I started my journey in health and wellness in the late 90s.

Before moving to New York City, I studied Advertising, Marketing and Accounting.

I was young when I arrived in New York, and I was on my own for the first time. Being in my 20s, my diet and party habits were not the best. New York City was thrilling and busy with so much to see and do. It was easy to choose the convenient path with pizza and fast-food restaurants everywhere; I would grab a coke and a slice of New York pizza and run to my job (or jobs) and to school.

I enrolled in the School of Visual Arts to continue with my career in Graphic Design. I had barely started when I felt ill. My stomach and intestines were a constant concern. I suffered terrible acid reflux, constipation and headaches that eventually triggered panic attacks, anxiety, and insomnia.

I went to a good and highly recommended Doctor in the city who was part of a big, reputable clinic. After a series of exams, he told me I had gastritis, gave me some antacids, and suggested avoiding foods that would irritate my stomach. For my anxiety and mental wellbeing, he prescribed another pill – one that would make me so drowsy that I couldn’t study or function normally. I was frustrated and desperate for a cure or solution. Of course, nothing worked because I didn’t make any real changes to my diet or lifestyle.

At the time, I was working as a receptionist in a holistic center. Many practitioners would come and go doing therapies that I had never heard of before. It made me realize there were other paths to healing.

Talking to a few holistic practitioners about my condition, they suggested simple steps: changing my diet, refraining from coffee and sodas, cleansing, fasting, receiving treatments such as colonics, acupuncture, massage, and Reiki (my first love) and meditating.

I started studying Reiki, a Tibetan energy technique that helped me feel grounded, took away my anxiety and helped me to regain my wits and peace of mind. Eventually, I became a Reiki practitioner.

In a matter of a year, I was a different person, driven and healthy, and I started my new career! 

I wanted to share with the world everything that has allowed me to be here now enjoying my health, my kids, my partner, my family, my dear friends, and my love for traveling and continuing to learn better ways of living fully and healthily.

I obtained an Associate Degree in Occupational Studies at the prestigious Swedish Institute in Chelsea, Manhattan, New York. There, I learned, anatomy, physiology and neurology which helped me understand how disease and conditions from birth, or those acquired later in life, can affect wellbeing.

I learned treatments and protocols to help to improve the quality of life in people challenged by these conditions while using both Eastern and Western techniques for healing and rehabilitation.

I found it fascinating to be in a cadaver viewing. Seeing a dead body didn’t scare me – instead of thinking about mortality, it planted the seed of knowledge for a better way of living. It was just amazing to appreciate the body as a perfectly entangled miracle where all the parts work together and absolutely nothing is isolated.

It was in those moments that I realized that we needed to be one with nature, the world and ourselves.

I was also inspired by the colon therapists that helped me and taught me how much cleansing and detox is needed to achieve healing. So, I studied at the International Association of Colon Therapy and became a therapist and instructor.

With the change of the century, I decide to also change cities, and I moved to Los Angeles, California, where, inspired by my knowledge of Shiatsu and the Five Elements evaluation technique that I learned in New York, I took courses in Moxibustion, Cupping and Chinese Medicine at The Shiatsu Massage School of California in Santa Monica.

Then I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, something my mother has suffered. So, I studied massage techniques and protocols to work specifically with patients with Fibromyalgia at The Institute of Professional Practical Therapy in Los Angeles.

I continued attending seminars to learn the new holistic approaches to autoimmune diseases.

I came back to New York City in 2002 and by 2004 I founded my own health center Fabylous Living

I had the privilege to study at The Institute of Integrative Nutrition where I learned several philosophies and movements that have enriched my practice. I understand how important it is to treat individuals and their unique genetics and lifestyle, considering gender, age, environment, and more. There is NOT one cure that will fit all.

I listened to Deepak Chopra and his team of experts talking about Ayurveda and holistic health and Dr. Peter Adamo’s philosophy about the Blood Type Diet. I had the pleasure of meeting Michio Kushi, who introduced the macrobiotic concept to western cultures.

Dr. Andrew Weil, David Wolf and so many more who helped enrich me and expand my knowledge so that I can share it with you.

But I didn’t stop there, and I believe as long as I am on this earth I must continue searching for knowledge and different perspectives in Functional Nutrition and sustaining health through natural foods, supplements and lifestyle as every year we discover new things, as the world changes, we all must change with it.

“Who looks outside dreams, who looks inside awakes…”

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