I have been a pediatric nurse practitioner for over 40 years. I am married to a retired Navy Dentist and raised 2 children and have 5 grandchildren. My husband’s career gave me the opportunity to practice in 8 states and live 3 years in the Philippines where I studied the Faith Healers. This ignited a lifelong passion to learn about the health care practices of other cultures and some of the many places we have traveled include China, Tibet, Singapore, Russia, South Korea, and India where I have lectured and learned. During these years of practice, I specialized in pediatric dermatology and infectious disease in pediatric primary care. I started 3 private practices including one with a midwife providing home births. I have spent the last 30 years practicing in San Diego while I added teaching, research, and academic administration to my experiences.
I became a nurse practitioner because I am passionate about helping families develop healthy lifestyle practices that prevent disease and allow children to grow up to be healthy, productive adults. My own health challenges and my study of traditional healing methods led me to get advanced training in Ayurvedic medicine and certification as a “Healthy, Happy, Mother Baby” Ayurvedic provider. I truly practice what I preach, using daily routine, meditation, water aerobics, reading and gluten-free whole food plant-based cooking as ways to stay balanced. I have wanted to create a new model of health and healing for children that combined the best evidence-based practices using teachings from both Western and traditional medicine for years. PIPH is the answer to that dream.