Heather Hanson, NTP, SFN, CFT, RMA

 

Heather grew up in Western Pennsylvania and moved to Colorado Springs, Co, at the age of 18, to attend Pikes Peak Institute and study Medical Assisting. After spending a few short years working in Internal Medicine in Anniston Alabama and Killeen Texas, she found her perfect home in Austin, TX.  There she began working in a Family Practice medical office and spent the next 13 years developing and implementing strategies to create a medical office environment with a strong focus on wellness.img_1536-13-e

Her drive to develop this type of program was propelled by the powerful impact of how changing  her own diet helped heal and resolve symptoms of auto-immune thyroid, migraine headaches, reflux, chronic constipation, gas, bloating, anxiety, sleep issues and hormone imbalance.

Through this wellness model she was able guide patients through a 12-week therapeutic lifestyle program encompassing dietary changes, exercise, stress management and appropriate supplementation, facilitating life changing benefits including improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar,  weight, mood, sleep and digestion.

During this time she discovered that her oldest son had celiac disease, which further drove her desire to understand the causes of auto-immune disease in order to help her son and other patients address an extensive collection of symptoms.  This passion led her into a more holistic approach to patient care, diving deeper into gut health, the immune system,toxicity,  methylation and gene SNP’s, such as MTHFR and COMT.

Heather has a drive to empower others to heal and prevent illness through thorough evaluation of history, lifestyle factors, functional exam, and advanced lab testing.   She can identify imbalances in diet, sleep, stress, digestion, mood, energy, hormone balance and genetics.

She offers personalized nutrition plans, structured programs, education and counseling based on the specific needs of the individual. She recognizes that each person has a unique hisimg_8389tory which is often reflected in the sickness or health of the body.  She seeks to empower individuals to live healthier and more vibrant lives through proper nutrition, exercise and stress management. Her goal is to provide an environment where areas of need can be well supported and where each person will have the opportunity to experience their best potential for optimal health. Heather is certified in Holistic Nutritional Therapy, Fitness Nutrition, GAPS (Gut and Psychology, Gut and Physiology Syndrome), Personal Training, Therapeutic Lifestyle Coaching and is also a Registered Medical Assistant.

Heather is very passionate about continuing education and believes that by keeping current with the latest advances in science, fitness, and nutritional supplementation, she can be most effective in assisting with her client’s specific needs.

She does practice what she preaches by  following a nutrient dense diet, getting regular exercise and managing stress. Heather, her husband, and youngest son reside in Old Town Pflugerville, where she enjoys renovating their 115 year-old house and entertaining family and friends.  She also enjoys spending time with her granddaughter, cooking, traveling, hiking, kayaking, listening to live music, reading, continuing education and competing in activities including Tough Mudders, Spartan races, half and full marathons.

Education:

1994-1996 Pikes Peak Institute, Colorado Springs, CO – Associates in Medical Assisting

2011 & 2013 Therapeutic Lifestyle Certification

2012 International Sports and Science Association – Certified in Fitness Nutrition

2013 International Sports and Science Association – Certified Fitness Trainer

2013-2014 Nutritional Therapy Association– Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner

2015 Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition

2015 Certified Nutrition Professional

Institute of Functional Medicine Certification classes, currently attending

Institute of Functional Medicine Health Coach, currently attending

Associations include: American Medical Technologists (AMT), Nutritional Therapy Association (NTA), National Association of Nutrition Professionals, Institute Of Functional Medicine(IFM), International Sports Science Association (ISSA), Professional, Weston A. Price Foundation.