Meet Janel

I am obsessed with understanding the body and what impacts it. 

It’s my goal to help people understand how our everyday choices interact with genetics and physiology (and vice versa) and how we can use nutrition and lifestyle to shift the terrain in the body towards resilience and improved health. 

I believe there is a missing part in our healthcare system and I am here to do my part to fill it. 

I am a certified Functional Medicine Nutritionist,  a Board Certified Holistic Nutritionist, I have my Doctorate in Natural Medicine, I’m a Family Herbalist,  and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist- I am always asking why.  I help people explore “what is going on in there?” so they can make nutrition, lifestyle, botanical and supplement changes to function their best and feel empowered and in control of their own health.

Early on in my holistic health career I became incredibly frustrated when medical professionals would dismiss the impact of food and lifestyle on health.  My frustration grew, motivated my return to school, inspired my life work, and fuels my passion around educating, supporting, and empowering people to understand their body and take steps to feel their best.

It is shocking how much we do not know about our own body. I spent a decade in my early years working in the birth world as a doula, a prenatal/postpartum yoga therapist, and a childbirth educator and I felt so frustrated that these “alternative efforts” were consistently dismissed by the medical system.  Despite great docs and midwives, women weren’t being educated and empowered about their own bodies, weren’t informed that symptoms were often a sign of imbalances that they could do something about with simple changes.  Some women were suffering from symptoms of hormone imbalance where nutrition and lifestyle could help. 

At this time my husband was in medical school and the medical professionals I was hanging out with would often disregard or belittle nutrition, herbs, and lifestyle changes and I got fed up. I became acutely aware of how little physicians and nurses were taught around nutrition and about what actually drives health at a grassroots level.   I was hell bent on going back to school to find the science of how the body works and how we can impact it with food and lifestyle. 

Now, going through perimenopause myself and having teen daughters I am shocked and appalled that we  do not know about our own body, how it changes, and what impacts it and I am determined to fill this void. 


I have always been intensely curious about ‘why’.   “This yoga twist is detoxifying”- Why?  “Make sure to get enough sleep or you might get sick”- Why?   “Don’t eat gluten” – why?  “This form of exercise is the best” why?  Functional Nutrition is the perfect outlet for this.  It is where my intensity becomes my superpower.  I have never been able to take recommendations unless I understand why.  This systems biology and root cause way of thinking that considers each unique person and their unique goals is missing in our current medical system. But it works and is incredibly empowering.


Are you on board? Stoked? Ready to take charge of your health? It is quite an empowering approach to health. 


There are a million awesome doctors and nurses out there doing great work. I am married to an Emergency Department Physician who is a big thinker and a brilliant physician.  They are great at acute care.  There is just a missing void in healthcare today…..   

-to help people understand the physiology of their body so they can take agency in their health,

-to give people the appropriate time they need to feel heard and seen,

-to see the whole person not just the disease or symptom,

-to explore how food/lifestyle can directly affect health,

-to consider and reverse what is driving symptoms and disease (the root cause), and

-to help people make sustainable daily changes that move the dial towards greater function! 

Looking at the whole person, being curious, and coming back to the physiology, what’s actually happening in the body 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 what’s happening in there and then we get to decide how to impact it.


When not obsessing over the human body and how it ticks I can usually be found playing in the mountains with my friends and family.    I adore the wild and the pace of nature- sunrises, sunsets, deep river canyons, high alpine peaks, granite walls, the moon, dirt, cold mountain lakes, deep snow, cold rain, hot sun and everything in between.  I love moving my body in the mountains, cooking delicious food, loving my people, and sleeping hard.  


I am currently a member of the National Association of Nutrition Practitioners, Functional Nutrition and Lifestyle Practitioners,  as well as part of several other Health Practitioner Forums so I can stay current and connected on new science and clinical evidence.   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- 

Fall 2021- Therapeutic Nutrition and Supplements in Practice, Advanced Certification Program.  Josh Gitalis 

Fall 2020- FNLP (Functional Nutrition and Lifestyle Practitioner) advanced functional certificate program at Functional Nutrition Alliance

2019-2020- Bioindividual Nutrition Institute- Certified Practitioner Program. Graduate work digging deep into the biochemistry of specific diets such as Fodmaps, Gaps, Oxalates, Salicylates, SCD, Histamines, ketogenic, AIP, etc. 

2019- Board certified Nutrition Consultant- NANP National Association of Nutrition Professionals

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 Nutrition Program- Functional Nutrition Lab, Andrea Nakayama- 3 years of Full Body Systems.  Certified Functional Nutrition Counselor

2014-2018- Doctorate Program, Doctor of Natural Medicine PhD- University of Natural Medicine

2017- Certified Family Herbalist- School of Natural Healing, SLC UT

2014- Herbal Studies Courses- The School of Natural Medicine International, Aurora CO

2013- Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy- Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda and Ayurvedic Mandala Training Center- Mountain Rebalance was born as an Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Business back in 2014

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 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 


“Adopt the pace of Nature, her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” -Hippocrates

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