Mind-body medicine is part of my spiritual practice which encompasses everything that I do on a daily basis from the moment I wake up until I close my eyes just before I sleep. I’m a functional nutrition practitioner, so food and my diet are one of the most important aspects of mind-body medicine that I utilize. I depend on it heavily. Movements are also part of my life and can vary from hiking to resistance training to tai chi and qigong. The religion I practice is also part of my self-care as it aligns me with my spirituality as a whole. Meditation and deep breathing also help me manage the onslaught of stress both from within and from my environment.
I previously worked in the aerospace industry for 14 years as a computer software analyst/engineer. I worked on the International Space Station program, Constellation, and my last project was in wearable technology.
In February of 2014, I decided to leave my NASA family behind to finally pursue my passion in holistic health and wellness. This was a very hard decision for me. However, I felt a moment of clarity, the kind that I had not felt in such a long time. So without any hesitation, I enrolled in the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition program. After a year and a half long of studying, I completed and passed all requirements for certification, and I am now a practicing Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® practitioner (FDN-P). In addition, I recently became certified as a Mind-Body Medicine practitioner through Dr. James Gordon’s training program at the Center for Mind-Body Medicine.
I promote a holistic, mind-body approach to health and well-being through partnerships and collaborations with other Houston-based organizations with the mission to build a much stronger and much more resilient community. My patients get a much more well-rounded approach to improving their mind, body, and spirit through food (nutrition) as well as mind-body techniques that will serve and benefit their lives.
I’m not the same coach/practitioner from when I started 4 years ago. After leaving NASA to become an FDN practitioner, life tested me—one challenge after another. I thought I’d never see daylight. The last two years especially were so stressful. The stress caused feelings of being broken and losing my identity. I started to seek out classes on tai chi and qigong. I had enough sense in me that I needed to do this change. I turned to movements that brought out gentleness as I could feel my body clenching and hard/rigid in certain areas.
I began my training in tai chi and qigong from a masterful teacher who would become my greatest ally and friend in leading mind-body medicine workshops today. Without realizing it at the time, this began the much needed inner work that my spirit had been yearning for. My inner landscape needed and craved attention. While I’m still a work in progress, I have a much better way of governing myself because of what I went through. I looked for the wisdom and lesson from the painful circumstances and the people involved. The truth is I won’t change a thing because I’m a much stronger and greater human being today. My painful circumstances have led me to know myself and led me to the beautiful, good-hearted people who’ve become my friends today. I approach my challenges today with much more love, understanding, and patience. I still feel hurt. I can still feel the pain. However, I breathe through it all, so I can maintain my composure and stay focused. I’m so grateful today because the work I love doing gives me the opportunity to make people feel that they matter, break the stigma surrounding mental health and bring about change within my community and hopefully also beyond my city limits.