Your Holistic Health Team
Kristi Acuña, BSNU
Owner & Holistic Nutritionist
Kristi Acuña was born with a severe case of psoriasis – an autoimmune disease that causes red, patchy skin from head to toe. Her childhood was filled with frequent visits to pediatricians, dermatologists, and alternative health care practitioners to help cure – or at least control – her psoriasis. Each doctor visit became one disappointment after another, as all the medical professionals focused on treating her symptoms rather than getting to the root cause of the problem –what she was putting into her body. Consequently, all attempts failed.
After years of dealing with this unsightly and often painful disease, combined with taunting from her peers and classmates, Kristi’s self-esteem plummeted. Embarrassed and frustrated, Kristi wondered if she’d ever have a normal life.
When Kristi was 19 years old, her mother, a Registered Nurse for 27 years, studied to become a Traditional Naturopath. She was able to uncover the root cause of Kristi’s psoriasis and introduced her to a line of whole food supplements called Standard Process. The supplements and her new individualized nutrition plan cleared the psoriasis and gave Kristi a level of confidence she had never before experienced.
Holistic Nutrition gave Kristi back her LIFE.Fueled by her gratitude for Holistic Nutrition and Standard Process’ amazing products, plus her desire to give others the gift of life and good health she has experienced, Kristi earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Holistic Nutrition from Clayton College of Natural Health in Birmingham, Alabama. She’s been practicing Holistic Nutrition for over 15 years in Newport Beach, CA.
Kristi is a member of the International Foundation for Nutrition and Health (IFNH). Through her online counseling, Kristi makes full use of her expertise by working directly with her clients, no matter where they are located, to customize dietary programs and cleanses that help them achieve optimal health.
Staci Miller, CHN
Certified Health Coach
Holistic Nutrition Center is happy to introduce to you a new practitioner, Staci Miller!
Not only is she a certified holistic nutritionist, but she is Kristi Acuña's little sister. Staci has decided to bring her business over to HNC and continue to grow with us.
She is an incredible, dedicated and passionate holistic nutritionist when it comes to helping her clients feel their best.
Staci works with all types of clients, no matter what their struggles or goals are. Staci especially enjoys working with clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression and gut issues because those correlate directly to her own testimony and journey.
We know Staci is a fantastic addition to our team and we look forward to growing HNC with her, so we can continue to help more people take control of their health!
Melanie Williams, CHC
Melanie’s health journey started when she was in high school as a triathlete. She began to quickly feel her body break down with injuries and major gut dysfunction which often left her doubled over and unable to stand up straight. She decided at that time to start changing her diet. It was then that she began to understand the importance of nutrition and how what we put into our bodies has a direct effect on how we feel and function.
Once she began changing her diet, her sports performance improved tremendously, however, her underlying gut issues remained unresolved for many years despite seeking help from many specialists who left her without answers. During those years she missed out on many events and experiences since her health challenges were so isolating and debilitating. She was not okay with living this way and was eager to understand more and more about the root cause of her issues and, as a result, studied holistic nutrition for many, many years.
Finally, she found Nutrition Response Testing which got to the root cause of her gut issues, which was heavy metal toxicity of her thyroid and pituitary glands. Nutrition Response Testing completely turned her life around and she is eager, passionate, and honored to do the same for others here at Holistic Nutrition Center. It is her goal to help as many people as possible become free from their challenges and thrive!
Jamianne Verkade, BSHS, CHES
After a lifetime of debilitating disorders (including chronic fatigue, autoimmune issues, and Late Stage Lyme Disease), Jamianne finally looked to Functional and Alternative Medicine and found relief for the first time in her life! This ignited a passion for all things holistic healing and eventually led to a degree in Health Science, certification as a Health Education Specialist as well as certification as an Intrinsic Health Coach.
After creating and running her own successful Health Coaching Business for many years, she fell in love with the administrative side of Holistic Health. She saw the need for competent and caring administrative workers in the Holistic Health field and was excited to jump in and fill that void.
Here at Holistic Nutrition Center, Jamianne is passionate about providing an exceptional client experience from beginning to end. She brings a unique understanding and compassion for those who are currently suffering from chronic and debilitating health issues, and she looks forward to contributing to the development of the practice in new and exciting ways that continue to bring hope and healing to those who are suffering.