My Mission

After 12 years of clinical practice, I founded Living Wholelistic as a practice grounded in functional medicine, dedicated to empowering and educating women on how to navigate and take control of their digestion, hormones, and reproductive health. I want to create an understanding of health challenges from a new perspective by first interpreting the signals our bodies use to communicate imbalance and then treating the root cause to restore balance. We all have powerful healing capabilities within us, but we have to nourish it on all levels to make us whole – physically, emotionally and spiritually.

My Approach

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to health and wellness; we are all bioengineered differently. The concept of bio-individuality is that each person has unique food and lifestyle needs: one person’s food can be another’s poison. I am a firm believer in achieving wellness through a holistic approach. There is no food or diet alone that will result in perfect health. It’s easy to overlook all things that contribute to our holistic nourishment and sense of fulfillment. It’s not just the food we eat, but all of the other lifestyle factors that influence our wellbeing. Healthy relationships, a rewarding career, regular physical activity and spiritual reflection are essential forms of nourishment. When these primary lifestyle “foods” are balanced, what you eat becomes secondary.
I combine clinical experience in both conventional and functional medicine to identify and treat the root causes of your symptoms to naturally restore your balance and vitality. Among my tools of choice are advanced specialized clinical testing, personalized nutrition plans and pharmaceutical-grade supplementation and lifestyle alignment with wellness goals.

My Story

Life sometimes teaches the most valuable lessons through heartache. My brother’s battle against end-stage colon cancer was the initial inspiration that led me to a lifelong commitment to holistic wellness. At the age of 28, he was given two months to live. Aggressive chemotherapy, radiation and surgery gave him small increments of time, but didn’t really give him life. Turning to a natural integrative approach focused on food as medicine and lifestyle modification revitalized him with newfound strength and a zest for living. Although he ultimately succumbed to his terminal diagnosis, this holistic treatment plan extended the two months from his original prognosis to an additional 18 months of vibrant living.
I can relate to your health challenges because I’ve been there myself. At the age of 18, I was rushed to the hospital with sharp, shooting abdominal pain. After many tests, I was immediately taken into the operating room to have a cyst removed from one of my ovaries. My doctor at the time described this cyst to be the size of a grapefruit which had turned into a torsion which was blocking blood supply. The formation of many cysts on my ovaries didn’t allow for a normal menstrual cycle every 28 days. I never understood why I would get my menstrual period every 6-8 months. This all made sense when I was diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome).

“Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. Our food should be our medicine. Our medicine should be our food. But to eat when you are sick is to feed your sickness.” – Hippocrates

I lived with my PCOS diagnosis for years, relying on birth control pills to regulate my cycle, but PCOS really started to take over my life. I was unable to function normally and would often find myself struggling with mental fog, digestive problems, thyroid dysfunction, chronic exhaustion and lack of motivation. Resting my exhausted body didn’t help either because I could rarely sleep soundly and would often wake up just as tired as I was when I went to sleep.

“These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.” – Rumi

My body was communicating with me through these symptoms. As I continued to ignore these signals, my health challenges compounded, first with a thyroid auto-immune disease and then with thyroid cancer and infertility. It was time for me to take control of my health and happiness. My first step was to explore the science supporting alternative modalities and then to formally enroll in graduate education in functional medicine and holistic nutrition. By taking action to nourish and stimulate my interconnected bodily systems through food and alternative medicine such as acupuncture, targeted supplementation and herbs, I activated my body’s self-healing processes.

“The cure is the same as the prevention. Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” – Hippocrates

My personal journey with so many ups and downs has made me eager to share my knowledge to support others so they are not forced to live with so many compounding health challenges as I did. I’m confident in the power of my personal and clinical experience, combined with diagnostic tools and personalized holistic treatment to help me help you rewrite your own health story.

My Credentials