A little about my background and a few random facts thrown in for fun
Certified Integrative Health Coach
School of Applied Functional Medicine
Institute of Integrative Nutrition, CHC
NPTI Certified Personal Trainer
North Carolina State University, BS
When I was young I wanted to be a Marine Biologist. As you can see, that didn't happen. I also dabbled with photography, drawing and making jewelry. I am one of those people who like too many things to just choose one area of focus. In college that trend continued and I found a major that let me be creative and tactile, while earning an Education degree. So on I went to teach - something I never thought I would do. Around the same time, I committed myself to reading and researching how to take care of my body in a more holistic way. I was absolutely done with feeling bad and being tired all the time. My middle school and high school years were full of body image issues and it wasn't until after college that I figured out the best way to take care of myself, which helped create a more positive self-image. So, while I was teaching, I was also growing more attached to the health and wellness community. This is when my career direction took a sharp turn from teaching Technology Education in middle school to pursuing a Personal Training certification and then graduating from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in January 2018.
My career life may have taken a few different twists to get where I am now, but it turns out I love talking about health and this is where I belong! Why do I love it so much? Mostly because of my own journey. I started taking control of my health after being diagnosed with an autoimmune condition in 2002. I struggled with Hashimoto's for years and through my own research and practice, have led a healthy and active life. It wasn't until I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2016 and had my thyroid removed, that I realized how hard it was for people to figure out how to live active and fulfilling lives with thyroid disorders. Most people don't know what to do after receiving a diagnosis of a thyroid or autoimmune disorder. And the truth is, most doctors don't give you any practical information to help. My goal is to fill the gap between diagnosis and symptom reversal to equip you with the resources to gain back your health!
Little Leslie Newton-John.
A prediction of what was to come!