Ill-health is an invitation for us to change and grow. “Curing” is taking a pill from a doctor who’s diagnosed you. “Healing” is embracing the agency you have in your own health and choosing to be the caretaker of your body.
Our bodies are capable of abundant health. There is an innate intelligence within us that is always steering towards health. Our bodies WANT to be healthy (although I know it can feel otherwise at times).
When dis-ease occurs, it often stems from dysfunction within the body. As opposed to seeking out and attacking disease, healing protocols support the whole person and the functioning of whole body system. It is the idea that, for example, Lyme is just being Lyme. It is the condition of the body that has allowed Lyme to take over. Our job is to create favourable conditions for our own health.
By listening to the body and working with gentle, biochemically unique approaches, we can enable our bodies to opt out of dysfunction. When that happens, the body starts to thrive, and healing begins to occur. Healing in this place becomes unconditional.
Certifications and Training
I am a certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, registered through AFDNP. In my practice, I work with clients to heal their chronic health conditions, specializing in hormone conditions, immune/auto-immune conditions, fatigue and digestion. I use biochemical functional lab testing, deep food nutrition, lifestyle, and potent botanical support to move beyond symptoms, and together we heal the root causes that are making my clients chronically ill. I don’t diagnose or treat anything. Instead, I work with you to get your body to it’s optimal health.
I have practiced and studied Tui Na, Qi Gong and Meridian Qi Gong, as well as TCM philosophy at the Gong Fu Centre in Montreal QC. I am a certified yoga instructor (Shanti Yoga, Nelson BC) with further training in Subtle Body (Pheonix Rising Yoga Therapy, Bristol, VT), and Reiki. I have started my herbology studies at the Vermont Center For Integrative Herbalism and continue to study Herbology in Winlaw and Nelson, BC.
My work as a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner and Holistic Health Coach is the culmination of a life-long journey toward healing. It is not only a career choice for me – it is a vocation. Understanding the functioning of the body, mind and soul, along with nutrition, herbs, botanicals, and energetic health, is for me an endless world of discovery.
Throughout my life, I have encountered a myriad of health issues: chronic pain and disability from a childhood car accident; substance abuse; digestion issues and a Celiacs diagnosis; weight issues; adult onset cystic acne; fibrocystic breasts; and a severe onset of digestion issues that had me in and out of the hospital for two years before I got a diagnosis of SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth), IBS and finally IBD.
I worked with a long list of health professionals including MDs, gastro specialists, naturopaths and traditional Chinese medicine practitioners, but had little success. I thought my body had turned against me. After being told by my medical doctor that there was nothing more he could do, I realized that if I was going to heal, I needed to become my own health advocate. I refused to accept that my body could not return to health.
I dove into meditation, Qi Gong and journaling. I worked through the elimination diet and the Autoimmune Protocol diet, flooding my body with clean nutrition. I studied traditional Chinese medicine and Tui Na and began eliminating toxins. But it wasn’t until I fell into Functional Diagnostic Nutrition that my health began to get completely back on track. Guided by lab testing for my hormones, food sensitivities, detoxification systems, gut health and pathogens and infestations, I finally began to get my life back. In fact, I opened to a life bigger and more satisfying than ever before.
It is important now that we awaken to reclaim our health. It has been claimed that over 80% of emergency room visits are from chronic stress-related disorders that doctors cannot treat. Through the marriage of diet, rest, exercise, stress reduction, and botanical support, we can support our own bodies’ innate wisdom and desire to be in health.
I’m sharing this in the hopes that my experience can lead to your success.
But that’s enough about me – I’d love to know more about you. If you’d like to see if I can help you with a health challenge, please say hello. Otherwise, you can spend some time reading my blog or if you’re not quite ready yet, simply stay in touch.