I grew up in small town Minnesota and graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in Nursing. I have worked as a Registered Nurse in the ICU, surgical recovery room, and orthopedic clinic. Throughout my career, I have realized some of the gaps in healthcare and see that we need to shift to a PREVENTATIVE model, where we are working towards healthy lifestyle habits; instead of seeking care after the disease processes have already begun. Patients also need consistent follow-up to ensure success. I have a passion for wellness and educating patients on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
In my late 20s, I started having back pain and saw doctors and therapists who could not really determine the source of my pain. After years of massage, chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, yoga/strength training, and injections; I
saw an orthopedic PA who quickly put the dots together. Labs and MRI's confirmed his suspicions and in 2019, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition "ankylosing spondylitis." I was then referred to a rheumatologist, who prescribed medications to "treat the disease."
I desperately wanted to feel better, but knew immediately that I did not want to rely on medications to put a band-aid on the problem. Because of my nursing background, I also knew about the serious complications and side effects of the prescriptions I was given. I wanted to figure out what was CAUSING my disease, so I set about on a journey of research to get REAL answers.
As a mother of 2 toddlers, I did not want pain to interfere with my daily life. Through my journey and collaborations, I found functional medicine. I discovered I had food sensitivities and gut imbalances that could be "triggering" my autoimmune condition, as well as many other self-care practices that have reduced pain and inflammation.
I love to work with other people to help them to achieve the results that lifestyle changes can bring. So, in 2021 I found the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and after seeing how much their values aligned with mine, I completed the certification for Health Coaching. The program has taught me how integral all aspects of our life are to our well-being.
My husband and I moved to Spearfish in 2015. We love the outdoors - hiking, kayaking, camping, swimming, biking, snowshoeing, and enjoying the vast beauty the Black Hills has to offer. I love to cook for my family and incorporate whole foods into our daily routine. In addition to outdoor activities, I incorporate strength training, yoga, and Pilates into my fitness regimen. I notice a huge difference in my physical and mental well-being when I move my body on a daily basis. My goal is to educate and motivate the community at large and turn the current healthcare model from "disease-driven to "prevention-focused." I am passionate about helping others to discover their potential and helping them to achieve the healthiest version of themselves!