How would you describe what you do to people who are unfamiliar with it?
I use natural, clinical tools such as biofeedback, homeopathy, nutrition along with counseling and emotional processing to help people, not only become healthier but gain clarity on what to do with this new found health. Being healthy and feeling good is the first step, the next is asking ourselves why am I here and what am I here to do? We do not have to feel optimal to begin to ask ourselves these questions, however I find that it's almost impossible to connect to our "why" from a place of chronic symptoms and discomfort.
How did you first get involved with this?
When I was 17 I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease. I had no relationship to natural medicine at the time and went with chemotherapy and radiation. I was in remission for about 18 months and on the day before I went to my sophomore year of college, I was told that I had relapsed and had to begin aggressive treatment immediately. After more chemo, radiation, a stem cell transplant and 10 days unconscious in the ICU, as a family we had had enough. Once out of the hospital we were introduced to a biochemist by a family friend. He put me on a diet and supplement regimen. This was my introduction to natural healthcare and I never looked back.
Tell me about some of the people you've met while doing this.
I've met some of the top healers and nutritionists in the world, from Deepak Chopra to Andrew Weil to Gary Zukav and others. They are all incredibly inspiring and effective at what they do. Dr. Lenny Izzo, a chiropractor and clinical nutritionist on Long Island had the biggest impact on my development in this field. He's been my mentor for the last 6 years. Before that Joshua Rosenthal, founder of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, taught me the difference between having answers and helping people. A crucial lesson.
What is the greatest gift you’ve ever given yourself?
The compassion to pursue a career that matters to me. At a young age I started following my heart and looking for how I could be of service to other people. I know that sounds corny but it did happen. The truth is though I did it for myself. I was unhappy doing what I thought I was supposed to do. And I believe the more that we do things for ourselves the more people we begin to help. Finding a way to live an inspired, healthy and successful life sets an example for those around us. I take enjoying my life seriously because I want to inspire others to do the same. Its a win win.
Who inspires you?
My clients are the people that continue to help me become the person and force I want to be in the world. The clients tend to be a reflection of myself and so as we work together it helps me learn more about who I am. I have seen so much courage from them. It's a constant inspiration for me and keeps me pushing myself in my own health and personal development.
What empowers you today?
I'm empowered by my accountability. I always look for where I can take responsibility for everything "good" or "bad" in my life. This is a critical choice. It can be scary to think that we are responsible for it all, and yet, once we do that, once we stop blaming other people or circumstances, the actions that are in our control become clear. We start to become a force of change in our own life. At the end of the day, our life is our work of art. It's what we create; we are not victims, we are artists, and if we don't like what we have made, we can always start over.
What advice would you like to give people looking to find a way to heal the world?
Start with yourself and work outwards. There is a tendency to want to save the world or to look at all of the tragedy thousands of miles away and to feel guilty or try and solve it. And that same person will have a personal health crisis that they are ignoring. Or a destructive relationship with their partner, or just be unhappy. We have to start with ourselves, our health, sometimes I say with our "Kingdom" before we can save anyone else. Our body is our castle, our family friends work environment. That's where we start. Start loving the people closest to us then move outward. And if all we get to do is create a healthy body and a strong family that will have been enough. Each person has to play their part and that is how the world will heal. One kingdom at a time.
What advice would you like to give people looking to be healed?
Where is your stress, where is your life issue, because that is the cause of our health issues. Diet, nutrition, meditation, they are all important. At some point though we have to confront our life head on to fully heal. Take accountability for everything, and then ask for help. No one can do it for you but we can't do it alone either.
Where your practice is located:
508 E 12th St, NY NY 10009