My Story

A Catalyst for Change

In the past five years I’ve had the opportunity to travel across North America, living in great Canadian cities from Calgary, to Vancouver and most recently experiencing what it’s like to be a foreigner in New York City. Never in my wildest dreams, did I ever expect to move away from home (a great place called Edmonton) and do anything out of the status quo. In fact, I spent most of my life trying to “fit in”. A health crisis in my early 30s that began with a severe case of retinal detachment and a series of health changes that were to follow lead me down a path fueled by curiousity and a desire to understand “why”? I relocated to the Canadian west coast to study the root cause of illness and the healing power of food at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in beautiful Vancouver. All the while, maintaining my professional career as a manager of a client program for an engineering & environmental consulting company. It was during my year studying holistic nutrition that I realized my health crisis served as a catalyst for change – not only in what I was doing with my life, but more importantly, how I chose to live my life. My eye injury allowed me to see the world in a different lens and my health changes gave me courage to go outside my comfort zone and follow my dreams.

Becoming a Holistic Chef

Fascinated with the connection between food & health, I officially traded in my business wear and the boardroom for a chef’s jacket and the kitchen! I packed my bags (again), this time to cross the border to study at The Natural Gourmet Institute for Health & Culinary Arts. One of the proudest days of my life was graduating from the Chef’s Training Program.

My passion is to empower and educate people on the amazing potential of food to heal, through cooking classes, speaking engagements and culinary wellness retreats.