Meet Lisa Spencer, Ed.D
Certified Nutritional Therapist
My passion is helping others reach their fullest potential.
Our body and mind are powerful entities and when they are nourished and trained they can work wonders- naturally.
With my varied careers and hobbies throughout life I have studied the power of the body and the power of the mind
As a young athlete I studied physiology and nutrition to enhance my own performance. Starting down a career path of fitness and nutrition I became a high school track coach- and went on to gain certification as a fitness trainer and managed a fitness and nutrition center in a large gym. Understanding nutrition’s role in the athlete’s performance played a huge role in my varied personal athletic endeavors and in my training.
“My passion is helping others reach their fullest potential”.
My career ambitions took a turn and I went on to earn my Masters and Doctorate in Education to work as a School Counselor and Professor of Education, respectively. I was developing my career as an Associate Professor, managing my role as an administrator, teaching and doing research, promoting my passion for helping all kids reach their potential in healthy learning environments. All the while, my husband and I were raising two wonderful boys. We were having fun, eating well, and staying fit with mountaineering, skiing, cycling, surfing and more. While sport was not the focus of my career it was a time worthy hobby.
But in the spring of 2014 this all came to a screeching halt.
“We were having fun, eating well, and staying fit with mountaineering, skiing, cycling, surfing and more”.
My juggling act of family, career and playing was challenged, ambushed with severe nerve pain in my left arm. Cortisone shots became ineffective, my self-prescribed team of a physical therapist, chiropractor, acupuncturist, ART and massage specialist were no longer effective in helping me manage the pain. I gave-up working out, running, cycling, surfing and then everything. I was stuck on the floor, in pain. To function I needed to take obscene amounts of pain killers and still activity was limited. How could this happen to a healthy adult? What was my body saying?
This was my catalyst learn even more about the human body, how it works, and how to maximize performance. In becoming a Certified Nutritional Therapist I learned more about how our bodies function and how nutrients interact with the body. It not only matters what we eat, but how the food is grown or raised and how we prepare it and eat it. Moreover, each body is unique in how it reacts to nutrients and stress. I learned how to support the body with the demands we put on it. The human body is amazing and the more each person knows about what their unique body needs- they can support it to function as they want.
“We are lucky to live the full lives that we do. AND we must take care of that which we wish to perform for us, be it our bodies or our minds, or both for most of us”.
With a functional approach to nutrition and performance I know that I can provide my clients the education they need to restore their foundational, innate health and empower their body to perform at it’s highest capacity.