As Your Doctor:

  • I will dig deep to do a thorough intake to understand the physical, mental and emotional components that shape you, your health and your wellness.
  • I will educate you in all components of your health from understanding the clinical significance of your labs to making a health plan that is actionable for you.
  • Naturopathic Physicians bring the most training in the medical field to understand “food as medicine”, botanical medicine, lifestyle interventions, and functional lab testing in developing a personalized medical plan for you.

Mission Statement: Passiflora Holistic Health

Let this practice be your “medical home”


The Mission of Passiflora Holistic Health is to:


It's an honor that you are considering me to be YOUR DOCTOR  and being on your team to get to the root of your health imbalances is invaluable to me.

Together we will create a sustainable plan to keep you moving in the direction of health, wellness, and vitality.

The world of supplements and food is confusing and it shouldn’t be. My goal is to simplify it for you, educate you, and, in a way that is actionable for you, guide you to wellness habits.

I will support your health, wellness, and vitality with a range of personalized “holistic” healthcare options including “food as medicine”, botanical medicine, mind-body medicine, Ayurveda, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, and nutritional counseling.

I will empower you with knowledge and agency to keep yourself well and prevent imbalances before they turn into “dis-ease”.

I enjoy playing a key role in being part of the local community and in “giving back” knowledge and education, acknowledging the key role that community has in creating health.

I support businesses that play a role in bettering health, wellness, and vitality which is  inextricably linked to the health of our environment and planet

I will nurture you with our high-quality botanical medicine selections of loose bulk herbs and powders, custom tea blends (tisanes), and botanical medicine tinctures. And, educating you about how botanical medicine can play a role in your life.

I will help you to obtain the highest-quality, clinically supported choices in supplements. Support companies that have the best processes

Passiflora Holistic Health is a hub for the gathering and sharing of holistic health knowledge and information.

The overarching goal is that after you participate in some way with our practice that you are moving your life in the direction of health, wellness, and vitality.

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My Bio

I am a licensed Naturopathic Physician who would be honored if you chose me to be YOUR DOCTOR. I received my Naturopathic Medical Degree from the nationally accredited Naturopathic Medicine School at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut in a four-year full time program with over 1,200 hours of clinical experience.

Prior and during attending Naturopathic Medical School, I owned Passiflora, a local, organic cafe, tea room and herbal apothecary for 16 years in New Hartford CT. In this business, I combined my passions of “food as medicine”, botanical medicine, education and building community. I still retain my commercial kitchen at my home property in order to integrate personalized “food as medicine” into my Naturopathic Medical Practice. When I was in high school, my father was ahead of the time in taking out our front yard and installing a large organic vegetable that shaped how I viewed food, vegetables and nutrients for the rest of my life.

A diversity and depth of educational and life experiences brought me to the door of Naturopathic Medicine. This life-long learning will continue as science continues to evolve, and I plan on learning each day. I do not take lightly the challenging responsibility of being a “doctor”, The root derivation of this word is  “docere” meaning to teach, thus, I view part of my responsibility to be education of my patients on their own personal journey to “wellness”. This entails time, listening, thoroughness and presence.

My undergraduate degree is from Barnard College/Columbia University in Psychology/Biology, which shapes to this day guiding patients in the links between physical and mental health.

In addition to this education, I received my MBA from Columbia University and worked in various capacities as a Strategic Marketing Professional for 20+ years. As part of this work experience, I was trained in qualitative market research and interviewing, which informs my practice in in-depth intakes with patients. I have completed course work for an MS in Nutrition at the University of Bridgeport; studied Herbalism with the renowned herbalist David Winston for 3 years; completed Ayurvedic Lifestyle Certification (at Kripalu Yoga Center in Lenox MA) and am about to complete Homeopathic Certification with the New England School of Homeopathy (NESH).

I am passionate about the body’s natural ability to be vital and well, and to restore homeodynamics after it is thrown out of balance by all the stressors of illness and/or day to day living. I am the proud mother of 5 children and 5 grandchildren. I love yoga, walking in nature, libraries and museums and my amazing local community. I was raised in Watertown CT and am honored to be able to offer Naturopathic Medicine in an area of the country where I feel strong roots.

Key Highlights of My Background:

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  • Licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctor. University of Bridgeport School of Naturopathic Medicine, Cum Laude, 4 ½ years full-time.
  • Owner, Passiflora Cafe, Tea Room and Herbal Apothecary in New Hartford, CT for 16 years.
  • MS, Nutrition. University of Bridgeport Nutrition Institute. Completed coursework in 2014.
  • Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor, Kripalu School of Ayurveda, Lenox MA 
  • Certification in Herbal Studies (3 years), David Winston, School of Herbal Studies. 2007 to 2009
  • Studied with Herbalists Dr. LIndsay Chimileski, Dr. Eugene Zampieron, David Winston, Guido Mase, Rosemary Gladstar,  and David Dalton (flower essences) and many more herbalists, elders and mentors who have guided my botanical medicine learning
  • MBA Finance/Operations Management, Columbia Business School, Columbia University, New York City, Beta Gamma Sigma
  • BS Psychology/Biology, Barnard College/Columbia University,, New York City, Cum Laude. 
  • Love to present wellness, lifestyle, “food as medicine”, botanical medicine and wellness/health information in an accessible way
  • Studying with Dr. Paul Herscu and  Dr. Amy Rothenberg at the New England School of Homeopathy (NESH)

Want to see if we are a good fit for each other?

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I offer a free 15-minute phone consultation for prospective patients, providing an opportunity for me to personally answer your questions about me, my practice and how we can best work

together. In this way, you can discover if Naturopathic Medicine and my practice is the best match for you on your path to wellness.

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