Growing up in a housing project in NYC, I had the good fortune of making good enough grades to land a scholarship and admission to college when I was 15 years old. So off I went, from a tiny apartment in Flushing, Queens, where I still shared a room with my little brother, to the forests and streams of western Massachusetts, to study pre-medicine. This transition was one of those experiences in life that marks my life before and life after. Before I was an inner-city kid, street smart and book smart. After, I became who I am now, a midwife, herbalist, ecologist, mom, writer, and Yale-trained MD (though you can take the girl out of the city, you can’t take the city out of a girl!).
How’d it happen? Some combination of reggae music and Ina May Gaskin’s Spiritual Midwifery, women’s studies and environmental studies topped off with a healthy dose of reading about food politics and time spent camping in the wilderness and journaling.