I’ve always been “healthy”. I love just about every form of human-powered adventure including running, mountain biking, and yoga.
In 2003, my husband, Paul, and I moved to Boone, in the mountains of North Carolina. My interest in cooking and local food increased– we joined a CSA, I started reading cookbooks for fun, and we tested our green thumbs with our own garden.
In 2008, I completed a Yoga Teacher Training Program. My yoga and meditation practice deepened to a new level and a seed was planted to inspire others to whole body wellness.
My life was humming along quite nicely. A happy marriage, great friends, successful corporate career, and not many cares in the world until the summer of 2009.
July 6, 2009 to be exact.
That was the day the universe dropped a bomb on us in the form of cancer. My healthy, 38 year old husband was diagnosed with colon cancer. We went from carefree to consumed by cancer. Fortunately, we caught it early (just barely Stage II) so the prognosis was good but the treatment was challenging.
I became intrigued (ok, obsessed) with nutrition and using foods to help Paul recover, keep cancer away, and make us both healthier. I devoured books on nutrition and holistic healing.
We started eating a whole foods and mostly plant-based diet. Out with the sugar and in with the kale! I was determined to make every bite count. So far, so good… it’s 4 1/2 years later and Paul remains cancer free and going strong.
This life-changing event transformed me in many ways. I realized it was time for me to step out of the corporate world and start doing work that I love. I took a huge leap and headed back to school at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) to deepen my nutrition and counseling knowledge and became a Certified Holistic Health Coach
In 2012, I continued my studies, and became certified in the Transformational Coaching Method. In 2013, I began studying functional nutrition with Andrea Nakayama from Replenish PDX. This took my understanding of the body, nutrition, and healing to another level. It quite literally transformed my own health and how I work with clients.
Through studying functional nutrition, I realized I had my own health issues to address. Shortly after Paul’s cancer diagnosis, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, an autoimmune condition that damages the thyroid gland. At the time, I accepted it without much thought (in the face of cancer, it seemed minor) but as I learned more about gut health and autoimmunity, I realized I had a big problem and I needed to address it.
I became my own client so to speak and took a deep dive into healing my body. I began addressing the leaky gut and digestive issues that were wreaking havoc in my body. Honestly, I had these symptoms for as long as I can remember, I just didn’t know it wasn’t normal until I gained a deeper understanding of functional nutrition.
My health journey taught me that we are all truly bio-individuals when it comes to our health and optimal nutrition. What makes my body sing might make you sick.
It also taught me that looking at the whole person is key to healing. Nutrition, stress, sleep, genetics, and triggering events all play a role in our health. This is the fundamental theory behind functional nutrition and medicine and it’s how I approach every client now.
My passion is helping active women reach optimal health. I specialize in digestive issues, autoimmune conditions and working with athletes.
I hope to meet you soon so I can hear YOUR story!