How I Got Here
Many of us in the health and wellness world come to it because of our own history of health issues, and that was certainly true for me. I have two autoimmune diseases: celiac and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. I’ve likely had celiac for most of my life, but I wasn’t diagnosed with either condition until the age of 38. I had eczema, GI distress, and bouts of asthma as a child. I got sick often and took rounds of antibiotics for strep throat. As a teenager I developed acne which continued into adulthood. After graduating from college I added anxiety to my list of conditions. Going through two pregnancies made my IBS symptoms worse and brought back the asthma, along with depression and anxiety.
I spent close to 15 years trying to get to the root of my symptoms. I saw dermatologists, allergists, psychiatrists, and a gastroenterologist. Along the way, I was prescribed medications that masked my symptoms temporarily but never addressed the underlying cause. Tired of the band-aid approach provided by conventional medicine, I searched elsewhere and saw an acupuncturist and an Ayurvedic practitioner. Both were helpful, but it wasn’t until I saw a nutritionist that all of the pieces came together. She looked at my health history, family background, blood work, genetic markers, symptoms, lifestyle and diet as a whole. She had my internist order labs to check for antibodies to gluten and my thyroid and determined that I had celiac and Hashimoto’s. Of course the journey didn’t end with my diagnoses. I had to adjust my diet and lifestyle in order to improve my health. This has taken several years, and for every two steps forward there has sometimes been a step (or two) back. But I am human, and I don’t expect myself to travel this journey without some bumps in the road. I also discovered that diet and lifestyle alone weren’t enough to get me to where I wanted to be, so I have added thyroid hormone to my toolbox. There’s no denying that there have been challenges on my road back to health, but I am grateful for the lessons I have learned about slowing down and treating my body with love and respect. I feed it well (most of the time), prioritize rest, manage my stressors, participate in activities that bring me joy, spend as much time outdoors as possible, and surround myself with supportive people. I know my body so well now, and I trust it to tell me when I need to make adjustments.
Working with my nutritionist and researching my conditions inspired me to pursue a second career (my first was as an elementary school teacher) as a nutrition consultant. I looked for a program that addressed not just diet (macro- & micro-nutrients, calories, pesticides and food quality), but also the environmental and lifestyle factors that influence health. I found Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition in Berkeley, California and graduated in March of 2015.
In September 2016 I began training to become an Eating Psychology Coach through the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. I will complete my training in June of 2017.
I live in Marin County California with my husband Harlan, my three children: 13 year old Wyatt and 10 year old twins Ava & Eloise, our cats Abigail and Chester, and our new puppy Riley. In addition to my passion for nutrition I enjoy walking, hiking, yoga, reading, singing and spending quality time with my family and friends.
BA Middlebury College, 1995
MA Education, University of San Francisco, 1998
CNC (certified nutrition consultant), Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition, 2015
Eating Psychology Coach Training, Institute for the Psychology of Eating, 2016-Present
Member, National Association of Nutrition Professionals since 2013