I am a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner and a Ayurvedic Health Practitioner. I have spent the past 17 years working with others in the realm of health and healing and am currently focused on using the tools of holistic nutrition, FDN and Ayurveda to support those that are interested in troubleshooting health imbalances in order to optimize their health and live a vibrant existence! My own life experiences have taught me that health and happiness go hand in hand. In order to advance to a higher level of productivity in life its important to put in place a supportive framework to help you thrive and stay on track. I draw from a framework that utilizes healing foods, lifestyle modifications, herbs and supportive tools to help you eliminate hidden stressors and restore the brilliance that is you!
My work is designed to support you on your journey.
As a FDN-P and Ayurvedic health practitioner I work to:
~Help you investigate and uncover the root causes of imbalance.
~Guide and support as you restore and rebalance your body with detoxification support, supplements, herbal protocols and bioindividual healing foods and lifestyle modifications.
I began working with people 17 years ago after studying various forms of of massage therapy such as, Craniosacral Therapy, Acupressure, Neuromuscular Therapy and Hypnotherapy at Twin Lakes College in Santa Cruz CA, Heartwood Institute in Garberville CA and MountainHeart in Crested Butte CO. However, my background in health and healing began from an early age. My father was a anesthesiologist and professor, and my mother practiced pediatric nursing. I grew up witnessing both the blessings and pitfalls of allopathic medicine from a close vantage point. I recognized from an early age that many levels of healing need to occur in order to truly move out of a state of imbalance. As a result, I chose to study alternative forms of healing specifically focused on the mind and body.
Although I have always had a slight frame, my body has always been resilient. However, after the birth of my first child, I recognized first hand, the toll that growing and feeding a baby takes on the mother and the importance of whole food nutrition in the feeding and care of the family. As a result I became fascinated with the ancient healing tradition of Ayurveda.
I was especially drawn to the customized lens that Ayurveda uses when looking at the body. Working with the doshas opened my eyes to the intricate workings of each individual and changed my view on symptom care. I learned to look at the body from a system geared to address healing from the ground up. I ended up studying detoxification, nutrition and the herbal practicum at the California College of Ayurveda in Grass Valley, CA. I spent two years immersed in this course of study until the birth of my third baby.
However, in the spring of 2008, the combination of having three babies back to back while living in an home with polluted well water and hidden mold issues created the perfect storm for my body. That was the catalyst that put me in a state of deep imbalance. I spent the next six years “cleaning house” in a very personal way after receiving multiple diagnoses of Lyme, Interstitial Cystitis, Candida and Chronic Fatigue. These diagnosis's became a powerful impetus for change. I knew, that in order to transform my body, I needed to commit to my healing process, body, mind and spirit. In 2011 I was drawn to study at the Four Winds under Alberto Villoldo in Southern California which led me to work with teachers who were using plant medicine to heal the body. This journey work allowed me to heal at a profoundly deep level and continues to this day. The guidance I have received doing this work changed the trajectory of my life and helped me to understand the deeper layers of healing that need to be in place if you truly want to transform your biology. In this time frame I began to biohack my biology using tools from the toolboxes of all the cutting edge health care providers and healers that I resonated with.
I found that with diligence, my detoxification capacity increased as the powerful viral, bacterial, and fungal elimination protocols began to eliminate the body burden I had accumulated and I learned how to meet my specific nutrition needs in the process.
The transformation was extremely challenging and rewarding, and required the guidance from both alternative practitioners as well as allopathic health care providers. I am so thankful that my body has resiliently moved beyond the “diagnosis’ ” that I was given. Due to the influences on my own healing journey I decided to study a form of clinical nutrition that served as a bridge between functional medicine and nutrition. My interest in finding underlying causes for illness is what drew me to the model of Functional Diagnostic Nutrition. My view is that the healing process requires a "holistic approach". This means, it's difficult to address a problem simply by treating symptoms. The healing process is best facilitated when a practitioner understand the bio individual needs of a client and can address and support the whole person(not just a symptom). Working to support within a larger context is foundational in FDN.
The functional labs used in FDN look at primary systems of function and can be extremely useful for uncovering deeper issues. I have found that tracking my symptoms both on paper and with the use of labs has been a valuable tool to chart my own healing progress. This is the basis of FDN. With a strong foundation in identifying hidden stressors (through lab work) and working with protocols based on diet and lifestyle modifications, dietary supplementation,and detoxification, FDN works to remove blocking factors that prevent optimal health.
More recently in 2015-16 I studied under Andrea Nakayama in a year long course of study: Holistic Nutrition Full Body Systems in preparation for FNLP certification. This training has taken my love of nutrition and supportive therapies to the next level. This training taught me the importance of "working with the whole matrix of a person" while using a functional lens to address imbalance in the body. I now work using this matrix to help people map out and meet their health goals.
Presently (2018), I am currently studying under Grace Liu PharmD, AFMCP, (Founder of "The Gut Institute " in S.F. CA), and participating in a 6 month Advanced Microbiome Medicine mentorship program. This area of immersion and study revolves around removing pathogens, reinoculating the micro biome, repairing, rebuilding and replenishing the gut micro biome in order to restore balance within the entire body.
I work with people on supporting: GI health, immune and inflammatory balance, hormone and neurotransmitters, detoxification systems, oxidative stress, and environmental stressors.
I truly believe that humans are designed to be healthy! My highest goal is to provide the necessary support that will allow you to regain your balance and live a healthier more radiant existence.
*Additional specialized training includes:
*SIBO Intensive (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) - FDN
*Blood chemistry analysis- FDN
*Hormone and Adrenal Health specializing in DUTCH testing - FDN and Lisa Pomeroy
*OAT clinical interpretation -Gut Institute
*Neurolinguistic programming for health coaches -NLP Marin
*Estozen hormone detox intensive - Andrea Nakayama and Replenish
*Walsh detoxification method-Dr Bryan Walsh
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