I started my healthcare career as an EMT and after college, worked several years in the clinical laboratory.
Like many who work in the helping professions, shiftwork, staffing issues, and adrenaline surges led to burnout and eventually depression, fatigue and unrelenting migraines.
Conventional medicine offered a plethora of medications which, out of desperation, I did try for migraine management, but I was really seeking resolution.
Through my own persistence, I discovered
- severely low vitamin D was at the root of my depression (nightshifter!),
- 40 years of migraines disappeared by removing gluten
- genetic mutations meant I needed certain forms of B vitamins. Bye bye fatigue.
This started my fascination with what other depletions and burdens impact mental wellness so I returned to school and completed my graduate degree in Clinical Nutrition and Functional Medicine.
As a former EMT and coming from a family of Veterans, I feel a kinship with my first responders!