Hi, I’m Alison—a mom of two, cancer survivor, and a Physician Assistant turned holistic health coach!
I teach people just like you how to restore the health of your gut—which could be the missing link that’s holding you back from feeling your best—through my online gut restore program and one-on-one coaching.
How I Got Here
As a young cancer survivor of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 20, I knew I wanted to help others. As a Physician Assistant working in oncology with my former physician who treated my cancer, I thought that was my dream job. As time went on and my kids were born, my health started to go downhill. I always thought of myself as a healthy person because I ate fairly well and exercised. I even ran marathons for goodness sake, but there was one key area that I was not aware of.
After having a panic attack while seeing a patient, I knew I needed to figure out the root cause of what the heck was going on with me. In addition to anxiety, I was having skin breakouts, digestive issues, low energy and muscle fatigue, trouble sleeping, severe allergies, recurrent sinus infections, and general unhappiness. I started to learn more about the gut microbiome and how it plays a major role in our overall health.
After slowly making changes to what I was eating and adding some key supplements, my symptoms started to improve. Once I saw the changes in myself, I realized I needed to help people in a different way—before they got a bad diagnosis. I left oncology and worked part-time at a functional medicine practice, and I saw how much food, stress, our gut health, and toxins were making us sick. We always started with gut health, and many people got rid of the majority of their complaints!
Then I realized that the gut is the key to why we are getting sicker and sicker. After I dug a little deeper, I also learned I had an autoimmune thyroid condition called Hashimoto’s that had not been properly diagnosed. I have been able to keep this under control without medications. I made some needed changes to what I was eating, stopped taking hormonal birth control pills, and started to focus more on getting quality sleep, drinking clean water, exercising and sweating, and continued to avoid chemically laden household and personal care products.
It was during this time that I started to look in to the IIN health coaching certification and completed the year-long program in January of 2018. I hung up my stethoscope in June of 2018 to pursue health coaching full-time as I also desired to have a flexible schedule to be a better mom and wife.
Today, my anxiety is at an all-time low, my energy is back, and I feel and look better over 40 than I have in a long time. I am excited to help you find your gut glow and live a healthy and happy life.
How I Can Help You
Research shows that 90% of disease can be traced back to the gut. If you have ever struggled with gas and bloating, trouble losing weight, skin issues, mood swings or anxious feelings, brain fog, being tired more than normal, frequent infections, or just feeling “off,” then you could have an imbalance in your gut bacteria (also known as your microbiome). If you feel like you are not living your best life, then this could be your missing link!
Why I’m Qualified
Earned a BS in Nutrition from the University of Texas in Austin in 1999
Earned a MS and Physician Assistant Certification from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas in 2003
Worked as a Physician Assistant from 2004 to 2018
Certification from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition 2018
Founded Alisonwensrich LLC in 2018