Prior to seeing Alicia, I struggled with anxiety, depression, eczema, headaches, poor digestion/motility, nutrient absorption, and fatigue which were reaching debilitating levels. Everything I was doing to take care of myself and to improve my health weren't enough - I needed guidance from an experienced dietitian to pinpoint the root cause and create a targeted healing plan. I was so frustrated and concerned I would continue feeling worse over time.
After I started working with Alicia and discovered that I had SIBO, she taught me which foods trigger SIBO, which foods I could eat in moderation, and which foods to avoid completely. I especially appreciated the help finding quick meal and snack options - this made sticking to the low FODMAP diet and protocol more achievable, even on a busy schedule.
After determining SIBO was the root cause of my symptoms and sticking to the protocol, I almost immediately started seeing improvement with motility. About two weeks into protocol I noticed significant improvement with my anxiety, depression, and lethargy.
Alicia's expertise and targeted approach to healing the root cause of illness is key to achieving optimal and sustained health. I greatly appreciate the extra time she takes to understand your specific needs and create a protocol that works with your lifestyle needs. After years of struggling with the same symptoms and worrying I wouldn't get better, I'm finally improving. I have renewed hope that I can continue healing and become the healthiest version of myself possible. I cannot thank you enough!
"I am so glad I found Alicia. I had been to a digestive MD who ran all kinds of tests and all tests were negative. Alicia discovered a food reaction for certain foods that had me incapacitated for several years. Much improved now!"
"I am so happy I was recommended to the Alicia. I had been suffering with daily Irritable Bowel symptoms, getting constant headaches, and suffering from vertigo. Now, I am free of IBS pain, vertigo, and constant headaches!"
"Alicia changed my life! I have struggled with autoimmune disease all my life but never knew it. One and a half years ago, I changed from a conventional doctor to a functional medicine doctor. He addressed my concerns in a new way and helped me see the root of my chronic illness. I had suffered with psoriasis since age 3 and hypothyroidism and chronic constipation for 30 years. He recommended a food-reactivity blood test and referred me to Alicia to implement the results. These test results can be overwhelming and confusing, but Alicia made it easy and enjoyable to navigate. She guided me through the diet that has changed my life. Within a few weeks of changing my diet, my psoriasis flare cleared and has stayed clear. The constipation, though, didn’t respond as well. Alicia then tested me for SIBO, which was positive. Through more diet changes and a series of medicines and supplements, the SIBO was cleared. From there I was able to really heal. Alicia is so very knowledgeable and encouraging. You will leave her office feeling confident and ready to take control of your healing. If you listen and work with her she will change your life. Like my wellness doctor, she thinks outside the box and doesn’t give up until the problem is solved. If you have any doubts about going down this road – don’t."
"The time had come in my life when I knew I needed to make a change. I could no longer control my weight and my stomach issues had worsened. I am not someone who cares to rely on prescription meds if there are other alternatives. I happened to be discussing this with my supervisor at work and she mentioned that she had been working successfully on her own issues with a dietitian….She put me in contact with Alicia. And, so began my journey towards better health. Working with Alicia and the Leap program has been a life-changing experience. With the food-sensitivity evaluations I have been able to filter out the foods that were in essence toxic to my well-being. Through my coaching sessions with Alicia I have learned a great deal about food interactions. I now read food packaging all the time. I have become a more conscientious consumer. As a result, I feel so much better now than I did before I began the program and as an added benefit I have lost and continue to lose weight. My heartfelt thanks to Alicia"
"For as long as I can remember, I’ve had stomach issues. Even from a very young age, I’d complain of my stomach hurting, but was told by a doctor that I was just a picky eater. As a teen, I had my gallbladder removed and was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. After being treated for Crohn’s disease for 6 years, I still was not noticing a big change in my stomach issues and still had flare-ups very regularly. But then I met Alicia and began working with her.. I can honestly say that following this elimination diet program is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I no longer have to feel embarrassed about rushing to the bathroom on a date. I no longer feel uncomfortable in my own skin because I’m so bloated. I no longer refuse to eat because I don’t fear that I will get sick afterwards. I haven’t felt as good as I do now in years. My overall health has been significantly better - I’m even sleeping better! I owe it all to Alicia! The program can be challenging, especially at the beginning, but it is so worth it. Alicia was right there with me every step of the way and explained things to me in a way that was easy to understand. Words cannot explain the gratitude I feel toward this great program and this amazing dietitian! Make the investment in it, you’re worth it!"
"Before working with Alicia, I was having a lot of stomach problems, I would feel inflamed and uncomfortable even though I thought I was eating 'healthy' it was confusing trying to balance what to eat on the golf course since we are out there for so long that you need a good amount of energy to stay focused. After I started with her I noticed that I was feeling much better, my stomach hurting was no longer a daily issue or stressful factor before I ate something. Now I am confident that what I eat is good for me and will work 100% in my favor instead of against me. I feel more energized too since I've been sleeping better due to better eating at night. I highly recommend it not just for athletes but for anyone who wants to feel a 100% and be able to focus on the things you really want to."
