I’m Emily, and I write this blog for you.
I grew up in a tiny coal town in Pennsylvania that boasted the second largest outdoor swimming pool in the state, one bowling alley, and whole bunch of churches.
My dad was a small town family doctor, and I always wanted to follow in his footsteps – minus the small town.
But then I got distracted. I studied classic literature and creative writing in college. Followed a passion for photography. Traveled. Bartended. Discovered yoga. Found Chinese medicine and moved to California.
Now, all grown up, I’m a mom and a wife. (Meet my family in this post!)
In my clinical practice, I use acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, and lots of listening.
I specialize in fertility and pregnancy – but I treat families for all sorts of conditions, and I like to imagine it’s much like my dad’s small town medical practice was decades ago. But my version is in Los Angeles.
At home in my kitchen, I’m a bit obsessed with real, traditional food, and can be often seen hanging cheese from a giant ceiling hook or stirring a soup pot full of bones. Sound weird? I like to make enchiladas and chocolate chip cookies too.
And whenever I can, I hop in the ocean.
This blog is a culmination of professional and personal experience, and my insatiable passion for learning.
Like the mysterious creature that shoots and swirls through the ocean, I’ve got my tentacles exploring many things: fertility, health, delicious, nourishing food, and whatever else blooms from my neo-hippy existence here in Southern California.
Like any woman, Holistic Squid is complex, and my serious side is balanced with a silly name, quirky smile, and lots of love.
In surf lingo, a ‘squid’ is a newcomer or beginner.
So, while my eyes are observing everything, and I tell as I see it, I do my best to keep an ‘beginner’s mind’ – open and eager to learn anew.