Hi there, I’m Alyssa! I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with over 10 years of experience. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics at The Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) and completed over 1200 hours of supervised practice training. I also passed a national board exam to earn my Registered Dietitian credentials. Prior to opening my own practice, I worked in a variety of professional settings including critical care metabolic support at Cleveland Clinic (aka “TPN team”) and outpatient nutrition counseling at WVU. I fell in love with integrative nutrition and functional medicine when seeking answers for my own health concerns.
In early 2019, I finally received an official diagnosis of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome after a lifetime of mysterious symptoms. EDS is an inherited condition that affects the way the body makes connective tissue. In my case, type 1 collagen is affected. Type 1 collagen makes up about 90% of all collagen in the body and provides structure for skin, tendons, ligaments, internal organs, and bone. This basically translates to LOTS of unexplained symptoms!
Unfortunately, it was very difficult to find medical specialists who were willing to take me seriously. Despite suffering from debilitating GI symptoms that were literally ruining my life, I was dismissed as a young female who didn’t “look sick.” It became very obvious that most doctors know very little about nutrition, and many conventional nutrition recommendations are seriously outdated.
I decided it was time to ditch the traditional one-size-fits-all model in favor of a functional nutrition approach. Functional nutrition considers every aspect of a person’s health in order to address the root cause of a problem. For example, a conventional approach might involve prescribing drugs for chronic diarrhea with no known cause (often labeled IBS). A functional approach involves taking the whole picture of health into account, including eating habits, sleep patterns, stress, lifestyle, exercise, and health history. It may also involve running lab tests to identify food sensitivities or imbalances in the gut, and using these results to develop an ultra-personalized plan.
The concept of Spoons & Stripes was born out of my desire to provide a safe space for people to seek answers, be heard, and find relief from frustrating symptoms. I am passionate about being your advocate, guide, and personal cheerleader — whatever it takes to help you get better!