A woman is considered in menopause when she has not had a menstrual period for one year or more. Perimenopause is the period of time leading up

How do I know if I am peri-menopausal or menopausal? What is the difference?

A woman is considered in menopause when she has not had a menstrual period for one year or more. Perimenopause is the period of time leading up to the cessation of periods when physical and emotional changes occur. Some women may experience only mild changes for a few months. Others experience a variety of symptoms over a several year period. Some of the symptoms women might encounter are emotional lability, fuzzy thinking, disrupted sleep or insomnia, changes in the menstrual cycle, hot flashes or night sweats, vaginal dryness and loss of interest in sex. While these symptoms are considered normal, they are often challenging and difficult to manage.

There is so much information out there for treating menopause symptoms. How do I know what methods are safe and reliable?

It is often difficult to know which direction to follow. My approach is based in the Schwarzbein Principle, and my many years of professional experience. The best approach is to trust the body’s inherent intelligence to heal and balance itself and support that process through lifestyle, nutritional, botanical and psychospiritual solutions. Each woman is unique and what works for one person may not work for another. Usually, a combination of treatments is required for successful management of symptoms associated with menopause.

Weight Loss

I’ve tried dozens of different diets and food plans to lose weight but nothing seems to work permanently. I’m sick and tired of diets and thinking about food. How is your approach different?

Losing weight and keeping it off without destroying your metabolism and losing lean muscle and bone can be done by keeping your hormones balanced through healthy nutrition and lifestyle habits. We determine what needs to be corrected in your body, such as healing burned out adrenals and accompanying fatigue, balancing blood sugar or lowering cholesterol and tailoring a nutrition and exercise plan just for you. For more details, visit my website.


It seems like everyone is stressed these days. Is stress bad? Isn’t that just a catch-all for all our problems?

Yes, most of us are very stressed out and we live in a culture where working hard and long hours is considered the norm—even praised. When you understand the damage that stress causes on our bodies, it is important to pause and take a deeper look. Often, we cannot eliminate much of the stress in our lives so we need to discover effective ways to deal with the stress. It is also wise to make adjustments wherever possible to remove stress-makers. By finding a balance in managing stress and reducing or eliminating stressors whenever possible, we are happier, less depressed, experience more vitality and health.