Dr. Christy Love served as the Counseling Psychologist at Sonoran from 2003 through 2009. She had a passion for working with Sonoran students to help them overcome the challenges of a rigorous program. Dr. Love passed away on September 20, 2010, at the age of 39. Each year, Sonoran joins her family and friends in celebrating her life by awarding a scholarship in her memory to future doctors who, like Dr. Love, are committed to making a difference.
The Dr. Christy Love scholarship has provided a means of continuing Dr. Love’s presence in spirit with the students who mattered so much to her. This award not only honors Dr. Love’s passion for naturopathic medicine, but also her ability to balance the challenges of being both a single mother and a working professional.
In memory of Dr. Love, who was a single mother, one award of $500 is given to a student enrolled full time who is a single, legal parent/guardian and providing for a child under the age of 18.
Kirstin Haney is a second-year student at Sonoran University studying to become a naturopathic doctor, her lifelong dream. She is from Oregon where she previously studied Traditional Chinese Medicine and practiced Quantum Shiatsu. Before her acceptance into the program, Kirstin taught anatomy, physiology and communication and ethics courses at the Oregon School of Massage. She is a mother of four children and loves being active outdoors with them. Her hobbies include crafting home décor and furniture, hiking and cuddling her miniature lop. She is currently a student vendor representative for Boiron and is president of the homeopathic club.
My name is Amber, and I am a 2nd year medical student at Sonoran. I appreciate the existence of the Dr. Christy Love Scholarship, and I feel so fortunate to be a recipient. This award not only helps to fund my education, but it also serves as continued motivation to stay strong and work hard. I am honored to be chosen and hope to provide similar opportunities for students in the future.
My interest in health began as a personal journey and quickly turned to a passion for nutrition. I began working towards a nutrition degree, but after the birth of my daughter I decided to put my plans on hold. When I was ready to continue my education, I was not certain I wanted to remain on my previous path. I knew I wanted more but I was not sure what that was. I began to search.
It was at this time that I stumbled upon the idea of naturopathic medicine. It seemed to have all the missing pieces I was looking for. While searching for schools, I found Sonoran and scheduled a tour. I knew immediately that this was my true path and that Sonoran was the right school for me.
I soon relocated to Arizona from Atlanta, Georgia with my daughter to embark on this incredible journey. While it has been interesting to navigate the start of medical school through the midst of a pandemic, it has been an amazing experience. Being a mother has been pivotal to keeping me grounded and balanced during the chaos. I am so happy to be here and to see what incredible things I can accomplish.
My name is Aalia, I am a 4th year medical student and in the Community Honors Track program at Sonoran.
First off, I would like to send my deepest appreciation to the Dr. Christy Love for her legacy in being a strong, competent mother who thrived in and after medical school. It is through leaders like her who help us understand our true potential in excelling in what we doing while being phenomenal mothers. This scholarship not only assisted me in getting closer to a goal that will serve the greater good of this planet, but it will also remind others of who Dr. Love was. Thank you.
I stumbled across naturopathic medicine while in the nursing program at Western Connecticut State University. While attending an optional selective class I took, a naturopathic physician, Dr. Gazsi, came in to give a talk on how he cured his stage 3 Lyme disease with a raw food diet. In awe, I instantly researched the closest naturopathic school, and ended up finishing my undergraduate program at University of Bridgeport, with a degree in health sciences and pre-naturopathic medicine.
This journey led me eager in understanding my mother’s chronic health conditions. She went from feeling hopeless while being bed ridden with fibromyalgia and CFS, to feeling in her 20s again with the assist of integrative care. Her health increased tremendously by changing her diet, lifestyle, and finding a healthy community.
My focus in medicine will be working in community medicine and pain management. I am passionate about caring for the community we work in. Our philosophy can be easily applied to many cultures by using diet as the main driver for health. Working in the parameter and access of certain community’s make it fun to creatively problem solve.
My one piece of advice for all the single mothers, is show your child what a loving community looks like, where people help each other out, enjoy each other’s time, and strive to better everyone around them. When we stay connected, it will nourish us as a whole.
Take time, spend time with family. Strive to do your best by making connections, and doing well in school. Remember, you are here to learn this information to eventually teach your patients this. So learn this for you, not for a great GPA, although it does help.
Medical school at Sonoran is not something we do alone. We don’t learn on our own, we don’t practice all alone. So, remember to appreciate God and the community we are in. Learn a lot, make mistakes, and love yourself for learning from them.