Born in the former USSR, I was raised by parents who always taught me to seek natural paths to solving health issues. Before I became a dietitian I became a mother to two children with severe food allergies. Having allergies to 5 out of the top 8 allergens is definitely a challenge! It took six months for us to get our first child properly diagnosed with food allergies and once we did, our world would NEVER be the same again. No pizza, cake, or ice cream at birthday parties. Modifying every recipe. Very few restaurant options. And, carrying an Epipen everywhere we went.
Compared to my recent health issues, food allergies seemed like a walk in the park!
We tend to take things for granted when they are not life threatening. Our health being one of those things. We think about what’s for dinner and how much work we have. For me, my health took center stage and life came to a screeching halt! I had to stop, reevaluate the way I was living, and change how I nourished myself.
Nothing was off limits. Relationships were redefined. Boundaries set. Jobs changed. I started doing yoga and meditating. I changed my diet from omnivore to vegan to vegetarian. I went 100% gluten free, dairy free, and sugar free. My journey is not one I would have chosen, but it has brought to where I am today. And for that, I am truly grateful.
After graduating Summa Cum Laude from my didactic program and getting the only internship from my graduating class, working as a clinical dietitian on the intensive care unit of a hospital, and starting my first nutrition practice, Integrated Nutrition Solutions, I feel I have come full circle. I stopped trying to be a perfectionist. I ditched my hospital job because I hated seeing people sick and suffering and their distraught families at their bedside. I restarted my private practice, the product which you see here.
To me, a life well-lived means taking it all in, keeping what you want, and letting the rest go. It means being grounded, kind, compassionate, caring, loving, strong, open, and adventurous. It means letting others see your vulnerability, but being true to yourself and living to your highest potential.
I love to travel, learn, cook, read, play, and the beach. My newest passions are amateur surfing and stand up paddle boarding.
My professional training
Bachelor of Science in Nutrition – Metropolitan State College of Denver
Dietetic Internship (1200 Hours) – University of Northern Colorado
Certified LEAP Therapist – Oxford Biomedical
Functional Medicine Training in Detoxification and Energy Systems – Institute For Functional Medicine
Digestive Enzyme Therapy – Loomis Institute of Enzyme Nutrition
Certified Integrative and Functional Medical Nutrition Therapist – Next Level Functional Nutrition (currently pursuing)
My professional Affiliations
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine Practice Group
Institute for Functional Medicine
Colorado Dietetic Association
Food Allergy Research & Education (Formerly FAAN – Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network) – I served as the walk co-chair in 2013, raising awareness and funding for continued research and education for food allergies.
I am extremely grateful for my life, my family, my dog, my friends and support system, and the people I have met on my journey to recovery and renewed health. I am grateful to my mentors who have gently guided, inspired, and girded me with knowledge when I had questions.
It is an honor to cross paths with you on your journey!
Learn more on my website: http://lifewell-lived-two.com/functional-nutrition/