Growing up, I was relatively healthy. I had my occasional brush with the conventional medical system, most of which left me disappointed and disenchanted with the care I received. Growing up in Jacksonville, FL, there weren’t a whole lot of options for “alternative healthcare” and there still aren’t to this day. As fate would have it, I was introduced to some alternative approaches to health on a trip to California at the age of 19. I was so enthralled with the idea of using “natural medicine” and “whole foods” for health, it was all I could think about on the plane ride home. That was it, I was hooked, and I knew that this was my path. As soon as I arrived home, I began researching how I could learn more about “natural medicine.” In doing so, I stumbled upon the profession of naturopathic doctor and the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. I spent the next two years at Florida State scrambling to finish my degree, plus all the required pre-med classes, so I could graduate and start my naturopathic training as soon as possible. Four intense years later, I receive my doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the Southwest College.
During school, I focused the majority of my energy on the study of homeopathy, under the guidance of Dr. Stephen Messer, ND. I chose to pursue homeopathy because during my clinical training it became obvious to me that it was the most profoundly healing science that exists in medicine. I witnessed patient after patient recover quickly from conditions that didn’t seem to respond to other therapies. Just before graduation I was lucky enough to be introduced to my second mentor and future husband, Dr. Mark Janikula, ND – the leading expert in treating mental illness using homeopathy.
I love using homeopathy to treat all types of conditions. Due to my life’s experience of having a close relative who struggles with mental illness, I have a special place in my heart for the caretakers and loved ones of those with severe mental health disorders. I often find that the needs of these individuals are easily overlooked during a time of mental health crisis in a family. I believe it is essential for the wellbeing of the patient that all loved ones experiencing difficulty during these times also seek the care and support they need, which is why I am honored to offer my services to these individuals.
Thank you for letting me share my story with you. I look forward to hearing yours and hope that I can assist you on your journey towards true health.