Specialties

I hope this website will help you assess if I can help with your health challenges and wellness goals. If you  just want to see conditions I have successfully worked with, scroll right down to the bottom of this page!

Tools that Work and Investment that Pays off

I have helped over a thousand patients like you recover and thrive or at least improve their quality of life. My services are completely personalized, tailored to each patient’s needs because I honor bio-individuality – no patient is like any other. Your needs are completely unique. In order for that to happen, I combine many modalities: functional medicine, functional nutrition, clinical nutrition, medical nutrition therapy, nutritional biochemistry, my love of gastroenterology, my other love for Nutrigenomics, my yet another love for Food as Medicine, nutrition traditions from various cultures, as well as my commitment to dig deeper with attention to every detail (I actually assign time to study your case and do critical research related to it). Many times we have to do proper functional testing, do investigative work, and I create food protocols supported with supplement protocols just for your needs.

Why am I able to Get such Good Results?

Here are the reasons: knowledge and experience with intelligent and sensitive support, passion to help each patient, constant education and cutting-edge science (I am in the first ever cohort for a doctoral program in functional clinical nutrition), time assigned outside the consults to study each case, philosophy and practice of whole foods (there is no food system that can beat that), time-tested nutritional approaches from different cultures, and a great variety of clinical tools like functional testing – they all support your recovery and help me offer you the most effective customized service I can.

Complex Cases Deserve Answers

Functional Medicine approach to nutrition is needed in our increasingly complex medical reality because we need to address the root causes of chronic medical challenges, as complicated as they can be. It just takes time, experience and the right tools. Most of the times, we can find out the reasons behind your complicated medical issues. We investigate all the conditions and see how they connect. There may be toxic exposure, pathogenic infection (or its residue), or hormonal chaos… When patients come to me, they do not typically have just one medical problem. They have a list of them. It does get complicated. You deserve a clinician that will commit to the depth of work needed to find the answers and get you better, and I have that commitment. Some patients seek my services as they have tried various things but failed to improve their health. Others take my signature 30-Day Whole Foods Nutrition-Makeover Detox Program because they are “sick and tired of being sick and tired”, struggle with an auto-immune condition, and/or are confused about how to get started with their health goals. I can never make promises that I can fix all your medical problems, but I may get close.

We Have to Address Toxicity Burden

Mitochondrial damage, oxidative stress, EMF pollution, free radicals, pesticides…some of these may sound foreign or irrelevant to you, but we are indeed drenched in toxicity, and all these interferences can affect your body right down to the cellular level, literally damaging your cells or making them dysfunctional. At the end of the day, what is cancer – normal cells going going out of control. What is an autoimmune disorder – your immune cells getting confused (wrong messages) and attacking self (the body). When you add stress, genetically engineered foods, and daily microwaving, things may start breaking down, manifesting in a variety of medical diagnoses.

Now you can see why, I am so committed to educating you about the need to gently detoxify the body and ward off chronic disease as well as investigating more complex cases to find out if toxicity is implicated. For local patients, I provide a highly successful “nutritional makeover” 30-Day Whole Foods Detoxification Program that is gentle, without food restrictions, fasting, juicing, or dieting. Its strength lies in science, individualized protocols, shopping and cooking education of whole-foods, as well as individual and group support. When working together, regardless of what our clinical goals are and your diagnosis is, we will try to minimize environmental toxicity. Without that extra step, you may not improve – that is just the truth of our daily reality. I will teach you all that. The solutions are much more simple than the causes. You just have to be willing to make adjustments and needed changes!

Gut is Everything

Gut is a barrier we have protecting us form pathogens and it is the only route we can be nourished. If you have not learned that yourself yet with your medical challenges, I have to tell you that it is true. Your gut hosts much of your immune system (GALT). Your gut is the first to get a beating. If you have toxicity, you better have a strong and well functioning gastrointestinal tract and all the nutrients needed to push toxins out appropriately in your detox phases. You may think that the mystery joint pain in your pinky has no bearing on your gut, but we may soon find out together that when we fix the gut problems, the pain goes away. No matter what your condition is, I have to address the gut status first. In fact, that is where majority of my work lies! And that is likely the reason why I get such great results. That is your shortest way to recovery. And by the way, even pathogens like parasites also create toxins in your gut – we call them endotoxins. The gut truly rocks. It is your foundation of health, and we will spend much of our time working on it.

We will Address Food Allergies and Special Dietary Preferences

I specialize in medical nutrition therapy for food allergies and sensitivities combined with practical cooking re-education. I teach our patients how to prepare simple and healing mostly plant-based whole foods (free of particular allergens). I work with vegetarians, vegans, and raw-foodists and patients with other dietary restrictions and preferences, so I will ensure you meet your nutrient needs wherever you are in your dietary world.

I have successfully worked with these conditions:

Gastrointestinal Conditions are my number one workload, expertise, and passion:

  • Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO- I have years of experience with this condition, including work with Dr Gerard Mullin’s patients)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Gastritis
  • Hypochlorhydia
  • Gastroparesis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease like Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s
  • Patients after resection of bowels or removal of stomach
  • Chronic Constipation, Chronic Diarrhea (or both)
  • Candidiasis
  • H. pylori
  • Pancreatitis
  • Chronic GERD/Heartburn
  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis
  • Barrett’s Esophagus
  • Dyspepsia
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Fat Malabsorption
  • Diverticulosis, Diverticulitis
  • Leaky Gut Syndrome
  • Inability to Gain or Maintain Healthy Weight
  • more

Thyroid Dys-regulation:

  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hashimoto’s

Food Related Issues:

  • Gluten-Related Disorders (NCGS – Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity),
  • True Food Allergies
  • Food Sensitivities
  • Salicylate Allergies
  • Fructose Intolerance
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Histamine Intolerance

Autoimmune Disorders:

  • Celiac Disease, Hashimoto’s
  • Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Lupus
  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Scleroderma
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Many other autoimmune disorders

Inflammatory Disorders:

  • Asthma
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Hypertention
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Metabolic Syndrome/Insulin Resistance/DM

Chronic Pain:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Generalized Joint Pain

Bone Health:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteopenia

Sugar Metabolism Dis-regulation:

  • Insulin Resistance/Metabolic Syndrome/Pre-Diabetes/Diabetes
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Reactive Hyperglycemia

Energy Metabolism:  

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Unexplained Fatigue

Brain, Neurological and Mental Health:  

  • Brain Fog
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • PMS

Skin Conditions:  

  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Hives

Senior Support:

  • Anti-Aging
  • Graceful Aging
  • Brain/Neurological Health

Female Health:

  • Pre-Pregnancy and Pregnancy
  • Endometriosis
  • PMS
  • Fibroids
  • PCOS

Moreover:

  • Cancer:  Prevention; Chemo and Recovery Support
  • Optimal Health and Wellness-  based on age, life style, needs
  • Medical Mysteries – you are not sure what your condition is – no one has been able to help you figure it out, or you do not have access to the right team and labs where you live– I may be able to help you, although I cannot make promises.
  • Toxicity Related: due to electromagnetic pollution, molds, xeno-estrogens, genetic impairments in phases of detoxification, pathogenic infections, food-borne poisoning, etc. – symptoms and conditions may vary and can manifest as cancer or an autoimmune disorder. Toxicity load is always part of the assessment of the new patient.

Thank you again for your help and encouragement, your clear explanation of everything, and your tender approach to help make a difference in patients lives~ R.