The short version:
I began working in the finance industry in NYC in 2007. It was stressful, but I loved it. My career moved me to Salt Lake City, and back to my hometown of Seattle. I graduated with an MBA from the University of Washington in 2014. By the end of the program, my health had greatly declined from only moderately healthy to to fully unhealthy (constantly exhausted, PCOS, hypothyroid, and the list goes on). I began working with a naturopath who prescribed dietary changes.
The experience was so positive and life changing that I sought out opportunities to shift my career toward natural health and nutrition. I graduated as a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition practitioner in 2016 and went on to become a ketogenic diet expert. I am currently working toward a PhD in Nutritional Science.
I love sharing the life-changing power of dietary changes with others, especially women suffering from PCOS and infertility.
amenorrhea, anovulation, acne, metabolic syndrome, weight gain, hair loss, cystic ovaries, and facial hair, to name a few.
My "treatment" included birth control pills and a “diabetic diet” of low-fat and high fiber. I was told there was nothing I could do, and that I would never have children. (This was in 1998 and the outcome isn't quite so stark anymore.)
I soon began gaining weight uncontrollably. I was tired all the time, foggy, short-tempered, and downright miserable.
Over the years, I visited a few endocrinologists and primary care physicians who told me to “lose weight”. It was a lovely thought, but I was at a loss of how to accomplish the task. I was already “eating less and exercising more”, yet my weight topped out at nearly 400lbs in my early 20s.
It was six years later that I decided I needed help to solve my health issues. Having sworn off regular doctors, I found a naturopathic doctor in my town, Dr. Christine Bowen.
I was in shock that I was able to spend a full hour with a physician! She assured that my symptoms were common and could be eliminated. Finally, someone who not only listened to my struggle, but believed me, and could provide actionable steps to reach my goal of health. (If you have never been to an ND, please schedule an appointment! I have never felt more valuable and empowered.)
After some initial treatment, Dr. Bowen suggested I take a few weeks off work and try some talk therapy to address my stress levels. A few weeks turned into six months of disability before I finally resigned.
I didn't know it at the time, but leaving my stressful job was the best thing that ever happened to me. I focused on my health with therapy, yin yoga, a specialized diet, and a slough of herbal and naturopathic medicines.
In the course of just one year, after 16 years of PCOS and not a single normal hormonal cycle, I was able to lose 80lbs, regain normal monthly cycles, and have more energy than ever before.
I took the long road to health because there wasn't a better option. Now, others can benefit from all I've learned. My goal is to be a champion for others, whether they've been on a long and arduous health journey and believe they'll never get better, or if they're just starting out and want to avoid the expensive and exhausting runaround.
Everyone deserves health!
The long version:
To highlight the gravity of my health story, I have to start at the very beginning.
When I was only five years old, I was diagnosed with precocious puberty, which included expedited growth of my bones, muscles, and reproductive organs. I was given with anti-growth hormones, but my rapid development continued.
Ten years later, at the age of thirteen, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). The symptoms of PCOS include:
PCOS and Fertility