I still remember the day the pain started. My family and I went to dinner at a local restaurant. I ordered my usual cheeseburger but I couldn't eat it. The pain hit me as my plate was delivered. I sat there, staring at my cheeseburger, hunched over and silent. This was just the beginning. I was only 5 years old.
I suffered for 12 years before I was diagnosed with my first autoimmune disease. The first diagnosis had no cure. Four years later, I was diagnosed with my second autoimmune disease. Lucky for me, this disease had a treatment. But, the treatment didn't alleviate all my symptoms.
By this time, I was an expert at living daily with a multitude of symptoms. My personal experiences shaped who I am today. My compassion. My determination. My career. After becoming a dietitian, I realized I had another treatment option. I could use whole food-as-medicine to reverse my symptoms.
Having been diagnosed with celiac disease and Hashimoto's thyroiditis, I have experience as both patient and health care provider. I understand the client's perspective and provide personalized care. As an educator and a dietitian, I provide precise and attainable lifestyle interventions that meet the needs and goals of each patient.
I am a registered dietitian, integrative and functional nutrition certified practitioner and certified leap therapist with a master's degree in nutritional science. I have experience as a credentialed elementary school teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District and also taught nutrition at California State University, Long Beach. Beyond the classroom, I developed and published research regarding dietary modification for patients with Meniere's disease. I completed my dietetic clinical internship at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Over the years, I have provided individualized nutrition therapy at various hospitals and clinics. In an effort to have a positive impact on the celiac community, I served on the Board of Directors for Celiac Disease Foundation from 2014-2020. In 2014, I established Luxford Nutrition, a medical nutrition therapy practice dedicated to improving health through dietary awareness.
If my story speaks to you, let's chat about how I can help you improve your health.