I grew up in Berks County, Pennsylvania? surrounded and inspired by the bounty of nature, on my parents' little farm. I experienced a personal and local culture of mind body healing. My Mother was interested in herbs, natural medicines and hunted mushrooms. My Father practiced meditation. I flourished in a local community grounded in the "back to the land" movement. The nature loving lifestyle of this era helped me develop the necessary awareness needed to be a good doctor, healer and human being. One of my first jobs was as a tour guide at The Rodale Organic Experimental Farm. The proximity to Rodale Press created a culture of holistic health, natural living and creativity. It was a time of creative renaissance with optimism, a sense of freedom and individualism. I've traveled around the world studying various forms of healing, to come back to my roots, here in Pennsylvania to live and practice a natural healthy life.
I studied Environmental Science as an undergrad. I worked with the best environmentalists and ecologists of the era including Barry Commoner, The Jacques Cousteau Society and the New York Attorney Generals' Office in the Bureau of Environmental Protection. My interest turned to nutrition and health when I got sick in college. This ultimately lead me back to a focus on my own personal environment.I changed my diet, studied Macrobiotics, shiatsu and that lead me to Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine.