the anxiety that accompanies them, I can choose to meet them with calm assurance and grounded curiosity.

magnifying-glass-plantWhen I pass by wilted gardens and leafless trees on my walks through the neighborhood I am reminded that Mother Nature is settling into winter’s scarcity and navigating the lack of sunlight and warmth without fear. She is modeling for us how to accept what is as enough. Mother Nature says, “I’ll take the cold and the wind and the rain and I will transform it all into beauty once spring appears.” With this awareness, I feel suspended between gratitude for winter’s simplicity and impatience for the rewards waiting for us on the other side.

I don’t know if there is such thing as enough, but the stories we tell ourselves about not having enough, not 42830246 - love and magnifying glassdoing enough or not being enough can pull us into a place of comparison, guilt and shame and away from self-acceptance and abundance. It is time to change the story. Let our collective story be one about the wealth of resources within us and around us and the capacity for those resources to transform our own lives and the communities where we live, work, love and pray.

Let us learn from winter how to allow what we have, what we do and who we are to be enough for growth, change and transformation to all take shape in the most miraculous and surprising of ways. Let us root into Love as the renewable energy source that restores and sustains us.

So you can go ahead and eat the last cracker – there will always be enough.

January 23, 2017 at 8:15 pm

A Winter Homecoming: Leave the Light On

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Living around the corner from Baltimore’s most beloved holiday tradition – also know as Hampden’s Miracle on 34th Street, I have come to associate the darkest days of the year with the wonder and whimsy that glows throughout my neighborhood as soon as the sun sets. Colored lights strung from house to house guide me like a beacon during my brisk winter walks home from the office.

However, the approach of the Winter Solstice and the holidays that follow can mark a challenging time for many individuals struggling with anxiety, depression and physical health concerns that worsen in the cold weather. Add in extra time with difficult family members and the season of merriment and cheer can quickly become an emotional roller coaster of expectations followed by disappointments.

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” – Rumi

So what is the remedy for losing sight of the gifts that winter has to offer?  Go inside and leave the light on.

This year, I am inviting you to join me in the practice of ‘wintering‘ which I am defining as a quiet navigation into the deepest and darkest parts of ourselves guided by a flashlight, compass and a kernel of Hope. Wintering leaves space for saying ‘no’ and comes with cups of warm tea and bowls of hot soup. A cozy blanket and a good book await you along with a sturdy pair of boots to tromps through a fresh batch of new fallen snow. As you breathe into the stillness that you discover in your mind and in your heart, imagine flickers of light illuminating the path that leads you back home to yourself again and again.

Winter is a time for homecoming. Whether you are celebrating the holidays in the home of your youth or with friends and family several states away, may your own inner light stay bright enough to arrive you into the New Year with a renewed sense of safety, peace and love for self and others.

December 20, 2016 at 3:34 am

WHAT DO YOU STAND FOR?

Securing our roots as we face the winds of change.

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As predicted, the wind gusts started to howl a little after 3pm on Saturday. What had been a balmy mid-November day just an hour before, with pedestrians shedding layers to soak in the warm sunshine, quickly shifted into an eerie scene of street signs rattling and ground cover taking flight. While this sudden drop in temperature and change in weather felt jolting, we had also had time to prepare – we had been warned. Jackets, hats and scarves were well within reach, and by taking a little time to don the proper attire, we could safely face the elements with comfort and ease.

And then there are times when it feels like there is no warning. Sometimes we get the wind knocked right out of us, losing our bearings we are left feeling vulnerable and alone.

Over the last two weeks, I have been holding space with many of you who are healing your way through this wind storm. Heavy-hearted, fearful and anxious, you have shared your stories of grief and shock. You have also held space open in your hearts for something new to become possible. You have committed to your own healing and self-care as an act of Love. In fact, this is what you have been preparing for all along…to learn how limitless your own Love can become.

Every choice that you have made to nourish yourself with healthy foods, to pause for two minutes of mindfulness, to walk those extra few steps each day or to give attention to kind thoughts about yourself or others has been rehearsal for the moments in life when you feel so pulled away from your place of center that you wonder how to find your way back again. Your wellness practices are your breadcrumbs – follow them with the same trust and faith that you summoned when you first laid out this path for yourself to remember your way Home.

The trees did not need a weather report to prepare them for the storm system that blew through this weekend. They rehearse daily for these events by nestling their roots deeper into the ground and stretching their limbs further 44342556 - tree rootsinto the sky. In their strength is flexibility and in their grace, resilience.

In the weeks and months to come, let us dig down our roots and rise up to meet the wind. May we find Love in the center of all that we stand for, and may our collective healing begin once again.

November 21, 2016 at 2:38 am

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