I hold a MS in Nutrition from Bastyr University and have taught nutrition and cooking classes since 2001 in addition to working with individuals. I am certified as a nutritionist with the State of Washington. Currently, I'm studying with the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy towards a certificate program in functional medicine. I have been teaching yoga since 1998 and have practiced both yoga and meditation regularly since then. Before this, I worked in scientific research in the field of immunology and cancer research. I have always been interested in how the human body works and how to improve health.
My journey into the health care field started with my own health needs. For years, I struggled with my own disordered eating patterns and difficulty maintaining a healthy weight. It was such a relief to finally learn how to use food skillfully to stabilize my blood sugar, feel satisfied with my meals and reduce cravings for less healthy foods. Through a journey of studying nutrition and healing arts like meditation and yoga, I was able to find a healthier way of living for myself. But after having children, the bottom dropped out of my world. Despite all my healthy food and yoga, I had chronic fatigue, insomnia, anxiety and depression. My hormones were a mess and I didn't know where to turn. My nutrition expertise wasn't able to fix this one! That is when I learned how to use a wider tool box and assemble a team. For me, this toolbox and team included not only the food, supplements, meditation and appropriate exercise, it included a therapist, a good doctor, skillful use of medication, testing to guide us, identifying life stressors and setting healthy boundaries. I learned how to track my sleep and stress indices in order to identify what behaviors were unhelpful.
While many of my patients are overly-reliant on prescription medication to treat symptoms, I find an equal number are resistant to including skillful use of prescription medication as a step towards healing. And while my expertise is in using food, supplements, movement and relaxation methods to improve health, I will partner with my clients to explore other ways to find balance in their lives and build their toolbox and team out so they have the support they need to heal. If needed, I work as a quarterback to help manage the team through regular coaching sessions and collaborative conversations with other providers. Other times, I can coach you to understand your labs and ask important questions of your other providers to get the help you need.