WNP Alumni Spotlight – Sarah Lax
We recently checked in with Sarah Lax, Wholistic Nutrition Program graduate (WNP3: May 2015). She’s launching a new practice and we are very excited to help get the word out! We asked Sarah if she’d share some of the details of her professional journey since graduating from The Wellspring School. Check out the
following Q&A to see what she’s been up to.
Q: What have you been up to since graduating from our Wholistic Nutrition Program?
A: As a midwife at Vivante Midwifery and Women’s Health in SE Portland, my goal throughout the program was to bring in-depth nutrition and lifestyle education to our pregnant and postpartum families (both moms AND dads can benefit!). After graduation I spent a few months assimilating all the information from the Wholistic Nutrition Program that would pertain to my clients and slowly started offering nutrition focused prenatal and postpartum visits within our practice. Starting gradually helped me to hone my skills as a nutritionist, while holding space to reflect on what families truly need to make real and lasting changes.
Q: Tell us more about your new business that’s about to launch. What will it look like?
A: I am thrilled to be launching Beginnings Whole Body Nourishment, offering a variety of services from holistic nutrition counseling and pelvic floor care, to stress management tools and trauma support. In addition to practicing midwifery for over a decade, I developed a passion over the years for supporting people as they move through transitions. This passion arose from my own health struggles that I developed in pregnancy and postpartum. While I, as a midwife, was well aware of the tools I could use to bring myself back to health, each tool seemed to be fragmented, lacking the ability to fully support my story- mind, body, and spirit. I began to envision a landing space that would address all aspects of the whole person in front of me, whether that be before, during, or after having a baby (which may be many years after the actual birth!). In addition to being a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, I am also a Holistic Pelvic Care (HPC) ProviderTM, a Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises® (TRE) Provider, and a Preconception to Infancy (P2i) provider. I sought these additional certifications and trainings specifically with the child-bearing and child-rearing family in mind, in order to create a multi-dimensional approach to care that would be available under one roof. It is often so hard for families to come up for air during the early years of parenting, and I want clients to have a familiar space to find support as they work through the physical and emotional challenges that arise during these times of transition.
Q: Where will your new practice be located? Who will you be targeting as your customer?
A: Currently I am offering my services at two locations- Vivante Midwifery in SE Portland and Andaluz Birth Center in SW Portland. My practice is open to anyone who is in need of help during times of life change or seeking support to find their best self- physically, emotionally or mentally. For those who are interested, check out my website at www.beginningspdx.com.
Q: What excites you most about opening your new practice?
A: I am excited about so many things! I love the potential that exists for those who choose my Whole Body Nourishment Package, which offers clients the ability to experience a variety of my Core Services (nutrition counseling, TRE, and pelvic floor care) with the goal of targeting common challenges from many angles. I am also excited to work alongside practitioners around the country who are moving away from seeing a child’s health as predetermined by genetics, to understanding that genetics plays only a small role in wellness. Nutrition, toxin exposures, lifestyle and stress support play an enormous role is shaping a child’s future, and I love that I am able to expand my role as a midwife into the field of wellness support to help shift the conversation away from treating symptoms and more fully into treating the whole person. The word midwife means “with woman” and I look forward to continuing to walk “with people” wherever they are on their journey into a health.
Q: How did your WNP experience help in putting your practice together?
A: The Wellspring School’s WNP program gave me my first foot forward as a nutritionist. It helped launch me into a mindset of fully grasping the power of food in our lives, always aware that we have an enormous potential to shift our clients health through education, empathy, and empowerment. I will forever be grateful for the program because it offered me skills that as a provider I had been lacking, from new motivational interviewing techniques to creating a foundation of solid nutrition resources to help shape the health of the next generation and their families.
Thank you, Sarah! We wish you much success with your new practice!
If you are interested in becoming a Certified Wholistic Nutritionist, attend our upcoming WNP Info Session! Thursday February 9th from 5:30-7:00pm at The Wellspring School for Healing Arts. (RSVP is required. Call 503.688.1482.) If this date doesn’t work for you, we are more than happy to schedule a one-on-one meeting to view our school and learn more about our incredibly unique Wholistic Nutrition Program.