Certifications & Credentials
BA (Sciences), Alverno College
Precision Nutrition (PN) certified
C.H.E.K Institute Holistic Lifestyle Coach
HKC Instructor (Hardstyle Kettlebell)
Whole9 Foundations of Nutrition (Attendee)
Whole9 Trainer’s Course
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (ANSI certified)
CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting
CrossFit Movement & Mobility
CrossFit Judge Certification
Buddy Lee Jump Rope
NASM (previous certification)
Who I am - My Story
A couple of years after graduating from college, I found out I had an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. I was told by an endocrinologist that I would eventually need thyroid hormone, but at the time there was nothing to do except wait until that time came. When my first child was about 6 months old (in 2000), I found out I had hypothyroidism and I started standard treatment which was only a daily synthetic thyroid hormone pill. Coincidently at the same time, my husband was diagnosed with Graves' Disease, which also eventually lead to hypothyroidism after a treatment using radioactive iodine treatment. How lucky I thought, for both of us to have an autoimmune disease that was easily treatable by a daily pill. What I would come to realize many years later is that Hashimoto's is not a simple disease by any means and autoimmune disease can be reversed or put into remission by making important lifestyle changes. Although being "within range" for TSH result, I still had various symptoms, and I thought I had to live with being a little tired, a little overweight, and a little cold most of the time. Overtime, I came to realize we didn't have to live with these symptoms and we had options.
In 2009, I began my own health transformation journey by happenstance. I embarked on what is now called the Whole30, which is an elimination/provocation diet. To say that the 30 day elimination diet was life-changing would be an under-statement. I was shocked that issues, my "normal" as I was told by doctors, I had my entire life were gone! I then believed in the power of food. I became my own health advocate and set out to learn all I could about treating our autoimmune diseases and keeping my family healthy. I learned several major things about thyroid disease, autoimmune disease, and the scope of education doctors get in most medical schools, which do not include nutritional studies or how to prevent, and put autoimmune disease into remission. Here are some things I learned:
1. Thyroid standards are outdated and don't focus on the individuality of the people being treated. What works for one person may not work for another because treatment often involves much more than the thyroid. There are many misconceptions by doctors about ordering the full panel needed to diagnose and treat thyroid disease. Inadequate testing leaves many patients undiagnosed for YEARS!
2. Doctors admit that conventional medical school training does not include updated education to learn that autoimmune disease can be reversed. As pertaining to thyroid disorders, they also don't learn of the vast number of symptoms directly related to dysfunctional thyroid and also the foods we are eating. Instead, they may use drugs with many side effects to suppress the immune system and they may refer out to specialists for other symptoms. Care is very segmented and issues are often not resolved because the root cause is not addressed.
3. Failing to treat the immune system or actually get to the root cause of autoimmune disease itself, leaves patients vulnerable to acquiring more autoimmune disease. In the end, the patient suffers. I am here to say it doesn't have to be this way!
4. We have the power to control our genes and our destiny by implementing healthy lifestyle factors. One of the most important things I learned was, that simply having a gene, doesn't mean it will "turn on".
I never stop reading and learning. I found it is important to be our own health advocate and find a doctor or practitioner that will listen, is open-minded, and will keep working and researching how make you feel your best!
Why I Choose to Become a Health & Nutrition Coach
Information is power. I am passionate about learning and helping others find their own health journey. There is so much misinformation out there and it is really hard to know how to be healthy. Also, one thing I've learned over the past couple of years is that the topic of food is very political and one of the reasons why the correct information is hard to come by. When I began my journey, I didn't have help and there wasn't a lot of books or information on the internet yet so I had to listen to a lot of interviews, read a lot of books, and learn a lot on my own. Not everyone wants that level of detail, they just want someone to point them in the right direction. When faced with a need to regain health, people may be surprised at how making a few lifestyle changes can help them feel great. I want to become part of your journey.
What I can do for you
As your Health/Nutrition coach, I will help you create your own roadmap to begin your own journey where all roads lead to your health transformation. Whether your goal is to improve your digestion, lose weight, gain muscle mass, improve your heath, I will help you realize the power within you to live your dream!