About Meagan Reynolds
I’m a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner (CFMP) and a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN) who believes that to truly heal from any imbalance or disease one must get to the root cause. Chronic symptoms are often the result of poor diet, hidden infections, pathogens, toxicities, food sensitivities, nutrient deficiencies, self-limiting beliefs, as well as mental/emotional stress. Until the root causes of symptoms are identified, there will be only marginal improvement in your desired health outcome. That's why I was pulled to start my own practice where I could bring together many functional labs and healing modalities that both identify the cause and support the imbalance.
Our bodies send subtle messages to us that manifest as physical, mental, and emotional symptoms that are warning signs that something deeper may be going on. If we choose to ignore these symptoms or take medications that end up being the only treatment to manage the symptoms, other imbalances may start to develop. I have extensive experience counseling and assessing individuals in clinical, critical care, home infusion as well as outpatient settings. What I have learned from working with these patients over the years is that we are all complex individuals with vastly different circumstances and there is no “one size fits most” application when it comes to restoring balance. There are often many layers that have to be broken down, examined, and addressed before true healing can occur. Otherwise, the relief or desired outcome is only short-lived.
My passion for holistic centered healing began at an early age thanks to my mother who had introduced me to homeopathy and used this as the primary treatment to ailments within our family. The immediate results that we all received was extremely inspiring and it had a huge impact on my decision to pursue a career in nutrition and health. It wasn't until I started experiencing my own personal health challenges with thyroid disease that I began to really understand the manifestation and complexity of chronic illness and advanced my career in functional medicine. Disease can be a result of toxicity, infection, stress (both mental and physical), and deficiency that ultimately lead to inflammation and increased intestinal permeability. As a functional medicine practitioner and dietitian, I believe that we experience health challenges for a reason, and for me, this was an awakening to not only a better way of living my life, but also to a better way of helping others begin to put the pieces together in their own life.
Registered Dietitian- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Licensed Dietitian/ Nutritionist in the state of Tennessee
Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition- Middle Tennessee State University
Dietetic Internship Program- Harper University Hospital
Certificate of Training in Integrative and Functional Nutrition
Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine Dietetic Practice Group
Post Graduate Training/Workshops:
Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner (FMU 2019)
Mind Body Meditation, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Progressive Workshop, TX, 2017
Behavioral and Medicinal Characteristics of Plant Based Medicine, TN, 2017
Certificate of Training in Integrative and Functional Nutrition, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2017
Certified Nutritional Support Clinician, NBNSC, 2012
"She took time to try and piece together my puzzle of symptoms and gave me a custom plan to start in order to battle my illnesses (that I had No idea I had). In just a few months I am down almost 40 lbs, and I truly have never felt better in my life! I have learned so much about nutrition, detox, pathogens, and tons more! I won’t say that my journey has been easy by any means, but it has been worth it. I would do it a million times over to feel as good as I do now."
Research indicates approximately 70-80% of the immune system resides in the gastrointestinal tract; therefore, my focus is heavily centered in this area. To be able to detox efficiently, one must have a healthy gut, open elimination channels, decrease toxin load, and increased nutrients to carry out such complex processes. Another area that is essential to overall health is the gut-brain barrier because this is where we see the effects of how stress, our environment as well as our thoughts and feelings affect our health.
A detailed intake form specific to either males or females coupled with functional lab testing is used to identify the root cause of symptoms. This allows me to assess my clients at a deeper level and customize a wellness plan that is truly specific and unique to their needs.
I use a combination of herbs, supplements, integrative therapies and healing diets, such as elimination diets or specific highly researched diets tailored for certain disorders to achieve balance. I am not a proponent of long- term restrictive dieting; it's simply a temporary way of eating to create balance and/or to discover food sensitivities that may be silently creating inflammation that can be at the root of many symptoms.
If you have no idea where to start with your health, are overwhelmed with all of the information that’s out there, and are ready to begin healing at the root cause, Journey to Balance is right for you!