Why see a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner?
Receive a personalized consultation based on your needs.
Our nutritionists can help you determine a personalized meal plan based on your lifestyle and results from advanced diagnostic testing. These personalized nutrition and supplement plans are perfect for:
- Peri and post menopausal women
- Women preparing for a future pregnancy
- Pregnant women who want to optimize their nutrition for the breastfeeding phase
- Women and men with a family history of high cholesterol or diabetes that desire a more thorough look into risk factors for these diseases
- Children 10 and older whose physical and mental health could greatly benefit from addressing deficiencies and learning healthier food options
- Women and men of all ages looking to improve their overall health and longevity
In our modern world, our foods and lifestyle are dramatically different from the way we evolved over millions of years. Despite eating a “healthy diet,” many people continue to have chronic health conditions. Often these can be attributed to vitamin deficiencies, bacterial imbalance or a heavy toxic load placed on the body just to name a few culprits. All of these are heavily influenced by diet choices.We cannot stress enough the impact that food choices make on your health. Food is not simply fuel to burn, but its molecules are the building blocks for your body's cells, neurotransmitters, and hormones. If we look at food as a tool for health, making the right choices becomes a priority.
When it comes to food, one diet does not fit all. Eating unprocessed, real foods is a good general rule to follow, but certain foods may be problematic in one person and perfectly healthy in another. Existing systemic inflammation, food allergies, nutrient deficiencies, and gut dysbiosis are factors that affect what foods a person should be eating. Our Functional Nutrition Program works to find your specific needs, and tailor your diet and supplementation accordingly.
Our recommendations are based on eliminating inflammatory compounds from food and filling your plate with anti-inflammatory foods. This generally means emphasizing whole vegetables and fruits, quality fats, organic and grass fed meats, and low-mercury seafood. Processed, packaged, and sugary foods lead to inflammation and metabolic disruption. Every day, we see the positive results in patients who eliminate these imitation foods, find what real foods work for their body, and increase their intake of these nutrient dense powerhouses.
Meet our Nutrition Team
Sheila Vuckovic, M. ED, NTP, BIIN, NSCA-CPT
Sheila has a particular passion for working with the following populations:
- Men and Women's Fertility
- Breastfeeding Support
- Digestion and Detoxification Support
- Preconception Nutrition
- Anxiety and Depression
Sheila received her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Texas A&M University. Passionate about health and wellness she began working as a personal trainer at the corporate wellness center at BP. Her interest in nutrition grew and combined with her Exercise Science background, she received her Masters in Health and Nutrition Education from the University of Houston. Sheila completed her certification as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner from the Nutrition Therapy Association in June of 2016 and became a certified Bioindividual Nutrition Practitioner in April 2018.
Soon after graduation her oldest son was diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. That diagnosis changed the way she thought about nutrition and it's effect on disease processes. After much research and completely overhauling the whole family's diet and vitamin supplementation, she saw such a dramatic change in her son that it fueled her passion for helping others with similar inflammatory conditions. Sheila is a member of the Metabolic Medical Institute and is in the process of receiving her fellowship from this institution.
Sheila is married to her college sweetheart, Gordan, and they have 3 children. She is an avid cross-fitter and counts tap dancing as her favorite hobby. She grew up in Louisiana and loves to cheer for the Saints and her Aggies. Her most recent endeavor involves coaching athletes at Crossfit Katy in areas of nutrition and fitness.
Leah Kay, RN, BSN
Leah has a particular passion for working with the following populations:
- Athletic Performance
- Weight Loss
- Meal Planning
- Men's Health
Leah grew up in the small town of Wimberley, Texas where she was an avid athlete her whole life. Her love of volleyball took her to Trinity University in San Antonio as a member of the Trinity Tigers Volleyball Team which earned a 5th place finish at the 2006 NCAA Division III National Tournament. It was at Trinity University where Leah first discovered her love for Anthropology and the evolution of modern man from primitive cultures especially as it relates to health and wellness. After earning her Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology from Trinity, Leah decided to pursue a career in Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Fusing her anthropological knowledge of the development of man and her background in Nursing, Leah is able to effectively guide patients on a path of wellness specific to their individual needs.
As a Level 1 Certified CrossFit Trainer, she is also fully equipped to help patients conquer their health and fitness goals. Leah was a part of the 2014 CrossFit Katy Team that competed in the 2014 CrossFit Games. In her spare time, Leah enjoys spending time with her husband Neal and their two dogs, Ziggy and Ellie.
Megan Gump, NTP, Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner
Megan has a particular passion for working with the following populations:
• Food Allergies
• Hormonal Imbalances
• Lifestyle/Dietary Changes
Megan was born and raised in Dallas, TX but quickly moved to Steamboat Springs, CO after high school. She has a passion for traveling and exploring the world which led her to live in Delray Beach, FL where she developed her interest in fitness and nutrition. While completing her BS in Geology, she gained experience in the nutrition industry working for an all-natural protein shake company. Soon after graduating, Megan moved to Austin, TX and pursued her calling in nutrition by completing the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner program from the Nutritional Therapy Association. She has the desire to truly help people be their healthiest, best version! Megan recently finished the coursework required to be a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner.
Megan spends her free time doing yoga, cross fit and camping with her fiancé Alex and their two dogs Zoey and Luna.