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Hi I’m Tess. I am a mom of 5, Mimi of one, and a sucker for a good cup of tea. I have been a Registered Nurse for over 20 years and have worked in healthcare for over 30. Although I spent many years in the conventional medicine space (mainly critical care and hospice), my curiosity and, later, passion drove my desire to support and serve others from a different paradigm. Working within our healthcare system for 3 decades made me witness the revolving door of people with chronic illnesses looking for relief and, most of the time, not finding it. Or finding only temporary reprieve. More pharmaceuticals are usually the answer, often to treat the symptoms of side effects of other medications. But I’ll get off my soap box.

 

What I learned from my many years of experience are 3 things (there are more, but let’s start here);

  • You can’t put health in a box. Everyone is unique and bio-individual.
  • Knowledge is power, and people are not well informed on how to support their bodies.
  • Pharmaceutical companies drive much of our healthcare industry (there, I said it)

My mission is to build a bridge between conventional and holistic healthcare because I am not saying that we may not need to seek conventional care. Western medicine does a good job at acute emergency medicine but lacks in the area of chronic illness and root cause resolution. Most chronic illnesses are preventable and/or can be well managed with lifestyle modification. The need for education is great, yet lacking. This leads me to how I was led to help women in midlife. Even though I am indeed within this season, It is clear to me that women leading into perimenopause, menopausal, and even beyond are not supported in conventional medicine. Now before you “poo poo” this theory, let me be clear in saying that it is not necessarily the fault of providers, as they, too, are not well prepared to support these women.

Often, women feel that when they have confided in providers about symptoms, they are not taken seriously, despite symptoms having a significant impact on physical and mental health. You may have been told that “it's just a part of life.” And yes, it very well may be, but I want to change the narrative that women should suffer in silence. There is a startling lack of resources for both women and providers.   

My mission is to help change the narrative and support both women and men to see that midlife can be an opportunity to pursue new goals, support their wellness, and enter this next season of life with newfound vitality, whether it's managing menopause or chronic illness, or just taking the plunge to live a healthier lifestyle and build that resilience in your body and mind.

I bring an integrated approach to serving individuals with the following credentials: I am a seasoned registered nurse with extensive experience in ICU and hospice care. I am a certified Functional Nutrition Counselor, soon to be certified in functional diagnostics. I studied herbal medicine at The American College of Health Sciences, receiving my diploma in Master Herbalism. I am also a Certified Health and Life Coach through HCI and studied aromatherapy at The Aromahead Institute. 

In my spare time, you can find me with my nose in a book, hiking, digging in the dirt, and spending time with my kiddos. Let’s have a virtual cup of tea and chat!

With love and light, 

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