"Once I took the leap to racing as a professional triathlete, I realized that I need to look at food and nutrition differently. I'd struggled with digestive issues for years and was ready to get to the bottom of it so I could perform at my best. Working with Alicia has been a game-changer for me! She's helped me figure out the best ways to fuel, what vitamins and minerals I was lacking, and the specific foods that were causing me digestive problems. We all have certain things we can "clean up" in our diets. For me, learning what those pieces were, and figuring out the best substitutes so I never feel restricted has been such an important part of my athletic progress, but also for my overall well-being. It's amazing how much is affected by the things we put in our bodies. Alicia helped me figure all that out and gave me a better picture of my health. She's been great to work with, really helpful and very creative with recipe ideas and recommendations.”
"I initially went to Alicia to get help planning my meals after my gall bladder was removed. However, I got much more out of it than that. After talking we realized that I may have some food sensitivities so I followed her protocol for me. I also did the micronutrient testing and found out I was deficient in some vitamins and due to a mutated gene would need to take my vitamins in a certain form for them to be effective. I knew my digestion was going to improve but I was surprised at how much my overall daily allergy symptoms decreased. I also had some acne disappear and lost twenty pounds in the process. The best part is that I feel better about myself."
"After spending more than 20 years of my life as a drug addict I found sobriety, but was left with myriad health problems. I had the mindset that everything would get better when I got sober, but unfortunately I found myself in and out of doctor’s offices trying to find a reason for my severe muscular pain and sensitivity and the horrible stomach and digestion problems I was having. After a year and a half of doctor visits and a roller coaster of different medications I decided to transform my whole lifestyle. I began exercising daily, I stopped taking all medications, I started eating clean food and lost over 40lbs, but the digestion issues and the muscle pain and sensitivity were not getting any better. On the advice of my chiropractor I made an appointment with Alicia and I’m so glad that I did. In just over two months of eating the right foods for me I feel like I’ve been given a new body. My digestion issues and muscular sensitivity are a thing of the past. Two months on this program has done what a year and a half of doctors and numerous medications couldn’t do. It has helped me to feel better physically and mentally, which for so long didn’t seem possible. Alicia is extremely knowledgeable, always available via email and she has gone above and beyond to help me reach my goals. I would recommend that anyone who is debating making an appointment to just do it, you will not be disappointed."
"For years I suffered constant lower abdominal pain. The discomfort was intense, and on several occasions it forced me to go to the Emergency Room where a battery of various complicated, and often invasive, tests were performed. The results of these tests generally led to generic diagnoses such as IBS and GERD. Ultimately, I ended up having to take medication every day. This went on for several years and I went through many different types of prescription medications with no relief. Needless to say I was withdrawing from my family due to the constant pain and my resultant inability to function. I was unaware that it could have been the food that I was eating that might have been the source of my problems. I was introduced to the LEAP/MRT program through my husband, who listened to a lecture about LEAP and realized that I was suffering from the same constellation of symptoms that were being presented. I was skeptical, but figured “why not try it?” Nothing else had worked or given me any sustained relief, so attempting one more new thing could not hurt. I had my blood drawn and waited for the results. I was shocked to say the least with what I saw when the blood work was returned to me. I was highly sensitive to the foods that I ate the most - no wonder I was always in pain! I made the changes to my diet, and the results were almost immediate. Since being on the LEAP program I have been able to stop all of my medications. My GERD has gone away along with my abdominal pain that was associated with the IBS. I have not felt this good in years. Given my fantastic results, I can sincerely endorse this program and Alicia without reservation."
“Alicia has truly changed my life. I had been sick for 10+ years, seen 26 doctors, and been on every diet before I was finally introduced to Alicia. I had every symptom in the book - diarrhea, constipation, bloating, acid reflux, vomiting, rashes, fevers. My life revolved around my health - I was crippled with fear and anxiety, never being able to predict how I’d feel, but knowing that every day came with debilitating symptoms. I have been seeing Alicia for two years now and my quality of life has transformed. I didn’t think I’d ever know what it felt like to ‘feel good’ but I can confidently say I’ve made it to the other side and have never felt better. The healing process wasn’t easy - it took work, required sacrifice, and a lot of patience, but it was completely worth it. I am a different person as a result of her investment in me. Alicia is where you go when you’ve lost hope. - she advocates for you when you’ve lost the strength to advocate for yourself. She has been the biggest blessing in my life and I can’t imagine where I’d be without her”.
“I'm fully CURED - OMG! I wanted to share the good news with you immediately. Today, for the first time in 13-15 (?) years, I had Almond nut butter with a dash of salt, dark chocolate covered almonds/cashews and some raspberry sorbet. No carbs, no dairy and no gluten. It cost a fortune because it was all top of the line food shipped in from the East and West coast but I could eat it! It may not be chocolate cake but it's good enough for me.
While I still have to watch my diet, as time goes by, my ability to eat more and varied food groups continues to expand. Nowadays, I don't really crave carbs anymore. I drive up to St. Louis and shop for specialty grains in Chinatown, grind them down and bake them up into crackers. Those are a lifesaver. Other than that, I purchase veggies, fruit and meats/fish here in MO. I also spend time listening to Buddhist 'Dharma' talks and meditating - either at home or in a nearby Church with my Tsanga. And of course I'm still studying Finance. My life is very different and so much calmer. Thanks again for healing me.”.