Certified Health Coach
My love of learning strength has me following all the latest trends in the field of functional medicine. I leverage this strength through online courses, watching online summits, Functional Medicine forums, blogs, and books by experts in the field, knowledge is power! I believe in a successful and sustainable future in healthcare, one in which people are empowered to take their health into their own hands, taking the necessary action steps to their best self. I envision a system that is all-inclusive allopathic meets alternative, a collaborative team of practitioners working together for the highest and best interest of the patient.
Individually we are
one drop but together
we are an ocean.
Individually we are
one drop but together
we are an ocean.
I grew up on a farm eating fresh farm produce, fermented vegetables, home baking and meat that was raised on our farm. Unfortunately as many do, I fell into the industrialized food trap of processed food suffering the effects of eating such a diet. Through increased knowledge over the years and other issues that included migraines, digestive issues, a full body rash and a traumatic knee injury I quickly learned nutrition was important and I needed to get back to my childhood days by incorporating whole foods. Through Yoga, meditation, ongoing education, consultations with naturopathic doctors and other alternative therapies, I was able to heal from those afflictions and transition back into a lifestyle that supported health and wellness.
My own health challenges, those of loved ones and years working in allopathic medicine as a Medical Radiation Technologist have been a huge influence in my journey to become a yoga instructor, certified emotion code practitioner, Reiki practitioner and a functional medicine certified health coach. Healing involves a whole body approach, mental, emotional, physical and spiritual, a plan that is individualized to each person’s needs, the one size fits all model isn’t adequate, we are unique individuals with unique needs. The more I delve into functional medicine and all it has to offer, the more I am aware that things need to change, we need to get to the root cause of health issues using a systems-based approach.
Individualized treatment plans to meet individual needs
My road into mind/body medicine began in my 20s when I was diagnosed with IBS. Conventional medicine approach of saying, “You’ll have to live with it”, didn’t resonate with me nor were their methods of dealing with this digestive issue. Instinctively I knew certain foods made it worse and that diet was a key factor, slowly over time I listened to my body and began changing my diet to suit my individual needs.
Advocating for healthcare has been ingrained in me. My father campaigned for Medicare in Saskatchewan, helping organize rallies at legislation in Regina. He attended the rallies and stood as security for doctors who believed in this system. In school, we were regularly called communists by fellow students. Saskatchewan was the pioneer province for Medicare with the federal government eventually adopting this system.
My experiences through the loss of loved ones and personal challenges has shaped me into the person I am today. I carry the memory and dedication of my father forward by continuing to advocate for change and the acceptance of other healthcare models. We are living in different times and need to evolve a system that addresses 21st century issues.
Functional Medicine Certified Health Coaches use a personalized approach based on the Functional Medicine model, incorporating functional nutrition principles, positive psychology, and mind-body medicine. As a coach, I deal with the modifiable personal lifestyle factors: Sleep & Relaxation, Exercise & Movement, Nutrition, Stress, and Relationships. I work alongside my clients to help them achieve their wellness goals and implement the changes they or their physicians would like them to make. Ideally, I like to work in collaboration with the physician maintaining an open line of communication between patient/client, physician, and coach. I believe that as a team we can better serve those who are seeking better health outcomes.
additional wellness services available
Allow your emotions to flow through you!
Emotions are often overlooked when reviewing one’s state of health, in functional medicine they are at the heart of this approach along with mental and spiritual factors. Emotions can either lift us up to a place of happiness, health and gratitude or deplete us placing extra stress on our system. The negative emotions, such as anger, grief, resentment, shame, etc. can affect the way we feel, how we think, the choices we make, and our relationships with others which in essence can lead to poor health. Emotion Code sessions can help alleviate the burden of these emotions giving your body the space it needs to heal.
No judgment, no expectations and no competition, stillness, clarity, and presence.
Yoga can put you in touch with your innermost needs. In the moment of stillness and presence, your mind has the ability to become clear allowing for a space of inner guidance. Our bodies have an innate ability to heal itself, provided we listen to its messages and give it the right conditions to do so. A regular yoga practice fits in with a functional medicine approach, mind-body medicine addressing imbalances in our root system that are affecting our current state of health. It’s not about the practice and holding poses it’s what we learn about ourselves while we move into the poses and how we choose to take those lessons into our daily lives.