You might be wondering how a Speech and Language Pathologist (what is that anyway?!) can help you overcome your anxiety and assist you in reducing body and brain inflammation so you can live the life you were truly meant to live.
Well, let me tell you!
First, let me define what a Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP) is and how this all relates to overcoming your anxiety and obtaining total health. SLP’s treat many types of communication disorders including speech sounds, language, social communication, fluency, ADHD, and cognitive communication. The word communication implies a sharing and the finding of a common ground with ourselves and with others. Appropriately, as an SLP, my passion for helping to improve communication would translate into an area in which I not only worked in, but also experienced myself.
Having lived and worked in New York, California, and presently Massachusetts, I have spent the last 16 years of my career working with children and adults, many of whom had debilitating anxiety. I understand how difficult anxiety can be because I silently suffered from it as well.
Rewind to my early 20’s when I was living as a complete perfectionist. I was plagued by panic attacks, sleepless nights, emotional eating, and excessive exercise. I was a high functioning anxious person who did not believe in rest, recovery, or relaxation while trying to prove that I was “good enough.” To make matters worse, I was experiencing a number of other health conditions such as a faulty thyroid and sluggish GI tract that I was prescribed synthetic medications for. Ultimately, it was determined that I suffered from Hashimoto's disease, a disease caused by a virus that plants itself in the liver, thyroid, and central nervous system. Once all this energy came to a head, I realized my life needed a change.
I spent the next twenty years becoming educated and certified in several different healing modalities which I used to personally heal my body, brain, beliefs, and spirit. I had devoted all of my energy and time to improve my personal growth. Through reading and research, I was able to determine the type of whole foods and supplementations I should eat in order to manage Hashimoto's and the underlying virus that drives it. I went on to become a certified Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. With this certification, I began specializing in supporting woman on how to manage their own "autoimmune" issues.
In addition to recreating a nutritional lifestyle, I discovered yoga as another natural way to reduce my inflammation and manage my anxiety. Little did I know at the time, but this practice would lend a hand in the healing of my central nervous system which was flooded with the neurotoxins that were the root cause of my inflammation and thyroid disease. From the benefits of yoga, I would fall in love with this practice resulting in my pursuit to obtain over 500 hours of certification in yoga.
Numerous professional doctors scoffed at the idea of me having a food allergy or sensitivity. Through my own educational knowledge and research, I realized that food is our best medicine. Incorporating my nutritional knowledge and the practice of yoga, my determination resulted in being able to manage my anxiety and feeling better in a natural way.
The knowledge I learned in my own personal journey is something that I can share with you in the fraction of the time it took me, thus shortening the learning curve. More than likely, you have left your doctor's office more confused and defeated than when you walked in, I know I did. Together, we will get to a place where feeling bad, anxious, depressed, or sick is a thing of your past.
Nazareth College of Rochester-Bachelor's Degree: Communication Sciences & Disorders, 2003.
Nazareth College of Rochester-Master's Degree: Communication Sciences & Disorders, 2004.
SLP licensed in California, Massachusetts, and New York.
Certified Health Coach: Institute of Integrative Nutrition, 2013.
200-hour Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor, 2016.
300-hour Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor, 2019.
Restorative Yoga Certified, 2019.
Behavior Change Specialist: National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), 2021.