I came to the path of both bodywork and health coaching through my own experiential process of healing myself. I now understand that the scoliosis that developed when I was twelve was a result of deeper mineral imbalances, but I’m grateful to the scoliosis for putting me on the path of being a bodyworker and studying biodynamic craniosacral therapy prior to becoming a migraine coach.
By far the greatest assault to my health and wellbeing came in the form of an emergency c-section operation at age 34. This event catapulted me into a 3 year experimental investigation into how to heal migraine without medications. It resulted in resolution of the primary symptoms I was trying to resolve, and the accidental resolution of other minor health symptoms I had long since accepted I had to live with.
For me, chronic migraine coincided with my initiation into motherhood. The demands of motherhood without question made healing harder for me (due to sleep deprivation, the stress of constantly moving, and lack of community support, etc). But having migraine while being a mother also motivated me to heal myself so I could be more present with my family.
When I became pregnant again, I decided to have a freebirth and opt out of the mainstream medical system that had contributed so much stress in my first birth. Giving birth to my second son Quinn with the help of my husband as midwife has been the most amazing experience of my life.
Through the process of healing myself of chronic migraine, I’ve found great satisfaction in learning to think outside the box on issues of health, and develop a unique approach to wellbeing grounded firmly in an appreciation for the importance of nutrition, personal-responsibility, deep cleansing, cellular renewal, movement, community and spiritual centering to achieve health. This is all a reflection of Folk Medicine as a movement.
I’m now grateful for all the health challenges I’ve had in my life, and have come to a place where I see them as some of the most powerful leverage points that have helped me to become more embodied, more educated, more resourced in taking responsibility for my own health, and ultimately more empowered in my life.
I’m also so grateful to my husband, Nick, who has been by my side through this harrowing, but ultimately empowering, experience.
It’s my great pleasure to be of service to others – especially mothers and parents – in healing chronic migraine.
You absolutely can heal from chronic migraine.
I went to the East-West College of the Healing Arts for massage therapy, followed by 2.5 years of biodynamic craniosacral therapy training with Micheal Shea through the International School of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, and also with Todd Jackson. I studied hair tissue mineral analysis through the Malter Institute.
Previous to being a craniosacral therapist, mother, and migraine relief coach, I lived abroad in Austria, Germany, and Istanbul. I also worked in the nonprofit sector in my native New Mexico, helping to preserve the free-flowing Gila River and keeping large multinational mining companies accountable to environmental regulations.
I get great joy from doing graphic design and creative projects, from beadwork to photography. I love doing Qi-Gong, going to inspirational music festivals, and homesteading in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge, where I live with my amazing husband and two sons.
Life is a blessing!