For over 35 years, Carol has been practicing nutrition and has received additional training in blood chemistry nutritional interpretation, hormone therapy, functional medicine, GAPS™, and traditional healing foods. She is a Certified GAPS™ Practitioner as well as a Certified Gluten Practitioner™. She is well trained in the Auto-immune, Paleo, Keto, Whole30, and Plant Paradox programs.
She earned her nutrition degree from the University of Nebraska and completed her dietetic internship at Presbyterian Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. She is an integrative and functional medicine registered dietitian nutritionist through the American Dietetic Association and a board certified clinical nutritionist through the International and American Association of Clinical Nutritionists.
Carol provides progressive nutritional care for autoimmune conditions, intestinal issues, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic pain, food allergies, GAPS™, celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, weight loss, and dental conditions. She has a special interest in TMJ/TMD, autoimmune conditions, pre and post natal nutrition, pre and post surgical nutrition, as well as improving overall health and well-being. She understands the ketogenic diet and loves helping clients follow a ketogenic lifestyle.
With her husband, Carol lives in Colorado and they have two adult children. She is the owner of The Nourishing Place, LLC.
As a nutritional and healing foods consultant, Carol sees health as a big puzzle with many integral pieces. In order for the puzzle to fit together or for the body to function optimally, all the pieces have to be identified and addressed in a specific order.
The first step is identifying the root causes of health issues rather than simply addressing the symptoms. Knowing the symptoms is helpful but figuring out why a client is experiencing certain conditions will lead to a customized individualized treatment plan for optimal health. The goal is to promote a healthy balance of nutrients for each individual, including traditional foods that can assist in the healing process.
Carol’s passion for teaching and working with clients individually has inspired her to continue learning and to share her knowledge with others.
Carol’s interest in food and nutrition began in childhood. Her father died from a massive heart attack at age 44. At the time of his death, her mother was 35 with 4 children under the age of 12. Living with a single, full-time working mom, her siblings and she all had to pitch in and help with the family chores. Her job was to help feed the family, so learning how to cook was a priority. All the trial and error of her early cooking experiments eventually led her to start thinking about the content of the food being prepared.
She realized early on that preparing foods from a box may not be the best choice for her body. Packaged food is quick and easy, but loaded with toxic ingredients which aren’t commonly good for overall health: preservatives, bad fat and too many mysterious ingredients. Her interest in cooking and exploring health, led her to studying nutrition in college. She had big questions. Why did her dad die so young? Was it his diet? Was it is lifestyle? Was it hereditary? Can she prevent this from happening to others? These experiences have led her to counseling clients, friends, and family on how to change their diets to improve their overall well-being.
Carol like many health practitioners had her own health issues. She struggled with endometriosis and infertility in her 20’s and 30’s. Diagnosed with osteopenia in her 40’s. Struggled with elevated liver enzymes, inflammation, and gastrointestinal distress. But she also discovered other family members had health issues such as ADHD, food allergies, constipation, adrenal exhaustion, and hormonal imbalances. It was difficult to find help, so this led her on her quest to learn more and this is why she became an Integrative and Functional Medicine dietitian. She had to get educated in alternative health and team up with other holistic practitioners in order to help herself and loved ones. She had to learn what is necessary to heal the body.