Hello, friend- nice to meet you!
I'm Melani, and I'm happy to be your guide on this healing adventure!
I have a B.S. in Health and Exercise Science from Colorado State University, and after getting my degree, I worked in clinical research, studying human metabolism for over five years. Physiology, nutrition, herbalism, and energy medicine are some of my biggest passions...besides my dog, River, of course!
I'm proud to be a certified Primal Health Coach, Reiki Master/Teacher, and chronic wellness advocate. What is "primal health" you may ask? Well, it's a lifestyle built on our ancestral wisdom and paleo principles, to bring our bodies back into their natural state of wellbeing. I found tremendous healing on this path, so it only seemed fitting to specialize my coaching in this particular philosophy. Read more about it HERE.
My own adventures with Lyme Disease and ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) led me to dig deep into holistic health and take sustainable, self-guided steps towards recovery. I'm happy to say that I've made tremendous progress, but I'll never forget what it was like to be severely ill, scared, and hopeless, and you can always count on me to be compassionate and understanding of your situation. Because of my own experiences, I specialize in working with people dealing with chronic and complex illnesses like Lyme, MS, Fibro, ME/CFS, and autoimmune disease.
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