Hello, my name is Marisa!
I am a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant™ who specializes in candida overgrowth. I use a holistic approach to help women get to the root of their candida overgrowth and rebalance their gut microflora.
I was educated at the University of Calgary where I attained a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. I also attended the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in British Columbia where I obtained a diploma in Natural Nutrition and Holistic Culinary Certificate. I keep up with continuing education each year and have added several certifications in nutrition to my educational background, which are shown below.
I have been on my own health journey for quite some time. I developed GI issues well into my second year of University where I was given a general diagnosis of IBS. For years I sought out help from different medical professionals who ran various tests on me. I was always sent home with the same phrase, "I'm sorry, it looks like you just have IBS". I was never given any instructions on how to manage my diagnoses or overcome it for that matter. After many years of suffering from chronic constipation, bloating, brain fog, and food sensitivities, I figured it was time to become my own advocate for my health. Through functional GI testing, I was diagnosed with candida overgrowth, mold toxicity, leaky gut, and parasites. I had a very poorly functioning liver and my immune system was shot.
Despite the setbacks I have faced with my chronic digestion hardships, I am beyond grateful for the health challenges I have endured as they led me onto the path of studying and practicing holistic nutrition. The Natural Nutrition Program at CSNN truly changed my life. Throughout my studies, I learned how to overcome the digestive imbalances that I had developed in a natural way, but most importantly I discovered why I developed them in the first place (trauma, gut-brain dysfunction, and more). Now I can look back on my hardest days and know that it happened for a reason. My purpose in life is to help women get to the root of their candida overgrowth and to teach them how to regain control of their digestion and overall health and well-being.
Canadian School of Natural Nutrition - Diploma in Natural Nutrition, Holistic Culinary Certificate
University of Calgary - Bachelors Degree in Sociology
Restorative Wellness Solutions - Level 1 Restorative Wellness Practitioner
Institute of Holistic Nutrition - Certificate in Supplementation in Clinical Practice
Get to know me!
Ideal Sunday afternoon
Cooking up a storm with my boyfriend, and a pint of our favourite craft beer.
Craft beer and potato chips
Favourite dish to make for dinner
Coconut chickpea curry
One thing I would bring to a deserted island
My favourite nutrition book (although I would have a really hard time picking just one!)
Where I feel most at home
Near the water (I grew up living along the Pacific Ocean)
My favourite TV show
Pretty Little Liars (can watch this show on repeat and never get sick of it!)