Doctor of Holistic Nutrition, DSC
Certified Intrinsic Coach, CIC, CVS
Applied Clinical Nutrition Certification
Healthful Elements LLC coach
Practice areas: Holistic nutrition support for chronic, complicated illness and autoimmunity with a focus on the foundational areas of gut health, adrenal support, and balancing blood sugar
[photo credit: Laura Levitan]
My journey with holistic health began in my early 30’s as a young mom of two kids (now three adults). We relied on a long list of crazy smart medical experts who I turned to for every little sniffle and every question about the path to optimal health for myself and my family.
But it wasn’t working. My eight-month old, breastfed daughter began developing recurrent ear infections that were…treated with a variety of antibiotics. My three-year old son seemed to catch everything that circled around his playgroup and was…treated with antibiotics. My husband and I were each treated with antibiotics for our “annual sinus infection.”
This sequence of events in the fall of 1997 led to the turning point of my perspective on health. Over the holidays, my young family was exposed to a serious flu strain from a college-aged family member. We all became terribly ill within 36 hours and subsequently developed pneumonia (husband and daughter) and severe bronchitis (myself and son).
I felt helpless. I realized that I had friends who used other tools to support their immune system and rarely got sick. So I began reaching out to learn what they were doing. I was TERRIFIED to question my pediatrician and follow what my heart was telling me. I didn’t even understand what my heart was telling me, but I knew that something needed to change.
That was the beginning of my journey of learning about the healing power of the human body. We moved to a more integrative pediatrician and began to transition our family’s healthcare to a group of holistically minded providers.
In 2005, I began a certification in Applied Clinical Nutrition through Texas Chiropractic College. By the end of the course, I knew this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Over the next few years, I completed a Doctoral in Holistic Nutrition from Hawthorn University and an advanced health coaching program through Intrinsic Solutions Group.
I was grateful that I had these tools when, in 2005, I discovered I had significant adrenal dysfunction and tested positive for thyroid antibodies (Hashimoto’s). With nutritional support, I quickly eliminated the thyroid antibodies, but the adrenal fatigue took a bit longer. Still, I began to see improvement in my energy, sleep, and mood almost immediately.
Since starting my holistic nutrition coaching practice in 2006, I’ve been privileged to witness the healing power of the human body on a regular basis with my clients and family. I’m a researcher and detective at heart and that often leads me to explore every test result, look for established research, and think outside the box of conventional approaches. But time and again, I return to the healing power of the human body when one nourishes the body, removes toxic inputs, and allows for trust to replace fear.
Over the years, I’ve worked with a wide range of clients, mostly women, typically 35-55 years old with multiple, complex issues. I often hear their frustration after seeing multiple specialists with no answers. Or multiple diagnoses with recommendations that carry unacceptable risks. Or specialists who disagree and leave the patient in a state of overwhelm and confusion. My clients are generally looking for a new perspective, one that incorporates all of the challenges they’re facing and addresses things from a foundational, root cause evaluation.
I’m thrilled to join Jill McLaughlin and Healthful Elements. Our approach to clients, research, and health coaching are vastly aligned and I believe the collaborative effort will personally benefit me as well as add value to our clients.