Hello! I am Dr. Janel Ferrin Anderson and I am a Functional Medicine Nutritionist, Doctor of Natural Medicine, Family Herbalist, Childbirth Educator, and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist. I help people explore “what is going on in there?” so they can make diet and lifestyle changes to heal, 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 impact genetics and physiology and how we can use them to shift the terrain in the body towards resilience and health.
I spent a decade working in the birth world as a doula, prenatal/postpartum yoga teacher, Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist, 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.
As a mother I have also noticed a missing void in healthcare. Again, no one was educating parents on how food, lifestyle, nutrition and environment dramatically effect our kids biochemistry and physiology. Many years ago when I was living at the hospital for months with my son after a huge and amazing surgery on his spinal cord I was floored that no one was talking about how to heal. There was no framework to initiate this conversation from a place of curiosity. I felt so frustrated and alone on this front. The docs did a miraculous job with the surgery but then there was this huge missing piece. What about healing, wellness, bioindividuality, and resilience?
Western medicine has done amazing things such as emergency and surgical care but there seems to be a big missing part. Why wait until there is a diagnosed disease before making changes when symptoms are telling us something is off far before the diagnosis comes. Then when we do have diagnosed disease we treat them with medicine, which is sometimes needed, but we need to think about both consequences of those medications and also question why the disease manifested in the first place and work there with nutrition and lifestyle. People with symptoms are often told they are fine when a standard lab test doesn’t indicate a pathological disease state yet. Again, these symptoms are messages that something IS off even if your doctor can’t name it and fix it with a prescription. There are imbalances that we need to listen to and do something about before disease sets in or after. How cool and empowering!?
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 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 Health and Wellness Education and Experience
1/2018-2019- 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
2018-2019- Functional Medicine Nutrition Program- Functional Nutrition Lab, Andrea Nakayma- 2 years of Full Body Systems
2014-2018- Doctor of Natural Medicine PhD- University of Natural Medicine, CA
2017- Certified Family Herbalist- School of Natural Healing, SLC UT
2014- Herbal Studies- The School of Natural Medicine International, Aurora CO
2013- Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist 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
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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Office Address- 9705 CA-267 #5, Truckee, CA 96161 (across the street from the gas station near the airport, second floor, #5)