Tamara says it was her first high school biology class that got her hooked on the miracle of the human body. “I remember learning about the digestive system—the anatomy and chemistry and how it all worked without us even being aware—and wondered at the brilliance of it all. I knew then that I wanted to pursue a career in medicine.” Tamara went on to Millikin University, achieving a bachelor’s degree in biology/pre-medicine and graduating cum laude. But as she looked at medical schools, she became disillusioned with medicine in the traditional sense. “The more people I met in traditional medicine, the more I was struck by the fact that many people were more motivated by ego than by truly helping people. And I knew that wasn’t me.”
Instead she decided to pursue the “business side of science” and focused her energies on working in and helping to grow various businesses. “I realized I had a forte for business processes, growing and managing staff, and seeing the big picture, which was rare.” Still, her love of medicine continued and she was introduced to chiropractic care after suffering chronic neck pain following two car accidents. “Chiropractic care just opened up a whole new world for me…I had never really been exposed to alternative therapies like chiropractic or acupuncture. It made a huge difference in me physically; I was hooked!“ Tamara spent the next fifteen years seeking out practitioners in various modalities personally and studying on them in her spare time. “I couldn’t get enough—I wished I would have known there were other options besides traditional medicine when I was in college.”
After over twenty successful years in business, Tamara decided to honor a life-long dream to help others heal, choosing holistic nutrition and bodywork as the foundations for her practice. She enrolled in the Holistic Nutrition Consultant’s program at the Midwest Institute of Natural Healing in Gladstone, Missouri, studying with the school’s founder, Carmelita Davis-Beets. Tamara says, “Carmelita was an inspiration, and I’ll be eternally grateful to her for starting this program. It has truly jumpstarted my dreams and calling to be a healer.” Tamara has also added massage therapy to her practice--studying at BMSI Institute, Overland Park, KS and with Cuky Choquette Harvey--with an emphasis in Hawaiian lomilomi.
“The needs are so great…people need help and they want information. The essence of my practice is to help those seeking wellness to find it. I want to be a place people come to be heard, find answers, and get well.”
Tamara lives in Shawnee, Kansas with her best friend and husband, Philip, their two children, Drew and Mia, and two pets-- a Golden retriever, Sasha, and boy cat, Olley. In her spare time, Tamara enjoys meditation, reading, gardening, baking, nature walks and soap making.
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