I grew up in Aberdeen, S.D., and earned my undergraduate and medical degrees from Northern State University and The University of South Dakota School of Medicine (Vermillion). I completed a family practice residency and became certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.
As a family practice physician, I realized that many of my patients wanted a holistic approach to their care, which would include acupuncture and nutritional/herbal supplements. So in addition to my schooling as a family practitioner, I pursued certification in medical acupuncture and herbal supplements.
Integrative medicine comes from the perspective of offering therapies that complement traditional treatments in addressing symptoms such as pain, anxiety, sleeplessness, headaches or menstrual problems, and enhancing a sense of well-being. Integrative medicine recognizes that patients often want to address their symptoms and heal naturally, rather than taking another pill. Also known as holistic or complementary medicine, integrative medicine includes medical acupuncture, aromatherapy, mind-body movement, massage, nutritional counseling, weight management and more.
Patients with a variety of medical concerns seek the services of integrative medicine. Chronic headaches, back pain and sinusitis are just the beginning of the list of reasons people seek these holistic services.
I’m married and have four children. My interests include outdoor activities such as running, hiking and biking, as well as traveling and cooking.