I am a passionate fertility-focused nutritionist, the proud wife of a cancer survivor, a loving doggy mommy, and a recovering perfectionist!
Five years ago, I was literally drowning in a sea of health issues. I was newly diagnosed with debilitating anxiety and panic attacks and I had spent my whole life dealing with digestive problems, allergies, eczema, acne, chronic infections, low energy, and musculoskeletal pain. When I discovered nutrition in 2013 and began changing my diet, I started experiencing an absolutely miraculous turnaround in my health. Over the next two years (with just my own personal research and determination), I was able to heal completely from anxiety, acne, allergies, and eczema, and I no longer suffered from recurrent infections. I was still struggling with digestive issues, muscle and joint pain, and low energy, but I was miles away from where I started!
When my husband, Dan, and I started trying to get pregnant in 2015, we thought it would be a short and sweet process. We were so wrong! My cycle and hormones were a complete mess and, after more than a year of trying with absolutely no success, I began to realize that my remaining health issues and my fertility struggles were connected. I knew that if I wanted to have a baby naturally, I had to dig deeper into my symptoms and get to the root cause of why I couldn't conceive. So we put our parenthood dreams on hold and I got busy researching! During this time, I discovered the Nutritional Therapy Association and I decided to enroll in their practitioner training program. I was determined to find the missing pieces of my own health and fertility puzzle and I also wanted to learn how to help others struggling with similar issues.
Becoming an NTP in 2017 completely changed the way I thought about health. For the first time in my life, I felt empowered instead of hopeless when it came to my body. The knowledge I gained from my training allowed me to finally start getting to the root cause of my health and fertility struggles! I was properly diagnosed with multiple intestinal issues, as well as an autoimmune condition, and began a long healing journey. At essentially the same time, my husband was diagnosed with cancer and had surgery to remove a tumor on his leg. Needless to say, we've been dealt a rough hand! But today we are both healthier than we have ever been in our lives and most of that positive change has come from diet and lifestyle changes alone. Our baby journey is still on hold while we finish healing, but we now have full confidence in our ability to conceive on our own!
The mainstream medical model offers very few options to couples dealing with infertiltiy. If testing does not reveal an identifiable cause (or if the cause cannot be easily treated with medication or surgery), then it's straight on to fertility drugs and invasive treatments. But there ARE other options! I believe the vast majority of fertility issues have an identifiable and correctable cause and that most couples do not need IUI or IVF to get pregnant!
Our ability to conceive and have a healthy pregnancy is intimately tied to our overall health and wellness. We can support and restore natural fertility by addressing health holistically and supporting optimal function of all body systems with diet and lifestyle. The root cause of your fertility issues may not be your reproductive system (even if you suffer from irregular cycles, hormone imbalances, PCOS, etc)! When we find and address the true underlying issues, conception can take place naturally.
My functional nutrition approach will help you understand what is happening in your body and how you can intervene with diet, lifestyle, and targeted supplementation to optimize your health and restore your fertility. If you're ready to stop struggling to address fertility issues on your own, if you're not satisfied with the answer that IUI or IVF are your only viable options, or if you've already been through the physical and emotional rollercoaster of a failed fertility treatment, then I'm the perfect practitioner for you!