Instructor – The Learning Center at Red Willow
Graduating with a Master’s of Science in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Washington, I am a registered dietitian, or RDN, with a passion for healing and functional nutrition. Getting the nutrients and building blocks from foods is at the core of this healing process for everyone and is at the core of functional nutrition. I’m invigorated by helping people feel better. It is my mission to help people feel better through a functional nutrition approach.
Food is medicine.
I have practiced in a hospital setting as a clinical dietitian for over 20 years, and find energy and joy from helping people on the path to recovery. Becoming a nutrition blogger gave me the voice I need to share with others across the globe. This year, I published the book called The Whole Body Guide to Gut Health, which is a broad-lens view of how healing the gut is integral to all aspects of our health.
Early on, I knew something was missing from the conventional nutrition approach. By reading many research papers, I found myself PASSIONATE about functional nutrition before it even had a name. Functional medicine is essentially this: applying the most current research for YOUR needs. We carefully weigh risks, benefits, and potential gains to help with healing. It became undeniable early in my own health and the health of all my patients that the foods we eat, including herbs and key amounts of nutrients, are life-changing. Functional medicine training through the Institute for Functional Medicine has helped me develop my abilities to help myself and others by getting to the root cause of illness.
I have also had the great privilege of being a nutrition researcher, which gave me a deep understanding of what makes up good research or just hype or fuel for media propaganda. That is what drives me to blog and share the truth about health today.