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InspirationDealing with a Diagnosis

In January I was told I have breast cancer. The overwhelming news brought tears and the urge to crawl up in a ball and stay there forever. I didn’t want to face what lay ahead – more doctors, more tests, and many life-changing decisions to be made. How could this Read more…

Natural OptionsWomen and Work: Creating Balance from the Inside Out

What’s the foundation for a vibrant and inspired life? Balance. A return to homeostasis is the key for optimal functioning. This is no easy task in our busy culture, and especially difficult for working women. In honor of Women’s History Month, I looked at how women and work have evolved Read more…

Natural OptionsAppreciating the Golden Ratio of Nature

Because Death Valley is considered one of the hottest places on earth it never elicited a call to visit. After seeing the striking beauty in a friend’s recent pictures of this national park, I became intrigued and decided to lead a group of 25 hikers there. Little did I know Read more…

Integrated PracticesRadical Self-acceptance

Recently, Jim Dethmer, the author of 15 Commitments of Conscious Leaders, in speaking to a group of health coaches stated, “All sustainable transformation begins with radical self-acceptance.” As a doctor, I have been called to support healing and transformation, but both in my patients and in myself, I find transformation Read more…

FitnessBallroom Dancing: Good for Body, Mind and Spirit

As an avid reader of Desert Health, I have enjoyed many great articles on fitness, health and emotional wellbeing. As a ballroom dance instructor, I am proud to say that ballroom dancing addresses all of these!  Many people believe that ballroom dancing is only the more formal partner dances such Read more…

Medical NewsGetting Into Zen

Is it a coincidence that the words Zen and Zone are so similar? There must be a reason that when human beings do what we love at our highest level of proficiency, we are also at peace and experience fulfillment. There is clear evidence that our thoughts often get in Read more…

Natural OptionsLearning from the Peruvian Practice of Honoring Pachamama

My mother instilled in me a wanderlust spirit and quest to travel the world through the eyes of the people who live in faraway lands. Following this sage advice, I have affirmed time and time again that traveling allows one to journey into a deeper part of self and an Read more…

Through the GenerationsInner Space, Inner Peace

One of my deepest intentions is finding a peaceful heart. The inspiration has, in part, stemmed from my dad, who passed away in 1982 but not before leaving an indelible imprint on the person I am today. He was a metallurgical engineer and researcher in aerospace back in the day Read more…

Desert HealthThe Greatest Gift

What is the one thing you hope to have with you for life? Your children? Your spouse? Your sanity? Your mobility? When you think about it, the most treasured thing you could wish for yourself and your loved ones is good health. It can be the difference between happiness and Read more…

Natural OptionsLessons from the Amazon Jungle

This past summer I found myself deep in the heartland of the Amazon jungle at night, with a flashlight and a naturalist guide. This experience was as far as I have ever been out of my comfort zone; yet, it drew me closer to understanding how everything in life ultimately Read more…

Natural OptionsCome Home to Who You Are

The hot summer days are finally behind us, and it is now the time of year when snowbirds make their way back to their desert homes, reminding us that we live in a culture of movement. We move from our childhood home to a place of our own. In time Read more…

Natural OptionsWellness Served at the JW Marriott Resort & Spa

There is something fresh brewing at the JW Marriott Desert Springs. Not only are they underway with a multi-million dollar renovation, but wellness is now being served to their 1,200 employees, local visitors, and international guests. The team leading the charge includes internal nutritionist Regina Basterrechea and Executive Chef Peter Read more…

Integrated PracticesWhy being Selfish Is GOOD

It’s been interesting to note that my most requested talk this year has been about self-care. Whether I’m speaking to groups or with individual patients, we as a society seem to have a greater load of anxiety, depression and stress and I think it’s time to call BS. Now don’t Read more…

Through the GenerationsAn Awakening Walk

Jennifer Johnson was looking for something to lift the weight of negative self-image that had plagued her most of her life. As a desert resident, she had a successful catering business, was a practicing yogi, and had many close friends, but was seeking something more. In March 2015 she first Read more…

Health & BeautyFeeling Good Never Looked So Good!

Whether you wear makeup regularly or hardly ever, the holidays are a festive time to add that little extra sparkle and let your spirit glow. Here are some tips to help you shine: Holiday hues: red and gold. Show your holiday spirit with incredible red and gold makeup. Determine the Read more…

Live Your WellestAre You Living Your wellest?

As you may have read in our previous issue, now is the time to Live Your Wellest and Greater Palm Springs has just what you need. Our valley is the ultimate health and wellness destination and we are lucky to live here! Certainly, the area boasts other exceptional attributes for Read more…

Live Your WellestIt’s Time to Live Your Healthiest Self

What is living your wellest? It’s finally making time to do those things for yourself you’ve talked about for years – exercising, meditating, losing weight, changing your perception. It’s replacing those habits that don’t serve you well with those that do. It’s waking up in the morning with a smile Read more…

InspirationCommunity Adopts School & Changes Lives

More and more research is identifying “giving back” as a key factor to living a long and healthy life. If this theory is true, Trilogy at the Polo Club’s Women of Wisdom, or WOW, have a few extra years coming their way. The self-starting club has over 100 women who Read more…

Live Your WellestYour Journey Starts Here

Greater Palm Springs is a global destination for health and wellness and this fall we are celebrating with the Live Your Wellest campaign. Below you will find discounts and special offers from local businesses to help start you on your journey towards living your very best, and wellest, self. Our Read more…

Live Your WellestA Pass to Escape

Greater Palm Springs has many world-class resorts and spas enjoyed by visitors from around the globe. But did you know that many of them offer day passes for as little as $20? You can lounge in their pristine pools, hot tubs and relaxation rooms, indulge in their steams and saunas, Read more…