Hi! I’m Katerina.

I use mind-body-spirit medicine to help women like you experience the transformations they want in their bodies, minds, and lives.

I work from the premise that mental health is rooted in the body, and physical health is shaped by the mind.

And I know that the way you feel in your mind and body changes your world.

Every day, you have a direct impact on those in your life.

And that impact ripples out through association, reaching far beyond your immediate surroundings.

Your feelings, thoughts, and actions are powerful, even more so if you’re raising children.

 

This means you have a choice.

You can choose to live your life by default, going through your habitual motions, reacting impulsively as the world has its way with you.

Or you can take charge and shape your life the way you want it to be.

And when you start prioritizing the way you feel, you’ll notice the world around you changing too.

If that sounds good to you, one of the best ways to start is to learn to listen to and honor your body.

And that means giving yourself whatever it is you need in order to feel your best, including regular therapeutic treatments and coaching that empowers you to become the person you most want to be.

You deserve to feel wonderful, in body, mind, and spirit.

And everyone around you will benefit when you do.

Because the more you give to yourself, the more you have to give.

And that’s what I’m here to help you do.

I can’t wait to meet you so we can get started!

The Short Story

With a B.A. in psychology and an M.S. in Chinese medicine, I work as a Mind-Body-Spirit health practitioner.

I  help women transform their bodies, minds, and lives through online coaching, courses & workshops, and hands-on treatments using acupuncture, bodywork, personalized nutrition and medicinal herbalism in Portland, Oregon.

I also teach yoga at MamaSpace Yoga, and work as a university professor at the National University of Natural Medicine.

When I’m not working you can find me exploring nature and culture in equal measure with my husband Adam and our two sons, Walden and Téo.

I practice my own combination of yoga and qigong, cook daily, and love it when I have the opportunity to play with clay or any other form of artistic expression.

I’m passionate about good food, good music, good company, the Big Questions in life, and try to infuse joy, creativity, and intention into everything I do.

The Long Story

My story begins in downtown Manhattan, back when it was still more grungy and funky than chic and corporate.

I was raised by an empathetic and off-beat Austrian mother who conducted 100’s of oral history interviews on Holocaust survivors over the span of her career, and a passionate Italian father who was deeply immersed in the art world and all of the beauty and chaos that it has to offer.

Despite having an innate and unrelenting creativity streak in myself, watching the popularity contests that come hand-in-hand with a career in the arts was not what I wanted to invite into my life. So instead I figured I would combine my maternal interest in people’s psyche’s with my paternal artistry and pursue a career in art therapy.

I studied psychology, studio art, and ethnic studies at the University of Vermont, and then, not really knowing what to do with myself after graduation, I ended up volunteering in a middle school and on restoration projects in New Orleans.

Life in New Orleans was equal parts beautiful and traumatic, and in order to keep myself balanced (and semi-sane) I started going to yoga classes at Wild Lotus Yoga almost daily. I was especially taken by Sean Johnson’s dynamic combination of vinyasa flow and music, which felt like therapy for both my body and my soul.

As the year drew to a close, I enrolled in a master’s program in art therapy, since that had been my plan for so many years and I didn’t know what else to do.

 

But before that started I also enrolled in a yoga teacher training over the summer at Sonic Yoga in NYC, lead by Lauren Hanna and Jonathan Fields.

That month changed everything for me.

By the time I was at the orientation for the art therapy program I felt in my bones that something was off.

I remember crying to my mother that this was not it, this was not what I was supposed to do, but I didn’t know where else to go.

I stuck it out for a long and miserable semester, until I finally reached my breaking point on a subway platform in front of an overflowing trashcan. In that moment I realized that I felt like I was an overflowing trashcan myself, and I knew without a doubt that I needed to get out of there.

I didn’t know where I was going, but the next steps quickly fell into place.

The first leg of my journey lead me down to Michoacan, Mexico. I spent 5 weeks at the Bosque Village building cob houses and living only with solar power and a handful of other travelers.

There was a library of books that had been left by the previous owner, and amidst hundreds of titles I found 2 books that would heavily influence my direction in life.

The first was Christiane Northrup’s Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, which lead me to understand that we all have the power to transform and heal ourselves, we just need to learn how to listen to our bodies and honor what we need.

The second book I found on the shelf was Ask and It Is Given: The Teachings of Abraham by Ester and Jerry Hicks, and if you know anything about Abraham you’ll see why I consider this find to be divine timing. I wasn’t so much enthralled by the messenger (which, quite honestly, sounded pretty weird at first,) but the value in their message was indisputable, and I still turn to it regularly to help guide me through life.

