A scientific perspective on alternative healing therapies
I am a certified MagnaWave practitioner for horses, pets, and humans. I am also certified in Medical Laser Safety, Laser Therapy for Companion Animals, and Laser Therapy for the Equine Athlete through the American Institute of Medical Laser Applications (AIMLA). I received my Bachelor's degree in Neuroscience from Stonehill College and a Master’s degree in Biotechnology from Brown University. Currently, I am a scientist at Vertex Pharmaceuticals researching treatments for Type 1 Diabetes. Prior to Vertex, I worked at Brown University for 12 years studying the structure and function of brain regions involved in memory, attention, and cognition.
I am life long equestrian, having owned and ridden horses for over 27 years. I have competed primarily in the equitation and have won many competitions in New England including the CHJA Junior and Adult Medal Finals as well as the MHC, RIHA, and NEEC Adult Medal Finals. I now enjoy the rewarding challenge of working with and developing young horses.
Throughout my riding experience, I saw all sorts of injuries that always seemed to happen at the most inopportune times. I developed an interest in regenerative medicine in high school when my horse was given stem cell injections to treat a suspensory tear. Although the treatment was new at the time, the results were nothing short of amazing. Ever since, I have been focused on a career combining my passion for science with my love of horses. MagnaWave offered a unique way to integrate both of these interests, and thus, Equilibria Wellness and Performance was created!
As a rider and fitness enthusiast, I have had my fair share of injuries over the years, including chronic back and hip problems. I have tried physical therapy, acupuncture, massage, and chiropractic work to manage muscular imbalances and pain. After much research I decided to try PEMF and laser therapy as alternatives to a lifetime of pain medications and injections. Regular use of these therapies have not only given me extended pain relief, but have also made me much more healthy in general!
I am also a huge animal lover and have 3 adorable pet chinchillas! I am excited to be able to help animals of all sizes with these incredible healing therapies. What makes my business unique is my scientific perspective combined with life long equine experience and a passion for helping animals. Being able to help horses, pets, and people become healthier, recover from injuries and illness, and perform at their best is extremely fulfilling.
What is Equilibrium?
There are many definitions of equilibrium, however those listed below are in regard to the body:
Harmonious adjustment of different elements or parts; also called balance.
A state of balance or a stable situation where opposing forces cancel each other out and where no changes are occurring.
A state of chemical balance in the body, reached when the tissues contain the proper proportions of various salts and water.
Dynamic equilibrium, or homeostasis, refers to "the characteristic of a system that maintains balance and stability between the internal and external environment." Living organisms must constantly maintain homeostasis in order to grow and survive. Homeostasis is essential for normal cell function and overall balance. It is the optimum condition for all organisms.
Many variables in the body are maintained by homeostasis:
Blood oxygen content
What happens if equilibrium is disrupted?
Animals and humans are made up of trillions of cells that work together to keep the body in a state of equilibrium. Because the internal and external environments of a cell are constantly changing, they must make continuous adjustments to remain stable and functioning. When cells are injured or energy depleted, they do not function correctly and equilibrium (homeostasis) is disrupted. The disruption of normal homeostasis is the underlying cause of most diseases, including diabetes, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, just to name a few.
Sometimes cellular malfunction is caused by things we cannot control, such as genetics and environmental factors like air pollution or radiation. However, there are many factors that can be controlled such as nutrition, physical activity, and mental health. Sickness and disease often result from poor diet, lack of exercise, and excessive stress.
Studies have shown that bacteria, viruses, and even cancer cannot survive when then body has optimal levels of oxygen and glucose, proper pH, circulation, and temperature, as well as high cellular charge. Fortunately for us, there are many alternative therapies being developed that can restore equilibrium within ALL of these components!