About Holistic Nutrition Center

Do you suffer from too much leisure time, a stress free job, a self- run home, and premium health without any concerns?Probably not.

Today we live in a fast paced world with a myriad of concerns ranging from pollutants to lack of sleep to high blood sugar and so much more. The Holistic Nutrition Center was created to help our clients live a life of health wholeness. Our dedicated team is passionate about finding answers and solutions to your concerns.

We understand the impact that our foods, our stresses, and daily routines have on our bodies and minds. We believe our integrative approach which involves Nutrition Response Testing, whole food supplementation, nutritional guidance and counseling services with our psychotherapy team is integral to your healing, health and well-being.  Since wellness doesn't stop with nutrition, we want to offer support to our clients who want to improve their whole-self!

Through careful listening, care and education, we value each individual who walks into our center.
Good health begins and ends with good nutrition.

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Kristi's Practice

Fueled by her gratitude for Holistic Nutrition and Standard Process’ amazing products, plus her desire to give others the gift of life and good health she has experienced, Kristi earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Holistic Nutrition from Clayton College of Natural Health in Birmingham, Alabama. She’s been practicing Holistic Nutrition for over 11 years in Newport Beach, CA.

Kristi’s main objective is to find the root cause of her clients’ ailments and address them through nutrition and supplements. She applies two techniques:

Kristi is a member of the International Foundation for Nutrition and Health (IFNH). Through her online counseling, Kristi makes full use of her expertise by working directly with her clients, no matter where they are located, to customize dietary programs and cleanses that help them achieve optimal health.

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Whole Health Everyday is a Personal Chef service, ideal for individuals and families who don’t have the time or know-how to create delicious, nutritious meals. Whole Health Everyday also provides cooking classes for those interested in becoming their own Healthy Chef.

Our Holistic Team

Kristi Acuña

Kristi Acuña was born with a severe case of psoriasis – an autoimmune disease that causes red, patchy skin from head to toe. Her childhood was filled with frequent visits to pediatricians, dermatologists, and alternative health care practitioners to help cure – or at least control – her psoriasis. Each doctor visit became one disappointment after another, as all the medical professionals focused on treating her symptoms rather than getting to the root cause of the problem –what she was putting into her body. Consequently, all attempts failed.
After years of dealing with this unsightly and often painful disease, combined with taunting from her peers and classmates, Kristi’s self-esteem plummeted. Embarrassed and frustrated, Kristi wondered if she’d ever have a normal life.

When Kristi was 19 years old, her mother, a Registered Nurse for 27 years, studied to become a Traditional Naturopath. She was able to uncover the root cause of Kristi’s psoriasis and introduced her to a line of whole food supplements called Standard Process. The supplements and her new individualized nutrition plan cleared the psoriasis and gave Kristi a level of confidence she had never before experienced.

Holistic Nutrition gave Kristi back her LIFE.

Marcella Gracer

Marcella is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), with a Master’s degree in Health Education and an undergraduate degree in Health and Wellness. She spent thirty years working in the medical field prior to being introduced to natural healing for true health, in 2006. Realizing this was the path toward following her passion, she became certified in Nutrition Response Testing in 2009.

She continues to study the field of health and nutrition with whole foods, as well as the use of herbal remedies for improved health outcomes and longevity with top practitioners from Standard Process, and around the world, teaching the works of Royal Lee and Weston A. Price, and other health pioneers here in the United States; and direct studies with many different health care professionals such as Kerry Bone, Lee Carroll, and Berris Burgoyne of MediHerb, from Australia.

She currently is part of Holistic Nutrition Center, has a home office located in Lake Forest, and also does home visits throughout the SoCal area. She offers core nutrition and also specializes in individualized, targeted, therapeutic healing protocols.

Shanna Butler

Shanna Butler was born in Surf City, Huntington Beach, CA. After growing up eating the standard American diet, her body finally took its toll when she was seventeen. She began waking up with very swollen eyes, getting rashes, having very bad fatigue, and having stomach pains. None of her symptoms were getting better, only getting worse. She went to three doctors trying to get help on what could be the cause. Two of the doctors told her that her symptoms were all in her head and offered a prescription to Xanax. It wasn't until she got a third doctors opinion that she found out what was the cause of her symptoms. He ran an antibody test and it came back positive for Celiacs Disease.

Shanna completely changed her entire lifestyle. From dumping out all the food in her kitchen, to even dumping all the chemical filled toiletries she had been using on her body her entire life. She had found a love and passion for Nutrition and Holistic ways of healing. On top of eating a true whole foods diet, she had started to implement organic whole food supplements and herbs into her life for ways of immune support and healing. Shanna is now a board-certified Holistic Health Coach and Integrative Nutritionist through Integrative Nutrition and she has completed the Intermediate training of Nutrition Response Testing. She has been working with Standard Process and MediHerb for over four years and is working on her ACN (Advanced Clinical Nutritionist) program. Shanna is very excited to now be training at The Holistic Nutrition Center alongside Kristi Acuna to help improve the quality of life for each individual client.

HNC Welcomes two New Therapists!

Lucy T. Vo, Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist, PSY 29458

As a parent of a struggling child, teenager of even young adult, you often think about ways to help them get through their difficult times. You feel like you keep hitting a wall and nothing works and they continue to struggle with relationships and personal development. You hope it is just a phase they are going through but you know that it is actually a bigger problem. Even with all the love and support they don't feel better. You know they have a lot to offer the world and you wish you could bring it out of them. It can be scary to reach out to a therapist because you want to make sure that you find someone who can genuinely connect with your child. You want someone trustworthy and knowledgeable and that will help you with what to do.
Picture not having to worry anymore and know that your child is in good hands. Dr. Vo can strengthen your connection with your child and teach you to support them. You are the best parent that you know how to be and you deserve the help to see your child thrive.

With easy online scheduling, and evening hours available, Dr. Vo is able to provide you convenient and flexible therapy times to fit your busy life. Her office is located in Newport Beach, but she can also provide online therapy sessions if that is easier for you. Schedule a free consultation today on her website or call her at (714) 451-6783.

Karin Awad LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

HNC is happy to welcome, Karin Awad is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Life Coach and Founder of New Heights Counseling Center. Her mission is to offer a holistic approach to help individuals find freedom from their negative habits.

She began her work with children and families, and has spent time working with the severely mentally ill in psychiatric clinics, private practice, and eventually spent most of her time working in addiction treatment. Karin has held different roles, from Admissions Counselor, Therapist, to Program Director, and Patient Advocate. She has been an educator and advocate of drug-prevention. She believes in the importance of healing the mind, body, and spirit.

Karin states, “I want my clients to no longer need me. I want them to get so well that seeing me is for purpose of continued growth. I want to help them not only eliminate barriers, but to thrive.” In utilizing a holistic approach with her clients, Karin is able to help individuals and couples heal, get un-stuck, and thrive. "Every person has a hero inside, and a journey they have to take. It energizes me to see the life, the love, strength and beauty manifested in the lives of the people I work with." Schedule a free consultation today on her website.

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