I specialize in Mental Health Nutrition and Integrative Medicine. I treat clients, I teach and consult to clinicians and mentor them to design the career of their dreams. I served as a Fulbright scholar on traditional medicine, a Clinical Fellow at Harvard Medical School, and a National Institutes of Health-funded research scientist in mind/body medicine. I also spent 25 years running barefoot in the jungle of Mexico learning from curanderas and running a pro bono natural medicine public health clinic, The Center for Traditional Medicine.
I have had a successful private practice in Integrative Medicine and Somatic Psychotherapy in Boston, MA and in Olympia, WA, specializing in mental health, traumatic stress and associated physical illnesses and feminist therapy for over 40 years. I currently conduct my consultations via telehealth.
I am a native of Boston and between 1985-1995 I returned there for a clinical and consulting practice and to design and deliver public health wellness and arts programs in 10 languages, for people of all ages, funded by federal and state governments.
My PhD is in Behavioral Medicine from the Union Institute. I have an MPH from Harvard School of Public Health, and a MA in cross cultural health psychology from Lesley University. I completed a Clinical Fellowship in the department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School where I introduced bodywork and mindfulness for chronic illness into outpatient community psychiatry in 1985. I completed internships in psychogeriatrics at Boston University Medical Center and in Ethnomedicine at The Massachusetts General Hospital Trauma clinic.
I am licensed in Mental Health Counseling and have 3 National Board Certifications: in Polarity Therapy, in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and as an Approved Clinical Supervisor. I am certified in Functional Nutritional Therapy.
I am director of research at the Center for World Indigenous Studies, a non-profit American Indian organization based in Washington state, focusing on training and consultation to tribal communities on cultural revitalization strategies using traditional medicine, herbal and culinary practices.
I am the author of 9 books, 2 in Spanish including Natural Woman: Herbal Remedies for Radiant Health at Every Age and Stage of Life, Nutrition Essentials for Mental Health: A Complete Guide to the Food-Mood Connection (Norton, 2016), Rhythms of Recovery: Trauma, Nature and the Body (Routledge, 2012), the bi lingual, Medicinal Plants of the Jungle, and The Good Mood Kitchen (Norton 2017).
I am committed to health care as social justice and serving the underserved, I direct a pro bono program called Nutrients for Natives. I love to exercise, and play and work with my therapy pup Xoco. Learn more about me