About Me and Nutrition Decode.

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                   Quick Facts

  • Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy Certification- enrolled 2021 & training ongoing

  • Institute of Functional Medicine-Member since 2021

  • Registered Dietitian Licensed in North Carolina & Ohio 

  • 3x4  Foundations in Nutri-genomics Course Certified 2021

  • Certified Genetic Counselor 1996-2016

  • Certified Wellness Coach   2010-2013

  • Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (AND) - member since 2017

  • AND Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine (DIFM) - Member since 2017

  • MS in Human Genetics/ Genetic Counseling, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville NY.

  • BS in Biology (Genetics) and Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

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I've struggled with poor health for most of my adult life.  It started as low back pain and GI issues, then joint pain, fatigue, brain fog, and depression.  Doctors couldn't help me, so I tried chiropractic care, acupuncture,  and massage which helped temporarily but didn't address the root cause of my problems. Through functional medicine, I started to gain some insight, and problems such as IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), gut dysbiosis, gluten sensitivity, were revealed.  But then I decided to study my own DNA and discovered with more clarity the root causes of my health-related troubles: subtle DNA changes that, collectively, had a big impact on my health in the areas of methylation, inflammation, detoxification.  For me, the results had broader effects on other systems, such as brain health, energy levels, and hormone metabolism.  Addressing these foundational issues helped me to understand the problem and motivated me to make the needed changes to feel better.

Nutrition Decode is my effort to help others who are in a similar situation-suffering from fatigue, chronic pain, inflammation, brain fog, perhaps with digestive problems or whichever undiagnosed ailment has been chronic and alluded traditional medical intervention. The healthcare professionals I consulted were unable to determine the root cause of my health challenges, and no one suggested improved nutrition as an intervention.  As your registered dietitian, I strive to be part of the healthcare team that can guide you to a better place by utilizing science-based and personalized technology:  Nutritional Genomics.

As a nutrition professional that is trained in both genetics and dietetics, I am uniquely qualified to provide nutritional genomic consultations.  Through my masters-level genetic counseling education, I've learned to effectively translate complex medical information for a more thorough understanding of the test results and their consequences. My training in nutrition and dietetics has provided the practical knowledge to guide you toward your nutritional goals. I take an integrative and functional medicine approach to addressing health concerns, including attention to sleep, hydration, stress, movement, and mindfulness.  I invite you to contact me to begin the process of discovery and healing.

 

About You.

In my experience, finding the right healthcare professional to work with is tricky. I've learned that the most productive and helpful relationship to have with clients is one that is non-judgmental and respectful; based on trust, kindness, caring and authenticity.  I request that my clients work cooperatively and with honest intention. I think we could work well together if:

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  • You feel tired, frustrated, or helpless in your efforts to determine the causes of your current unhealthy state  OR  You feel like you could function even better, stronger with more personalized insights into how your body functions.

  • You are curious about how your genetic code influences your health, and would like insight into how this additional knowledge might improve your health, fitness, wellness and longevity.

  • You are open to evidence-based nutrition information that may challenge your personal beliefs about food, diets, fads, and things you've learned from documentaries or social media. 

  • You are committed to making changes to your diet and lifestyle in order to reach your personal health-related goals.

About the Lab.

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After vetting several genetic laboratories, I've chosen to work with 3x4 Genetics Laboratory.  The 3x4 Genetics Lab results are based on 2 pillars: scientific validity and clinical utility.  This means that the information provided to you is vetted to provide the best evidence-based  scientific research with recommendations that are informed and actionable.  Please take a moment to look over the sample test result and client brochure below to get a better understanding of this laboratory's services.  The reports are graphically illustrated and are packed full of details about your genetic information.  I'm here to help translate, prioritize, and further personalize this type of test result to apply to your personal healthcare and nutrition-related goals.  

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Client Brochure
 Sample Report
3-Minute Video: Why Take a Genetic Test?
 

About Functional Medicine and Nutrition.

Functional Medicine and Functional Nutrition are terms used to describe a different approach to treating people with chronic diseases.  Check out these resources from the Institute of Functional Medicine and the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy to get a better understanding of how it differs from conventional medicine and our work together would proceed.

 

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