I help people with gastrointestinal disorders like crohn’s and ulcerative colitis, get into symptom remission and get more energy, so they can focus on living their life instead of living under the constraints of their disease.
After living in New York for most of my life, I moved to California with my husband Joe, and decided to open a virtual private practice so that I could work with clients all across the country.
After suffering in silence with diarrhea for about 5 years and a hospitalization, I was finally diagnosed with severe ulcerative colitis in high school. At the time, I was 20 pounds underweight, utterly exhausted, running to the bathroom about 20 times a day, and in a lot of pain.
I started noticing that certain foods, like my dad’s delicious, but spicy chili, caused me to run to the bathroom like my life depended on it and be there for hours and hours. I didn’t choose the healthiest foods back then. In fact, my favorite meal growing up was fried chicken, Paula-Dean style mashed potatoes, and canned corn. I would start my day with a large coffee with a lot of half and half and 8-9 spoonfuls of sugar and end it with 2-3 scoops of ice cream for dessert.
Thank goodness I took a nutrition class in high school(!) because that, coupled with the fact that I noticed certain foods would send me running to the bathroom led me to pursue a nutrition degree. I strongly believe that learning about nutrition in college and applying that information drastically changed the trajectory of my disease and quality of life, and that’s what has inspired me to do what I do now.
I just don’t want anyone else to have to suffer with symptoms like I did for so long!