Why I Care
I was frustrated, defeated, and scared...
My health had declined and my quality of life waned along with it. I had anxiety, depression, insomnia, gut issues, and chronic infections. I was tired of taking medications that didn't manage my symptoms very well and gave me nasty side effects. I was exhausted from feeling hopeful that I get my life back, only to be disappointed in the lack of results. And while therapy was beneficial for my mental health, it didn't address the physical symptoms I was experiencing.
I felt like each these approaches were pieces to a puzzle... but something was missing.
Then I stumbled upon lifestyle medicine- an approach to health that focuses on identifying and addressing the root causes of disease through lifestyle choices. I felt empowered to learn that, in addition to the conventional treatment approaches, I could make a difference in my health by simply making different choices about my lifestyle on a daily basis. I learned that what I put in my mouth, how I moved my body, the way I slept, how I structured my environment, and who I surrounded myself with all impacted my health.
These were all things I could control!!
By learning the principles of lifestyle medicine, I not only reclaimed my health, but was able to achieve new levels of energy, mental clarity, and truly happiness that I had never experienced.
In all honesty though, it wasn't easy- because I didn't have the support and guidance I needed. I found myself floundering more often than I care to admit and decided to go back to school to gain the knowledge and understanding of how to support my own and others' healing.
I am now a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, health coach, and certified personal trainer with a MS in Nutrition, Healthspan and Longevity from USC and a BA in Psychology with a minor in Health and Wellness. I am also working toward becoming a Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner through the Institute of Functional Medicine.
The knowledge I gained from my own experiences coupled with my formal education have allowed me to support others in their health journey, so they don't have to experience the same frustration and confusion I felt trying to do it all on my own. I hope to make healing through lifestyle medicine available to all who wish to optimize their health!
If my story resonates with your experiences, I would love to speak with you and develop a plan so that you can leave behind the fear and frustration and start living your BEST life!