My name is Kristie, and I am SO excited to be joining this incredible team at Eating, Elevated! I grew up in STMA and ended up moving back here just this past year after getting married. You can find my wonderful husband, Aaron, and I out hiking with our spoiled dog Bella, diving across volleyball courts or planning our next traveling adventure!
I spent much of my childhood battling an autoimmune disease, so being in hospitals and taking medications sort of felt like the norm to me. My healthcare team and family were always my biggest supporters to ensure I lived an active and healthy lifestyle. Through conventional treatment I was fortunate to be in ‘remission’ for most of my teen years. As many of you know, medications sure take a toll on the body, so I worked towards weaning off those which was so exciting. Fast forward to nursing school and my first few years working as an RN, I quickly learned how an unhealthy lifestyle can take a toll on my body. I was working night shifts in the ICU, overly stressed, and running on empty. One afternoon I woke up after a night shift and couldn’t get out of bed due to my knees, elbows and fingers being so inflamed from my arthritis. I couldn’t even make a fist – I was in complete misery and so frustrated! When I temporarily went back on medications I started to realize how I was just treating a symptom, and I deserved better. It was in that moment I knew it was time to start making big changes.
I first came to see Ellie in the spring of 2020. It was a few months shy from Aaron and I’s wedding day and I was dealing with inflammation, crippling anxiety, cystic acne, daily stress hives, low energy, gut irregularities and the list goes on and on. Ellie did what she does for many- smiled and said she was so excited to get me well! My nervous system was switched from parasites, which was terrifying to hear but I promise it gets easier ha-ha. I also tested for several food sensitivities, and several organs that needed support. I was in absolute awe at how quickly she was able to pinpoint exactly what was going on, and how BIG of an impact this had on me. As time went on and I continued my program I felt the best I ever have and I KNEW this is what I needed for my family, friends, and for myself. God truly has a plan and I love that it has brought me here. No matter where you are in your health journey, I can’t wait to help you get well and stay well!