CERTIFIED FUNCTIONAL NUTRITION
I specialize in functional medicine nutrition & lifestyle modifications.
I focus my support on ambitious high-performing women who have been slowed down digestive, immune, or hormonal symptoms and conditions.
I help you to find relief, healing, and repair so that you can regain body confidence, skyrocket your energy, and move past the symptoms that are holding you back from playing bigger in your life.
Hi! I am Jessica
Why I started down this road...
As a young child through my college years I battled eczema. Back then the only thing doctors told us to do was cut out wheat and dairy and take all the steroidal creams. So I switched to soy milk (nut milks didn't exist yet) and stopped eating wheat bread.
At the time we didn't realize wheat or gluten lived in other places than just bread. I remember when I had the really bad flares, water burned my skin. It was awful. As I matured, it did seem to wane, but never fully disappear.
Fast forward to 2011, I began getting crazy stomach pain, nasty stools (TMI) and lost an unhealthy amount of weight. I looked very sick. Doctors said it might be IBS or gallbladder issues and to just take some over the counter antacids.
A bandaid at best. I wasn't getting better. After more testing, two colonoscopies, and one endoscopy later, I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and proctitis. My GI at the time told me my diet had no influence on my diagnosis and I just lucked out with my genes.
I was living through the autoimmune hell that seemed to keep compounding no matter how “healthy” I tried to be with diet and exercise. I tried all the remedies you could find through Google searches or blog posts. Hell, I was a boutique fitness instructor for nearly 15 years. I couldn’t understand (not to mention embarrassed) how someone “like me” couldn’t get healthy right.
Then, the event that changed everything for me and my family came the summer of 2019. My husband suffered a stroke which led to a highly invasive carotid artery surgery that ultimately saved his life. This proved to be the most hellish times of our lives. I had to learn to navigate the overwhelming and frustrating traditional medical system to get answers on what the future held for my husband.
Speaking to multiple specialists, learning the language, decoding labs and scans all while trying to advocate the best care for my husband was like receiving a crash course education in medicine. I was (and still am) very thankful for the advancement in medicinal therapies that our system has to offer, however the obvious missing piece that went unaddressed was nutrition and lifestyle.
My husband was a diagnosis. His care was based on statistics, general protocols, and processes. They never asked about his dietary and lifestyle patterns that may have led up to his stroke. They chalked it up to genetics as if this was his fate all along and told him to exercise more.
Between my husband's and my own health hurdles and the lack of support in our medical system to dismantle the challenges at the root, I was determined to find a better way (a way I knew existed) to better health.
I didn't want to accept the paradigm of our genetics being our fate.
After searching for an alternative, I stumbled upon functional medicine and functional nutrition. A new paradigm for healthcare. One where the patient is at the core of care and is finally seen as a whole person and not statistic or a diagnosis. I finally found a practice that helped me understand what was missing in my personal care. Fast forward to today, I have succeeded in getting off medication, my husband’s health has exponentially improved (he really has beat the odds) which had led me to want to educate, support, and advocate for others on how take control of their healing for themselves as well.
Because I have been at the mercy of these challenges and intimately understand how they can take over your life; I am on a relentless pursuit to help as many women as possible take back their control with their health.
I want you to thrive again.
There is always a next level version on YOU waiting to be discovered. Don't settle for other's vision of YOU.
A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS
As a mother of two, business owner, and wife I find it challenging to get away. But let's be real, that is my own doing. I hate leaving my kids and I am a true homebody, but a girls day trip to the city never disappoints!
Hell no do I let my kids win! LOL When my boys challenge me to a game of tic tac toe, Candyland, or Twister I am in it to WIN it!