Dr. Hering was born and raised in the Fingerlakes region of upstate New York. There, 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 study 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 growth forces 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, 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 has taught at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she continues to serve as adjunct faculty. She has taught courses in osteopathy, trains medical students and residents in her office, serves on the board of ACAM for certification in anthroposophic medicine and as faculty for the annual International Physician Medical Training (IPMT) program for anthroposophic medicine in the US.