I adopted the philosophy of Hippocrates who said, "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." In that same vain, I also believe that one man's food can be another man's poison. Subsequently, my mission for my clients is based on one simple philosophy: If you heal the gut, 95% of the issues will go away.
I was very sick as a child and spent about a year and a half in the hospital. My personal health issues turned out to be diet-related and have definitely been a catalyst for me wanting to help others with their own issues.
After working 30 years in hospitals in acute care as a Licensed Respiratory Care Practitioner, I decided to change careers and work in preventative medicine as a Certified Nutrition Consultant.
I earned an AS degree in Respiratory Therapy and later completed a two-year certified program in Science-Based Holistic Nutrition. I've completed numerous CEU programs in nutrition, including Mastering Blood Chemistry, Mastering Thyroid, Mastering Functional Endocrinology, Mastering Brain Chemistry as well as numerous courses on autoimmunity and its relationship to food and nutrition.
In 1990, I partnered with an endocrinologist in Sacramento and opened Healthy Image, a medically supervised food program. We worked together to promote weight loss and addressed, in some cases, severe obesity. I have since opened Essentials for Health and am now working alongside a prominent gastroenterologist here in Marin. Together, we address digestive issues, some of which require nutritional support for medical treatments and some that can be resolved by addressing nutrition alone.
I work with each client as an individual and do not rely on a "boxed diet" protocol. I think outside of traditional approaches in an effort to solve health problems by using my natural curiosity, detective work, and with lessons learned from my continuing education and professional training to develop individualized solutions. I work with everyone from infants to the elderly, from the Bay Area to Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Europe, and all over the United States.
When a client brings me their problem, I take a scientific approach. This starts with an initial interview, a detailed medical history, and a comprehensive blood panel to "look under the hood," all of which help me in making a determination of where potential food sensitivities may exist.
I make it a point to integrate allopathic and functional medicine so each patient enjoys a complete compliment of the care available. I also work closely with physicians to make sure that my recommendations address the full condition and don't interfere with any existing fruitful treatments.
As a result, I am able to design an individual food program for each client.
Make me a part of your team and you, too, can enjoy the benefits of improved digestive health.