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                    Credentials

 

My Story

Nutrition and an active lifestyle have consistently been a central part of my life, both personally and professionally.  I’ve worked as a health educator in the corporate, media, academic, and non-profit arenas. As an avid athlete and general health information seeker, I have always been incredibly interested in the various aspects of wellness. 

But despite my best intentions, my body hasn’t always cooperated. I’ve struggled with inflammation issues and autoimmune disease most of my adult life, which at times has been limiting, intrusive, and upsetting. Ulcerative colitis and then rheumatoid arthritis forced me to make many compromises, inhibiting me physically and taking a mental toll as well. I’ve always been extremely “healthy” with a solid diet and daily exercise, but true wellness was falling short. 

  • AIP Certified Coach (Autoimmune Protocol)

  • AFPA, Certified Autoimmune Nutrition Specialist

  • AFPA, Certified Holistic Nutritionist

  • Columbia University, Teacher’s College, MA Health Education

  • University of Pennsylvania, BA Psychology

Many exceptionally intelligent and well-meaning physicians offered medicine to suppress my symptoms but were unable to tackle problems at the source after that. And most notably, not one sat down and spoke to me about autoimmune in its broader meaning. What was it and what could I do about it. Instead it was unilateral. Accept, medicate, move on.

But I wasn’t ready to give in entirely. I’ve always explored other options on my own in conjunction with traditional therapy given the potentially dangerous side effects.  Trial and error with many foods left me frustrated and I wasn’t able to find anyone to guide me, taking the whole picture into account. When I asked a world-renowned rheumatologist in NYC at my appointment about the dietary impact on inflammation, he mocked it and simply offered “well, you have to eat!”. 

Then someone casually mentioned The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) and I was intrigued.  Maybe AIP would allow me to learn more about the nutrition and lifestyle impact on inflammation and autoimmune disease, maybe it would provide part of a solution for me. It did both. Finally – an explanation to autoimmunity –demystifying! Science-based strategies to help regulate it - empowering!  And improvements to my health, and resulting quality of life,  clear and profound- incredible! I knew this complete paradigm shift was not only a path towards feeling better for myself, but also, a clear opportunity to help others. 

I dove in head first and immersed myself in all things autoimmune from a lifestyle perspective. Reading, listening, studying, and learning from leaders in the field of functional medicine and autoimmunity. 

 

I became a Certified AIP Coach, and in time, a Certified Autoimmune Nutrition Specialist. 

I know that I’m getting the most out of the variables in life that I can control to optimize my health, and the results are apparent daily. I feel great! Autoimmunity is a predisposition, not a predetermination. There is so much we can do to help regulate our system as well as our genetic expression.  Our body wants to be in balance, and we can give it the tools to help achieve that. I'm on my own wellness journey, maneuvering with knowledge and experience.  It’s taken time to discover how I can achieve better health, I'm creating my apple, and now I want to work with you to find and own yours.  

 

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