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.
Shanna Butler, HHC
Holistic Health Coach
After growing up eating the standard American diet, her eating habits finally took their toll when she was seventeen. She began waking up with very swollen eyes, getting rashes, having very bad fatigue, and stomach pains. None of her symptoms were getting better, only getting worse.
She went to three doctors trying to figure out what the cause could be. Two of the doctors told her that all blood work came back normal and that there was nothing wrong. Their solution? A prescription to Xanax. She left even more frustrated and with no answers. It wasn’t until she got a third doctor’s opinion that she found out the cause to her symptoms. He ran an antibody test that came back positive for Celiac Disease.
After finally receiving a diagnosis, Shanna completely changed her entire lifestyle. From dumping out all the highly processed food in her kitchen, to even dumping all the chemical-filled toiletries she had been using on her body her entire life. She was determined to get rid of all the trash that could be harmful to the human body and regain her health. Once she started eating a clean, whole foods diet, she slowly started feeling better and eventually felt better than she had felt in her entire life!
Her life was never the same. She had found a love and passion for Nutrition and Holistic Healing methods. On top of eating a true whole foods diet, she had started to implement organic whole food supplements and herbs into her life for additional immune support and healing. Shanna is now a Board Certified Holistic Health Coach and Integrative Holistic Nutritionist. Her passion in life is to help people that might be going through the same health care frustrations she had experienced and to show them that there are answers and healthy solutions to the ailments they are experiencing.
Staci Miller, CHN
Certified Health Coach
Holistic Nutrition Center is happy to introduce to you a new practitioner! Staci Miller is officially joining us as of June 1st. 2019.
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!
Maritza Worthington, FDN
Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist
Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant
GI & Hormone Specialist
Maritza wasn't always a conscious eater or the "health nut" many people know her as today. In her younger years, she stayed active with dance and other hobbies, but never thought much about her nutritional needs.
It wasn't until her health was seriously tested that she began to shift her beliefs about food and lifestyle. During her college years, she started to suffer from adrenal burnout due to high stress, frequent UTIs (due to antibiotic overuse), and digestive/hormonal issues brought on by a poor diet and lifestyle. At first she shrugged off these signs of imbalance, until things got so bad that she went to the doctor’s for what she thought was an infection, only to find that her kidney was actually on the verge of rupture.
After going through an emergency surgery, she made a commitment to get well and help others do so too. During her recovery she began to slowly detach from her food addictions and learn to love, listen and trust her body again. Her obsession with health eventually led her to work as a personal trainer, and later get certified as a Holistic Nutrition Consultant and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner.
To this day, she continues to stay up-to-date with her education and is a skilled lab interpreter for assessing various digestive and hormone issues. Getting to the roots of dysfunction through lab analysis and in-depth health coaching is her greatest gift. Her healing experience and education has helped her to empathize well with others, spread health awareness, and inspire her clients to take charge of their health & wellness!
At the Holistic Nutrition Center, Maritza enjoys helping people overcome metabolic dysfunction and set healthy goals for themselves, so that they can get back in sync with their body’s natural rhythm. She believes that every person has a unique blueprint when it comes to their nutritional/ health needs, and helping them discover what that means for them is what she does best.
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.
Erin first discovered a love for nutrition and health while she was still in college. After being diagnosed with epilepsy at age 14, she had tried many diets to help her body cope with the challenges that she was facing.