During this time, I spent a great deal of time studying alternative approaches to medicine such as nutrition, massage therapy, acupuncture, meditation, etc. which led me to get my doctorate in holistic psychology with my dissertation focusing on nutrition and sexual health.
In 1999, I decided to leave the psychiatric hospital setting and start a private practice, that allowed me to do in-person and phone therapy sessions. Through my private practice, I enjoyed providing more integrated traditional and alternative solutions for my patients. I had many patients who had sexual health issues over the years, so it was an area I had spent a great deal of time researching. I began writing articles on sexual health, and over a short period had so much material and information that I wrote a book on women's sexuality. It was published, and I began teaching about all the excellent sexual health information and sexual products available. To showcase many of the articles and products, I put together a website called HolisticWisdom.com in June of 2000. Soon, I was managing the incredible growth of my company as a sexual health business and discontinued therapy sessions through my private practice so that I could focus on writing, lectures, interviews, and continued business development.
After a few years in the sexual health industry, I realized that many sexual products were being sold to consumers, which contained toxins along with many misinformed people selling them. I wanted to make a positive change in the industry as a whole, not just by selling only nontoxic products through my own company. After all, people should not have to choose between sexual pleasure and good health. Thus, I launched The National Association for the Advancement of Science & Art in Sexuality (NAASAS.org), which is an academic trade association and coalition effort for aspiring and established professionals in the field of sexuality and adult novelty industry. It features both a Safe Sexual Products Campaign and Sex Toy Security Seal Campaign for important consumer safety.
My journey continues as I still see many areas for improvement and a variety of deficits in the market where we can better serve people when it comes to providing safe and empowering sexual products and services. That is why I am currently working on launching new websites and publishing a book: "Sex & Diet: A Nutritional Guide to Great Sex," along with a new line of sexual health products.
I have so much gratitude for being able to say that I love what I do for a living. I work with so many amazing people who are looking to make a difference in people's lives through sexual wellness; from the manufacturers who keep dazzling consumers with incredible advancements in sexual health and pleasure to the professionals that work with me as they develop their own adult novelty business visions.
I now realize that one of the predictions a dear friend told me years ago has come true and that I have become a teacher of teachers. It is simply awe-inspiring to watch so many excellent sexual health professionals bring their gifts of positive messages such as self-acceptance and empowered intimacy along with reform within our industry for safer sexual products.
I am humbled
by so much creativity around me and moved by the incredible difference
many of my fellow sex educators, manufacturers, distributors,
and retailers make in the lives of people every day. It is an
incredible field to be in, and it is my honor to do what I can
to advance it in every way that I am able.