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Jill Brown, MS RDN IFNCP CLT

Jill is an Integrative and Functional Dietitian/Nutritionist, Reiki practitioner, aspiring aromatherapist and herbalist who relies on her experience as a former teacher to educate and empower individuals and groups to develop an understanding of their health history in order to draw connections and inspire intentional outcomes for health and wellness.

My approach to nutrition is that to live our best life, we need to support our body, mind, and spirit. Through greater diversity in our food choices – color, texture, and flavor - we maximize our ability to receive a wide range of nutrients our body needs for optimal function. Healthy eating does not mean giving up our favorite food traditions - it may mean making adjustments to the quality without compromising the flavor and emotional connection we feel with certain foods. Ultimately, clients are the experts in their own lives and therefore best able to determine which small changes can be made to reap large dividends toward optimal health.

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Dr. Laura Beck, PT, DPT, NCS - nutrition intern

Laura is a Neurologic Physical Therapist based in Pinehurst, NC specializing in working with people with Parkinson's disease. She is originally from Upstate New York and earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Ithaca College in 2008. Laura has come to realize personally and professionally that in order to experience wellness, physical activity and nutrition, as well as other lifestyle factors such as sleep, stress resilience and socialization must be optimized. Laura has completed graduate level nutrition coursework at Maryland University of Integrative Health and is pursuing designation as a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) and licensure as a Nutritionist in NC. She will be completing her CNS Supervised Practice Experience with Jill at Kaizen Nutrition and Wellness to further expand her knowledge of Functional Nutrition. Outside of the clinic, Laura teaches Rock Steady Boxing classes for people with Parkinson's disease. She also enjoys hiking in the longleaf pine forests of NC with her Wildlife Biologist husband and redbone coonhound and practicing Kundalini yoga and meditation.

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jennifer johnson, nutrition intern

Jennifer is currently pursuing her master’s in the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) track at Meredith College with the desire to become a Registered Dietitian. She then wants to further her education by becoming an Integrative and Functional Nutrition Certified Practitioner (IFNCP). Having seen the power of food as medicine in her own life and the lives of others, she is particularly interested in treating chronic health conditions through healing the gut. Jennifer understands each person is an individual, and treatment and lifestyle goals should be individualized to fit each person’s needs.