After Mexico I flew up to the Pacific Northwest to do a 10-week work-study internship at the Herb Pharm, in Williams, Oregon, where I had the privilege of learning about medicinal herbs and holistic nutrition from teachers like Deborah Francis, Dagmar Goldschmidt, Mark Disharoon, James Jungwirth, and Tyler Wauters, amongst others.

I still didn’t really know what I was doing or where I was going, but I could feel I was finally on the right path.

After my internship at the Herb Pharm, I spent some time in Portland visiting a good friend who had moved there a year or so earlier. During my visit I received a free acupuncture treatment and something inside me clicked.

THIS is what I was supposed to do.

 

It’s interesting looking back, because nothing profound happened during that treatment.

I didn’t have a major healing experience.

I didn’t fall in love with needles.

But it felt right because it was a career that would allow me to combine my love of medicinal herbs, nutrition, movement, psychology, and hands-on medicine.

I landed at the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, and completed a 5-year Master of Science degree in Chinese medicine.

I completed a mentorship in Japanese-style (a.k.a. gentle) acupuncture, moxibustion, shonishin (non-insertive pediatric acupuncture) and sotai bodywork with Dr. Bob Quinn, DAOM, LAc.

 And I participated in a separate mentorship with Dr. Sheila Murphy, D.C., who helped me deepen my hands-on skills with techniques like craniosacral therapy, myofascial release, and visceral manipulation.

Dr. Murphy’s teachings showed me that bodies and people are like pieces of art. They feel good when balanced, and feel bad when they’re not. She taught me how to sculpt bodies with my hands to help them find greater balance, which I was delighted to learn influences how they feel on emotional and spiritual levels as well.

In addition to hands-on skills, I also experienced profound transformation in my body, mind, and spirit through the practice of Qi Gong (which I like to think of as Chinese yoga).

Dr. Tamara Staudt, ND, LAc, Dr. Lauri Regan, ND, PhD, Bill Frazier, LAc, and Dr. Heiner Freuhauf, PhD, LAc, guided me through a series of ancient forms that helped me to cultivate my sensitivity and deepen my perception of Qi (a.k.a. Life force/Energy).

But my most profound experience came in Dr. Staudt’s Medical Qigong class, which taught me how to listen to my body’s innate wisdom to resolve blockages, heal, and transform from the inside out.

I now find this practice is inseparable from my yoga practice, and it’s what I try to teach in my yoga classes.

Those weren’t the only influences I had at NUNM.

I also studied under Dr. Paul Kalnins, ND, LAc, Brandt Stickley, LAc, Dr. Brenda Hood, PhD, LAc, Ellen Goldsmith, LAc, Daniel Silver, LAc, Michael Givens, LAc, Jim Cleaver, LAc, Ken Glowacki, LAc, Dr. Joon Hee Lee, DAOM, LAc, Dr. Roger Batchelor, DAOM, LAc, Eric Grey, LAc, and a handful of others who all changed my worldview, life-experience, and skills as a practitioner (and person!) in more ways than I can describe here.

I simultaneously continued my study of western herbs through Vital Ways (formerly known as the School of Traditional Western Herbalism,) where I deepened my understanding of natural medicine from teachers like Chris Smaka, Hana Jordon, Matthew Wood, and Scott Kloos.

And I received regular acupuncture treatments from Beth Yohalem-Ilsley, who not only supported my health throughout my education, but became a mentor and friend who I still turn to for advice.

Those 5 years were some of the most intense and transformative of my life, and it took me some time to adjust to the relative stillness that followed.

After graduating and passing my boards I began my practice at Canyon Medical Center.

I also created online courses, began coaching and teaching a course in the Master’s of Nutrition program at NUNM.

 

The courses I teach combine my understanding of various healing traditions like ancient Greek medicine, Ayurveda, and Chinese medicine to provide patients with personalized dietary and lifestyle recommendations tailored to their specific strengths and imbalances.

My first son, Walden, was born shortly after I started my practice and I became immersed in the world of full-time motherhood while still trying to build my business.

I had my second son, Theodore (Téo), two and a half years later, and though I continued to be the primary care-giver to my boys, I was finally ready to get the ball rolling on my practice without any more major foreseeable interruptions.

 

My curiosity still unquenched, I decided to add another teacher to my mix and completed Carol Gray’s training in craniosacral therapy and infant treatment with baby Téo on tow.

I now combine all of these skills and experiences in a toolbox that I draw from in order to provide transformative treatments and coaching for women, children, and infants.

If you’ve read this far, thank you.

I am thrilled that you’re here, and I hope I get to be a part of your story soon, too.

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