In addition to my education, there are many stones on my current path.
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
2 years of graduate studies in Holistic Nutrition - I chose not to become a dietitian when I learned that the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly American Dietetic Association) was sponsored by M&M/Mars, Sara Lee, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, etc.
Certification as a Health Coach
Certified Labor/Birth Doula
Apprentice to homebirth midwife - I was drawn to become a doula and to apprentice with a midwife due to the awe I felt after attending a birth. Our bodies were designed to heal themselves and to procreate, and if we give our bodies the tools they need, they will do all the amazing things they were designed to do.
During the 5 years of apprenticing, I attended over 100 births, learned about herbs, and addressed healthier eating habits to provide relief to children with allergies, food sensitivities and attention disorders.
It was also during this time that I found my passion for preconception and prenatal wellness. I provided nutritional counseling to couples experiencing infertility and repeat miscarriages, offered preconception, prenatal and postnatal education and nutrition consulting,
Certified Yoga Instructor
Certified Prenatal/Postpartum Yoga Instructor
PBi Trained Placenta Encapsulation Specialist
Fertility Optimization Practitioner - Hormonal balance and fertility optimization are greatly affected by nutritional status/diet, lifestyle, and genetics. Epigenetics and nutrigenomics are quickly becoming the prominent factor in personalized care in both the alternative/holistic care and Western medical (and pharmaceutical) models. It is a field rapidly growing by leaps and bounds each month, and I am closely following the ever-flowing latest research.
Writer of wellness column and articles in other publications. See my portfolio here.
I have much experience presenting workshops on various topics relating to nutrition and wellness. I've presented in corporate businesses (Penn State University Staff and Admin, Urban Outfitters, Atomic Design), chiropractic offices and small private groups. Contact me if you are interested in setting up a wellness workshop in your office, church, etc.