Health knowledge made personal
I thought I was healthy but then got slammed with chronic hives that plagued me daily for over 2 years. During that time I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, specifically Hashimoto's Thyroiditis.
I spent time with many doctors including an allergist and internal medicine physician. My condition did not improve. The doctors offered me nothing more than prescription medications. My energy levels plummeted and I was unable to exercise. At my worst point, I couldn't even walk up the flight of stairs in my home without resting.
Finally, when my doctor suggested that I start on anti-depressant medication to cure my hives, I knew that I needed to find my own answers. I used my knowledge of medicine and science to research the field of nutrition, developing programs and educational materials to help individuals learn how to incorporate simple strategies to improve health and wellness.
Through drastic changes in my diet and lifestyle my body healed itself of hives. As a bonus, I was able to reduce the amount of thyroid medication I needed by half. My energy levels soared and I returned to running and working out at the health club.
Another health challenge, a vocal cord that suddenly became paralyzed for months, brought me back into the medical system for CT scans, MRIs, ultrasounds, and mammograms. Receiving a wrong diagnosis of breast cancer ramped up my enthusiasm for natural medicine and led me pursue a Master's degree in holistic nutrition.
As a holistic nutritionist and wellness coach, I am dedicated to helping others achieve optimal health, vitality and wellness. I am passionate about health and nutrition and I am a strong advocate for natural health.
I earned a BS in Biology from the University of Wisconsin and completed a Medical Technology internship program at Rockford Memorial Hospital, working in the field of hematology and chemistry. Currently, Master of Science in Health & Nutrition Education Candidate at Hawthorn University.