I am a Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Boston University and serve as Director of Wellness-Based Healthcare Transformation through the Department of Human Resources at Boston Medical Center. I am also the Medical Director for the upcoming Hopespring Institute of Integrative and Holistic Medicine, in Alfred, Maine, which will open its doors in the Fall of 2020.
I am a health and wellness speaker, leader and consultant. As a consultant, I work with a variety of healthcare institutions and assist them to develop wellness-based programs, Integrative medicine services, shared medical appointments, and mindfulness-based employee wellness and resiliency programs. Until April, 2020 I oversaw clinical operations for the Program for Integrative Medicine and Health Disparities at Boston Medical Center alongside my work in employee wellness and mindfulness initiatives through the department of Human Resources. Before then, I served as Medical Director of the Tanya I Edwards, MD Center for Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. Previously I served as Co-Chief of Staff at the Zuni Indian Health Center in the Zuni Reservation in New Mexico. I have worked in settings that range from rural to urban, and across many ethnic, racial and economic spheres helping create policies and programs that support a higher experience of health and wellbeing for individuals and collectives. I have a tremendous drive to truly expand access to Integrative Medicine to underserved and underrepresented people and communities. I am passionate about re-envisioning foundational concepts of health and our healthcare structure to encompass the mind-body-spirit connection, to engage with the essential role that meaning and purpose, physical, psychological and emotional safety and personal/collective thriving play in preventing and addressing disease and supporting health. I would like to see our research in Integrative Medicine continue to grow in the direction of pragmatic, outcomes studies that facilitate the implementation of bundles of Integrative care across settings towards decreased healthcare costs and improved patient health and wellbeing.
I completed my undergraduate training at Princeton University with a degree in Medical Anthropology. I attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, and completed Family Medicine Residency with a certificate in Integrative Medicine at the Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Program in Seattle, Washington. I completed the Duke Program for Leadership in Integrative Medicine as well as a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine. I received board certification in Integrative Medicine through the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine (ABIHM) in 2014. I plan to take the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM) in 2021.