I am a Registered Dietitian (RD), integrative and functional medicine nutritionist and have a Master’s degree in nutrition.
What does this mean for you?
It means that with my training (and personal experience - see below) I can bridge the gap between the conventional, integrative, and natural medicine worlds and translate the science about using food and nutrition for health and healing into a way that you can use. I'll translate the science into actionable diet & lifestyle steps that will help you create real improvements in your health - body, mind, and spirit.
As a RD and nutritionist, I have worked in the healthcare field for over a 15 years in hospitals, outpatient clinics, and academic research settings. However, in most of my jobs, I always felt I was missing something and was constantly searching for my niche.
At UC San Francisco (UCSF) I was involved in various nutrition studies with early stage prostate cancer patients. For example, we worked with Dr. Dean Ornish and his colleagues at the Preventive Medicine Research Institute and showed that a comprehensive diet and lifestyle approach resulted in significant positive changes in gene expression in early stage prostate cancer patients (in other words, the diet and lifestyle intervention “turned on” protective genes and “turned off” prostate cancer related genes). It was exciting and my first real insight into a different way of thinking about a holistic diet and nutrition therapy approach.
Then, I had a stroke.
I know first hand how it feels to be a very sick patient, the challenges of navigating through the medical system and consulting with multiple practitioners for various medical issues, and the importance of being your own health advocate or having an advocate. I also now understand poly-pharmacy and its side effects and the limitations of conventional medicine.
My experience opened me up to new perspectives on how to deal with health and healing. I found that the symptoms and health issues that I developed post-stroke that conventional medicine was not able to help me with have been healed using an integrative, naturopathic, and functional medicine approach. The power of food and nutrition is understood and utilized by the practitioners who embrace these models, with personalized nutrition & lifestyle therapy as a major part of the care plan.
I believe that I bring a unique perspective to health and healing due to my own personal medical journey combined with my professional background as a RD, nutritionist. In a way, I think integrative nutrition and functional medicine based nutrition therapy – natural healing – was something that I have been looking for since graduate school, but it took my own health care crisis to really be open to it.
I am the founder of an integrative & functional medicine based nutrition private practice, Vitality Nutrition, located in the San Francisco Bay Area, but my latest passion is this website! Since incorporating the functional medicine based approach into my practice I’ve often thought, “How can I get this amazing information out to more people?” I am excited to be able to connect with all of you and to share what I think to be powerful information for your health and healing journey.
References: Ornish, D et al. Changes in prostate gene expression in men undergoing an intensive diet and lifestyle intervention. www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.0803080105 June 17, 2008; 105(24):8369-74.
Ornish, D et al. Increased telomerase activity and comprehensive lifestyle changes: a pilot study. The Lancet Oncology November 2008; 9(11): 1048-57.
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