I have always been in awe of nature and fascinated by the healing power of plants. I grew up around elders and bush women who would guide me to drink, rub or inhale a concoction they conjured up. No matter how strange these natural remedies were or how horrible they tasted (ugh!), I never questioned their wisdom because deep down I always had a knowing.
As a child, I knew I wanted a career in health and healing, and in 1994 I received my license as a Registered Nurse. I specialized in care for premature and ill infants in the NICU.
I spent over 20 years working as a nurse in the healthcare field and I loved caring for my patients but I always felt like something was missing. After experiencing an adverse reaction to a cream prescribed for my eczema, I began to revisit my curiosity about herbs. I realized that holistic healing practices were more in line with my belief systems and I began to study herbal medicine and various healing modalities.
In 2009 I Opened N-Diya Center for Healing in Brooklyn, New York where we provided various healing therapies and a line of natural skin and hair care products I formulated. Nothing on my path to becoming a healer was wasted. Every twist and turn lead me to my calling. My nursing ability guides me in assessing my clients and my understanding of the disease process serves me well in my Holistic Practice.
I've always believed that there should be a focus on preventative care and In 2011 I joined fellow health practitioners and formed “The Bedstuy healing circle” in giving free health and wellness workshops at the Bedstuy YMCA where we focused on teaching the importance of self-care.
In 2015 I formed “The Well Woman Movement” and joined forces with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to administer wellness services and health education to pregnant women and new moms in an effort to reduce maternal and infant mortality and morbidity in communities most at risk.
My time spent nurturing these women has inspired me to do more. My research into why health disparities exist has frustrated and challenged me and I was compelled to form Divine Deliveries, a non-for-profit organization to provide doula and wellness services to expecting women. Please visit Divine-Deliveries.com and support our initiatives.
In 2018 I began Mind body and Soil, a small-scale backyard farming focused on drawing a parallel between eating a healthy plant-based diet and healing the mind, body, and spirit. Here we have 1 acre of land where we grow organic fruits, vegetables, and herbs and raise chickens. In the near future, we will also add goats and bee farming. It is my dream to encourage people to reestablish a relationship with nature and to have fun with it. Our back-to-nature workshops will teach the community how to grow their own food, forage, make medicine, and more.
May lOve & ligHt follow you always,