I am a retired board-certified general surgeon, named one of Baltimore’s Top Docs in October 2000. I permanently left the practice of traditional Western medicine in May 2002 to explore my long time interest in holistic healing. I have studied and practiced Buddhism in the Tibetan tradition, studied the ancient wisdom traditions including Traditional Chinese wisdom and 5 element theory at Tai Sophia Institute, and completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training in Integrative Yoga Therapy at yama studio in June 2005.
I completed several professional training courses with Jon Kabat-Zinn and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society and have used the wisdom of Ayurveda for personal healing since 2000. I am delighted to have just completed the first of my professional Ayurvedic Nutrition training courses with internationally known teacher and author, Amadea Morningstar.
I have taught Mindfulness classes, yoga and yoga nidra in Baltimore, and Harford Counties since 2004, and teach weekly at Upper Chesapeake Cancer LifeNet in Bel Air, MD and at Aquilino Cancer Center in Rockville, MD. I teach yoga nidra and mindfulness meditation to teachers in training for Jenny Otto’s Body Balance Yoga in Annapolis, MD. I also lead bi-monthly silent retreats in Baltimore for current and past participants of my classes, and anyone interested in deepening their own practices.
In Ayurveda, it is said that the best physician is one who teaches patients to care for themselves. In this spirit, I believe that my path is to share what I have learned on my transformative journey by offering others sacred space and the opportunity to reconnect with their own deepest nature, and learn to care for themselves using these ancient, holistic practices.