Ever wish someone would just hear your story, tell you exactly what's going on and give you a specific roadmap to fix it?
Perf, that's my job (and I love it).
Hi, I'm Robyn. Functional Medicine Dietitian + science nerd + chocolate enthusiast. I take a root cause approach to hormone & skin probs.
So how'd I get into this & how'd I get any street cred around here?
Well, I'm no stranger to confusion & complete desperation with health struggles. Especially when it comes to skin & hormones.
I caught the health bug from my dad at an early age and began studying nutrition in college. I was practicing everything I was learning (like everything) but at age 20, I developed psoriasis (a scaly skin condition - google image if you dare).
It covered my entire body except for my face (picture chicken pox but like, all the time). The condition is obvious from a physical standpoint, but wrecked me emotionally. Medically, the next step was an immunosuppressant drug FOR LIFE (what?!?!).
Should I mention I had also lost my period for 6 months at this time and was handed a PCOS diagnosis too? The doc gave me a pamphlet and a prescription for birth control & metformin. I cried my way home that day, had a lil pity party & googled way more than I should have.
After two years of doctors, dermatologists, and different medications, I had had enough! I was not myself and found that it was affecting my relationships (with people and food) and it definitely took a toll on my self-esteem. The true *stubborn* taurus in me said no to all 3 meds and engaged my inner Meredith Grey.
I started asking deeper questions & playing detective. I dove into the research and began making changes. Fast-forward to today and I'm psoriasis-free (with no meds), I don't have PCOS (never did) and I get to help people like you do the same thing (it's my actual fave).
Addressing the root cause of my psoriasis & period probs quite literally changed my life and after that experience, I dove into training in Dietetics and Functional Medicine! My passion is to partner with clients and teach them not only what their body needs but why it matters specifically to them and how to merge it with their reality of daily life. Food is powerful medicine when you know how to use it!
WHERE I GOT SOME BROWNIE POINTS:
BS at University of Nebraska- Lincoln
MS at Kansas University Medical Center
Dietetic internship at Kansas University Medical Center
Speciality training in Functional Medicine at KU Integrative Medicine Clinic
Certified LEAP Therapist
Ongoing training, conferences and courses
I’ve had the pleasure to learn through years of working with clients 1-on-1, speaking at professional conferences, writing a chapter of a textbook for Integrative Dietitians, interviewing for numerous podcasts & a documentary series, contributing content for online programs and writing blogs for various brands. I love teaching go-getters & helping people take the lead in their health!
How we do things around here
In order to help you reach your health goals, we first have to understand the root cause to any symptoms or present health concerns.
We do this with an initial assessment that includes:
A comprehensive health history
Putting together your story with past and current symptoms & experiences
Gathering any labs or data you already have
Completing additional labs as needed (type will vary per person)
Partnering with & listening to you as you know your body best
Utilizing my expertise as an integrative & functional medicine dietitian