My passion is to help women glide through their pre and post menopausal years, with top-notch hormone health and mind-body vitality. My Functional Medicine program VIBRANT WOMEN OVER 40, reaches women across the United States, with personalized one-on-one phone and video appointments.
When I turned 40, I had recently recovered from the deep depths of postpartum anxiety. Even though I was a licensed medical practitioner, with lots of resources, I struggled greatly. An autoimmune disease I was diagnosed with at age 33 (Rheumatoid Arthritis), that had been under control with pharmaceutical-free Functional Medicine, flared with a vengeance. I was deeply exhausted, anxious, and in pain all of the time.
After I climbed my way out of this deep “breakdown,” I identified key components to what we as women need, in order to survive hormone and brain chemistry changes successfully. I put these components together into a model that I could use in my work with other women.
I am passionate about helping women who are going through hormone changes, and not getting the right help. Many women I work with have autoimmune diseases. Autoimmune disease often hits during great times of hormone upheaval, as well as hugely stressful times. The healthier and calmer we are on a daily basis, the better equipped we will be to ride through stressful periods and big hormone changes.
I went through my 40s with a deep focus on self-care, so when I hit the next time of great hormonal change – perimenopause and menopause, I could glide through it with ease and vitality. Fortunately the model I created for optimal women’s hormone health has worked for me personally – as I’m now 51 and feel more vital and vibrant than I ever have in my life!
For 15+ years I have helped women through hormone changes and challenges. I advocate for women to find the time and resources for self-care, so that we can continue to do our work in the world. We take care of others, we are strong, we are smart, and we need to take care of ourselves.
My program VIBRANT WOMEN OVER 40 covers the key aspects to optimal resilience and health. I do work with women under 40 with hormone issues, including menstrual regulation, PCOS, infertility, and postpartum symptoms.
My medical license is in Chinese medicine and acupuncture, the earliest form of Functional Medicine. Afterwards I became a Certified Nutritionist through Hawthorn University. I also graduated from the first formal program that combines ancestral nutrition with Functional Medicine, through the Kresser Institute.
Laura’s Credentials in a Nutshell
- Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), 2017
- Kresser Institute Functional Medicine and Ancestral Health, 2016
- Hawthorn University Nutrition Consultant Training, 2012
- Five Branches University, MS in Traditional Chinese Medicine, 2004
- Feldenkrais Resources Professional Training Program, 1997
- Washington University, BA in Fine Arts and Gender Studies, 1987
Degrees / Licenses:
- California Acupuncture Board License
- Master’s Degree (Traditional Chinese Medicine)
- Bachelor’s Degree (Fine Arts and Women’s Studies)
- Nutrition Consultant
- Metabolic Typing Practitioner
- Feldenkrais Practitioner
- Acupuncture Sports Medicine
- Acupuncture Orthopedics