About Me

My Background and Path that Leads Me to You

I have a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Appalachian State University.  

At ASU I learned how to read and research the latest scientific findings on the brain and behavior.  These skills have served me well as I continue to wade through the findings from the newest health and wellness research to help find solutions for you! 

ASU and other training prepared me for counseling children and families in crisis situations.  I taught children and families how to listen to each other, advocate for themselves and meet goals to attain the reunification of their families.  This background has given me the foundation to listen deeply to you so you feel understood and encouraged to make the changes you want to make!

My youngest child, Josh had speech and motor challenges early on.  Once he began school, we also found that he had learning and attention challenges.  He was diagnosed with ADHD while in 3rd grade.  His ADHD comes along with oppositional and defiant behavior which makes learning and getting along at home difficult.  What I've learned from the 13 years with this beautiful and (but not always) wonderful child, is that diet, exercise, sleep, relationships with friends all affect his gut, mood, focus and memory.  And his perceived stress always exacerbates his challenges.  I've learned that there are many hacks to getting him back on track when he's off.  But the biggest thing I have learned is that the way I think about him affects him more than I could ever have imagined!  

I am certified as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition*.   See below for a partial list of the world's top health and wellness experts I studied with.  At IIN I learned how to see the body as a system and disease and disorders as a function of this system.  When helping you with your health issues, I try to explore with you and guide you to heal the larger system, not simply heal the symptoms.  I take an integrative approach to help you balance all areas of your life that affect your physical and brain health.

From my experience with Josh, I come to you as a seasoned and compassionate veteran ready to help you think about challenges in an integrative way.  I'm here to guide you with tools I've used to help Josh and other clients eat healthier, sleep well, change thought patterns that are not beneficial and become a stronger, healthier version of yourself! 

  • Joshua Rosenthal, MScEd, founder and director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
  • Deepak Chopra, MD leader in the field of mind-body medicine
  • David Katz, MD, MPH, director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center
  • Walter Willett, MD, DrPH, chair of nutrition at Harvard University
  • Andrew Weil, MD, director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
  • Gabrielle Bernstein, bestselling author and life coach
  • Susan Blum, MD, MPH, assistant clinical professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • Mark Hyman, MD, founder of The UltraWellness Center
  • Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating
  • Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, professor at New York University’s Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health
  • Mark Bittman, food writer for The New York Times and bestselling author
  • Joel Fuhrman, MD, family physician and leading expert on nutritional healing