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 thanks to my mother, but it was not the same organic, nutritious food we were 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, irritable bowel syndrome, 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. When my son was 4 years old, he 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 homeopathy. This was the beginning of my family’s health journey.
Our homeopath helped my son, my daughter who had digestive issues, and me, and she taught me about nutrition and about seeing the person as a whole by taking all aspects of our lives into consideration when treating our health issues. This led us to change our diet and replace our pantry with whole nutritious food and our medicine cabinet with natural remedies, and to become aware of our emotions and feelings. I have seen a huge difference in health with all these changes in my kids, my husband, and me. 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.
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