Hello there!

I’m Vanessa. I’m a Dietitian and Integrative Health Nutritionist! 

I help women get to the root of their digestive issues. I like to think of myself as a detective when it comes to helping you get answers to what’s driving your gut related symptoms so that we can get to the root cause of your annoying gastrointestinal symptoms for good!

I’ve been there…

Years after delivering our twins, I had stubborn extra weight to lose, struggled with exhaustion, extreme afternoon fatigue and my GI symptoms progressively had gotten worse. I found myself not feeling confident in my own skin and had realized that my exercise habits and routine that I had in place prior to kids had been put on the back burner. I essentially realized that I needed to pour into ME and that my health was just as important as taking care of my family.  I knew something needed to change if I wanted my health, weight and energy to change. I needed to “find a way” rather than “continue to find excuses”. 

I decided to break things down in small steps. First was to try new healthy recipes that I enjoyed, cut back on the number of nights I drank wine and committed to working out 3-4 days a week even if it was just 20 minutes. I told myself to trust the process and to keep going even on days or weeks where it didn’t go according to what I had planned and was far from “perfect”. Within a few months I had lost the stubborn 15 lbs post kids. I fell in love with all the new habits I had built and the energy and confidence that I gained. I learned to love cooking through the process and to give myself grace and love. 

Along my weight loss journey however, I noticed my GI issues had gotten worse despite all the healthy shifts I had made. Super frustrating right!? Shortly after, I pursued training in integrative and functional nutrition to help get to the root of my own issues and help others with a more deep and personalized approach to address their health issues. 

It was during my own training that I finally learned where to even begin with getting answers to my own unwanted GI symptoms.

During my functional and integrative health training, I realized I had a ton of food sensitivities. I removed my reactive foods and within days, the afternoon fatigue, gas, bloating and stomach pain that I had been dealing with since I was a young kid were drastically reduced. I’m talking 90% improved!

During the course of my training I continued to dig deeper into why I had developed these food sensitivities. Through a functional microbiome test I found imbalances in my gut that had led to the food sensitivities that I developed.  I implemented targeted herbal, diet and supplement protocols to restore and rebalance my gut. I was eventually able to add back many of the foods I had been reacting to after addressing the underlying issues and now have a passion for helping other’s do the same. 

Today, I live a life where I enjoy eating healthy, nourishing foods 90% of the time and indulge 10% of the time. I’ve maintained the weight loss through a realistic, balanced and healthy mindset and relationship to food approach and I don’t feel tied down by my GI issues that had caused humiliation, anxiety and pain in the past.

There is a way to find relief to your gut issues. No, IBS is not normal and there IS a root cause to what is driving it and I’d love to help you along your journey of getting rid of those GI symptoms once and for all! 

Ready to get started?

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Fun Facts

I bet you didn’t know:

I met my husband in highschool when I was 16

I easily need 8-10 hours of sleep every night

I strongly dislike the taste and texture of mayonnaise

I worked as a clinical dietitian for 6 years

My favorite dessert is ice cream!

I love country music and line dancing

Education/Credentials

  • Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from California State University Long Beach
  • Dietetic Internship through Cal Poly Pomona
  • Registered Dietititan through CDR since 2011
  • Certified Leap Therapist (MRT/LEAP Food elimination protocol)
  • Certified Gastrointestinal Nutritionist
  • Functional Medicine Nutritionist (in progress)

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