My Training

Functional Nutrition Alliance

I trained to become certified as a Functional Nutrition and Lifestyle Practitioner (FNLP) under the leading expert in functional nutrition, Andrea Nakayama and her colleagues of the Functional Nutrition Alliance.

The FNLP training deepened my passion and skills for helping clients identify underlying causes of their health issues, take personalized steps to create desired shifts, and heal from the inside out.

For that is where sustainable health resides, at the core of one’s body and being. The very individual path that each person takes to strengthen that core is where I can help.

Digestive wellness is an essential foundation for overall health.  Therefore, my initial focus in working with a client is usually to consider carefully how well her digestive system is functioning, and whether allergies or sensitivities to certain foods or environmental elements might be contributing to her symptoms.

It is also true that gut health is just one of many factors that influence a woman’s ability to be well. The benefits of what might be a perfect diet for one individual may be lost in the presence of serious imbalances in other arenas of her life.  My training at both IIN and the Functional Nutrition Alliance has equipped me to work with a client to address her whole being, considering the different aspects of her life that impact her health.

Institute of Integrative Nutrition

I received my health coaching training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s cutting-edge Health Coach Training Program.  There 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 such notable figures as 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.

My education at IIN and elsewhere has equipped me with extensive knowledge about holistic nutrition, health coaching, and functional health. Drawing on these skills and what I know about different dietary theories, I work with women to make lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results.

Previous Experience

I earned my Masters in Public Health from the Department of Health Education and Community Development in Chapel Hill, NC.

For years afterwards I worked for several public health consulting firms as a trainer, facilitator, and program manager for international projects in African and Asian countries. These projects helped local leaders and medical staff strengthen their health care services for women and children.

My long-term professional background in health equips me with a special kind of depth in my current work with women who are seeking the benefits of functional nutrition and health coaching support.