Everyone is Unique.
As a successful competitive athlete, I thought I was healthy. I was winning races and placing at the top of my age group. While training for a half ironman I began feeling fatigued, irritable, and unhappy. I didn't feel right. I was referred by a friend to a local doctor who specialized in hormones. I was given bio-identical HRT (hormone replacement therapy) and thyroid medication. Along the way, I was bitten by a tick and lived in a moldy house. I was tested for lyme disease, co-infections, and mold - I had them all.
After months of spending thousands of dollars on my health I was not improving as I had hoped. I didn't want to become dependent on the pharmaceutical industry the rest of my life, so I began learning as much as I could about the human body. Along the way I started focusing on my digestive system. The digestive system is key to absorbing nutrients that fuel my body. This led me to a specialization in GI disorders e.g. SIBO, IBS, GERD, along with mold and building the immune system.
This path led me to a Master's degree in Clinical Nutrition, focusing on nutritional biochemistry. I studied Integrative and Functional Medicine, approaches that take into account lifestyle habits and identify the root cause of disease. I started applying what I had learned to my life and I started feeling better!
I started Heal Well Nutrition to help people optimize their health by incorporating lifestyle and nutrition changes. Personalized nutrition is the basis of my practice. I've learned that you cannot treat everyone the same. Everyone's circumstances and backgrounds are unique. They are influenced by many factors including environment, lifestyle, and genetics.
As a certified nutritionist specialist I take into account your history and the interactions of your genetics, environment, and lifestyle factors to guide you towards long-term health and protect you from chronic disease. I incorporate various strategies to develop a "personalize" plan that's made just for you.
List of Achievements:
M.S. Applied Clinical Nutrition, New York Chiropractic College
Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS)
Certified Ketogenic Nutrition Specialist (CKNS)
Lead author and researcher for Latham, C. & Minich, D. Challenging Case in Clinical Practice: Relief from Digestive Symptoms After Implementation of a Diet to Encourage Elimination of Foods. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Therapies. June 2018
Guest speaker at the Santa Barbara Health and Beauty Expo 2017
Conducted the Santa Barbara Hormone Workshop Series
Television appearances on FOX networks
Nutritional columnist for various online and web publications
Alaris Fitness: Nutrition Consultant, January 2018, November 2018