It’s a funny thing. If you fill a room with nutrition therapists and interview them, you’ll learn that probably half of them quit their first career to pursue their certification in holistic nutrition. This is because they themselves or someone they love had a health struggle that could not be cured by conventional medicine alone. That’s my story too. I spent several years working in corporate America as an industrial psychologist, burning the candle at both ends. When I had my first daughter, I quit work to be a stay-at-home mom.
When my second daughter was 15 months old, I was hit with an autoimmune disease that was life-changing for me.
I took steroids for three years to manage my pain before my symptoms subsided, but the inflammation remained. This set me on the winding path to learn about how nutrition and lifestyle can help us manage, and often overcome, our health issues. I became an avid organic food gardener. I started a community garden in my neighborhood. I studied how broken our food system is. I wanted to know more, to do better. Intuitively, I knew that nutrition and lifestyle were powerful tools in creating health, but I didn’t know yet how to use them.
All of this led me to Nutrition Therapy Institute, where I learned the science of nutrition. I learned how nutrition and lifestyle practices can both optimize our health or lead us down an unhealthy path toward disease. And I knew that I wanted to share this knowledge with people like you. I wanted to shout from the rooftops how important this is!
Not surprisingly, I have focused on autoimmunity in my studies – how it starts in the body and how to use nutrition and lifestyle to help the body rebalance its immune system. My thesis explored nutrients that modulate and balance the immune system. My journey with autoimmunity didn’t end there. Read my full story here. This is why I decided to specialize in helping people with inflammation and autoimmune conditions.
In the process, I learned that inflammation is at the root of nearly every chronic health condition, whether it results in autoimmunity or not. That’s why I focus on lowering inflammation with all of my clients.
“When you give the body what it needs, it will respond and heal. It will respond and thrive.”
This is my very personal testimonial that when you give the body what it needs, it will respond and heal. It will respond and thrive. It’s not always easy, because living a healing lifestyle isn’t mainstream. I am still challenged by the daily commitment it takes to stay on track. But the outcome - feeling well - is the reward. You deserve to feel well too.
My Promise To You
Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®, National Association of Nutrition Professionals
Master Nutrition Therapist, Nutrition Therapy Institute
MA Industrial/Organizational Psychology, University of Colorado at Denver
BS Psychology and BA English, Centre College, KY
Restorative Wellness Practitioner Level 2, Restorative Wellness Solutions Functional Nutrition Certification Program
Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) Certified Coach Program – Mickey Trescott, NTP, Angie Alt, NTC, CHC, and Sarah Ballantyne, PhD
Foundations of Functional Medicine E-Course – Dr. Diane Mueller, ND, DAOM, LAc, Functional Medicine & Dr. Miles Nichols, DAOM, MS, LAc, Functional Medicine