I always knew I wanted to help people feel better.
Yet I didn't want to become a 'regular' doctor.
My options opened up when I decided not to pursue regular medical school. Instead, I chose to study several healing modalities after college: from Reflexology to Chinese Medicine, Hypnotherapy to Life and Weight Coaching.
Chinese medicine allowed me to offer effective natural complementary therapies like acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion and reflexology to my patients. These techniques help people’s bodies heal naturally: patients leave my office feeling better than when they came in.
For some of them, even if they feel better physically, they go home to still face the overwhelm, the unrelenting anxiety, the fear and doubt that seem to plague and paralyze them.
They can’t get out of their own way to move forward, in health and in life: they are still uncomfortable in their own skin.
I understand them: I used to struggle (and still do sometimes) with some of these same tendencies and challenges.
I didn't feel at home in my mind, or in my body.
For instance, I struggled to lose the last 3-8 lbs most of my adult life; I was never satisfied with my accomplishments; I critiqued myself while others praised me.
Things did not change for me until I started working with a coach.
Unlike a therapist, my coach did not have an agenda to “cure” me or work with a diagnosis as I didn’t really have one.
Rather, my coach showed me why and how
I was in my own way.
Through coaching, I discovered my thought patterns and why my thinking was the only thing that was the problem: it was keeping me from growing, changing, and feeling better.
Through coaching, I was able to take action to make sustainable changes, especially around food.
I let go of perfectionism as an identity and a goal and started embracing good enough.
I now aim for 88% perfect.
That, to me, is perfection.
Are you wanting to stop the chatter, feel better, and be at home in your mind and body?
If so, I am here to help you.
My focus is on mindful eating because, to me, eating is living.
Many of us struggle to feel comfortable in our own skin because of the literal weight that we carry around. Sometimes it's more like mental - emotional weight.
When we can finally let go of the excess weight, whether it's 5 or 50lbs, we feel so much lighter physically, and we gain freedom emotionally.
Mindful eating is the answer to this struggle with food, weight and eating.
Being mindful has given me the awareness of my thinking and doing.
I have found that in my own life, eating mindfully is a practice and a skill that transfers to other parts of one's life.
The way we do one thing is the way we do anything.
I am here to guide you to eat mindfully, lose your excess body weight if you desire, so that you don't just live, but thrive.
Here and there
I was born and raised in a small province outside of Thailand, Samutprakan, to be precise. There was an interlude of one year when my family lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts where my father was a Neiman Fellow at Harvard University, and I attended a nursery school in a church right in Harvard Square.
At 12.5, I started my schooling in the U.S., first in Washington DC area, then just outside of Boston (near where I went to pre-school in Cambridge!).
I called the Boston area home through college, then onto Maine for a few years before a decade in beautiful Santa Cruz, California.
Before moving to the Midwest of the U.S., my husband and kids spent a few months living in Dunedin, New Zealand where penguins roam the beaches and we found hedgehogs in our garden.
At the moment, my husband, our teenage twins, and our menagerie (4 chickens, a bunny, and a dog), live in Bexley - a beautiful leafy suburb outside of Columbus, Ohio.
Education and Certifications
Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Wellesley College
Masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University
Certified health coach from National Society of Health Coaches
Certified clinical hypnotist from The Wellness Institute
Certified life and weight loss coach through The Life Coach School
Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate, T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell