The Short Story
I'm a nutritionist, a holistic health coach, an herbalist, and an adventurer. With a background in scientific research, I approach life with curiosity and an open mind.
The Long Story
After graduating with a B.S. in Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology from Ohio State University, I worked in conservation biology for a few years before taking my first long hike on the Appalachian Trail. Something inside just clicked and I knew life would never be the same again.
I moved across the country and began apprenticing at an artisan, wood-fired bakery in the mountains of western North Carolina. It was there that I learned my way around the kitchen, discovered my love of good food, and learned how my food connected to my local community and landscape.
Feeling the call to spend some time outside of the mainstream lifestyle (again), I took off to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail. While the journey was one of my most life-affirming experiences to date, I returned home feeling less than healthy.
I was not the perfect picture of health that you'd expect to see after walking a couple thousand miles. I couldn't sleep, I was fatigued all the time, and my hormones were out of whack. I felt miserable and it was affecting every aspect of my life.
According to doctors and lab results, I was fine. But I knew I was not fine. I'd always been health conscious, but now I dug into the medical research to find any possible root causes for my symptoms. I ordered my own labs online and began to experiment with different protocols.
During this time, I completed a botanical medicine certificate and took courses in functional nutrition and culinary genomics. I studied functional medicine. I learned an incredible amount and began to find answers that actually improved my health. The field of human health is constantly evolving and I continue to take courses, research, and read to deepen my understanding of biology and human health.
There are many components to living our fullest potential, but I found that it's been changes in diet, exercise, sleep habits, and stress that moved the needle the most in terms of how I felt.
Like many others with a passion for wellness, it was my own health struggles that forced me to learn and experiment and discover how to truly feel amazing. It's part of my healing journey to use that knowledge and experience to help others.
I know what it's like to struggle, to feel unimaginable fatigue, to feel like something is off, but to get no answers from the conventional medical system. I understand how frustrating it is to deal with chronic illness and to be unable to be outside doing what I love to do with the energy I once had.
Fortunately, our bodies have an incredible capacity to heal themselves. Provided with the right nutrition, movement, and rest, I've slowly returned to feeling myself again.
In the meantime, I've been able to go on many more amazing adventures, including long distance hikes on the Colorado Trail and the Wind River High Route, with much more in the planning stages 🙂
I have the energy to pursue a life full of adventure, loving relationships, meaningful work, and continued training with the Institute of Transformational Nutrition.
It's now my honor to work alongside others to help them build strength and resiliency, whether you're about to embark on your first thru-hike or you've finished your Triple Crown and you're preparing for the next adventure.