Graduating from Hampden Sydney College in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, I decided to postpone medical school and to start a career in environmental science. Over the next 8 years as a project manager and laboratory scientist, I studied the effects of Pesticides/PCBs, Heavy Metals, and many other toxins on human health. I then began to experience symptoms of insomnia and anxiety, which lead to a 10-year compromise in my health. This motivated me to go to Nursing School, where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Georgia Baptist/Mercer University in 2006. At the same time, I started to study Functional/Integrative medicine and found out that my Mercury Amalgams were to blame for many of my symptoms. In 2010, I decided to have my mercury fillings removed and noticed a dramatic change in my health. After spending more than 8 years as a Critical Care Nurse at Emory University Hospital, I graduated from Georgia State University with a Masters of Science in Nursing in 2014. It was also at this time that I started to study with the Klinghardt Academy, directed by Dr. Klinghardt, MD, Ph.D., learning Autonomic Response Technique (ART), an advanced form of Kinesiology. I became fascinated with Energy Medicine and studied with many local and nationally known Holistic doctors to perfect the art of ART. However, I decided that I must also learn the basics of the medical system, so I spent over 3 years in Family and Internal medicine, followed by three years in Urgent Care. These experiences laid the foundation for a comprehensive understanding of the standard medical model. It was also at this time where I strengthened my skills in Functional and Integrative medicine, as well as learned other holistic assessment techniques such as Meridian Stress Analysis and emotional healing modalities such as Emotion Code and Body Code. Realizing that I did not have the proper tools to get my chronically ill patients better, I left Family Medicine in 2018 and started my own holistic health clinic, Tree of Light Health, LLC, in Decatur, GA. My focus is to find the root cause of illness and to make advanced Functional and Holistic Medicine more accessible and affordable to those who are suffering from chronic illness. My mission is to help others deeply experience true healing by integrating Traditional, Functional, and Holistic medicine approaches. I am currently completing ongoing coursework in Traditional and Functional Medicine, Energy Medicine, Mitochondrial Medicine, and Naturopathy and routinely attend various conferences around the country looking for the latest and greatest tools and techniques to get my patients better. I have two children, ages 20 and 16, and live with my fiance in Avondale Estates, GA. I enjoy running in the mountains, meditating, and being with my family.
I have always been an athlete and had enjoyed great health up until college. All of the sudden, I began to experience fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, and irritability. My insomnia was debilitating and persisted despite counseling, meditation, yoga, diet, and other interventions. I had engaged multiple doctors, herbalists, and acupuncturists to no avail. I just couldn't sleep. I finally gave up and tried a
number of antidepressants and sleeping pills, but was often left feeling sedated. It wasn't until after doing extensive research that I found that my Mercury amalgams might be the culprit. It made sense--my health declined dramatically after I had dental work done. I mentioned this to my Doctor and he reluctantly agreed to test my blood for Mercury. After my blood test came back negative, my research and intuition led me to the decision to have my fillings removed by a local Holistic dentist. Just mere weeks after removing my amalgams, my anxiety started to fade, my sleep improved and my well-being returned. It was a long, 10-year journey, but I felt like I had gotten my life back. This ordeal compelled me to investigate the world of functional, integrative, and holistic medicine. I was further compelled on my journey by my many friends and relatives who, just like me, had experienced seemly mysterious health conditions that were left unanswered by the conventional medicine approach, with health conditions ranging from: anxiety, joint pain, headaches, stomach problems, and so forth, to more complex conditions like auto-immune disease and Parkinson's Disease. This set me on a path to find a way to truly heal people, not just treat their symptoms. My reward is seeing my patients' quality of life improve.