Elizabeth started her professional life as a singer, dancer and choreographer in New York City and eventually found her way to using somatic movement, body work and dance as a vehicle for healing. Elizabeth pioneered the use of the Trager® Approach and expressive movement with survivors of refugee trauma and domestic violence in New York City, and then in a residential program for Eating Disorders in North Carolina. She also served as a patient advocate for sexual assault and intimate partner violence at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and taught creative movement in a domestic violence shelter in Queens.
Elizabeth is continually curious about the healing intersection of the mind, body and spirit, and this led to a holistic education as a nurse – where she could study the human body and learn about the brilliance of allopathic medicine for individuals in crisis. In the hospital she worked on a medical surgical unit and then as a case manager in oncology and the ICU. Finally, she completed a Master’s in nursing with board certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She was educated at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Regis University. She is also certified in Mind Body Medicine through The Center for Mind Body Medicine in DC and in the Trager® Approach through Trager® International.
Her priority as a psychiatric provider is cultivating trust and safety in the patient-provider relationship, deep listening and patient-centered care.