Dr. Hering was born and raised in the Fingerlakes region of upstate New York. Amidst the rolling hills, farms and orchards, she developed a deep love for nature. The daughter of a native Spaniard, she also grew up spending time on the family ranch in central Spain, where she learned about the traditions of wine-making, farming, and raising bulls for bull-fighting, all typical of the region.
These experiences rooted her in cultural tradition and a contemplative life that ultimately led to her interest in philosophy and phenomenological study. She attended the Great Books Program at St. John’s College, modeled on the Socratic teaching method, and was inspired by many works including Goethe’s Metamorphosis of Plants and Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit, which became the subject of her senior thesis. During her studies, she became interested in the relationship between form and function as expressed in living systems, leading her to the field of medicine, and, in particular, osteopathy.
Dr. Hering completed her osteopathic medical training at Touro University, College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2003. During her medical study she became interested in the evolution of scientific thinking over time, persuaded that the future of medicine lay in understanding this development and reconciling and integrating traditional wisdom with modern science. Committed to the practice of traditional osteopathy applied in a hospital setting, she completed a three-year residency in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine at St. Barnabas Hospital in New York City, where she also served as chief resident. This unique program integrates hands-on osteopathic diagnosis and treatment with conventional medicine in most major medical specialties, including pediatrics, obstetrics, geriatrics, internal medicine, critical care, emergency medicine, general and orthopedic surgery.
Once in private practice, Dr. Hering completed an additional five year training program in Anthroposophic Medicine (see A Renewal of Modern Medicine). This training deepened her understanding of the forces of growth and regeneration in nature and the human being and broadened her appreciation for nature-derived remedies. She is board certified in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, certified in Anthroposophic Medicine, serves on the PAAM (anthroposophicmedicine.org) and ACAM medical boards, is co-founder for the Foundation for Health Creation (foundationforhealthcreation.org), and is a current member of the American Osteopathic Association, American Academy of Osteopathy, Cranial Academy, Physicians Association for Anthroposophic Medicine, and American College of Anthroposophic Medicine.
Dr. Hering continues to develop her passion for teaching. She serves as adjunct faculty at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine by training medical students and residents in her office, teaches student and physician osteopathic courses, serves as faculty for PAAM’s physician training programs and the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training (BACWTT), and serves as guest lecturer at schools and conferences.
She deeply enjoys her daily work with patients and running a community clinic for integrative medicine and therapies. To learn more about her clinic, please visit 902santafe.com. She is the joyful mother of two girls educated at a local waldorf school.