First and foremost, I am a seeker of truth, and my path recently has been to uncover my Personal Truth in order to live a life more aligned with my heart and soul. It is a painful, beautiful, and liberating journey that I am sharing with more people than I thought possible.
Professionally, I am a pharmacist trained in Western medicine, but unconvinced it is sufficient in itself. I believe in holistic practices, where we nurture ourselves, others, and our planet. We do not live in a vacuum, and our body is affected by everything and everyone. Additionally, health is ever-evolving. To think that a chronic medication, or even an acute one, will fix most health problems is a narrow view of human health. My goal in everything I do is to Help Others Help Themselves, hence after completing my community pharmacy residency here on Maui, I started my consulting business Helping Others Thrive, LLC.
Personally, I am a mother of one, an adventurer, and a mover. I was a dancer for most of my life, mostly studying ballet, but branching out into modern, jazz, flamenco, Russian folk dance, and more. I started yoga practice as a dancer, and over the past 20 years have studied Iyengar, Ashtanga, Bikram, Vinyasa Flow, and now Anusara. For several years, I was active in running, triathlon, and cycling, and found recently that these uniplanar activities were not serving me spiritually. I have recently rekindled my love for movement and have been diving into Anusara yoga and any dance experience I can find, including contact improv and 5Rhythms.
I believe and subscribe to complementary and alternative therapies, and I feel that we need more pharmacists with a thorough knowledge of herbals and how they interact with the body and with current other medications, and that if we combine that with intimate knowledge of the benefits of spiritual practice, we can truly help others find their own path to vibrant health. Please join me on my journey of discovering and sharing these multiple practices.
Amy Baker, PharmD