Hi. I’m Sharon Krieger, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner and Owner of Building New Horizons.
You will notice as you look around, that my clinical practice is a combination of cutting-edge Integrative approaches and Medication management.
Some background is that I grew up living “globally” and was exposed to the Asian Culture in Japan at an early age while my father lived in a tent in South Korea. I was old enough to remember much of that period and exposure to the Japanese Culture. Then as a teenager I was exposed to the European Culture, living in a small town called Chateauroux in Central France. I believe this nomadic way of life has given me a broad view of the world and we, the people, who inhabit it.
I graduated from University of New Mexico with a B.S. in Nursing and worked in various states and Specialties, but was always drawn to the broader picture of how the person fit into their environment and family. So I primarily focused on mothers and babies and their families in most of my years as a Registered Nurse. I taught Lamaze for many years as a Certified Instructor and followed the Natural Path as much as possible. I was fortunate enough to be able to Breastfeed both of my daughters and let them choose when to wean themselves. In spite of having to have them both unwanted Caesarean deliveries. Those traumatic experiences during a very vulnerable part of a woman and family’s life taught me and led me to go in the direction of helping and working with families. In 1979 I created “Parents Almanac” and taught Parenting Classes. In graduate school, I chose to go into Psychiatric Nursing because I wanted to help individuals and their families in their most comfortable environment.
I was, and am particularly drawn to systems and realized, early on, that I did not fare well in systems whose principles I did not agree with. Specifically, the patient (client) must come first and foremost. I was unable to follow that principle in most systems I worked in, so I created my own, ‘Building New Horizons’ because I want to help you do just that, ‘build new horizons’ and hopefully not need my services anymore.
I tried to combine my psychiatric medication practice and alternatives under one roof for many years. What I found was that the medical community is not ready for that combination. So I formed a new entity called ‘Creating Better Brains’ which is a combination of alternative practices that includes supplements that I have found beneficial and healing energy modalities that are mostly self administered. These can easily be combined with medications.
I feel blessed to have good DNA, or perhaps I have not allowed the bad DNA to express itself through trying to live in a healthy way. I try to exercise regularly by power walking, jogging with my little Westie to start each day. I use my energy healing devices to promote health and wellness. This has allowed me to continue in sports such as golf and snow skiing. My most recent and exciting feat was that I was able to hike the Inca Trail to Macchu Piccu in July of 2015 with my oldest daughter. It was a brutally awesome experience. I do not think I could have done it without the preparation of my body and mind using techniques and energy devices I recommend to clients.
My approach aligns with Dr. Andrew Weil who discusses the Defining Principles of Integrative Medicine:
· Patient and practitioner are partners in the healing process.
· All factors that influence health, wellness and disease are taken into consideration, including mind, spirit, community, and the body.
· Appropriate use of both conventional and alternative methods facilitates the body’s innate healing response.
· Effective interventions that are both natural and less invasive should be used whenever possible.
· Integrative medicine neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative therapies uncritically.
· Good medicine is based on good science. It is inquiry-driven and open to new paradigms.
· Alongside the concept of treatment, the broader concepts of health promotion and the prevention of illness are paramount.
· Practitioners of integrative medicine should exemplify its principles and commit themselves to self-exploration and self-development.
So be sure to peruse the website and learn how you can ‘Create a Better Brain’ and as a result, ‘Build New Horizons’ because remember, your brain is going to work on whatever your mind is thinking about! -Sharon