I grew up knowing I wanted to teach and be a nurse. I received my Nursing degree in sunny California where I had the opportunity to work in some of the top hospitals and medical facilities in the nation alongside some truly amazing practitioners. While working in one hospital, I received a research grant that allowed me to study alternative medicine and sparked my interest in natural healing. Unfortunately working full time while becoming an expert in my profession left me with limited hours to delve deeper into the world of holistic healing.
Ironically, life decided that I needed to learn faster and threw me into a crash course that forever changed the trajectory of my business and personal life. After the traumatic deaths of my first two children, five days after they were born my ability to teach and serve patients as a nurse came to a screeching halt. I was physically and emotionally sick and knew I could not provide the high level of care my patients deserved while I was mourning my own loss. I understood that I needed to heal myself before I could return to helping others. I was depressed, lacked faith and had no desire to teach or provide nursing care even though it was my passion. Conventional medicine gave me no options for complete healing. I left doctor and therapist offices with a handful of prescription drugs and tears wiggling in my eyes. Knowing that my medical team was out of options I decided to create my own. I spent hours healing, researching and testing out multiple natural methods until I found a series that worked for me. It took a lot of fortitude and perseverance to achieve ALL of my goals and I strive to celebrate those victories daily even when new challenges present themselves.
Healing was not linear for me, rather it has been an adventurous journey. I like to describe it as a mountain that I have the opportunity to climb. Each peak and valley providing me with an experience and new opportunity to delve deeper into myself and expand more in my life. Through my own desire for true healing I revisited Naturopathic medicine and began incorporating that and Integrative healthcare practices into my daily life while taking continuing educational courses to learn more.
During this time, I healed myself from autoimmune conditions and infertility which allowed me to successfully carry and deliver four more children despite my medical doctors telling me I never would be able to. I was able to achieve this through changing my lifestyle, starting first by acknowledging what wasn’t working and then by creating an action plan that I could adjust at anytime as needed to achieve my health goals. I learned constantly spending every free minute researching or studying to further my education, and as my knowledge continued to grow, so did my ability to serve others. I knew I had unique gifts that needed to be shared again and so I created Growing Miracles to support others in cultivating their own miracles in life.
My children are what inspired my complete collapse into natural medicine. In 2019 our youngest son was in a battle for his life and given a terminal diagnosis after being diagnosed with a rare disorder. He was suffering daily living his life in constant chronic pain unable to tolerate food even through a feeding tube that was surgically placed in his belly for him to receive nutrition. His quality of life was poor and our medical team had no options, no medications this time and no answers outside of comfort care which left him feeling groggy and asleep most of the time. They told us children with his disorder didn’t usually survive and had a very low quality of life. I felt my world crumbling down as the doctors words slipped into my ears, and for a split second I was afraid, and then something inside me flipped and I was overwhelmed with a peace and knowing that was not my own. I spent the next two weeks studying the disorder and reaching out to every specialist in the world until I found enough literature to create a plan that we could utilize. My amazing husband was a constant encouragement and never wavered in his faith of our ability to heal our sweet boy. Today our little boy who was given a life sentence is starting preschool. He has more good days than bad and while he has pain and nausea daily he is able to manage it and live an abundant life naturally. His healing is my constant reminder that the body can heal if it is supported properly utilizing various modalities. My children have allowed my practice and knowledge base to grow and I am humbled to be their mom, nurse and guide in life as we continue to learn and grow together.
As I serve my family and patients I pause to remind myself of these life changing events and am both encouraged and grateful. I have personally experienced rock bottom and know the way to get back up after being buried in life's rubble. I know how fear and anxiety can be paralyzing and how it feels to have no options available. I know how tedious it is to push thorough, to have faith the size of a mustard seed and to choose joy and healing again and again even when tangible changes are nowhere to be seen.
I also know what it feels like to defeat all odds, to look at a diagnosis and tell it that it doesn’t get to define you anymore. I know what its like to overcome illness and to step into true healing. I know what its like to wipe the tears from your eyes and find the silver linings, the moments of grace, the miracles that were able to grow all because you had hope and kept going. I know how much effort it takes to persevere and I am passionate about showing you how to defy odds and grow miracles.
My desire is to provide education and empowerment not only on preventing disease and disharmony in the body, but also in reclaiming your power and innate knowing so that you can live a life full of abundance. My philosophy is in teaching you how to trust your body so that you feel comfortable making decisions that are in alignment with your personal goals without needing me or anyone else to decide for you.
“ Give a man a fish you feed him for a day; teach a man how to fish you feed him for a lifetime.”
- Chinese Proverb
It is my heartfelt desire to use my own healing journey to help you reshape your life. I can truly say that all of my once unanswered prayers were answered tenfold and it has been a humbling experience for me as I acknowledge the miracles that were able to grow within and now through me as I learned to heal all the parts of me that deserved to be healed with understanding and grace.
Licenses + Certifications
Neuro-Endocrine & Anti-Aging Regulations Certification
Advanced Homeopathic Practitioner Certification
Timeline Dynamics Practitioner
Ho’oponopono EFT Certification
Advanced Ho’oponopono Certification
Advanced Belief Clearing Practitioner Certification
Healing Touch Practitioner
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