About Lisa Bryant
Lisa Bryant chose to leave a successful medical career as a speech-language pathologist in pediatric developmental disabilities and adult brain-injury rehabilitation to pursue environmental work in the San Francisco Bay Area in marine preservation. Her environmental education experience ultimately led to a career in the related natural health field. In 2004, she opened a natural health practice in the Sacramento area featuring Bowen Therapy and added Holistic Nutrition services in 2007.
Lisa's Holistic/Functional nutrition support for with adults covers several specialties, including nutritional cleansing, chronic inflammatory conditions like osteoarthritis and blood sugar balance, weight maintenance, brain health, digestion, immune health and more.
After completing undergraduate work in Psychology and Nutrition Science followed by a Master's degree and Clinical Fellowship in Speech-Language Pathology, Lisa worked in multiple settings in the Washington, D.C. area, including private practice. Eventually, she became a "traveling" speech-language pathologist before relocating to England in 1998. Lisa ultimately settled in Northern California where she received advanced credentials from the Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia and professional certifications in Holistic Nutrition Education and Functional Nutrition.
Motivated by her former work with patients confronting neurodegenerative disease and her own powerful testimonial after receiving Bowenwork, Lisa embarked on a new health-and-wellness career aimed at helping clients discover safe alternatives to pain relief and optimal healing through the renowned Bowen Therapeutic Technique, which is complemented by Holistic Nutrition services. Lisa offers a unique blend of professional expertise (from formal backgrounds in both conventional and alternative health) in holistic nutrition education and therapeutic nutrition, natural healing and pain management, and overall health maintenance. Bowen Therapy remains a primary service modality in her natural health practice since 2004.
Lisa’s passion for natural health and wellness is expressed in her nutrition education consults centered around whole foods nutrition and lifestyle changes, such as mindfulness and stress reduction, as key factors for maintaining long-term health. In her holistic nutrition practice, she enthusiastically educates clients on the benefits of using a whole foods approach to nourishing, cleansing and healing the body, mind and spirit. As an expert in whole foods nutrition, Lisa regularly supports clients with chronic illness as well as those thriving in wellness. She emphasizes choosing organically-grown whole foods and food-based nutritional supplements whenever possible as nature’s best health insurance policy.
Using Bowenwork, Holistic Nutrition and positive lifestyle choices as her primary tools, Lisa empowers clients to feel good again in their bodies and live more fully. When clients begin to notice improved ease and vitality, they often develop a greater capacity for implementing self-care routines that help them become even more energetic and vibrant.
Lisa receives tremendous inspiration from the natural world, with continued involvement in conservation and human health issues, including non-GMO advocacy. She has participated in Eastern-influenced spiritual development, practices and studies since her early twenties. Lisa has spent over three decades as an avid international traveler and world culture aficionado, preferring exploration off the beaten track. Her younger brother Michael and his special challenges with Fragile X Syndrome have informed her life’s work immensely. In her natural health practice, Lisa is deeply moved by the courage, determination and positivity exhibited by so many struggling with disability or difficulty who continue to put their best foot forward to gain the most out of life. It is an honor for Lisa to be part of their experience along the path to health and healing.
Educational Background, Professional Training & Career Experience:
Undergraduate level academic training and clinical work in Health and Human Services - Marymount University, Arlington, Virginia
Bachelor’s Degree: Psychology (Major), Nutrition Sciences (Minor)
Graduate level academic training and clinical work in Hearing and Speech Sciences - University of Maryland at College Park
Master’s Degree and Clinical Fellowship: Speech-Language Pathology
National Professional Competency Certification: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Former clinical specialties: pediatric developmental disabilities, adult brain injury rehabilitation, neurogenic swallowing disorders
Professionally licensed (lapsed), full-time career in multiple settings and states, including part-time private practice (Washington, DC
metropolitan area), and "traveling" speech-language pathology career (nationwide)
Post-graduate education and credentials:
Environmental Forum of Marin graduate - Environmental Activism Field Training program (San Francisco Bay Area - Marin County)
Former non-profit sector employment in environmental education (marine conservation, wetlands) - Marin County, Northern California:
Seaflow - Protect Our Living Oceans, Point Reyes National Seashore Association, Health and Habitat
Basic, Advanced and Specialized training in The Original Bowen Therapeutic Technique - Greater Sacramento area, California
Professional Accreditation/Certification: The Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia (Bowtech Certified - Basic and Advanced Levels I & II)
Sole Proprietor/Practitioner-Owner: Foundations for Healing - Bowenwork & Holistic Nutrition (Professional Bowenwork practice)
General Business License (current) + Special Business License (current) - Elk Grove, California
Periodic voluntary continuing education
Academic training and field work in Holistic Nutrition Sciences - Bauman College: Holistic Nutrition + Culinary Arts, Berkeley, California
Professional Certification in Holistic Nutrition Education (Bauman College, Berkeley)
Sole Proprietor/Practitioner-Owner: Foundations for Healing - Bowenwork & Holistic Nutrition (Holistic Nutrition practice)
General Business License (current) - Elk Grove, California
Regular, ongoing voluntary continuing education
Academic training and clinical work in Functional Clinical Nutrition: ACN - Applied Clinical Nutrition program (Alameda, California)
Professional Certification in Functional Nutrition (Life West Chiropractic College, Hayward, California)
Regular, ongoing voluntary continuing education