Susan Barendregt, MNT, BCHN
Master Nutrition Therapist
Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®
I have been interested in holistic health and natural, organic foods since I was in my 20’s. As a lifelong sufferer of belly aches and digestive distress (“emergency” dashes to the bathroom were just a normal part of life for me), I first learned how much food affected me when an acupuncturist recommended I try a gluten-free diet. It helped greatly. But it wasn’t long before I went right back to my pizza and pasta… and belly aches. I also spent many years as a vegetarian – I remember quite clearly, in my early 20’s while living in Boston, I read a horrifying article about a chicken packing plant. I became vegetarian that very day. Many years and many more mistakes later (vegetarianism didn’t really work so well for me), I got married and eventually gave birth to premature twin boys. Born at only 4lbs each, they were in the hospital for 6 long weeks. When we finally got to bring the boys home on Christmas Eve in 1997, it suddenly struck my husband and I that we had the awesome responsibility of feeding and keeping these little tiny creatures alive and healthy! Thus began my much more earnest studies of nutrition. Once they, along with our daughter, who came 2 1/2 years later, were a bit older, I decided that I needed to make what was now a passion into my career, so I enrolled in nutrition school.
I earned the title Master Nutrition Therapist from the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver, Colorado. I also became a Certified Herbal Therapist there. I am Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition by the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) and am a Professional Member of the NANP.
I serve on the Board of Directors of the NANP. A job I thoroughly enjoy.
Before attending nutrition school, I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. I also completed the Massage Therapy Program at the Brenneke School of Massage (now Cortiva Institute) in Seattle, WA.
I am a lifelong student and have completed more than twelve hundred hours of training in nutrition, herbology, and human health. With so many new developments in the science of health and nutrition, I feel an obligation to my clients as well as myself and my family to keep up with the latest information. A sampling of the continuing education coursework I have completed includes:
- Functional Endocrinology
- Neurotransmitters and Brain
- Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis
- Unlocking the Mysteries of Gluten Sensitivity
- Mastering the Thyroid
My practice consists of all types of clients. I find, though, that many who seek me out are people dealing with chronic conditions who have found little help in the mainstream medical world. Most are unhappy with the idea of taking prescription medications and understand at some level that nutrition is a way for them to heal instead of simply covering up symptoms. I work with adults, adolescents and children; including children on the autism spectrum.
My leanings toward the analytical together with my belief in a holistic approach to health care give me the need to find a balance between the often opposing worlds of the holistic and alopathic health care models. I believe that in this balance lies the answer for safe and effective health care.
In addition to health and nutrition, I have a passion for travel. I have seen quite a bit of Western and Central Europe (much of it by bicycle) and have lived in Estonia, the Czech Republic and all over the US. I currently reside in the lovely town of Viroqua, Wisconsin and do all my consultations with my clients via Skype and telephone. Life is good.
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