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I received my training from the world renowned Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I was trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods.

My quest to help others through holistic health is a result of some life-changing events. As a preteen I gained a lot of weight, due to emotional eating over my parents divorce. A few years and 40 lbs later, I decided to take back control of my life. I went to my doctor who told me what weight I should be based on "the chart".  Being young and not knowing better at the time I followed his instructions to diet and started to bike up to 15 miles a day, to change my weight to fit the chart standards.  In the process I started to get ill, so I went back to see my doctor, who put me on a series of medications. Each medication would mask the side effects of the previous and by the age of 16 I was taking seven medications!  That's when my intuition kicked in. I decided that despite what the doctor's chart said I was supposed to weigh, it was unhealthy for my body. So I decided what needed to be done was to change my relationship with food and I ate my way back to a balanced healthy weight with no medications.

My family history also influenced my decision to enter the field of holistic nutrition. My father had ALS which is a progressive, a degenerative motor neuron disease in which nerve cells waste away and are no longer able to send messages to the muscles so they also atrophy eventually leading to death. After my father died, a connection was made between artificial sweeteners and many diseases including ALS.  He was a healthy athletic man who ate whole foods and whose one vice was artificial sweeteners found in his beloved tea and soda. Most recently, while caring for my grandfather on hospice, I found many natural remedies that even astounded the nurses. Using common household foods I was able to relieve swelling and heal infections to making the end of his life more comfortable. These experiences made me curious about the role of food in our health and well being. Our current medical model is based upon the theory that everything should be resolved with a pill instead of taking time to know the patient and looking into the root cause of the disease. I question why 40% of our children today are obese and why there is such a high rate of Diabetes, High Blood Pressure,  and Cholesterol. I believe we can improve the quality of our lives naturally.

My goal as a holistic health counselor is to empower others to take back control of their health through the bounty of whole natural foods that will help your body seek balance and restore your heath.

 Drawing on this knowledge, I will help you create a completely personalized “roadmap to health” that suits your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and goals.

Are you curious about how health counseling can help you? Let’s talk. Schedule an initial consultation with me today.