Who I Am & Why I Do This Work
Jennifer Ellis-Schuetz BSc, MSc, FDN-P, CTNC, and AFDNP Member
Hello! I’m Jen! I am a former high school teacher, counselor, and soccer coach that transformed into a Functional Health Practitioner and Transformational Coach. I am also a lover of animals, cooking healthy meals, thought-provoking conversations with like-minded people, chillin’ out with my husband, being well-organized, creating art, staying active and fit, intimate gatherings, quiet evenings at home with a good book, and taking on new challenges.
My inspiration for this work was catalyzed by my LONG journey to recover from Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome and Company while trying to maintain a highly stressful career and the trauma and burnout syndrome that ensued.
I am a very driven, highly sensitive, go-getter, with perfectionism and people pleasing tendencies that pushed myself way beyond my limits. I gave to my career and others, even though often very sick until I virtually collapsed and had to walk away from my career to save my own life. There are no words to describe the level of PTSD that developed as a result of all this.
In my quest to regain my health, I spent 15 plus years and hundreds of thousands of dollars consulting with countless practitioners in both the conventional and holistic settings. I implemented numerous therapies and made recommended lifestyle and dietary changes yet still struggled with disabling fatigue, pain, and other symptoms regularly.
The Road to Deep Healing & Transformation
It wasn’t until I began formally studying and applying the principles of functional and mind-body medicine did I start to unravel my cores issues and tap into my body’s true healing potential.
Through specific and targeted functional lab workups, I discovered I had late-stage HPA-axis dysfunction and significant hormone imbalances. I also uncovered that I had impaired digestion and absorption, leaky gut, hidden food sensitivities; causing low-grade inflammation, oxidative stress, liver congestion, gastrointestinal infections, high levels of mycotoxins, and much more.
By implementing science-based, natural protocols, as taught within the functional medicine paradigm, I was able to begin restoring normal function and bring my body (and mind) back into a state of balance.
While correcting physiological imbalances, I also engaged in a regular and consistent practice of various mind-body applications to address the mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of healing. I now use these practices for personal and professional growth as well as to navigate the stressors of daily life. My broad spectrum of experiences and formal training has helped me to understand better what builds health and wellbeing and what blocks it.
I now help others do the same!
My Qualifications & Credentials
I possess an MSc in Counseling Psychology and am a Certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner (FDN-P) through the Institute of Functional Diagnostic Nutrition®.
To complement the above, I am also a Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach through the Institute of Transformational Nutrition®, an Endorsed Anamsong MindBody Coach, a Certified Neurosculpting® Facilitator through the Neurosculping Institute in Denver, a certified Emotion Code Practitioner, and a Trained WellCoach with WellCoaches® School of Coaching. I continue to update my skills through seminars and various programs of study.
Because I have extensive training in and a deep understanding of the stress-illness-pain connection, I combine mind-body principles with physiological re-balancing into a multi-therapeutic approach that helps my clients to address all aspects of healing – body, mind, and spirit.
Additional & Recent Trainings:
Full Body Systems through Holistic Nutrition Labs
Functional Blood Chemistry Intensive through FDN
SIBO Intensive (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) through FDN
True Cellular Detox® Training through Revelation Health
MTHFR, Methylation & BioChemistry Intensive through Metabolic Healing
Amen Clinics Brain Health Coaching Program
Dr. Nelson’s Emotion Code Training
HPA Axis Function and Hormone Metabolite Assessment and Correction
Mold Illness Made Simple Intensive with Dr. Sandeep Gupta, MD
Digestive Intensive through Holistic Nutrition Labs
Blood Sugar & Insulin Resistance Intensive through Metabolic Healing.
Background and Prior Education
Before my career in Functional Health and Wellness, I spent nearly two decades in secondary education, instructional design, and counseling at-risk students. I hold a Bachelor of Science In International Business and Marketing, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and Spanish Language and Literature, and as mentioned earlier, a Master’s of Science in Counseling Psychology.
In addition to my academic focus, I was a girls’ varsity soccer coach and former competitive player myself. My years in the educational , counseling, and athletic coaching arenas armed me with a broad base of skills for helping my clients understand and apply health-building tools.
I consider myself a lifelong learner and avid reader particularly in the areas of healing, wellness, the mind-body connection, and neuroscience. I keep current on the latest research, trends and medical breakthroughs, and am inspired by the works of Dr. Gabor Maté, Dr. Candace Pert, Dr. Bruce Lipton, Dr. Joe Dispenza, and Lisa Wimberger (founder of The Neurosculpting Institute – Denver, CO.), and Annie Hopper (founder of Dynamic Neural Retraining System).
Comprehensive Approach to Jumpstarting the Body's Natural Healing Capacities
My top priority is to foster a collaborative relationship with you and provide you the level of support that I desperately yearned for in my journey but never quite found. From here, I help you to unravel your challenges by correctly identifying and addressing core causes, not just managing symptoms.
While addressing biochemical imbalances is critical, I understand that a truly effective health restoration program must go way beyond this. Because of this, I help you to identify and address all factors (body, mind, and spirit) that converged to create the “perfect storm” that lead to your current challenges.
I implement functional lab testing and bio-energetic assessments, a wide array of mind-body healing modalities, transformational coaching, and I provide comprehensive education on how to get well and stay well.
Additionally, my functional health practice is 100% online, so if we work together, it will be from the comfort of your own home and from anywhere in the world via Zoom video conferencing.