I earned my MHS in Human Nutrition from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2006, then earned my Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland in 2010. I am now licensed as both a Nutritionist and a Physical Therapist. I earned each of these titles because I was looking for a way to truly heal people and knew that, while I was heading in the right direction, no single discipline could do it. I am currently immersed in a year long course through the Kresser Institute for Functional and Evolutionary Medicine. If ‘functional medicine’ is a new term to you, check out The Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine.
At Original Wellness, I now combine my knowledge in all three areas – physical therapy, nutrition and functional medicine to guide you on your journey back to health. I will often recommend tests to assess your gut health, which has been linked to chronic diseases including, but not limited to, autism, ADD, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, asthma, acne, Parkinson’s, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s, IBS, GERD, depression and other mood disorders. I also enjoy working with those suffering from insomnia and chronic fatigue.
A Personal Note – How I Got Interested in Nutrition and Functional Medicine
When my husband and I were having difficulty conceiving, I was diagnosed with PCOS and told that I would have to go through fertility treatments to conceive. So, I did. I gave birth to very premature twins with a host of medical problems. My mission to heal became much more personal.
When my son was an infant, among other medical issues, he had such bad reflux that he stopped gaining weight – everything we put in came right back out. We avoided a feeding tube and weaned both babies off their medications with nutrient dense diets of traditional foods. I realized that food was powerful and could heal on a deep level.
Since then, I have continued to study and have become fascinated with the groups of people still eating their traditional diets, untouched by modern convenience foods. These groups don’t suffer from chronic illness. And I don’t believe we have to either.