Andrea’s road to understanding the power of nutrition began with a personal tragedy. Her young husband, Isamu, was diagnosed with a fatal brain tumor when Andrea was newly pregnant with their only child.
Isamu was given only 6 months to live. Unwilling to simply watch her husband die, Andrea began diligently researching the power of integrative practices, including nutrition. Her fast-growing and targeted understanding of healing foods helped prolong his life (2 years past his prognosis!), increased the quality of his days, and gave him an opportunity to know their son, Gilbert.
After Isamu’s passing, Andrea knew she had a new purpose in life... to change the way we do healthcare. She quit her job in book publishing to pursue practicing Functional Nutrition, both as a career and a mission.
Holistic Nutrition Lab was created for those of you who want to follow in Andrea’s footsteps. When Andrea hung her shingle as a practitioner in 2009, she was astounded by how quickly her practice grew. She went from having a small solo practice to having a waiting list to running a virtual wellness center where she had to hire additional nutritionists. She even helped the most desperate people with the toughest cases including autoimmune issues such as Crohn’s Disease, Hashimoto’s and MS, as well as those with cancer and undiagnosed health challenges that other practitioners could not resolve.
When she spoke with her colleagues, she realized that she was having exponentially greater success than others who had the same tools and the same educational background as she had.
To help others have the same success that she’s had, Andrea created Full Body Systems (Holistic Nutrition Lab) to teach practitioners how to practice TRUE root-cause and functional nutrition, and to develop a practice that naturally scales based on the great results that they are getting with their clients.
Her education and includes the following:
• Certified Nutrition Educator (CNE) and Certified Nutrition Counselor (CNC) from Bauman College
• Certified Holistic Health Coach (CHHC) from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN)
• Masters of Human Nutrition & Functional Medicine from University of Western States
• select Institute of Functional Medicine training programs and modules
• continuing education in areas of specialty such as thyroid disorder, autoimmunity and functional lab diagnostics
Andrea is the very first Functional Nutrition & Lifestyle Practitioner (FNLP) and has created the certifying body for this credential.
Accolades of Note:
A co-producer of the Hashimoto’s Institute, Andrea has been featured in Oprah's O Magazine, Martha Stewart’s Whole Living, and has made regular contributions to The Epoch Times and numerous online conferences including Sean Croxton’s Second Opinion Series, where she is a crowd favorite. Andrea was awarded the National Association of Nutrition Professionals’ Impact Award in 2015 and Service Award for her commitment to the nutrition industry in 2016.
Andrea is now regularly consulted as the nutrition expert on the medical teams for the toughest clinical cases in the practices of world-renowned doctors.