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I work virtually through phone consults with ADULT US English speaking patients. We dig deep to find and resolve stressors blocking the path to health, including: allergies, blood sugar issues, skin issues (eczema, acne, psoriasis, etc.), digestive discomfort (IBS, constipation, diarrhea, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth SIBO, bloating, gas), food sensitivities (gluten, dairy, etc.), unbalanced hormones (PMS, low libido), autoimmunity, inflammation, methylation, nutrient deficiencies, hidden infections, and environmental toxins (heavy metals, pesticides, etc.). I have over 17 years of clinical experience with interests in functional medicine and holistic health for over 12 years. Schedule a free phone consult today.

I am the only Doctor of Optometry Quadruple Trained with ADAPT, FMU, Primal Health Coach and the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) and have completed Applied Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice, Biotransformation, Cardiometabolic, Detox, Gut, Hormone, and Immune modules of training required for IFM certification.

Education

I completed training in Chris Kresser’s ADAPT (Advanced Diagnostics and Personalized Treatment) Functional Medicine program with an ancestral perspective, Functional Medicine University 2015, and Mark Sisson’s Primal Health Coach Institute. I’m pursuing a Fellowship in Ocular Nutrition by Ocular Nutrition and Wellness Society and Diplomate with the American Board of Clinical Nutrition (DACBN).

My education includes: BA Classics with minor in Biology from University of Texas at Austin, summer at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, MA in Classical Archaeology at University of Michigan Ann Arbor, and OD – Doctor of Optometry from New England College of Optometry.

My training included a 6 month internship at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute – ranked #1 in Ophthalmology for the past 21 years by US News and World Report.

Publications/Presentations

I  presented solo at Ancestral Health Symposium 2013 in Atlanta and Paleo Fx 2014 on ocular health, served on panels at Paleo FX 2012-2014, presented a poster at Ancestral Health Symposium 2012 held at Harvard University, and wrote a book chapter on ancient Indian ocular medicine and disease “Anatomy, Medicine, and Disease in Ancient India: Historical Discussion and Modern Clinical Commentaries of Sushruta’s Ocular Texts,” (2016). In Anatomy and Surgery from Antiquity to the Renaissance. Hakkert. Additionally, I wrote 2 guest blogposts for Paul Jaminet, PhD regarding the health benefits of fish and a traditional Indian fish recipe.

Conferences Attended

Integrative Healthcare Symposium :
Annually in New York City 2014-present

Institute for Functional Medicine Annual Conference:
Gut,Genes,Genomics (Methylation) Austin – 2015

Seeking Health Education Conference SHEICON :
(Methylation, MTHFR, Detox, Lyme) Denver 2015, Seattle 2017

Nutrition and the Eye
Annual Ocular Nutrition Society (ONS) Symposium – St. Louis – 2013-2017 (except 2016)
Ocular Nutrition Educational Symposium – New York – 2014

Ancestral Health Symposium 2011-2013 (presenting in latter 2)

Paleo F(x)– Austin 2012-2015 (presenting in all but 2015), 2019, 2020

My Story

I have a strong compassion and empathy for those on this journey as I’ve witnessed some transformative changes in colleagues, family, friends, and patients through lifestyle changes. Feeling Inspired, grateful and blessed by this opportunity to serve others- I chose the journey of becoming a functional medicine practitioner.

My practice was born out of the critical need of functional medicine with an ancestral perspective in the United States and watching too many loved ones fall ill to chronic disease, feeling worse, and becoming sicker in the the traditional health care (sick care) model without addressing root causes and lifestyle changes.

Both my husband and I personally experienced great improvement in quality of life combining functional medicine and Paleo/Primal/Ancestral principles to improve food sensitivities, allergies, acne, bloating, eczema, digestion, dental health, nutrient deficiencies, and sleep while improving energy and productivity. We spent over $12000 at 2 visits at world-famous medical clinics without any improvement and unable to offer referrals. However, spending just $4000 over 2 years in functional medicine gave us much more health improvement and addressed the root causes.

After spending over 6 years learning and training from world-famous functional medicine practitioners such as Dr. Mark Hyman, Chris Kresser, Dr. Ben Lynch, Dr. David Perlmutter, Dr. Terry Wahls, and many others and applying this knowledge – I saw how great the potential to help many others.

I was born in India but raised in Texas.  I now reside in the Greater Philadelphia area with my family including 2 cats and also work at a top Philadelphia area optometry practice. I practiced for 9 years in the Boston area at one of the top optometry practices. I enjoys gluten-free cooking, hiking, ancient history, travel, and yoga. I served as Board Trustee of the Archaeological Institute of America nonprofit and was organizer of the one of the largest Paleo Meetup groups: Living Paleo in Boston.

Vision: To empower patients to go Beyond Wellness using both ancient wisdom and the cutting edge science of functional medicine. To create a safe setting for patients to discuss their most pressing health concerns and work as a team to dig deeper and find hidden and clear stressors blocking their path to optimum health. These hidden stressors may include dysfunctional digestion, food sensitivities, unbalanced hormones, environmental toxins, dysfunctional immunity, inflammation, nutrient deficiencies, and hidden infections.

Mission: To teach (Latin docere related to the word “doctor”) our patients how to take responsibility for their health and to guide them in their journey to wellness using various lifestyle tools and strategies.

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