“Nutrition is the cornerstone of TRUE HEALTHCARE, and the foundation of our health is our digestive system. While our current healthcare system aims to identify illness and treat symptoms, health can only be restored when underlying imbalances are discovered and corrected. So often the root cause of illness can be found in the gut, so this is where we start.”
-Alyssa Simpson RDN, CDE, CLT
owner, Nutrition Resolution, LLC
Alyssa Simpson is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist specializing in digestive health. Alyssa’s philosophy is that food provides fuel and nutrients that support all the natural complex processes of the body. Your body’s natural state is to be well, but imbalances in our environment and state of mind can throw our health out of its natural balanced state. To solve your health issues and return to your natural state of wellness, the underlying causes of the imbalance must be identified and properly addressed. This can be done using integrative and functional methods. While nutrition is not a replacement for medical care when needed, quality nutrition therapy is a vital piece of true healthcare. Although this is widely underrepresented in our current medical system, Alyssa has devoted her career to making integrative and functional nutrition therapy available nationwide via her virtual office.
Here is a short video, created by the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine (DIFM) professional practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), explaining how the approach of an integrative and functional dietitian like Alyssa differs from the average dietitian:
Alyssa works with patients nationwide, providing consultations via phone or video conferencing, sharing documents and resources via secured email, and working with your local laboratory as needed for testing. Alyssa has helped hundreds of patients who had been from doctor to doctor with no solution, or who had been told there was nothing wrong with them. Don’t suffer needlessly for one more day when Alyssa may be able to help!
Alyssa was introduced to healthy eating at an early age as her mother was always very health conscious, reading labels and trying to make sure she fed the family a nutritious diet. Alyssa’s interest in health and nutrition continued to flower in high school when she was encouraged by her cross country and track coach to eat healthfully to fuel her sport and perform better in practices and meets. So in college, Alyssa naturally decided to major in dietetics, although she did not have any idea where her career might take her. She discovered with her first few jobs that the traditional positions available to dietitians were not satisfying to her, and did not fulfill the reason she became a dietitian. She has found the greatest satisfaction in private practice specializing in digestive health, because she is able to make life-changing impact for so many who are not finding solutions with standard treatments.
Alyssa has noticed many of her fellow healthcare practitioners first became interested in their field when they found themselves battling a health challenge of their own. For Alyssa, it happened the opposite way. Always maintaining a healthy lifestyle, Alyssa had never faced any significant health conditions of her own – that is, until she began her private practice. About a year into starting her private practice, the stress took its toll and Alyssa developed acid reflux. Since the focus of her practice is helping patients with digestive conditions, Alyssa was well-equipped to manage this condition, and was given the opportunity to see what it’s like in the patient’s shoes. She was able to see how stress had triggered the problem, but how changes in her diet and lifestyle were necessary to correct the imbalances that had been created by the stress. After a gradual and step by step journey in changing her diet and learning to reduce and manage her stress, Alyssa is now symptom free and feeling better than ever.
Alyssa lives in Gilbert, AZ which is a suburb on the Eastern side of Phoenix. She has lived in Arizona since she was 8 years old, and loves that she can spend time outdoors all “winter” long – hiking, walking the dog, and playing with her nieces Maggie, Olivia, Annabelle, and Zoe. One of 4 siblings, Alyssa is very close with her family who is split between Phoenix and Flagstaff (Flagstaff is 3 hours North of Phoenix at 7000 feet elevation and therefore is more of a mountain terrain than desert). So, she enjoys frequent visits up North to cool off when the summer heat becomes overwhelming.
Alyssa lives a healthy lifestyle, eating the food that feel best for her (which includes lean animal protein, fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, and certain whole grains, but little dairy). She loves cooking and exploring new whole food recipes. She makes sure to move her body at least 5 times per week, no longer to burn calories like in her earlier years, but mainly to feel good. She enjoys the energy of groups fitness classes, the convenience of exercise videos and apps, and the physical benefits of weight lifting and running. She also spoils her dog every morning with an hour long walk.
Education and Experience
- B.S. in Dietetics from Arizona State University 2003
- Completion of supervised practice program at Patton State Hospital 2004
- Passed Dietetic Registration Exam 2004
- Nutrition Coach at Lifetime Fitness 2004-2005
- Nutrition Coordinator at Adelante Healthcare 2005-2010
- Passed Certified Diabetes Educator Exam 2009
- Diabetes Health Coach at Nurtur 2010-2012
- Became Certified LEAP Therapist specializing in food sensitivities 2011
- Private Practice 2012-present, partnered with Arizona Digestive Health since 2013
- Nutritionist at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort Well & Being Spa, 2013-present *** here Alyssa works under chief medical officer Tieraona Low Dog MD who is also the Director of Fellowship of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, founded by Dr. Andrew Weil
- Completed Integrative and Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy (IFMNT) Level II Certificate of Training Course 2014
- Completed Integrative and Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy (IFMNT) Level III Certificate of Training Course 2015
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) including the following professional practice groups: