“my mission is to educate and empower individuals to restore their health by using food as a tool for healing.”
Hi! I’m Amber Robertson, a Certified Functional Nutrition & Lifestyle Practitioner and Certified Health Coach living in Nashville, TN. As the Clinic Concierge at the Functional Nutrition Alliance Clinic, I educate our clients about the services we offer and help determine which of our offerings best fits their unique needs.
The seeds for my interest in health were planted at an early age.
When I was seventeen years old I worked a summer job at a doctor’s office in the small town in North Carolina where I grew up. Most of the patients we saw experienced common ailments which resolved quickly with medication. But it was the patients who didn’t heal that piqued my curiosity. Why could some people take a pill and get better while others had health issues with mysterious symptoms that lingered for years?
That summer job in the doctor’s office became a distant memory as I pursued my college education, eventually graduating with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies and ultimately working in a variety of fields from banking to education to marketing… a career in nutrition was still a long way from entering my mind.
Around 2005 I found myself in a stressful work environment which wasn’t serving me or my health. I had zero energy, my skin was red, my hair was dull, and my digestion was a mess. My diet consisted of convenience foods like packaged processed meals and fast food. Looking back it’s easy to see why I felt so bad. My environment was mentally draining and my foods were nutritionally dead!
Then one day something shifted for me. Enough was enough, and I knew I had to take responsibility for my own well being. I began changing the way I ate, took walks in nature, and slowly began having more energy. I found a new occupation that was a better match for my interests and skills, resulting in a happier work life. Over time I learned to cook with fresh, whole foods and stopped buying frozen, processed meals. A year later I had cleared up my skin, normalized my digestion, improved my mood and completely changed my life in the process.
With this new passion for wellness, I discovered how to fuel my body rather than just eating to fill my belly. When other people noticed my improved health and began asking questions, I knew I was headed for a new career path… one that could help change people’s lives.
In 2012, I completed my health coaching certification and began teaching people how to cook and eat for improved energy. Along the way I discovered that one person’s food was another person’s poison, meaning some of my clients thrived on certain foods while others continued to feel terrible. I often encountered clients with complex health issues who reminded me of the patients in my small town doctor’s office all those years ago. I desperately wanted to help those people feel better, which led me to study Functional Nutrition with Andrea Nakayama. The clinical knowledge I gained from her Full Body Systems program completely changed the way I worked with clients, ultimately giving me the skills and confidence to work deeply with people who struggled with challenging health issues.
Upon completion of Full Body Systems I was still eager to learn more. I continued training with Andrea to earn my certification as a Functional Nutrition and Lifestyle Practitioner. Learning the art of practicing functionally helped me crack those difficult client cases by using systems and frameworks not just to address the root causes of symptoms, but also to discover the roles a person’s own personal story, environment, diet, and lifestyle can play in their healing process.
After spending seven years in private practice, I’m thrilled to now be working on Andrea’s team at the Functional Nutrition Alliance. It’s exciting to connect with people who are invested in their own health and I’m honored to help them determine the next steps in their journey.