I lost my mom to cancer when I was 18. I really don’t know what it would feel like to receive a breast cancer diagnosis right after a miraculous heart transplant recovery. Six plus years battling with a failing heart, a life-saving surgery, and then the dreaded word you never want to hear leave your doctor’s mouth: cancer.
The health and wellness world around 2008 was nothing like it is today, but she was always researching how to help her condition on all levels through food, mind-body practices, and spirituality. I learned early on the importance of being part of a connected community with like-minded people. That health is more than just our physical health.
Losing her fueled my passion to uncover and heal the root cause of chronic health conditions so that no one had to experience what she went through or losing someone too soon.
You could say my passion for preventative + holistic has always been my driving force in pretty much everything I do, but that’s not to say I haven’t had my own health detours along the way. When we go through something difficult in life we don’t always have the tools to know how to manage it. So we shove it down and hope it goes away.
I pushed away a lot of the pain of losing my mom away and plowed on through my early 20s the way most of us do - working hard and playing harder. Alcohol became a way to not deal with the pain, even though I didn't realize that's what I was doing at the time. It worked, until it just didn’t. We’re taught that pain is not meant to be felt.
On the outside everything seemed fine (that word we use when we’re usually not) - I had a good job, relationship, social life, apartment - but on the inside I just knew everything I wanted out of life was on the other side of drinking. The stress, blocked pain, lack of self-care, and not eating properly to support my body started showing up in my body as terrible anxiety, nutritional deficiencies, fatigue, and more. And I was done ignoring it.
Let me tell you, everything that drove you to your numbing tool of choice is still there waiting for you when you choose to stop numbing. But I answered my call to do the work. And that involved digging into and working through the pain. Quitting drinking. Cutting out what wasn’t working. Boundaries. Eating better. It’s not easy and it’s a journey that is never ‘done’. But it is so worth it.
Through all of this work I have learned how closely nutritional balance is tied to the things we've gone through in life. That healing our relationship with our bodies and food goes beyond just eating food. That our personal stories closely tie into the symptoms manifesting in the body right now. So that’s why I do what I do.
I help you uncover answers to your health Concerns so you can heal your body and free your mind.
I’m fascinated with uncovering the ‘why’. Why you are feeling this way or experiencing a health issue. It’s my mission to help you start feeling better from symptoms that seem random or disjointed or written-off. I am a registered dietitian and certified health coach who uses a functional + integrative approach to uncover the root of body imbalances. I look to see what is causing you to feel this way and use an individualized approach to create a path to healing.
Excerpt from my mom’s journal
It’s not that we’re not doing enough. It’s that we need to look at the root cause of body imbalances to heal + feel our best.
Education + Credentials
MS: Master of Science in Dietetics + Dietetic Internship, Loyola University Chicago
BS: Bachelor of Science in Dietetics + Health Promotion Specialization, Michigan State University
RDN: Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Commission on Dietetic Registration
LDN: Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, State of Illinois
IFNCP: Integrative and Functional Nutrition Certified Practitioner (IFNA)
CHC: Certified Health Coach, American Council on Exercise (ACE)
NASM-CPT: Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)