As the daughter and granddaughter of doctors, I grew up in the medical world. Spending weekends in the hospitals visiting patients with my Dad was fun. So I guess you can say that I've always been interested in health. In college I was very aware of trying to eat healthy- although at that time, I thought a bagel with nothing on it was healthy since it was the days of the low-fat craze.
Today my knowledge on what foods are nutritious is vastly different than back then. This is because I took a nutrition class for nursing school and became utterly fascinated by food. When I first heard the phrase, "you are what you eat," it all of the sudden made so much sense to me that in order to be truly healthy and feel great, you have to supply your body with the correct ingredients.
Once I changed my diet, I discovered that I had more energy, I no longer suffered from PMS or dry skin, and I could eat lots of fat without getting fat! In fact, I lost weight while increasing my fat intake.
I have been a practicing registered nurse since 2005. I have worked in trauma, cardiac surgery ICU, ER, pre- and post-op, home health, nursing supervisor, and employee health, among other areas. All along, I have been reading books on nutrition and attending nutrition conferences. This love of nutrition and wellness led me to pursue a certificate in Integrative Nutrition Health Coach in 2012 at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I learned about more than one hundred dietary theories and a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods.
My other passion has always been environmental toxins. I have read numerous books on toxins within the home and safe alternatives. When I lived in Baltimore several years ago, I wrote a monthly article on environmental topics for the local community newsletter which went to 1,800 households. I was one of the founding nurses of the University of Maryland Medical Center Green Team. For my efforts, I won the Nurse Luminary award. I was also a member of the Environmental Committee of the Maryland Nurses Association. I have worked with Hospitals for a Healthy Environment giving lectures to nurses on how to form Green Teams and how to make their hospitals more "green." I am currently the Green Team leader at my hospital.
Drawing on all of my experience as a nurse and my extensive knowledge of nutrition and toxins, I will help you create a completely personalized nutrition and health plan that suits your unique body, lifestyle, and goals. I will help you get rid of toxins in your home and teach you about safe alternatives.
Are you curious about how I can help you? Let’s talk.
I graduated with a Bachelors of Science (BSN) from the University of Maryland School of Nursing in 2004 and am a Registered Nurse in the state of Maryland. Prior to nursing school, I received a BA from Wesleyan University. I received further training at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and am a certified health coach. At the Institute of Integrative Nutrition I studied over 100 dietary theories and practical lifestyle management techniques with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts.
My formal education has equipped me with a great deal of knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and preventive health. Beyond my formal education, I have read extensively on nutrition and toxins. I have worked as a nurse since 2005 in a variety of units such as cardiac surgery ICU, IMC, trauma, ER, pre-and post-op, home health, nursing supervisor, and employee health. Over the years I have attended over 20 conferences including Weston A. Price, CleanMed, Take Back Your Health, the Green Festival, the Maryland Nurses Association, and The Future of Health Now. I am a current member of Green America, Weston A. Price Foundation, and the American Holistic Nurses Association.
Drawing on these skills, I work with clients to help them make nutrition and lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results.
Besides my university education and certifications, I have attending the following conferences:
- Green Festival (environmental conference) 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012
- Weston A. Price (nutrition conference) 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010
- Maryland Nurses Association 2008
- CleanMed 2008
- Hepatitis B conference 2012
- Report on Breast Cancer & the Environment 2012
- Take Back Your Health Conference 2011, 2012
- The Future of Health Now 2012
- Real Food Summit 2012
- Institute for Integrative Nutrition 2012
- Paleo Summit 2012
I have read and can speak to the content of the following books:
- The Naturally Clean Home- Karyn Siegel Maier
- Herbs for a Healthy Pregnancy- Penelope Ody
- Food Additives- Christine Hoza Farlow, D.C.
- The Diet Cure- Julia Ross, M.A.
- Patient Heal Thyself- Jordan S. Rubin, N.M.D, C.N.C
- Seeds of Deception- Jeffrey M. Smith
- The Safe Shopper's Bible- David Steinman & Samuel Epstein, M.D.
- Clean & Green- Annie Berthold-Bond
- Natural Baby and Childcare- Lauren Feder, M.D.
- Home Safe Home- Debra Lynn Dadd
- Food & Mood- Elizabeth Somer, M.A., R.D.
- Food is Your Best Medicine- Henry G. Bieler, M.D.
- Nourishing Traditions- Sally Fallon
- Know your Fats- Mary Enig, Ph.D
- Full Moon Feast- Jessica Prentice
- Eat Fat, Lose Fat- Sally Fallon & Mary Enig, PhD
- The Fat Flush Program- Ann Louise Gittleman, M.S., C.N.S.
- Good Calories, Bad Calories- Gary Taubes
- Integrative Nutrition- Joshua Rosenthal
- Primal Body, Primal Mind- Nora T. Gedgaudas, C.N.S., C.N.T.
- Gut & Psychology Syndrome- Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride
- Body for Life- Bill Phillips
- Healing from the Heart- Dr. Mehmet Oz
- June 28, 2013 - Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Prism
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