For over 25 years, I have suffered from Discoid and Systemic Lupus, as well as being a 19+ year breast cancer survivor. Having tried various methods throughout my history with Lupus to alleviate its symptoms – most of which were too little or no avail, I finally decided to take a completely different approach in 2011.
That is when I embarked upon the Raw Foods Diet. As a result, I lost over 30 pounds, relieved all my symptoms and reversed the growth of Thyroid Nodules.
I became so passionate about my results from the Raw Food Lifestyle, that I began a quest to learn even more. I became a student at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2012 , where I have been trained in over one hundred dietary theories and a vast variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. As a graduate of IIN, I am a Certified Holistic Health Counselor and am board certified through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.
Through the Corporate Health and Wellness Association in 2015, I became a Certified Corporate Nutrition Professional and a Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist.
With a lifelong love of herbal and natural remedies, in 2016 I began a 2 year Herbal Course and Mentorship with Susan Weed, author of the Wise Woman Herbal series, teacher, and has over 50 years of herbal knowledge.
In 2017 I trained under Rebecca Sathre (Tripura Sundari) at URU in Pensacola and earned my RYT200 Yoga Instructor Certificate. I have a passionate love of Yin Yoga (a practice I think everyone should embrace) and completed 30 hours with Liz Stewart at Yoga Sanctuary in Nashville, TN.
In July 2019 I completed Semester 202 and passed the Level 11 exam with The School Of Applied Functional Medicine and passed the Level 1 Certification in October 2018. Getting to the root of the issues is the premise of Functional Medicine and compliments a Holistic approach to health care.
In addition, I love to teach healthy cooking and raw food cooking classes at various locations throughout the NW Gulf Coast area, including beautiful Downtown Pensacola. I have been a Culinary Instructor since 2013. Guests of my classes are treated to fun, interactive and educational demonstrations highlighting the benefits of using food as a healing catalyst for anything that ails you – even if it’s simply the aging process.
I have a thriving corporate wellness business, which I began in 2013, and have worked with clients such as AccuStaff Pensacola (Exxon Mobil), Members First Credit Union, Baptist Hospital Healthy Lives Program, HCA Health Care and Nemours Children’s Clinic, and Ascend Performance Materials just to name a few. My corporate clients have anywhere from 10 to 3000 employees. These wellness presentations and programs are a true benefit to employees in helping them be mindful of living a healthier lifestyle.
Through Sagacity Wellness, I bring all of my experiences straight to you. Begin your journey to newfound health and vitality right here, right now. You’ll be amazed at how the little changes in life can promote long-term soundness of body and mind.