Chris is a holistic practitioner who came to this field after a series of health missteps while directing a children’s show in Hawaii. After strep throat was misdiagnosed, he grew sicker and sicker as pills and steroid shots were haphazardly put into his system. Uninsured, he sunk a lot of money into a system that refused to listen to him. When an allergic reaction caused his face to puff up and tongue to swell, the doctor told him, “I’m not concerned about it. Go jump in the ocean.” Chris knew there that he had to take his health into his own hands.
Years of self-study and minor adjustments coalesced into a new career and formal education. First, he received his certification in health counseling via The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City in 2008. He followed that up with a three-year Masters program that combined classroom study of physical sciences, Western herbal traditions, and clinical training. After completing 140 hours in the student clinic and 249 hours in the herbal dispensary, Chris received his Master of Science in Herbal Medicine in 2011 from Tai Sophia Institute in Laurel, Maryland.
Prior to this shift in focus, Chris dedicated himself to theatrical pursuits and education. Upon his 1999 graduation from Amherst College with a Bachelor of Arts in English, he lived in Los Angeles for two years trying to hit it big as an actor. He returned to his New England roots to work in his hometown school system where he designed a dramatic arts program for an elementary school and revived the high school’s dormant theatre program. Aside from Massachusetts and Hawaii, Chris also directed shows in Connecticut before turning his attention to natural health.
Chris lives in Vermont with his wife and daughter. Despite the hardship on Maui, he feels a tremendous affinity for the land and its traditions, “living Aloha” each day.