Raised in West Virginia near the Maryland border, Ela’s love of wild natural places took her to the University of Maine where she earned a BA in anthropology. After that, she apprenticed on a biodynamic farm outside of Santa Fe before enrolling in the New Mexico Academy of the Healing Arts Polarity Therapy program.
Upon graduating, she practiced in Maryland and began working in social services with at-risk/in-transition teen girls. She then moved to Portland, OR, and focused on team-based work: grassroots non-profit fundraising, environmental service outreach, and education/sales/management for a natural healing product company.
After eight years in Portland, Ela moved to Asheville, NC, to be near family and enjoy smaller town life with access to urban comforts and the great outdoors. Her work experience here has included pharmacy/health care billing navigation; office management for a solar energy installation company; support for a business providing coaching, sales, and marketing training to heart-centered entrepreneurs; and finally—in early 2017—landing as the practice administrator at Integrative Family Medicine.
Ela is passionate about making excellent, integrative healthcare accessible and grateful to work for a business that promotes individual, community, and environmental health. In her free time, Ela enjoys hiking, walking, & running nearby trails; learning local flora & fauna; researching her ancestry & cultivating family connections; and generally enjoying all the WNC area offers.