I’ve always held three foundations as being essential to my life. They are also the foundations to my commitment to my client’s health.
First is, Empathy and Compassion for helping people.
Second is, a love of Science.
Third is, a love for Living Life to the fullest.
However, putting these things together in a way that I could contribute my gifts to the world didn’t come easy.
I know, from personal experience, the difficulties in changing our food choices. Like many, I was once addicted to cheese and ice cream. I had to overcome these challenges by seeing them as Lifestyle Changes.
My Early Career
I’ve spent my professional life in health care; initially beginning my career as a Medical Laboratory Scientist. While studying, I was asked to assist at a patient’s bedside for a bone marrow biopsy. The frail, eldery lady looked to be a 110 in my 22 year old eyes.
This day would forever change my life.
The pathologist thrusted a blunt-ended needle into her sternum (bone) and I cringed, averting my eyes. The blood-curdling screams seemed to suck all the energy from the room.
It seemed to suck any compassion he had from his heart. His lack of compassion was apparent, as he maneuvered and manipulated that needle inside her sternum to obtain that sample.
Finally, after what seemed like hours, the screaming stopped. He handed the sample to me. Where-upon I made the requisite microscope slides and brought them and the remaining sample back to the lab. As I handed the sample to the senior technologist, I relayed to her the story.
She looked back at me with sad eyes, “But, Leslie, they don’t even treat leukemia in people that age.”
I was appalled and devastated! Here I was, technically still a student, just weeks from graduating after 5 long and grueling years. I instantly understood in that position (or any position I hoped to grow from there) I was helpless to effect change. In other words, I knew I needed to be outside of that system in order to effect change and to truly help people heal.
A short year later; I had graduated and found work with what others called a dream job. I quit that job, at a famous Boston hospital, and embarked on the adventure of a lifetime.
Time For Reflection
I went on a 3 month; 3000 mile bicycle trip from Billings, Montana to San Diego. This trip of a lifetime taught me much . . . about myself . . . about life. As well as, about the difference between survival and thriving . . . about self reliance . . . about the intersection between self-reliance and interdependence . . . and so much more.
Eventually, I settled on the Central Coast of California. I wanted to live on a coast without New England winters and to work out the next steps in my path.
My Next Path
I started exploring healing philosophies. Then I accompanied a friend to her chiropractic appointment. Her chiropractor explained the basic tenets of chiropractic care. These were the tenants that would guide my healing philosophy for life:
- The body is a self-healing entity.
- Interference in the body’s ability to detect and correct stressors are the basis for dis-ease, which leads to dysfunction and ultimately, disease.
- Alleviating that interference allows the body to heal.
Instantly, I saw a way to assist people in getting well and staying well. Unlike the allopathic (medical) model, which prolonged life at the expense of real health.
I enrolled in Western States Chiropractic College and moved to Portland, Oregon. Six years later, I had received my Doctor of Chiropractic degree and had my first child. I had sat for my California license while I was 8 months pregnant. It was grueling waiting outdoors between sections of the exam for up to 2 hours each in the East Bay summer heat!. I also had relocated back to the Central Coast with my family to start my practice in 1991.
My Journey to Today
I maintained a private family-oriented chiropractic practice for about 25 years.
It was during this time that I began experiencing some of my own personal health challenges.
Having some pretty severe perimenopausal symptoms, I took a common ‘natural approach’ and went on bio-identical hormones. Twenty pounds heavier in less than 3 months, I quit and started doing more in-depth research!
It was then that I realized the value of in depth research. You cannot just believe headlines or even summaries (abstracts) of journal articles. I learned how to create the balance needed for my own personal health. This led me to a plant-based whole food diet, with added specific foods known to help my condition. I also re-committed to regular exercise. I lost the weight and regained the vibrant health I had lost.
I continued exploring the needs of my patients and keeping up with the ever-evolving understanding of health & wholism. This was accomplished through continuously studying nutrition, wellness and vitality. I took numerous courses & read everything I could get my hands on. As I learned, I incorporated changes into my life. In turn, I recommended changes for my patients. That lead to all of us experiencing a renewed level of health & vitality.
My science background allowed me to quickly separate the chaff from the grain. I was able to see what made sense and had real scientific support and what didn’t; regardless of who published it.
Fast forward to the fall of 2018. I left Community Health Centers where I had taken a position to serve mostly those with limited access to healthcare. Then, I went on a Fall Foliage Bicycle trip through New England. I was able to reunite, for part of it, with 2 of the cyclists who accompanied me on the trip nearly 40 years earlier. That trip helped me reaffirm that we can still do whatever we want, regardless of age and circumstance. It’s possible, if we have the inspiration to put the pieces of the puzzle together. Afterward, on my return to the Central Coast, I recommitted myself to helping women, families and seniors.
Above all, my goal was to find simple, natural answers to common health problems. Now I do this through coaching and consulting, rather than clinical practice. Therefore, I’m able to fully balance my personal life and desire for adventure and travel. This allows me to use my ability to serve my client base and contribute my gifts to the world.
What I Do For You
I’ll help you debunk the myths surrounding diet, exercise, genetics and lifestyle.
In addition to, I’ll help you find balance so you can holistically manage your health and move forward with clarity at a pace that’s comfortable yet challenging.
As well as, help you navigate the thorny confrontations of telling their physicians that they are choosing a drug-free path and wanting to elicit cooperation. (more details about my bio & approach here.)