Jean has enjoyed being a part of the Universal Wellness Associates team as a nutritional consultant and health coach since January of 2018. She continues to be passionate about studying current research and exploring new ideas in the field of nutrition and wellness including biofeedback, brain entrainment, and other stress management solutions. In her free time, Jean enjoys getting her hands dirty at her emerging permaculture farm in Auburn California and exploring the benefits of spending time in nature.
Jean’s interest in the field of wellness began during her journey with family members facing various health challenges. When she saw loved ones suffering, she dove into medical research using skills she had developed in her first graduate coursework back in 1987. She developed successful healing protocols for various conditions such as Tourette’s syndrome and metabolic syndrome. Her interest became even more personal when she was diagnosed with Reflexive Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) in 2013. This painful and often debilitating neurological disorder was triggered after a simple broken wrist. After her healing experience, she had a strong desire to help reduce pain like this in others. Through these experiences, she gained a new respect for the body’s own healing mechanisms and the power of creating an individual approach that works with the body to optimize wellness.
Jean has gained experience and approached wellness from various educational perspectives throughout the years. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences in 1987 and continued graduate coursework until her first child was born and a new life path began. As the years passed she participated in various graduate programs including Education and Curriculum Development at Brandman University, Oriental Medicine at AIMC Berkeley and became a Certified Permaculture Designer. Jean graduated with her Master’s Degree from John F. Kennedy University in June of 2018.
Each of these life experiences has come together synergistically to allow a more holistic approach for wellness. Currently, Jean enjoys using HeartMath™ biofeedback techniques with International Coaching Federation strategies to entrain the heart, brain, and body to work together in a more structured and harmonious way, resulting in scientifically significant long and short-term health benefits.
Managing the effects of chronic stress has been of special interest to Jean. The American Institute of Stress has demonstrated that 70-80% of hospital visits are stress-related. Adopting effective stress management skills, then, can reduce long-term suffering and is deeply cost- effective. Helping others develop these skills is a favorite part of Jean’s work at UWA.
Jean sees functional nutrition as an integrative key to any individualized wellness plan and enjoys working with clients to reach their nutritional goals. She loves to reflect on how much stronger and younger she feels today than she did ten years ago and attributes this to nutritional and stress management changes she has made throughout this journey.
John F. Kennedy University:
- Masters of Holistic Health Education
- Certificate of Functional Nutrition
- Certificate of Health Coaching: International Coaching Federation Training Program
Courses developed by Dr. Datis Kharrazian:
- The Development and Aging of the Brain: 2017
- Mastering the Thyroid: 2017, 2018
- Mastering Brain Chemistry: 2017, 2018
- Mastering Functional Blood Chemistry: 2017, 2018
- Functional Endocrinology: 2017, 2019
- The Neuroendocrine Immunology of Environmental Trigger: 2018
- HeartMath Interventions Program: 2019
- Detox 360 Training by Linda Clark: 2018
Venus is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner from the Nutritional Therapy Association. Her approach to wellness is from a bio-individual perspective that starts with real food.
She has complemented her training with Apex seminars such as Functional Blood Chemistry, Mastering Thyroid and Mastering Brain Chemistry. She is not only a nutritionist; she is the FOM (Front Office Maven) here at Universal Wellness Associates.
Like many practitioners, Venus became a nutritionist to address her own health issues. One big lesson she has embraced is progress, not perfection. And now her passion is to help others with their own health journey. A few of her favorite ways to help clients is by offering personalized shopping trips, cabinet clean-outs, and cooking lessons.
When she is not at UWA you can find her geeking out at a seminar, listening to wellness podcast, practicing Kundalini yoga, or just dreaming big and star gazing. She also takes full advantage of her library card to keep up with her curiosity for life.