My name is Nicole Eckman, and I have been a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist since 2001. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Human Nutrition from Colorado State University in 2000 and completed my post-graduate work, including my dietetic internship, through the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ. In 2015, I earned a Certificate of Training in Integrative and Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy (IFMNT).
My family and I returned to Colorado in 2010 after ten years on the East coast, where I began to build my private practice. We love Colorado living!
Although formally trained in clinical nutrition, I have always had an affinity for and an active interest in integrative nutrition and functional medicine. My integrative nutrition approach is patient-centered, and although there may be a series of nutrition protocols for a particular disease or condition, I do not use a one-size-fits-all approach. I focus on the whole person, including lifestyle modifications and individual nutritional needs. I have seen firsthand how a patient’s emotional or physiological response can determine the success or failure of their treatment. I discuss with my patients the importance of using nutrition to PREVENT poor health and chronic illness later in life. I encourage clients to eat CLEAN, whole foods and avoid processed packaged foods that are so tempting to the high stress and busy lifestyle that so many Americans are accustomed to. I believe that optimal health is not just the absence of disease, but the presence of vitality, a sense of peace, and total patient wellness- something that we ALL deserve to experience.
I am so blessed to love what I do, and I think it shows in my interactions with patients. When working with me, you will receive a unique integrative approach, which stresses the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focusing on the whole person and scientific evidence to support therapeutic approaches to healing the body and correcting imbalances.
Specializing in digestive disorders, endocrine imbalances, and autoimmune disease, I also work with a variety of other conditions, such as detoxification, blood sugar dysregulation, behavioral conditions, disordered eating, and weight management.
My core philosophy is to meet patients where they are and focus on small attainable goals that, when achieved, will make a positive impact on the mind, body, and spirit and encourage the patient to move forward toward their ultimate goal of optimal health.
During a session, I offer support and resources for whole foods meal planning and menu ideas, schedules and timing of meals/snacks, elimination and reintroduction diets for food sensitivities and intolerances, grocery shopping tours, vitamin, mineral and herbal supplementation, therapeutic use of functional foods, stress reduction, improving sleep patterns, reducing stress, and reducing their exposure to environmental toxins (household cleaning products, self-care products, drinking water, etc.).
I stress the importance of using clean, whole food nutrition to prevent disease and chronic illness.
By integrating these diet, lifestyle, and environmental changes our goal is to achieve Optimal Balanced Health, which many patients have been living without for so long.
Current Memberships, Certifications & Affiliations:
Stephanie Staples-Functional Medicine Health Coach
My name is Stephanie Staples, I have a lifelong passion for health,
wellness, and helping others. I graduated from St. Louis University with a Bachelor’s in Medical Science in 1999 and became a Board-Certified Physician Assistant. During my years as a clinician, I realized first-hand the overwhelming impact lifestyle choices and nutrition have on our health. My love and passion for nutrition, healthy living, and wellness began in high school. What began as a hobby became the foundation of ongoing search for answers to what determines our level of health and wellness. After many years of studying lifestyle medicine and the principles of food as medicine, I enrolled in the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy (FMCA). This education provided the opportunity for me to couple my expertise and interests and become a Nationally Board-Certified Functional Medicine Health Coach.My patient-centered approach combines all aspects of lifestyle medicine: nutrition, exercise, stress,
sleep/relaxation, and relationships/environment. My education includes functional medicine, positive
psychology, mind-body medicine, health and wellness coaching, and the psychology of eating.
I am also a Course Facilitator for FMCA, providing an opportunity to work with students and stay up to date on
the latest research in Functional Medicine and Coaching.
Stephanie will be offering behavior change classes through Enlightenment Nutrition beginning this summer. She will also be available for private coaching sessions.