Have you ever had: allergies, arthritis, a stomach ulcer, urinary tract infections, hormone imbalance, insomnia, or heartburn? These were Nancy’s symptoms, among others. Conventional medicine was not solving her issues, and in some cases, was making things worse. This led Nancy to the world of functional medicine. Through lifestyle changes and mind-body techniques, Nancy was able to improve all of her symptoms. By working on the root cause of her symptoms with her doctor, which included supplements and prescriptions, Nancy’s quality of life and chances of a long healthy life were greatly improved.
Nancy’s original interest in health began as part of parenting her three children. Additionally, she saw her parents suffer through declines in health as they aged. As Nancy’s list of symptoms grew, she became determined to research health and prevent a similar decline with age. Eventually, Nancy saw that she was uniquely suited to help other people in their health journey through coaching. Thus, Nancy studied health coaching at the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy (FMCA) in 2016. Her interest in weight loss came from a lifetime of effort to lose the last ten pounds and to keep from gaining even more.
The FMCA is where Nancy consolidated her knowledge of the power of nutrition. She learned the power of phytonutrients, how to implement elimination, ketogenic, and cardiometabolic diets, and the importance of real, unprocessed food. She learned that food is information, not just a source of calories. That information guides the functioning of every process in the body: assimilation, defense and repair, hormones, nervous system, digestion, energy production, and detox. Food is indeed medicine.
Before moving into the world of health coaching, Nancy’s field was education. She earned her doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of New Orleans in 1987 and has since taught early childhood education at Tulane University’s Teacher Preparation and Certification Program, UNO, Loyola University, and Delgado Community College. She has presented at local and national conferences. Formerly, she was a director of an infant/toddler program and was a teacher of grades 1 to 4. Nancy is a Tulane alum, graduating in psychology and education. Nancy uses her extensive knowledge of how people learn and how to motivate in her coaching.
The FMCA is a collaboration with The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), the global leader in Functional Medicine education. The FMCA’s 12-month online program emphasizes the core competencies of the International Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaches (ICHWC). Nancy passed the ICHWC National Board Exam for Health and Wellness Coaches in September 2017. Nancy continues her health education through the FMCA Alumni Program and through a wide range of reading.
Her interests include yoga, sailing, watercolor painting, spending time with her family including her three young adult children, and of course, health.