medicine is combining the best of conventional
medicine with the best of complementary medicine
to create the highest level of healing for individuals.
I am trained in conventional medicine through
a medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine.
I have completed a residency in Family Practice
and am board-certified both in Family Practice
and in Hospice and Palliative Care. My career
has included 10 years as a family physician
and 6 years as a hospice doctor.
My training in complementary medicine includes
completion of the UCLA Acupuncture for Physicians
course; numerous workshops in various aspects
of complementary medicine including aromatherapy,
herbal medicine, homeopathy, imagery, music
therapy, and body-centered psychotherapy; and
completion of the Catholic Health Initiatives
course in Healing Therapy. I became certified
as an instructor in Healing Therapy in 2004.
I served as the Medical Director of the Wellness
Center at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango,
Colorado from 2001 to 2006.
As the Medical Director of the Wellness Center,
I spearheaded the creation of a Touch, Love,
and Compassion (TLC) team to bring music, aromatherapy,
imagery, and gentle hands-on techniques to the
bedside of hospitalized patients in order to
relieve stress and pain. This program has been
in operation for over a decade now and has had
over several thousand sessions with patients.
Statistics have shown that pain and anxiety
are relieved and that patient and staff satisfaction
has greatly increased since the program was
Numerous studies are available to support each
of these modalities. Please do refer to the
link on articles for information about these
studies. I am also available as a consultant
to medical facilities who would like to institute
a more integrative approach to their patient