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. Upon graduation, I held a position in Portland, Oregon (my hometown), where I visited my clients in their homes. Here, I realized the disturbing disparity between one's economic standing and their access to quality healthcare, disease prevention, and education.
Along with various health issues of my own that led me further down the road of holistic nutrition, I finally decided that I wanted to start a career in healthcare. 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, which dug into the lab testing component, with particular focus on GI pathogens, adrenal fatigue, and female hormone imbalances.
Exercise and fitness have always been an integral part of my life, along with understanding the importance of incorporating both exercise and nutrition, not just one or the other. This led me to become a Certified Personal Trainer through NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine).
Combining my passion for integrative medicine and healthcare equality, I have worked in various nonprofit organizations both in the US and Central America, focusing on making alternative modalities in healthcare available for all, regardless of class, age, race, gender or geographic location.
Currently, I work with 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.
Additionally, I work with fellow practitioners, companies and individuals as a freelance health writer, assisting in content and copy writing, blogging, meal-planning and analysis, eBooks, and more.