In high school, out of all the STEM subjects available, I knew I would end up in a field related to the biological sciences. When I realized I wanted to become a physician after college, I heavily pondered on how my practice would look. After shadowing other physicians and observing patient consultations, I knew I wanted to develop a more thorough and personable intake that took longer than 15 minutes with my patients. I have been driven by social justice for as long as I can remember. Whichever field I ended up in, I knew I would be a strong advocate in that regard. It was that drive that made me resonate so strongly with the naturopathic principles because they advocate for my patient’s total health, and don’t just focus on treating symptoms. With naturopathic medicine, I am not limited to just one modality, but instead, have access to a wide array of practices that can be used to support the healing process.
Growing up as a first-generation Mexican-American, my family and culture would use herbal remedies for almost all ailments which is a tradition that has been passed down from indigenous ancestors through the generations. Most importantly, having a community and family full of support allows for positive healing outcomes. Having such a strong foundation of that today allows me to translate that to my practice to best support my patient’s healing journey.