I was born and raised in Los Angeles and graduated from Cal State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 1974. Since then, I have worked in a variety of clinical settings including large metropolitan hospitals — such as UCLA and the VA — as well as hospitals specializing in head injury rehabilitation, and multiple acute rehab and long term facilities. Outside of these settings, I have been involved in private group practice, outpatient orthopedic facilities, home health, and the treatment of special needs children in the school system.
In 1994 I moved to Tennessee and have lived and worked here ever since. I love the people, the ambience and hospitality of Nashville, and am delighted to be practicing here.
About My Philosophy
I believe in the value of traditional and complementary medicine together. As a child, I suffered a chronic, systemic health issue requiring traditional medical management as well as surgical intervention. My mother, concerned about the continued use of antibiotics and the long term effects of this illness, pursued an alternative, holistic approach, which benefitted me tremendously and affected the way I would view medical care from then on. I have a great respect for the two systems and their ability to work together for positive healing.
I was introduced to Neurofeedback in 2000, at a chance encounter at an professional conference. In the booth next to ours was a woman by the name of Margaret Ayres, a pioneer in the field of Neurofeedback. Over the course of that weekend, I observed a stroke victim being treated with Margaret’s equipment. Within 4 treatments over the 2-day period, I noted a profound shift in this person’s mobility. They went from having to depend on their cane for walking to almost not needing it at all. I knew then and there that I wanted to learn more about this unique modality.
At that point I had been a Physical Therapist for 25 years, specializing in head trauma, neurological disorders and musculoskeletal issues. Based on my experience, I knew this modality was exceptional.
I trained with Margaret and her associates early in 2001 and shortly thereafter opened my practice in Nashville with her patented Neuropathways equipment. At that time, Neurofeedback in Nashville, much like the rest of the country, was a little known treatment option for stroke, seizures, ADD (attention deficit disorder), ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder), anxiety, depression, OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), autism, Aspergers, headaches, fibromyalgia, chronic fatique, learning disabilities, processing disorders, memory loss, among other brain imbalances.
In my many years of practice, “exceptional” has continued to be a description for the type of positive and sometimes dramatic results I have witnessed as a Neurofeedback practitioner.
In keeping with on-going developments in this field, I offer the Cygnet neurofeedback system. With this equipment, I have expanded parameters of neurofeedback capabilities for treating the brain.