I began my healthcare journey as an EMT and, following college, worked for several years in the clinical laboratory. However, like many in helping professions, the demands of shiftwork, staffing shortages, and adrenaline rushes led to burnout, resulting in depression, fatigue, and chronic migraines.
While conventional medicine provided numerous medications for migraine management, I sought a long-term solution. Through persistent effort, I discovered that my depression stemmed from severely low vitamin D levels (likely due to my night shift schedule). Additionally, eliminating gluten eradicated my 40-year history of migraines, and I found that certain forms of B vitamins helped me combat fatigue.
These discoveries sparked my curiosity about other factors that impact mental wellness and prompted me to return to school to earn a graduate degree in Clinical Nutrition and Functional Medicine.
As a former EMT and member of a veteran family, I feel a strong connection with first responders.