My Story | My Reason
Why I'm passionate about the work that I do.
Admittedly just because a practitioner has a lot of experience, education, and so forth doesn't necessarily mean that they "get it," and you may be wondering about this right now. I would like to share my personal story 'my reason' why I'm passionate about my work and how I do it.
You see, many years ago, I went through a health crisis. I suffered from daily migraines, severe muscle and joint pain, and horrible fatigue. Yet, I couldn't sleep at night, had thinning hair, had brain fog, severe digestive issues, and was even bedridden for several months.
I saw 14 physicians and specialists over the course of two years with no real answers; I received a lot of medications and even more diagnoses. Depending upon the specialist, I was labeled with having Crohn's Disease, IBS, microscopic colitis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, and mini-strokes.
None of these practitioners talked to me about food sensitivities, inflammation, gut health, or how my symptoms might be linked. Instead, all they wanted to do, was lump my symptoms in a box so they could name them and prescribe medication.
All I knew was that there had to be a better way, and so began my journey of getting my health back.
Being a dietitian specializing in functional nutrition is my second career because it saved my life, and I want to pay it forward.
When you work with me, you work with someone who sees YOU, the WHOLE person, not just a diagnosis or a set of symptoms. You get someone who understands what it's like to be in your shoes with chronic health issues, plus you get all of my knowledge and years of experience helping hundreds of others just like you.
Together we will work to determine the root causes of your health concerns; you will be treated with respect, you will be listened to AND heard, and all recommendations will be personally tailored to you and your unique situation.
I’m passionate about treating people this way because it’s the way that I didn’t get treated when I was ill, and I wish someone would have.
So when I am told I am different from most dietitians, I take that as a compliment and work hard to set myself apart!
I look forward to helping you on your health journey.
"Marissa is truly invested in helping you achieve your goals."
After visiting with Marissa, I could tell that she cared, and I liked the fact that she truly understood what I was going through, so I decided to work with her.
It has been the best decision I have ever made.