Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant
Functional Medicine Practitioner
Certified Personal Trainer
I started Madrona Wellness in 2010, after discovering my passion for healing and preventing illness through a real, whole foods diet and lifestyle. This passion now extends to working together with my clients to find the underlying cause of whatever concern(s) may be present, and achieving changes that will affect your health in the short and long term. Let me give you a little background on what got me to this point...
Prior to entering the realm of holistic health, I graduated from Global College with a BA in social work and women's studies, going on to work in social services for several years. The last position I held was in Portland, Oregon (my hometown), where I visited my clients in their homes. A pattern that kept presenting itself with many of these families was a shocking amount of illness, "dealt" with via a laundry list of medications, and then medications to cover up the symptoms of those medications. The majority of their diet consisted of processed, refined "food," and I realized that many of their medical issues could have been prevented by eating a diet based on whole, organic, non-refined foods. Now, many of these families did not necessarily have the means to buy all organic, of course...but even steps towards a diet of actual foods would have made a world of difference.
Along with various health issues of my own that led me further down the road of holistic nutrition, I finally decided this is what I wanted to make my career. Upon making this decision, I moved to San Francisco and studied at Bauman College for Holistic Nutrition in Berkeley, CA. Here, I received a certification as a Holistic Nutrition Consultant, focusing on eating for optimal health, illness prevention, clinical conditions and disease. I later went on to complete the Kalish Method Mentorship Program, where I learned about the lab testing component, particularly focusing on testing for GI pathogens, adrenal fatigue, and female hormone imbalances.
Additionally, exercise and fitness have always been an integral part of my life. Understanding how crucial it is to have both components (nutrition and lifestyle), led me to become a Certified Personal Trainer through NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine).
Currently, I see clients one on one to create individualized diet and lifestyle programs based on your goals, diet and lifestyle analysis, and possible lab testing. Concerns we could address include any of the following: digestive issues, food allergies/sensitivities, blood sugar regulation, detox, fatigue, insomnia, hormonal imbalances, depression, stress, weight loss, and more. I want my clients to understand that I always begin with foods, and then proceed to herbs and supplementation if necessary. Taking this holistic approach to wellness may not be immediate (particularly when addressing a long-standing health concern), but we will work together to find the underlying cause and make lasting changes.