I am a Certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner (FDN-P) through the Institute of Functional Diagnostic Nutrition®, and a Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach through the Institute of Transformational Nutrition® 

To complement the above, I am also an Endorsed Anamsong MindBody Coach, a Certified Neurosculpting® Facilitator through the Neurosculping Institute in Denver, Co, 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 strive to 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:

  • 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

  • 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 Dr. Pompa/Revelation Health

  • MTHFR, Methylation & BioChemistry Intensive through Metabolic Healing

  • Blood Sugar & Insulin Resistance Intensive through Metabolic Healing.

Background and Prior Education

My husband and I walking the beach in clearwater, fl.

My husband and I walking the beach in clearwater, fl.

Prior to my career in functional health, I spent nearly two decades in secondary education and instructional design.  I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree from Elmhurst College, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northern Illinois University, and a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Psychology from Northeastern Illinois University.  In addition to my academic focus, I was a girls’ varsity soccer coach and former competitive player myself.  My years in the educational arena 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).

A Life's Calling

My passion for holistic health evolved from my own experiences with debilitating long-term pain and illness that began when I was 26 years old after living abroad in Central America. 

In my quest to regain my health, I spent over a decade consulting with countless practitioners, implementing numerous therapies and making recommended lifestyle and dietary changes yet still struggled with fatigue, pain, and illness on a regular basis. 

It wasn’t until I began formally studying and applying the principles of functional and mind-body medicine did I begin to unravel my health issues at the root causes and tap into my body’s true healing potential.  

The Road to Deep Healing and Transformation

Through specific and targeted functional lab workups, I discovered I had late stage HPA-axis dysfunction and significant hormone imbalances.  I also uncovered that she had impaired digestion and absorption, leaky gut, hidden food sensitivities- causing low grade inflammation, oxidative stress, liver congestion,  gastrointestinal infections, 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 regular and consistent practice of mind-body applications and Neurosculpting® in order to address the mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of healing.   I now uses these practices for personal and professional growth as well as to navigate the stressors of daily life.   My wide spectrum of personal experiences and formal training has helped me to better understand what builds health and wellbeing and what blocks it.