Trick or Treat

Fall has officially arrived! The cooler weather is here and is welcomed by myself and my family! My kids now are focused on pumpkin patches, baking cookies, and getting ready for Halloween. I too have fallen into a more relaxed, comfort-food driven mode. Growing up in the Midwest, the arrival of fall meant casseroles, crockpot [...]

By |2019-10-24T23:47:55-06:00October 23rd, 2019|The LIVE IT Philosophy|0 Comments

Feed My Growing Brain

Back to school means back to the grind of figuring out what to put on the table! It needs to be healthy, well rounded, yet palatable and easy to grab and go. The fridge and pantry need to be stocked with ingredients for a quick fix breakfast, packable lunches, after school snacks, and dinner- My [...]

By |2019-09-08T23:14:00-06:00September 7th, 2019|The LIVE IT Philosophy|1 Comment

Private Eye

The other day I saw an eager 8 year old patient really wanted to listen to his heart with the stethoscope. I love it when my patients want to learn and happily let him. Then I asked him if he wanted to be a doctor when he grows up. He replied “No, I want to [...]

By |2019-08-14T20:26:38-06:00August 12th, 2019|The LIVE IT Philosophy|0 Comments

Addressing Inflammation

One of the key principles in my LIVE IT Philosophy, is L for LEARN. The acronym LIVE IT – standing for Learn, Incorporate, Vitalize, Exercise, Imagine, Thank – represents my belief that being healthy shouldn’t be complicated, but rather supported every day by adopting a lifestyle that supports wellness. One important concept I have learned [...]

By |2019-07-29T21:47:59-06:00July 25th, 2019|The LIVE IT Philosophy|0 Comments

Thoughts on mothers, nurturing, and family medicine

I can’t believe it’s May and that summer is just around the corner! As Mother’s Day approaches, I wanted to pause and express deep gratitude for mothers everywhere, and those women in our lives who are nurturing, loving, inspiring and supportive. When I think of mothers I think of families and I am so grateful [...]

The effects of stress on your health

So many of my patients, friends, and family members are just so overwhelmed these days.  I wonder, are we actually experiencing more stress? Or are we simply becoming more aware of it? Stress, and its repercussions, play a major role in our day to day health.  Learning how to become mindful of our actions, and [...]

Advocating for a better standard of care for pain management

Integrative and Functional Medicine advocacy and peer organizations recently put out a call for practitioners in the field to comment on a new Federal program to examine gaps in Pain Management in this country. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2016 led to the creation of the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task [...]

Why is gut health so important?

It’s been estimated that approximately 70% of Americans have some sort of digestive related symptom or disease. The digestive tract also affects health throughout the body. Our gastrointestinal tract is a highly sensitive system of organs. Even though most of us would only recognize typical IBS symptoms, many people don't realize an imbalance in the [...]