I wear several hats and my eclectic educational, professional, and life experiences give me rich insight into the interconnected nature of health, how to live life to the fullest, and the importance of focusing on family wellness.
Here are some of my hats...
I graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI with a Bachelors of Nursing in 2003. Since 2004, I have worked with individuals at the end of life. As a hospice nurse, my career focused on quality of life issues--like relieving pain and uncomfortable symptoms and witnessing patients come to realize what matters most in life. I watched many people shift their life's focus to meaningful relationships, doing what they love, appreciating themselves, and slowing down. As people felt better with good pain and symptom management (from their hospice team) and they started focusing on what mattered most, I watched them heal--on a personal/emotional level and sometimes even on a physical level.
It was always interesting to me that many of us wait until we get a terminal diagnosis to start prioritizing quality of life and realizing what matters most. One of the greatest lessons I took from my hospice work was the inspiration to feel good and focus on what matters in life NOW and not to wait for my big diagnosis. My practice as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach focuses on managing the pain and many uncomfortable symptoms people live with on a regular basis while also putting attention towards what matters most in one's life.
I received my Master's Degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University in 2008. My vision for this advanced degree was not to become a therapist, but to help me better meet the needs of my hospice patients in my role as a nurse. I knew that people at the end of life needed a good listener, someone that could hold space for tension and family conflict, a person who could ask meaningful and direct questions, and most importantly someone to be present and prove that they were in it to the end. The program I attended at Naropa was grounded in the philosophy that mindfulness awareness and meditation were fundamental in supporting another in healing and growth. This education has proven to be fundamental in my approach as a health coach.
Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
I attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) from 2014 to 2015. IIN is a renown international nutrition school that highlights the multi-faceted nature of health and teaches over 100 dietary theories. Not only did I learn a lot about food and nutrition during my education, but I also learned about how to take care of myself and my family in all areas of health—like career, relationships, exercise, sleep, and spirituality. My philosophy of primary and secondary foods as well as bioindividuality are core teachings at IIN.
I studied with the world's top health and wellness experts including:
Joshua Rosenthal, founder and director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
Dr. Andrew Weil, MD, director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
Deepak Chopra, MD, leader in the field of mind-body medicine
Dr. David Katz, MD, MPH, director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center
Dr. Walter Willett, MD, DrPH, chair of nutrition at Harvard University
Gabrielle Bernstein, bestselling author and life coach
Susan Blum, MD, MPH, assistant clinical professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Mark Hyman, MD, founder of The UltraWellness Center
Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating
David Wolfe, raw food leader and nutrition expert
Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, professor at New York University’s Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health
Mark Bittman, food writer for the New York Times and bestselling author
Joel Fuhrman, MD, family physician and leading expert on nutritional healing
and many other leading researchers and nutrition authorities
My diverse educational background has equipped me with extensive, cutting-edge knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and disease prevention. Drawing on my expertise, I work with clients like you to help make lifestyle changes and form health-promoting habits that produce real and lasting results. You will develop a deeper understanding of food and lifestyle choices that work best for you, improving your energy, balance, health, and happiness.
Each session will leave you feeling inspired and motivated. We will talk about things beyond food, seeking to bring balance to important elements of your life such as love and relationship as well as career and money. I will personally and carefully guide you to make simple, small changes that transform your life.
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