A Letter From Donna

My name is Donna Sigmond, and I am the creator of Wellitude.com. When people discover wellness, they get a pep in their step and a bit of attitude. This is the meaning and goal of this site. Wellness + Attitude = Wellitude.  Let’s find your Wellitude.

I am a Registered Dietitian (RD), Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc) and herbalist, and board-certified practitioner in Functional, Regenerative, and Anti-aging Medicine. I strongly believe that food can and should be medicine. I am fascinated with the effects of food on the human body. I embrace eating local foods that are in season in a variety of colors for optimal health.

I have a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from The University of Texas at Austin. I had an internship at the North Austin Medical Center, among other locations.  Even though acute care saves lives, it does not necessarily make people well. Hospital food does not appear to help demeanor or nourish the person, either. Hospital consults are rather short and superficial and do not give individuals the skills needed to fully recover.

Soon after graduating, I moved to Colorado where I began working at The University of Colorado at Boulder as a Research Bionutritionist.  I enjoyed working at the University but knew that I wanted to work hands-on with individuals and in the healing arts. I then decided to pursue a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine, which includes acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and other therapies. The graduate program took four years to complete, and I pursued it simultaneously with my work at the University. I was fortunate to take a three-month leave of absence from the University on two separate occasions to study in China in 2002 and in 2004.  There, I was privileged to study with a Chinese university and work with hospital teachers of Chinese medicine in the hospitals in Beijing.  In China’s premiere Beijing Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital, almost all of the doctors are trained in both Western and Eastern Medicine, so they are both MDs and OMDs (Oriental Medical Doctors).  This education was extraordinarily expansive, both professionally and culturally.

After graduating with a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine, I continued working at the University of Colorado for 1.5 years meanwhile building a private practice. Once I had established a private practice and left the University, I continued to pursue more educational opportunities. I became certified through the Institute of Functional Medicine, then immediately pursued a 2-year Board Certification in Anti-aging, Regenerative and Functional Medicine with the American Academy of Anti-aging Medicine as an Advanced Fellow.

Functional Medicine aligned better with my personal philosophy of optimizing function in the body to remit disease. I believe that when disease and disorder are present in the body, there is more required than simply taking a medication. It is well-documented that long term use of pharmaceutical prescriptions and non-prescription drugs (such as aspirin) results in nutrient depletion, creating even more disease and disorder. (If your are interested in learning how exactly certain prescription drugs affect the body, check out the Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Chart.)

Thank you for your interest, and if you would like to read more about my background, check out my story.

I look forward to working with you,

 

Donna Sigmond


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