about nicole

Nicole is a nutritionist, certified by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, who helps clients develop food plans for themselves and their families according to their individual needs, situations, health challenges and preferences. She sees private clients in her office at Advanced Health in San Francisco.

Nicole is trained in the Eating for Health® model, which embraces two powerful maxims —“food is the best medicine” and “know thyself.” She graduated with honors from Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts, and she is a member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals. Nicole also has a B.A. in Media Arts and Journalism from the University of Arizona. She lives with her husband, two daughters and Labrador retriever in Marin County.

Her areas of practice include gastrointestinal health, including inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome, as well as family nutrition with an emphasis on working with teenagers who not only seek tactical guidance on what to eat, but support in navigating mainstream diet culture and in making balanced choices to promote their health and well being in high school, college and beyond. Nicole also works with women who are approaching perimenopause or are in perimenopause to slow down aging and rev up metabolism using lifestyle and nutrition.

Nicole has authored various articles, teaches and speaks on topics that relate to her work including the intersection of nutrition and agriculture, shopping trends and parenting. She is an empathetic guide when it comes to coaching individuals and families through difficult eating situations into realizing what a powerful, positive impact a healthy relationship to our food can have on our lives.

 

My story begins, as many stories do, in my childhood and teen years, when I struggled with body image issues and disordered eating. In my 20s, I struggled with exhaustion, anxiety attacks, IBS and deep skin issues. These conditions persisted into my early 30s, and I went on to face two bouts of postpartum depression, shingles and an autoimmune disease diagnosis.

Eight years ago…

I found myself in my bathrobe unable to get up and start my day, and I beat myself up because I had so much to be grateful for — my dear family, a house by the beach, and good friends. The reality is that I felt horrible a lot of the time, and I was unable to participate in life the way I wanted to.

This was all related to major gaps in my nutrition from empty foods and a range of food sensitivities that went unidentified for far too long. Approaching my 40s, I decided to course correct, and I realized that I could change my life using food and to maximize my energy.

I became a Certified Nutritionist so I can guide others on their own unique journeys, because proper nutrition can support you if you are experiencing acute or chronic illness, weight management, skin, or gastrointestinal tract issues, and/or anxiety and depression.

— Nicole