Position at EPIC:
Personal and professional history:
Functional Medicine Coaching Academy graduate, B.S. Psychology and teaching certificate (University of Iowa)
I’m a native of Belle Plaine, Iowa. After graduating from the U of I with a B.S. in psychology, I worked at Pearson as a technical writer. In an effort to find a career that had more meaning for me, I became an elementary teacher. After 20 years, I am still at it. However, an autoimmune disease has led me to the career I have been searching for: health coaching. With teaching full-time, completing a functional medicine health coaching program, striving to meet my personal health goals, and being a mom to my two teenage daughters, the past year has been an active one! I am thrilled to be embarking on a new path that enables me to help others with their health, while continuing to learn how to move toward optimal health myself.
Why I joined the EPIC team and what Functional Medicine means to me:
The continued support and community-building that EPIC promotes online and in-person is unique and powerful. Taking care of your tribe is what medicine was and should be. I especially admire the EPIC team’s openness to new ideas.
Functional Medicine means HOPE! I feel fortunate to have discovered it so early on in my health journey. Trying to unravel a health problem alone is overwhelming. The amount of information we have at our fingertips is a boon and a bane. When conventional doctors are throwing drugs at your symptoms, it’s a huge relief to find a practitioner who is willing to take the time to identify root causes and create a plan to address them. Working with an experienced practitioner who has successfully dealt with your issue time and time again is priceless.
I recently tried my first cricket (see photo). They don’t give you the sticker until you do it. Not bad at all!