Why did you choose your specific health professional career?
I think I knew as a child that my path was that of helping people understand themselves and others, and to heal their emotional and spiritual wounds.
What experiences did you have to make sure this profession was right for you?
I have received messages and guidance in dreams and signs in Nature that reassure and confirm that I am on the right path.
Describe any obstacles or barriers to success that you encountered along your health professional career path and how did you overcome them?
The most difficult obstacle that I have had to overcome would be other’s perceptions that I don’t fit the Hollywood stereotype of what they think an “Indian” should be. Sometimes there is pressure to prove myself. Ultimately though, it’s not what others think; it is more about me being true to my Medicine, my Path.
What do you do in your current job?
I’m a counselor in private practice with a specialty in Native American and Nature counseling. I see adults in individual, couples, and group therapy. I especially enjoy doing couples and relationship therapy.
What advice do you have for American Indian/Alaska Native students who are interested in health careers?
I can’t think of a better way down an honorable path than that of a Healer. If this is your path, then do yourself a favor and follow it.