MY STORY

I am originally from Lima, Peru and have been living in Florida since 1994. Coming to the United States was a change in all aspects of my life, including my health. While growing up in South America I was used to eating homemade, fresh, nutrient-dense food. Eating organic food there was the norm. As a teenager living in Florida, I was still eating homemade food, but it was not the same organic, nutritious food my family was used to. I also added sugar filled cereals and juices which I thought were healthy, plus the daily chocolate/ candy/ sweet pastry, and soda to satisfy my sugar cravings. Pretty soon my health suffered; I developed skin allergies, digestive issues, lactose intolerance, hay fever, and anxiety. I thought that was just the way I was and that I had to learn to live with it, which was what I heard from the doctors I visited, but many years later, after having my kids, I realized that it wasn’t just me—it was my diet.

 

However, it wasn’t until my children also began to experience health problems that I came to this important realization. Both my kids suffered from digestive issues and at a young age, my son was diagnosed with asthma. After several asthma episodes, medications, and many appointments that only kept increasing his medicine’s dose, I searched for natural alternatives and my search brought up a wide range of options that opened my mind to new possibilities. This was the beginning of my family’s health journey.

Through research, reading, and people I met, I learned about nutrition and seeing the person as a whole by taking all aspects of our lives into consideration when treating our health issues. I incorporated functional medicine and integrative health into our lives and at the same time changed our diet and replaced our pantry with whole nutritious food and our medicine cabinet with natural remedies. I have seen a huge difference in health with all these changes in my kids, my husband, and me. In addition to improving my physical ailments I also felt a sense of clarity and calmness that I had not felt in a long time. I no longer suffer from my previous ailments and along with that I have more energy, a clear mind, and a love of learning that has fueled my passion for helping others and diving deep into learning about health and wellness.

My training

I have a Bachelor of Science with a major in Computer Science and am a Certified Professional Educator. 

My training in Positive Psychology includes extensive coursework in Positive Psychology research, evidence-based coaching methods, and intensive practice using a wide range of coaching skills. 

My training in health coaching includes key nutrition concepts,  over 100 dietary theories, and the latest in nutrition science taught by over 85 experts in health and wellness including: Joshua Rosenthal; Mehmet Oz, MD; William Davis, MD;  Daniel Amen, MD; and many more.

  • Certified Positive Psychology Coach, Wholebeing Institute
  • Certified International Health Coach, International Association for Health Coaches 
  • Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Institute of Integrative Nutrition
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Duke Integrative Medicine
  • 55-hour Aerial Yoga Teaching Certification, Elevate Yoga Center

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