Dr. Laura Ricci, PT, DPT, NBC-HWC, WHNC

Doctor of Physical Therapy
National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach
Certified Women's Health & Functional Nutrition Coach
Essential Oil Educator & Global Leader with doTERRA International

Client Testimonials

"When I came to Laura, I was a broken woman, whom I didn't recognize.  I was worn down and tired of hearing from doctors, family, and friends that “there was nothing wrong with me.”  “I needed to relax.”  “I needed to understand we get older, and things are going to be different with our hormones, our energy, and our health.”  I refused to believe what I was feeling was normal.  I kept to my gut and didn't give up.  I knew there was someone who would listen to me. 

One morning, I was going about my routine of prayers, working out, checking emails, posting on Facebook about my blog...it was at one of these moments that I remembered Laura had been working on her certification to be a nutrition coach.  I knew she was my answer.  I initially contacted her just wanting to run some thoughts by her. Then I realized: No, I need to actually consult with her. I knew a lot about health and nutrition, and many of my friends and family couldn't understand why I would seek out a nutrition coach.  I knew I was missing something.  I also knew I needed help.  I knew with my entire being that Laura would not think I was crazy.  I knew she would be my advocate, my cheerleader. 

From our first session, she saw some health concerns that needed to be addressed; things the conventional doctors weren't acknowledging.  She directed me to a fabulous chiropractor who practices functional medicine.  She recommended some tests to have him run.  She even called him in advance to let him know I would be coming in and helped me maneuver my first appointment to make sure I didn't forget what I needed to visit with him about. 

Sure enough, the tests revealed that I had: a compromised immune system, many other systems not functioning properly, a thyroid that was sluggish, adrenals that aren't talking to my pituitary gland, deficient in lots of vitamins, major organs not doing what they need to do, and a brain gut barrier issue. 

This all sounds crazy, overwhelming, and just daunting...but instead, I felt nothing but hope.  I could feel angry that the doctors I had been seeing before kept missing all this, but instead I felt great joy to have answers. 

Fast forward two months. I have been able to make some strides with repairing and working on that laundry list of stuff above.  I have good days and bad days.  It is a process to heal and get better. I feel so many things from this process but the biggest thing is I feel seen.  I feel heard.  I feel respected.  I feel loved.

I will never forget one of the first conversations we had...Laura said: "You are not crazy, there is something wrong…” and to continue to trust my gut.
I knew she had my back.  She saw me, she heard me, she respected me, she loved me enough to help me fight for my health.  

What is even more beautiful is that I can come to her about all things that could be related to nutrition.  It doesn’t matter if it is the current issue of my physical health by making sure I am taking in the right vitamins and supplements, in addition to an anti-inflammatory type of diet.  Or if I need to visit with her about some hormonal imbalances.  Or even if my dysmorphic disorder has reared its ugly head because of exhaustion.  She is there for me!  She has helped me learn how to get better sleep.  She has taught me how to listen to the inner voice even better, stronger, more confidently. 

Laura Ricci is the embodiment of a mind-body-soul approach to our health!" 

"In August of 2014, my Mom passed away after 10 years of dialysis.  She was an insulin-dependent diabetic.  The last3 years she spent in and out of the hospital with every illness out there.  I too started developing issues: my blood pressure went up, my cholesterol and blood sugar was too high, and I gained 45 pounds.  I was referred to a Cardiologist by my primary care physician with a BP of 199/104....Of course medication became the fix-all, and I saw myself headed to the dialysis machine like my Mom.  As far as medications, I wasn't feeling better, and some of the meds were making me sicker!!!

In April of 2015, I decided enough was enough, and enrolled in a 60-day challenge program that not only got me moving, but nutrition would also play a big role.  I attended 3 classes Laura presented during the Challenge, and did a couple of independent appointments with her. I needed help, so I brought my specific concerns to Laura, and we began to address each issue, and she coached me through some of the questions and concerns I had: Rest….BP….Cholesterol….blood sugar!  I removed milk, gluten, sugar, artificial sugar, bad fats, most grains.

I began eating clean, organic, good fats, almond milk, green veggies, fruits, good proteins and more. My BP is still controlled by meds, but it dropped significantly to 128/76, cholesterol dropped 58 points and blood sugar 15 points, and I've lost 16 pounds; this was huge for me!!! I'm still working on making lifestyle changes, but I feel confident that I'm headed in the right direction."

- Kelley Harvey

"I turned to Laura for help after a year with various symptoms that would not go away.  A new doctor I had seen proposed that I might have a yeast overgrowth in my GI tract and suggested I make major changes to my diet in order to get it under control.  Unfortunately, my new doctor was pretty vague with his instructions and explanations, and I was left feeling lost and extremely overwhelmed.  Laura was a tremendous help to me, especially in those first few weeks.  She was knowledgeable about the problem I was facing and had lots of suggestions for how I treat it.  She is very warm and friendly, while also being very professional.  She made it very clear that I was in charge and that, while she would make lots of suggestions, I could decide what direction I wanted to go in, and at what pace I felt comfortable.  She really listened to me and made suggestions based on what I was comfortable with, encouraging me to take baby steps out of my comfort zone.  Laura didn't focus solely on my diet though - she was concerned with my entire well-being.  She made suggestions for managing stress and improving my sleep as well.  I never thought I would have turned to a health coach for help, but Laura basically held my hand throughout an ordeal where my family, friends, and even my doctors didn't really understand what I was going through.  I'm not 100% well yet, but I have made vast improvements with her help, and I've also made some healthy lifestyle changes that I hope to continue for the rest of my life."

 - JJH

 

"Laura has been very helpful the last couple of months as my health coach. We FaceTime'd each other every other week, and she would guide me on a healthy diet and inform me of certain foods to avoid. She also provided tips and ideas for preparing healthy snacks and smoothies. We discussed issues I was encountering, such as fatigue. Laura and I were both diagnosed with the same rare tumor, and she walked me through her process. Not only did she guide me on my diet, but she also educated me about the tumor and her surgery process. I would highly recommend Laura to anyone, as she’s patient, kind, and very helpful!"

- Lois W.

"Laura has been a miracle for me. My health was poor at the beginning of the summer. I was having migraines 3-4 times a week. She helped me see how much diet can affect how I feel."

- Alexandria Oppel

"Laura has a gift. She has been there and done that. Her compassion is endless and so are her efforts in your healing journey. I was so blessed to find someone who understood not only the body, but the mind and spirit. You can't have one without the other. Laura thinks outside of the box. She practices what she preaches, and is a fighting force in this chaotic world. I owe so much to Laura. "

- Calli-Ann Hill

"Dr. Laura's cooking classes are wonderful. She is a wealth of information on health, nutrition, cooking, and preparing delicious foods. I have learned so much and look forward to the next one. "

- Toni Cline

"I came into a cooking class thinking I would learn a few kitchen tips but I didn't know I would learn life changing tips. I can't wait to put all the great information to use! Exceeded all my expectations for a cooking class! Thank you Dr. Laura!

- Keeley Hoffpauir

"My husband is a total meat and potato guy. But, after coming with me to a cooking class for my work, he asks for zoodles all the time! He loves them! Also, after tasting the green smoothie, he told me 'You can make these!' The class has made him more open to trying healthier food!"

- Julie Sorrells

"Dr. Lara was phenomenal! I learned so many new things, as well as healthier variations of things I already made. In addition to learning basics, I got to learn about the impact that the things I eat have on my health. I'm so excited to implement the things I learned from this class and to take more classes!"

-Rachel Bledsoe