1.Tell us about your background. How did you get involved in naturopathic medicine? What kind of services do you offer at your Beverly Hills practice?
My background was in kinesiology and nutrition; when deciding what to do after graduating I didn’t want to become a dietitian because it just didn’t appeal to me. I had always been raised with a more holistic approach—taking prescription medications/pharmaceuticals only as a last resort. I regularly took herbs. I went to acupuncturists in lieu of conventional doctors. So when I learned of a school that offered doctorate of naturopathic medicine where I would learn about nutrition in a holistic manner, learn acupuncture, homeopathy, botanical medicine, acupuncture AND medicine—I knew that was the route that would be perfect for me.
My practice is split between practicing in office in Beverly Hills and concierge offering office/house calls and virtual consults.
At my Beverly Hills practice, I offer naturopathic consults and follow up with functional testing such as food allergy panels, stool tests to evaluate digestive function, in-depth hormone testing, micronutrient status panel and standard testing that your primary care physician might run. I also offer various treatments such as PRP therapy both for facial rejuvenation as well as hair restoration; craniosacral therapy and nutrient injection therapy.
2.Your instagram stories are always filled with healthy, colorful, and creative meals. Where do you get the inspiration for your nutrient rich meals?
I feel like my inspiration comes from trying to eat the foods I love and crave but by making healthier versions of them and always trying to include vegetables/fruits, while minimizing grains/refined foods. So I guess my motivation is to continue feeling good and healthy because I know what it can feel like to have the less healthier versions on a regular basis.
3.Many of us find ourselves low on energy, and caffeine is not an option for some, as caffeine can have detrimental side affects. What tips would you offer to those who are low on energy, and who are searching for caffeine alternatives?
For my patients who are caffeine sensitive, I often recommend a mushroom or adaptogen herbal blend, such as the ones offered by Four Sigmatic. I also recommend testing to evaluate underlying causes for low energy.
4.What are you thoughts on acids that are used in chemical exfoliation for the skin? (Glycolic , AHA, BHA)
I think they are great! I’m not generally a fan of regular peels but I think regular use of a gentle cleanser that contains these is a great way to decrease fine lines and improve texture to maintain glowing skin.
5.What are some healthy skin habits/rituals one should practice when they are in their 20’s?
Taking off makeup nightly!! SPF daily. And keeping hydrated, inside and out.
6.What are some of your favorite juice recipes to help detox the body and promote glowing skin?
I personally prefer smoothies because all the fiber content is still intact—I have many but one of the more balanced ones contains the following: kale, banana, blueberries, spinach, almond butter, hemp milk with collagen and a medium chain triglyceride oil. Antioxidants + good fat +greens
7.Stress and fatigue can take a toll on our skin, what do you do to help unwind and relax after a stressful day?
My favorite way to unwind is to drink some tea, light candles and just allow myself to BE. Whether that’s allowing myself to do nothing for a bit, to read, to listen to music, journal, etc… whatever it is, to just do it and be present and not self-criticize or worry about other things.
8.Do you make DIY facemasks? If yes, what kinds do you make?
Occasionally I do. I think I did that more in my 20s where the goal seemed to be to even out texture or detox the skin. I would make a mask with bentonite clay, castor oil, a drop of lavender essential oil and green tea. Now I find myself reaching for more active masks that will produce a more clinical, anti aging effect.
9.What are the top 3 vitamins and minerals we should look for when purchasing a supplement?
The top 3 supplements I recommend are a good fish oil with EPA of at least 1000 mg per serving. A good magnesium that is “albion chelated” –meaning a reputable company has tested the extraction of the mineral. And a good probiotic of at least 15 billion CFU.
10.What are your favorite beauty oils?
Squalene, plum, moringa. They absorb so well into the skin and don’t feel greasy.