Our Sassy Holistics Team: Kristin, Denise, and Breezy

A little about our Sassy Holistics Team!

About Kristin:

I was almost always sick growing up and by the time I was 17 I was diagnosed with a chronic illness.  I had chronic pain, migraines, digestive issues, depression, anxiety and I gained a lot of weight.  I saw about a dozen doctors who just kept giving me more medications but they usually made things worse.  I learned to just deal with the “fibromylagia” but I was majorly depressed for several years.

It took an extreme issue for me to finally break free of the allopathic “health” model: I could not even eat anything without pain for several months! I once again did the merry-go-round of doctors and medications, only to have things get so much worse in that time. I weaned off the medications I was on and then started to clean up my diet and added in a few gut healing tools.

I finally started to learn the way to live holistically and one by one, all of my health issues started disappearing.  It was the proof I needed that this was the true way to live.  It was the push I needed to realized that I can help others break free of their illnesses and regain their health and happiness.

Because of my own experiences with healing, I wanted to create a program that truly healed the body as a whole. This is why I started the Sassy Holistics website! So many other programs focus on just 1 nutrient (or worse, 20+ isolated nutrients!), or 1 specific diet. But this allopathic thinking is truly making many people worse in the long run. The body is a whole, and every system works together. My main goal with my HTMA protocols is to create a plan that is sustainable and easy, creates long term healing (and not just covers symptoms up!), and to help people relearn what true health should be.

My goal in life is to help those that want to gain back their lives.  Whether you want to get healthier or just learn how to “green” your life, I will be there to help.  I want to help people learn the truth about what it means to be healthy. We have to change now in order to make our future generations healthier. Our children are now estimated to have shorter lifespans than us- that is unacceptable!

My Certifications and Education:

  • Holistic Nutrition Certification from Penn Foster
  • Fitness and Nutrition Certification from Penn Foster
  • Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis Training with the Malter Institute
  • HTMA Course through UNM taught by Dr. Wilson completed
  • Certificate in Functional and Nutritional Blood Chemistry Analysis with Metabolic Healing
  • Currently enrolled in the University of Natural Medicine to obtain my Bachelor of Science in Natural Health Sciences, with concentrations on homeopathy and holistic nutrition.
  • Over 3 years of hands-on experience in the nutrition field helping people find their path to better health.
  • I plan on continuing my education further afterwards as well. So much to learn!

You can email me with questions here: sassyholistics@gmail.com

 

About Denise:

“I’ve taken an interesting path on my way to joining the Sassy Holistics team!  I grew up on a dairy farm, and when I headed off to college to major in Dairy Science, I thought the ag industry is where I would spend the rest of my life.  Wrong!  Well, sort of.  I developed a passion for helping women and their partners to feel empowered during their pregnancy and birth after my husband and I had our own empowering experience with our first baby.  So I transitioned out of the ag industry and into birth work as a Bradley Method childbirth educator and birth doula.

It was during this transition that I also dived deeper into learning more about health and wellness.  I was often frustrated by the medical establishment’s solutions – always a prescription as the answer.  My thyroid numbers were off at one point.  The answer?  Thyroid meds.  I had a couple miscarriages and struggled to get pregnant at one point.  The answer?  Progesterone.  Neither of those options ever felt right to me though.  I wanted to know the reason WHY I wasn’t producing enough of those hormones, and they never had the answer.  I went on to have two more healthy babies, and my real wake-up call about eating healthy was when I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes during my last pregnancy.  I didn’t want to be the statistic that developed type 2 diabetes within 5 years.  Thankfully I found Kristin in Feb. 2016 before I ever became chronically ill.  Her philosophy is what I had been searching for all along.  The minerals are at the core of it all!  It has been such an incredibly powerful feeling to take control of my health and the health of my family.

Now I’m able to help others to take charge of their health as well. HTMA is my favorite way to help get a lot of answers.  And herbs and whole food nutrition are my favorite solutions.  I hope to complete my Women’s Herbal Educator certification in 2018.  The focus is on women’s health issues from puberty through menopause.  I will always have a special love for helping women with reproductive issues, although I’m happy to work with all people in all walks of life!  And as for that part about the ag industry?  Well,  a saying I grew up hearing often applies here, “You can take the kid out of the farm, but you can’t take the farm out of the kid.”  My husband and I hope to build a home soon on our recently purchased 5.5 acres and raise our own chickens, plant a huge garden and start harvesting the herbs already growing there.”

Formal Education:

  • Bachelor of Science – Dairy Science from University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Bachelor of Science – Agricultural Journalism from University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Master of Science – Dairy Science (Reproductive Physiology) from University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis Training – Mineral Mavens Academy (Kristin Merizalde, Sassy Holistics)
  • Herbal Medicine for Women – currently enrolled, by Aviva Romm

You can email with questions here: denise.brusveen@gmail.co

 

About Breezy:

I am a work  from home mom of two kids. Having been best friends with Kristin for almost 8 years I  havewatched her health journey from the start and always admired her for her knowledge and passion tohelp people.

I had a passion too but I did not do anything about it until both of my pregnancies I was diagnosed  with Gestational Diabetes and I looked for ways to get healthier through diet change and fitness. I had joined a moms group and noticed so many other women postpartum were struggling bothphysically and emotionally/mentally. I started becoming a fitness and health coach for pregnant and postpartum women.

Over time I became more and more interested in the mineral aspect of postpartum issues. There is so much support before a woman has a baby and then you have the baby and all support seems to stop. I am working to be that support through mineral balancing, health and fitness coaching.

I have an Associates in the Arts degree and am working my way toward a Bachelors in Nutrition.

I’ve also completed the HTMA training with Mineral Mavens Academy.

You can email me with questions here: babystepsbreezy@gmail.com