I want to introduce myself, my practice and my reason for doing what I do. I can think of a lot of ways to describe myself; a daughter, dog mother, friend, partner, small town/dirt road lover, an only child, a helper, a traveler, avid reader. Growing up, when someone would ask what I wanted to be, it was always some form of doctor or surgeon depending upon the day. After making the decision that chemistry was just too much to ask of me, I gave up on that plan.
I tried on a lot of potential careers from preschool teacher, to singer in Nashville to volunteer in orphanages in far reaches of the world (turns out that one doesn’t pay much). I eventually grew up and became a therapist. I liked being a therapist, but there was still a desire for more, to study further. I came across the Doctor of Behavioral Health program on the back of a brochure and right there and then, realized that I would in fact become a doctor, just not the kind I had originally planned. The DBH program is built on the premise that the mind and body are connected, you cannot treat one without the other. I studied entrepreneurship and the business side of this new way of viewing healthcare. I studied psychopharmacology so I would be able to recommend psychotropic medication to primary care providers I was working with. I learned how to work as part of a multi-disciplinary care team and how the brain works. Most importantly, I learned the vast connection between behavioral interventions and medical interventions when addressing chronic health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure or chronic pain. I witnessed how powerful talking to someone about how difficult it is to receive a new medical diagnosis and change their diet or take new medication was in helping them process and manage it. I have been able to practice this in a variety of settings from a healthcare clinic for the homeless to the Cystic Fibrosis team at Children’s Hospital Colorado.
Now, I want to bring this into your home. I want to help you cope with whatever it is that is getting in the way of the life you want. I use a directive, evidence-based approach to develop applicable strategies that fit into your life to manage your health condition or distress.
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