My Training

Functional Nutrition Alliance 

I trained 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.  I am an allied functional medicine practitioner who fills a multi-faceted role of nutrition consultant, patient or client advocate, educator, and health coach.

Doctors, who are trained to diagnose and prescribe, have tremendous expertise, yet they rarely have the time or skills required for helping a person figure out how to put into practice recommended treatments, especially when those involve changes in dietary and other lifestyle choices. That’s where I come in.

I  am trained to work in partnership with my client, and if needed with her other health care providers, to find sustainable resolutions to her health concerns. I help my clients identify underlying causes of their health issues, take personalized steps to create desired shifts, and heal from the inside out.

My training at both the Functional Nutrition Alliance and at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN) enables me to work with each client to address her whole being, considering the different aspects of her life that impact her health.

Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN)

I received my health coaching training from the IIN’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.

Drawing on my skills in the practice of holistic health, functional nutrition, and coaching, I work with women to make dietary and other 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 lends a special kind of depth to my current work with women who are seeking the benefits of functional nutrition and health coaching support.

Read here about my approach to working with clients and the nutrition support services I offer.

Questions? Contact me to talk about them or to schedule your free consultation.