Why Olive Branch Wellness Center?
Hi, I’m Dr. Ray the founder of Olive Branch Wellness Center. To quote a line from a dear friend… “I know what you’re thinking” and my last name is pronounced with a short I sound. This is why I go by a shortened version of my first name.
I grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago and as a little girl, I knew in addition to great parents, I had the most spectacular grandmother on the face of the earth, she was my rock star. She had this big medical book that was really old and had lots of cool pictures of plants and diagrams of their parts in it. If she had it out I got to look through it. I remember spending time with her and she would send me out into the back yard to pick things, help her dry the plants she already had, or stir them in pots of boiling water on the stove. When they were ready she would have my grandfather drink the liquids for whatever ailment he had at the time or we would put them in bottles for later.
I also remember thinking how wonderful that there were “pills” in the garden.
Thus started my love for natural medicine. As time passed I never lost my love of natural medicine and so I embarked on the long journey to become a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. I earned a Bachelors of Science in Biological Medicine from National University of Health Sciences and then went on to receive a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from National University of Health Sciences as well. When you’re a kid things seem so simple, there always seems to be only one answer for each problem. I quickly learned that wasn’t the case. I learned problem solving is an art, especially in Natural Medicine after many years of studying. I guess you could say I quickly became lured into problem solving, which is an area I just love! I once read in a Norman Vincent Peale book a quote which read “Don’t bring me your successes they weaken me; bring me your problems they strengthen me”. That’s my favorite place to be in health care. I love to do the research and figure out the remedies to people’s health problems. I enjoy helping with all kinds of digestive, hormonal, weight, attention deficit, and autoimmune issues, or just trying to optimize your health; I love it all. One of the most important things about me is that I will always be honest with you. I promised myself I would be honest with each patient, no matter what, and so that’s where I stand, an honest puzzle solver.