Hello + Welcome
I am looking forward to meeting you!
My credentials and why you should work with me:
I am a Certified Nutritional Practitioner and IBS/SIBO Practitioner working in my virtual holistic health clinic in Toronto, Canada. I am a First Class Honours graduate of The Institute of Holistic Nutrition and a member of the Canadian Association of Natural Nutritional Practitioners.
I am also a Certified Visceral Therapist. I have completed The SIBO Mastery Program and Advanced SIBO Case Management. Functional Gastrointestinal Exam Skills program and Navigating the Pediatric Gut.
I have attended many SIBO workshops, symposiums, lectures and interviews adding to my skillset.
I also have a special interest in working with people with Autoimmune Disease and I am building a specialized area in helping Children and Babies with chronic digestive difficulties.
I am passionate about helping people restore their optimal physical and mental health by addressing the root cause - the GUT. As Hippocrates states -
“All diseases begin in the gut”.
My STORY and why I became a Holistic Practioiner:
My health crisis goes back to 2003 when my digestive issues began. Severe digestive symptoms that interfered with my daily life turned into years of me searching for the cure. I was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) which is Doctor speak for, "I don't know what is wrong with you". Sound familiar?
During my research for a cure, I came across a new acronym - SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) - and I finally had an answer to what was going on with my body.
So here I am privileged to be partaking in this amazing journey where I get to educate my clients and doctors (yes, I even try to educate them!) about SIBO and how it is different from IBS. It's all come full circle. I've found my purpose. This is my reason.
Since my SIBO diagnosis, I've spent endless hours researching the topic and how to effectively eradicate this condition. I've attended many lectures and courses from top Doctors and Researchers on the subject of SIBO/IBS and also other digestive disorders.
I also have a special interest in working with clients who have Autoimmune Disease and a growing practice working with Infants, Children and Adolescence who have chronic digestive issues.
In the fall of 2018, I enrolled at Toronto's Institute of Holistic Nutrition and graduated First Class Honors as a Certified Nutritional Practitioner. Through my studies, I have learned how to treat each client holistically addressing all the body systems - mind, body, and soul. We address all of the organ systems that are out of balance - not just the symptoms.
Working with me means I get to know you and tailor a program that works for the individual that you are. No two people are alike and neither is my approach. We work closely together and I coach you along the way so you stay on track.
I am dedicating my journey, career, and education to YOU!
Barb Handy, Mom, wife + friend
I am currently living in Toronto, Canada with my family and our beloved dog, Chloe. When I'm not working I love hiking, camping and spending time near water. I am a maker at heart so often I'll be doing some form of arts + crafts and I'm pretty nifty with my crochet hook and knitting needles! I am an easy-going, strait-shooting introvert who has a slight obsession with Coronation Street.