Jenna is a Certified Integrative Health Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). When your father is a medical doctor and your mother is a registered nurse, a career in the health field is virtually inevitable. Jenna entered college as a pre-med student, but the smell of formaldehyde and the sight of blood made her realize that she should choose a different path.
After earning a BS in business communications from Cornell University, Jenna spent 15 years traveling the world as a management consultant. Interestingly, her focus was helping businesses become well by optimizing their systems and processes to maximize efficiency, productivity and profitability. Jenna reached a crossroads when she became pregnant with her son, Carter. Doctors told her that she shouldn’t be eating certain foods, but they didn’t explain why. Jenna thought, “If these things are unacceptable when I have a child inside me, why are they acceptable at other times?” She began to question conventional medicine.
Carter had some serious health issues when he was just six months old. Jenna bounced around from doctor to doctor who recommended medication after medication. When she went to fill a prescription, the pharmacist pulled her aside and said he wouldn’t give her the medication because it could cause fatal respiratory issues for a child Carter’s age. Having struggled with her own health issues throughout her life, this was Jenna’s breaking point. She knew it was time to pursue her passion and help people become well – not by waiting for problems to arise and treating them with medication, but by preventing and reversing chronic illness through smart decisions that stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Jenna became a Certified Integrative Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She has also earned her certification as a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P).