"Nature itself is the best Physician"
I completed my Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree, summa cum laude, at the 4-year in-residence program at the University of Bridgeport, School of Naturopathic Medicine. UBSNM is one of the six accredited Naturopathic Medical schools across North America, and the only program on the East Coast.
During my time at UBSNM, I received special training in community medicine, mind-body medicine, women's health, generative medicine, and homeopathy.
Prior to medical school, I graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, and worked as a Health & Wellness Coach for two years. I received my Bachelors degree with honors in Dance and Pre-Medicine, with a concentration in Psychology, from Barnard College, Columbia University, in New York.
I am a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), Connecticut Association of Naturopathic Physicians (CANP), and New Jersey Association of Naturopathic Physicians (NJANP).
I am also a Board of Director for SAMHIN, a non-profit organization that addresses the mental health needs of the South Asian community.
My inspiration to pursue holistic medicine is my own life story of being a medical mystery. Since I can remember, I was labeled as the "one with the peculiar" symptoms - enigmas, they called it. I knew that fifteen minutes with my caretakers was not enough to understand my complex medical history and wide range of odd symptoms. I sought Ayurvedic and Naturopathic care at the tender age of thirteen, and that is when my life changed, almost literally. No, my medical issues had unfortunately not vanished, nor reduced to a diagnosis of idiopathic something. What did happen, however, is that I learned to cope with my medical issues using mind-body practices, dietary modifications, herbal therapy, and lifestyle changes. The transformation I witnessed in myself became my impetus to go to medical school, so that I can give my others integrative and personalized health care - combining conventional and holistic medicine.
Combining Ancient Wisdom
with Modern-Day Science
About Naturopathic Medicine
Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct primary health care profession that combines the ancient wisdom of nature with the rigors of modern science. Naturopathic physicians are trained as primary care providers who manage patients with acute and chronic conditions, focusing on wellness and disease prevention.
With my training, I work to find the underlying causes of disease and provide individualized & evidence-informed health recommendations. My goal is to empower my clients to reach optimal health using the six naturopathic principles, as outlined below:
1. The Healing Power of Nature
Naturopathic physicians recognize the body's inherent self-healing process. They identify & remove obstacles to healing and recovery to facilitate this inherent process.
2. Identify & Treat the Root Cause
Naturopathic Physicians identify & remove the underlying causes of illness rather than just eliminate or suppress symptoms.
3. First Do No Harm
Naturopathic Physicians follow 3 key guidelines: (1) Utilize methods and provide health recommendations that minimize the risk of harmful side effects, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat; (2) Avoid when possible the harmful suppression of symptoms; and (3) Acknowledge, respect, and work with individuals' self-healing processes.
4. Doctor as Teacher
Naturopathic Physicians educate patients and encourage self-responsibility for health and wellness. They also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship.
5. Treat the Whole Person
Naturopathic Physicians treat patients by taking into account their physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, and social, among other factors, when diagnosing and providing health recommendations.
Naturopathic Physicians emphasize the prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity, and susceptibility to disease, and by making appropriate interventions in partnerships with their patients to prevent illness.