Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist
Jeannie holds a Masters degree in Human Nutrition Functional Medicine from the University of Western States, Portland, OR. She is a Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist, and IL Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist. Jeannie combines her passion for natural health strategies, knowledge of condition-specific clinical nutrition and lifestyle protocols, and how vitamins and mineral levels affect health to fully support patients to achieve their goals. She takes pride in being on a Functional Medicine team that sees lives change for the better by healing and preventing chronic disease.
Over the last 14 years, what she has learned is that when clinicians take a Functional approach — that is, asking questions instead of prescribing formulas, fostering partnerships instead of placing ourselves as clinicians above our patients, and taking the time to find the root causes instead of rushing for the generic quick fixes — people can find levels of vitality they never thought possible. These results foster her passion, and drive to always learn more about the healing potential of the human body.
Her approach to clinical nutrition is built on a mosaic of educational experiences, bringing an appreciation of bio-individuality. Her dedication to sound nutrition principles is rewarded when patients respond to the right foods and food-based supplementation in the right amount at the right time, deepening an appreciation for the wisdom of the body’s ability to heal.
Q&A WITH JEANNIE
What are you most passionate about professionally?
My passion is disease prevention. Paying attention to the proper warning signs and safely intervening in these early disease stages, can prevent many patients from heading into a downward spiral of more medications and medical procedures and the progression into other related chronic diseases. I’m convinced that by improving the health and well-being of individuals and families, we can change
Showing patients that they truly are “made” of what they are/are not eating and drinking. Taking time to cook healthy meals for themselves is an act of self-care that cannot be ignored for good health. Proper food for your unique needs can make (or break) your health.
Reinforcing with patients that there is no silly question and there’s nothing “normal” about fatigue, joint pain, hair loss, anxiety, digestion issues or any other unexplained symptom they are experiencing. Finding the root cause and correcting it naturally is the key.
What are you most passionate about personally?
I’m constantly assessing my personal strengths and communication habits, and always trying to improve my weaknesses to hopefully fulfill my purpose of helping as many people as I can.
What three traits define you?
Resourceful, diligent and loyal
What would you do even if you didn’t get paid to do it?
Working with animals.
What are you surprisingly good at?
What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
What’s the biggest proof that you’re good at what you do?
The positive health outcomes and the trusting relationships I build with patients.
What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?
While working full-time on my Masters, I worked part-time as a demonstrator for Vitamix. I own 8 Vitamixes!
What problems do you consistently solve for your clients?
I consider myself a nutrition based “health detective” to understand the challenge and find the solution. I try to offer patients a new perspective on their perceived challenges that may be contributing to their health issue. I help them to see that no habit is too hard to change over time if you take it in small steps and you believe in the ultimate outcome.
I also see that patients have a desire to do the right thing with their daily nutrition choicest, but they fail when they lack key information about the importance of food and a personalized road map for their condition. I enjoy educating and fully supporting their road to health improvement. Once we decide to start together, there’s a mutual commitment to do everything necessary to help them achieve their health goals.
What are you complimented on most in your work?
My ability to explain how the body works to educate the patient on what and why we are making changes.
In your work or creative process, what concepts are sacred? Which rules have you made, which ones do you follow?
Sacred concepts: Using empathy with patients and always asking powerful motivational questions to really understand where they are coming from.
What do you do for fun in your spare time? What are your hobbies?
In my free time, I love to travel to international warm spots.
Share something unique that most people don’t know about you.
I lived in the mountains of Mexico for about 4 years and still have many friends there. I still return back once a year and speak Spanish as often as I can.