How I came to start this blog

 

I never really thought of myself as a writer, but it just kind of happened.

As a result of my own healing story, I became interested in functional and integrative medicine in 2013. Within a few short months, I had changed my intended career path from pre-vet to pre-med and was starting applications for MD/PhD programs.

I actually thought about starting a blog back then. I was eczema-free for the first time in years, was absolutely loving my new diet and lifestyle, and excited to share my healing journey. I even set up a WordPress site, but never got around to writing my first blog post. I didn’t feel like I had the credentials to support it, and wasn’t sure I’d enjoy writing enough to keep it up. Besides, I was plenty busy with a full undergraduate course load, two collegiate sports, and med school applications, right? So I dropped the blog idea.

Fast forward a few years later, and I was even busier, enrolled in an incredible MD/PhD program working on my doctoral degree in Nutritional Sciences. I had been following Chris Kresser, a globally recognized practitioner and leader in functional medicine, for several years at this point, and was an avid reader of his blog. A position opened up on the Chris Kresser team as a research assistant and, despite my already packed schedule, I submitted an application without thinking twice.

I’d always though of my older sister as the writer of the family, and I’d honestly never enjoyed writing much in school. What was I doing, accepting a part-time writing job in the middle of my PhD?

Turns out, it was the best decision I ever made. I discovered that I loved research writing. Despite being busier than ever, I loved the creativity and satisfaction that it brought me. I could find a topic I didn’t know much about, completely immerse myself in the scientific research, and synthesize it in a way that my friends, family, and those without a scientific background could appreciate it, and most importantly, use the information to improve their lives.

I’ve known for several years now that I wanted to make a career helping people heal using functional medicine, and naturally developed a plan to get there: MD/PhD (8 years), part-time work for Chris Kresser to supplement my stipend, family/integrative medicine residency (3 years), and an integrative medicine fellowship (1 year) – not to mention the possibility of a postdoc (2+ years).

I’ve finally come to realize that I simply can’t wait 12+ years to help people, especially when I feel I have a functional medicine knowledge base that rivals the expertise of many experienced practitioners. At family gatherings, social events, and even at the bus stop, I am consulted for health advice, and have provided informal personal coaching to many. At a recent family gathering, my boyfriend joked that I should have some business cards. That joke has turned into a reality.

I am incredibly grateful to Chris, who has helped me hone my writing skills, fueled my passion for evidence-based functional medicine, and given me the confidence to finally start this blog. I hope to be a contributor to the Chris Kresser team for many years to come, but it’s time to begin to make my own name in functional medicine, and broadly share the knowledge that people need to heal.

So, welcome to my blog – I hope you enjoy it!

How I came to start this blog

 

I never really thought of myself as a writer, but it just kind of happened.

As a result of my own healing story, I became interested in functional and integrative medicine in 2013. Within a few short months, I had changed my intended career path from pre-vet to pre-med and was starting applications for MD/PhD programs.

I actually thought about starting a blog back then. I was eczema-free for the first time in years, was absolutely loving my new diet and lifestyle, and excited to share my healing journey. I even set up a WordPress site, but never got around to writing my first blog post. I didn’t feel like I had the credentials to support it, and wasn’t sure I’d enjoy writing enough to keep it up. Besides, I was plenty busy with a full undergraduate course load, two collegiate sports, and med school applications, right? So I dropped the blog idea.

Fast forward a few years later, and I was even busier, enrolled in an incredible MD/PhD program working on my doctoral degree in Nutritional Sciences. I had been following Chris Kresser, a globally recognized practitioner and leader in functional medicine, for several years at this point, and was an avid reader of his blog. A position opened up on the Chris Kresser team as a research assistant and, despite my already packed schedule, I submitted an application without thinking twice.

I’d always though of my older sister as the writer of the family, and I’d honestly never enjoyed writing much in school. What was I doing, accepting a part-time writing job in the middle of my PhD?

Turns out, it was the best decision I ever made. I discovered that I loved research writing. Despite being busier than ever, I loved the creativity and satisfaction that it brought me. I could find a topic I didn’t know much about, completely immerse myself in the scientific research, and synthesize it in a way that my friends, family, and those without a scientific background could appreciate it, and most importantly, use the information to improve their lives.

I’ve known for several years now that I wanted to make a career helping people heal using functional medicine, and naturally developed a plan to get there: MD/PhD (8 years), part-time work for Chris Kresser to supplement my stipend, family/integrative medicine residency (3 years), and an integrative medicine fellowship (1 year) – not to mention the possibility of a postdoc (2+ years).

I’ve finally come to realize that I simply can’t wait 12+ years to help people, especially when I feel I have a functional medicine knowledge base that rivals the expertise of many experienced practitioners. At family gatherings, social events, and even at the bus stop, I am consulted for health advice, and have provided informal personal coaching to many. At a recent family gathering, my boyfriend joked that I should have some business cards. That joke has turned into a reality.

I am incredibly grateful to Chris, who has helped me hone my writing skills, fueled my passion for evidence-based functional medicine, and given me the confidence to finally start this blog. I hope to be a contributor to the Chris Kresser team for many years to come, but it’s time to begin to make my own name in functional medicine, and broadly share the knowledge that people need to heal.

So, welcome to my blog – I hope you enjoy it!