Hi. I’m Andrea, the creator and founder of Thrive Functional Wellness. And the most important thing you should know about me is that I started Thrive not to help others, but to help myself. That’s how I know this works- I was my own first client.
I had always had health issues. I have always been overweight. As a kid, I caught every germ floating around. My menstrual cycle was never regular, predictable or comfortable. I had terrible acne. And scoliosis. And lots of cavities. And ligament laxity, which led to multiple reconstructive surgeries on my ankles. And I struggled with infertility. But all of this was something I thought I just had to live with, just part of me being me.
After the birth of my second son, chronic pain took over my body. I was desperate to understand why, so I started going to doctors. They mostly just looked at me, puzzled. Eventually I was diagnosed with a leaky gut, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and Hashimoto's Disease. But the doctors couldn't tell me how to feel better, how to make the pain go away. I decided to look inward, to try to heal myself, and over time, through nutrition and fitness training, my symptoms subsided and my chronic pain has become a memory. And not only did my chronic pain go away, but so did all my other ailments- the ones I thought would stay with me forever.
I realized I had a calling. I needed to learn more- about why I was feeling the way I had felt for so long, why food and exercise helped me to feel better, and, most important, I wanted to find a way to share this with others.
Everyone’s journey is different, and your path is unique to you. My mission is to help you find a path to reclaim your body, just like I did. I want you to be able to live your best, happiest, healthiest life. We don’t have to be a slave to our genetics. We can make changes. Together, we will uncover the changes that are unique to you, that will help you to thrive, just like me.