In becoming a board certified integrative medical physician, my passion is helping you achieve optimal health and well-being through healing the whole you with a personalized assessment and treatment plan that combines the best of conventional and complementary medicine.
I grew up in a rural Iowa town and pursued my dream of becoming a doctor so I could make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. I attended Buena Vista University, where I received my Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry. I then went on to medical school at the University of Iowa and then completed a three year family practice residency at CRMEF and received my board certification in family practice in 1999. I graduated from the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine in La Jolla, CA with a two year fellowship degree in Integrative medicine. I also received my board certification in Integrative Medicine through ABPS in 2020.
I have enjoyed a twenty year career in primary care with experience ranging from inpatient and outpatient family medicine to the emergency room and lead a team of therapists, nurses, dietitians and social workers while serving as a medical director in a rehabilitation hospital. Throughout my medical career, I have loved helping patients heal and from their illness/injury, but have become frustrated with the state of our current conventional health care system. I realized the focus had shifted into more of an “ill care” system and away from a meaningful health care system. I was no longer able to spend the appropriate amount of time with patients in order to get to the root cause of their illness. Instead, I was rewarded for seeing as many patients as possible, no matter the quality of care I provided.
This is why I decided to step out of that system and create Panacea Integrative Medicine, a true integrative medical practice that focuses on treating the disease process at its root cause while creating health & well-being through healing your body & mind and helping you reconnect to your spiritual purpose in life. Panacea means a solution for any difficulty or a remedy for any disease. As a physician, wife and mother I have personally observed the positive impact of an integrated approach to healing and believe that with the right panacea, we can work together to restore the healthy & youthful you.
Panacea Integrative Medicine is a concierge practice designed to give you excellent care that isn’t limited to the current cumbersome health insurance model. We believe in open and timely communication, positive support and regular follow up visits either in person, by phone or telemedicine. Together, we decide how best to evaluate and treat your symptoms without the interference or delay that often occurs within the health insurance system.
Our electronic medical record system is very easy to use and provides a true integrative platform so we can be in constant sync with you. Within your electronic chart you can communicate with us via secure email, schedule an appointment, update & order medications and supplements, view your medical records, upload outside medical records and make payments.