I'm glad you're here.
How can I help you live a more nourished life?
...a nourished life that feeds your cells but also your soul? How can the mind and spirit be enlisted to help us navigate the health challenges of the body? Here are a few practices that, research shows, promote resilience and vitality, alleviate stress and facilitate healing.
Getting out into nature to sharpen our senses and let us experience the ‘big smile and small self’ that is waiting for us there.
I hold a master of science degree in Clinical Nutrition from the Maryland University of Integrative Health, and I'm certified as a CNS (Certified Nutrition Specialist®) after completing 1000 supervised hours. I see clients privately in my Pleasantville, NY office or (until after Covid) via telehealth.
I offer guidance to those who want to eat a plant-based diet–or those whose doctors want them to!–and as a result, have quite a few clients with the acid-reflux conditions GERD and LPR, as well as those with heart disease, diabetes and hypertension, since these conditions respond especially well to the plant-based diet (but most everyone would benefit from eating more plants and whole foods!).
Recently, the people knocking at my door are coming to me with a diagnosis of SIBO. Helping these souls feels personal to me, as my son suffered for a decade with what I only now realize was probably post-infectious IBS after a bad case of food poisoning (overseas, as is often the case). I remember how incapacitating his symptoms were, how inadequate his medical treatment was, and how powerless I felt to help him. I don't want anyone else to struggle with what I know can be effectively and creatively treated.
In all my recommendations, I invest a great deal of time thinking about you, the client, looking for patterns and asking questions: What has your body been trying to tell you? How does what you're eating serve you? How might herbs, supplements and lifestyle modifications help support the whole, beautifully-complex picture that is you?
In addition to the recommendations that I then settle on, I may mention one of the traditional practices like meditation, qigong or breathwork that are known to have beneficial effects on our entire physiology as well as transformative effects on our mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. While I am not a meditation or qigong teacher, I happily share my resources in the context of a consultation in case they will help you as much as they have helped me.
When was the last time you felt really well? And then what happened? Let’s talk; tell me your story, and let your body tell its story.
Together, we’ll strategize ways for you to trace your way back to health.
If you’re like my other clients with SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth), your symptoms might have landed you in the care of a gastroenterologist, where you might have been run through a mill of invasive tests to rule out a host of alarming conditions.
Eventually you might have been given the diagnosis of IBS, a wastebasket collection of conditions you DON’T have, symptoms you DO have, and treatments that DON’T work.
But I want to offer you hope, and shine light on a path forward.
New research shows that at least 70% of IBS cases are actually caused by SIBO, meaning that if we can eradicate the bacterial overgrowth, we can get rid of the IBS symptoms altogether.
I have consulted closely with Louise on health issues for many years. I cannot overstate how her incomparable knowledge, insight, caring, and generosity have benefitted me.