Always looking to discover the root cause.
I have never been one to feel comfortable about talking about myself. It makes me feel self-conscious, anxious, and frankly egotistical. I’m much more comfortable sitting off to the side, silently observing and chiming in when I can positively contribute to the conversation. So bare with me while I introduce myself and how I’ve come to put myself “out there” in order to serve you.
I’m a Minnesotan born and raised.
While I no longer live in the state, it still holds an incredibly special place in my heart. I spent a lot of my time between exploring the outdoors and in the dance studio. For over a decade I trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and many other dance styles, even competing on a local and national level for most of my dance career!
Due to the nature of my hobbies, being aware of my health was on my radar. It wasn’t always front and center, but I knew the basics: eat good, healthy food, and exercise. Did I always do that? Of course not! I was a teenager and was invincible!
My love of nature didn’t fade as I grew up.
Thanks to the many family vacations to countless state and national parks, bike rides, camping trips, and more, it was a major influence when I decided to attend the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire for my undergraduate studies. The entire campus sits on the Eau Claire river and is surrounded by Putnam Park. Here I majored in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. My elective courses all focused on infectious diseases, microbes (bacteria and viruses specifically), and the immune system.
Post-college I continued my training in a pediatrics-gastroenterology research and diagnostic lab. This is where major perspective changes happened regarding my views on health and wellness. Still young and immature about many things, it took getting pregnant plus the diagnosis of an autoimmune disease of a family member (another in a long-LONG line of autoimmune diseases) to start connecting the dots of my own health vs. what I’ve been taught about health through school and society.
Autoimmune disease courses through my family on my Mom’s side.
She has relatives in both of her family trees – Mom’s and Dad’s families – that suffered from autoimmune issues. When her second sister was undergoing testing to determine which one she had is when I realized I needed to make a change. I didn’t want to be diagnosed myself in my mid-30s (or ever!) like my Mom and her sister were. I knew there had to be a genetic factor considering just how many relatives have/had suffered. Knowing I can’t outrun my genes, I knew I could change my environment, so that’s exactly what I did.
Taking my education and training in the hard sciences, I’ve added yoga training, Reiki, crystals, nutrition, and health coaching to my toolbelt. There’s still a laundry list of schooling that I’m itching to begin. While I (attempt to) patiently wait, I want to share what I’ve learned so far. While in my eyes it’s incomplete, it is still a valuable stepping stone for many who are just beginning their own paths to better health.
I don’t like fad diets.
I value scientific study and backing. I also am acutely aware of the limitations of science as well and have experienced many levels of healing using techniques that are considered pure placebo by the scientific community. Wherever you fall on the spectrum, I strive to articulate as best I can where data is backed by science and where it is not.
It’s important to note that every diet is backed by science just like every diet is refuted by science. We are all unique individuals with unique backgrounds and experiences. What works for one person may or may not work for the next. It is my goal to teach you how to navigate that messy path of data in order to find what works for you.
I’m married to an amazing and selfless police officer and high school coach, and mother of four incredible children who keep me on my toes at all times.
We also have two aging dogs – a German Shepherd and a Siberian Husky. I’m very active in my son’s school, which is a nature-based charter school in southeast Wisconsin. I also coach dance and yoga for kids ages 2-18, including world-champion dance teams. You will always find me with a book and an eagerness to learn and help others. I love exploring and going on hikes by myself and with my family. I’m so excited for the opportunity to share my skills and knowledge with you!