I was only 16 when I was forced to pay attention to what my body was telling me. Unlike my friends, my stomach revolted when I ate fast food and drank soda. That was the beginning of my journey to understanding the relationship between food and vibrant health. By age 25, my second son was born and within two months, I could not deny certain foods I ate had a negative impact on my little one through nursing. The problem escalated when my son was introduced to solid food and began suffering from skin, stomach and behavioral health challenges. As fate would have it, food became the central focus of my life’s work. What we eat matters!
I met Dr. Todd in 1984, and within months we realized we shared a passion to help others heal. For the next 33 years, I managed Dr. Todd’s private practice. What he studied, I studied. From basic nutrition to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), acupuncture, and all things relating to functional medicine, I was by his side. Whatever he committed to professionally, I’ve been his right hand, his writer and messenger. We truly believe food is medicine. SHAPE ReClaimed shines a spotlight on the negative eating habits that contribute to common health challenges. Together, Dr. Todd and I believe God has ordered our steps and has set a mission before us: Transform Healthcare: One Patient at a Time.
When I’m not working, I’m in my happy place when I can hike, bike and kayak. I love a rainy day at home, cooking and setting a beautiful dinner table for my family, friends and strangers. I love to read, piece together jigsaw puzzles with a fire crackling in the fireplace and watching movies with my sweetie. I love snow and lightning storms, fireworks and bubble baths. My all-time favorite activity is spending hours piddling in my gardens with a zillion flowers.