Hi! I’m a health coach, culinary nutrition chef, and artist living in NYC and my joy is guiding others toward healthier dietary and lifestyle changes to help overcome gut-related struggles.
I wasn’t always sipping green shakes for breakfast…
I grew up in a nurturing, Greek-American home, in Massachusetts, eating a Standard American Diet. We ate home-cooked meals most nights, BUT in the naive ’70s, we had our share of Twinkies, sugar-coated cereals, bologna sandwiches, canned vegetables, and processed cookies. We never thought of how these foods might harm us. I was addicted to sugar, and I didn’t really know it.
Art and Food
Coming to NY as a recent grad from Boston University for Fine Arts was exciting, and I was set on finding my art life. Through the years my creativity spanned editorial illustration, art direction and design and most passionately, painting.
It also led me to culinary school at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in NYC. I’ve always loved to cook and to get my culinary diploma was a great foundation to build on. I spend a lot of time creating nutrient-dense meals in my kitchen, or for clients on occasion as a personal chef.
As a painter, the colorful fruits and vegetables from my local farmers market often become the subject matter in my paintings.
Joan Jett, charcoal
The New Yorker
My Road to Health Coaching
Becoming a health coach was unplanned. My life catapulted in this direction after losing my boyfriend to a stroke in 2012. Was he worried about his chronic sleep issues and a few other health concerns? Yes! He looked for help beyond what his doctor could offer but unfortunately didn’t find it in time. It’s possible this tragedy might have been avoided by diet, lifestyles changes, and supplements. Of course, I knew nothing about how specific nutrients and other lifestyle changes might help at that time.
Food and Lifestyle
Wanting to learn more about wellness, In 2015 I enrolled in the Institute For Integrative Nutrition (IIN) for holistic health coaching which opened my eyes to how diet, lifestyle, environment, and your unique bio-individuality play a huge roll in your health.
I continued my education at Functional Nutrition Alliance with Andrea Nakayama where I learned the principles of functional medicine, and how everything in the body is connected. Food is information for your cells. Your gut is your second brain, and your gut flora plays a huge roll in your immune system and mental health.
From there, I enrolled in the Academy of Culinary Nutrition to learn more concerning the healing powers of whole foods, especially plants.
As a practitioner, I’ll guide you using functional medicine tools to connect the dots between your lifestyle choices, what you eat, and how you feel to help find the root causes of your chronic issues. Genes do play a part, but lifestyle and dietary shifts can often prevent bad genes from being expressed. You can change your reality by changing what you eat and making lifestyle upgrades to find your way back to balance. Learn more.
My healing journey took me from my sugar addiction, rebounding emotionally from tragedy through meditation, exercise, family, friends and tapping back into my creative passions to find my balance. There is no one-size-fits-all to wellness. I look forward to guiding you on your unique health journey, from wherever you are right now.