My Story

Sometimes, you are just going about life when the unthinkable happens.  For me, it happened in 2004 while I was working as a textile designer and raising two young children. Little did I know that my childhood exposure to the Ukraine’s Chernobyl nuclear disaster would alter the course of my adult life and lead to a diagnosis of Thyroid cancer.

I soon learned the critical role the Thyroid plays in our bodies as I struggled with symptoms including digestive issues, weight gain, joint and muscle pain, headaches and more.  Like most people, I first turned to traditional medicine. While my doctors did their best to help me with a series of “pills for my ills,” all came with unpleasant side effects.

Despite the doctor’s best efforts, I wasn’t getting better.  I came to realize that targeting my symptoms didn’t address the root cause of my disease.  To do so, I would need an approach that focused on all of me…mind, body and soul.

I began by learning the benefits of the mind/body connection with yoga, meditation and stress management.  While this was beneficial, I still struggled with treating my symptoms of weight gain, headaches, and low energy.

Like many people, I felt bombarded by conflicting information about food from TV, magazines and books. What should I believe? What would make a difference? To answer these questions, I studied at two leading nutritional schools.  It opened my eyes to the fact that food would be the most important medicine to support and nurture my body back to health.

Armed with my newfound knowledge and skills, I transformed my life, and I am now feeling better than ever! This journey to heal myself has inspired me to share what I have learned to help others.

My practice is based on the philosophy of “Bio-Individuality.”  I use a very personalized approach to nutrition and stress management to help you reach your goals and realize a renewed sense of well-being.

I work with many people who have thyroid trouble, and don’t even know it. Sadly, thyroid conditions are among the most under-diagnosed and untreated. Each day, I meet people who have difficulty losing weight, problems with sleep, as well as disturbing symptoms like constipation, anemia, headaches, anxiety and depression. They long to take control of their health, increase their energy and have a better relationship with food — and ultimately — themselves.

I also work with people who fear they may get a disease because it, “runs in my family.”  While we can’t change our genetics or our ages, we can change the way our genes express themselves, and we can fuel our bodies in ways that give us the energy we need to heal and lead fulfilling lives.  I often liken it to gardening.  You start by cultivating the soil and planting the seeds; you gradually provide water, sunlight and encouragement; and ultimately, something beautiful will bloom!

I know from my own personal journey that lifestyle changes can be challenging. My true desire is to guide and empower you to make lifestyle and nutritional changes that will be enjoyable and lasting.  Imagine…you can stop the dieting roller coaster and lose weight naturally! You can live your life without fear of the future! You can have peace of mind, balance, vitality and renewed energy, all while looking and feeling 10 years younger!

Are you ready to make this journey together? I promise it will be exciting and rewarding!

Contact me for a FREE consultation and we will discover what works and feels best for YOU.

 

Credentials

I received my training to practice nutritional counseling from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, in affiliation with Purchase College, SUNY. I studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. My teachers included Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Dr. Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine; Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University; Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating; and many other leading researchers and nutrition authorities.

I am a certified Functional Medicine Health Coach from The Functional Medicine Coaching Academy in collaboration with The Institute for Functional Medicine. Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of illness, using a personalized, systems-oriented approach. It focuses on people’s specific needs, genetics and history, rather than disease and diagnosis. It utilizes the least expensive and least invasive methods of treatment first. It’s about restoring the body’s natural healing power. To learn more about the science of Functional Medicine, please visit their website: https://ifm.org

I am board certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. I am also certified by the Tao Energy Healer School (a professional training program that incorporates a variety of disease prevention and disease management therapies, including stress management strategies, massage therapy, acupressure, Yoga, and meditation).

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