Hello! I am Janel Ferrin Anderson and I am a Functional Medicine Nutritionist, Board Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Doctor of Natural Medicine, Family Herbalist, Childbirth Educator, and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist and I am obsessed with asking why. I help people explore “what is going on in there?” so they can make diet and lifestyle changes to function their best, and feel empowered and in control of their own health. It’s my goal to help people understand how nutrition and lifestyle interact with genetics and physiology (and vice versa) and how we can use them to shift the terrain in the body towards resilience and health. I help people listen to what their unique body is saying. We have come far from how we evolved to eat and interact with the world and it is not helping our health or the health of our planet.
There are several reasons this is my life work and why I am so passionate about educating, supporting, and empowering people around health. First off I have a son that was born with spasticity (a kind of cerebral palsy) after an in utero stroke. When we were slapped with the life changing diagnosis like it was no big thing I felt 100% alone, shocked, totally unsupported, and with a million questions. We were thrown into the medical system and I felt like no one heard us, or cared about how we were unique, or wanted to talk about what we could do to impact his overall health. I knew that although we could not change his diagnosis we could do things to positively impact his functioning if we understood what was happening. But no one was there to help us or look at the big picture. There was a huge void.
I have always been curious about why, much to the annoyance of many. “This yoga twist is detoxifying”- Why? “Make sure to get enough sleep or you might get sick”- Why? “Don’t eat gluten” – why? Endlessly asking why simply because I really felt like I needed to know. I have never been able to take recommendations unless I understand why, which has been both a blessing and a curse. It is only now, that I have had the time to work with women and babies for so many years, then gone back and studied not only natural medicine and herbs but the science of functional medicine and nutrition that I have all the pieces to put it all together and alas understand WHY. Or at least have a system for thinking into things. How does our body interact with our environment and what impacts it? When we think into how various foods, toxins, lifestyles, genes, illnesses, and history affect us we can more accurately pick what changes and choices to make and why, affecting overall holistic health. Knowing why is not always easy or even possible in some cases, but by using strategic methods, knowing the physiology, being endlessly curious, and trusting that people know their own body better than anyone, we come to see the whole person and whole story more clearly.
I spent a decade working in the birth world as a doula, prenatal/postpartum yoga teacher, and childbirth educator and saw a huge gap in health care that needed to be filled. Women weren’t being educated and empowered on their own bodies, weren’t informed that symptoms were a sign of imbalance that they could do something about before or even after disease set in, and were not being supported in the way they needed to make sustainable changes. Some women were suffering needlessly from symptoms of hormone imbalance where nutrition and lifestyle could help. These and other symptoms are messages that something IS off even if it can’t be fixed it with a prescription. There are imbalances that we need to listen to and do something about before disease sets in.
How cool and empowering!?
There are a million awesome doctors out there. I am married to an Emergency Department Physician who is a big thinker and a brilliant physician. There is just a missing void in health care today, to help people make sustainable daily changes to support health, that we need to fill! I am happy to work with any kind of physician on your team.
Looking at the whole person, being curious about everything, and coming back to the physiology, whats actually happening in the body physically and chemically and how various inputs and genetics are affecting our physiology, is a way to talk about health in a way that moves us forward in an empowered and individualized way. Physiology is the “nature” of the body, no judgment needed, its just about getting curious around whats happening in there and then we get to decide how to impact it.
I am currently a member of the National Association of Nutrition Practitioners, Functional Nutrition Practitioners, as well as part of several other Health Practitioner Forums so I can stay current and connected on new science. My husband is an emergency room physician who pushes me to understand at a deep level what I practice and provides robust conversation everywhere we go:) Needless to say, I am a die hard lifelong learner endlessly asking WHY and then helping you make changes to optimize your health.
I would be honored to be a part of your health journey!
Janel’s Never Ending Health and Wellness Education and Experience-
2019-2020- Bioindividual Nutrition Institute- Certified Practitioner Degree Program. Graduate work digging deep into the biochemistry of specific diets such as Fodmaps, Gaps, Oxalates, Salicylates, SCD, etc.
2018-2019- Certified Holistic Nutritionist- Bauman College, Oakland CA
2018- Functional Medicine Internship at Reno Integrative Medicine with Dr. Bruce Eichelburger, Reno NV
2018- Functional Medicine Internship with Dr Dale Kelly at Balanced Health Solutions, Reno NV
2018-2020- Functional Medicine Nutrition Program- Functional Nutrition Lab, Andrea Nakayama- 3 years of Full Body Systems
2014-2018- Doctor of Natural Medicine PhD- University of Natural Medicine
2017- Certified Family Herbalist- School of Natural Healing, SLC UT
2014- Herbal Studies- The School of Natural Medicine International, Aurora CO
2013- Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Degree- Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda and Ayurvedic Mandala Training Center- Mountain Rebalance was born as an Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Business
2006- Certified Birth, Postpartum Doula and Childbirth Educator- Childbirth International and Boulder Doula Circle – I taught classes, attended almost 50 births in hospitals and homes, and started a Birth Collective there in Colorado
2004- Certified 200 hr Yoga Teacher- Shoshoni Yoga Institute, Nederland, CO
2000-2002- PreMed- Fort Lewis College, Durango CO
1999- Bachelors Degree in International Development- MSU MI
“Adopt the pace of Nature, her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Let food be they medicine and medicine be thy food.” -Hippocrates
You are not what you eat but instead what you absorb and what toxins you keep out.
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