With 25 years of experience as a psychologist, I am deeply interested in the interconnection between veganism and emotional well-being. I am passionate about the power of a plant-based lifestyle for health, mental health, compassion for all sentient beings, and caring for our planet.

I am currently conducting research for a book on the transformational impact of a vegan lifestyle for mind, body, and spirit. As a vegan lifestyle educator, I empower people to successfully move toward a plant-powered lifestyle for better health and emotional well-being. In addition, I provide coaching for vegans and compassionate advocates and healers to thrive emotionally and to express their unique gifts in service to their own well-being and that of all beings and the planet.

I serve as a Psychology Advisor and Founding Ambassador for WeDIDIt.Health, an on-line platform where individuals can share and discover the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle for improved health, compassion for animals, and the environment. I authored the e-book 7 Best Practices to Inspire Loved Ones to Go Plant-Based, which is offered as a complimentary gift for those who join the community at www.WeDIDIt.Health. I am also a supporting psychology expert for Compassion Rising, a compassion-based educational program and community.

My past professional experience includes working as a psychotherapist for over two decades, helping clients make lifestyle changes to achieve better physical, mental, and emotional health.  I am experienced in individual and group psychotherapy, meditation and visualization techniques, biofeedback, transformational approaches, and trauma therapies.


  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Auburn University, 1997
  • Post-doctoral Fellowship in Pain Management, University of Virginia School of Medicine, 1998
  • Clinical Psychology Internship (with specialty in Health Psychology), University of North Carolina School of Medicine, 1995
  • EMDR therapist (trained 2007-2008; EMDRIA certified 2011)
  • Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator (Main Street Vegan Academy, October 2019)
  • Master Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator (Main Street Vegan Academy, December 2020)
  • Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate, T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies at eCornell (April 2020)
  • Transformational Coach (Institute for Women-Centered Coaching, 2021)
  • Culinary Rx Certification, 2022 (Plantrician Project and Rouxbe Cooking School)
  • Author of 7 Best Practices to Inspire Loved Ones to Go Plant-Based (available through WeDidIt.Health)
  • Co-author of The Behavioral Medicine Treatment Planner (by DeGood, Crawford, Jongsma, and Berghuis)