Why I do what I do.
Health challenges are very familiar to me personally.
I struggled with chronic digestive issues, fatigue, trouble sleeping, infections, not being able to lose weight, and joint pain that interrupted my quality of life daily. It was frustrating and scary to think these symptoms might be something serious. Doctors tried to help by prescribing prescription medicines that only caused more problems.
In desperation, I was forced to take a hard and honest look at what was causing my health problems and physical symptoms including my diet, lifestyle habits, family genetics, relationships, and environment. I had to admit to myself that the reasons for my symptoms were created by me. I had the power to get better. My recovery took almost 18 months but the symptoms eventually went away, my energy came back and I lost weight.
My GI symptoms disappeared, the joint pain went away, my weight stabilized by 15 pounds, my sleep improved and I woke up refreshed and energetic.
This personal journey had a profound impact on how I work with my clients in that it heightened my skills, knowledge, experience, and intuition and sparked a passion to help others do the same. Everyone wants control over their health.
For 15 years the science of genomics and nutragenomics has been a passion. I have applied my own genomic picture to my daily living and it works. Genetics is the missing link of personalized nutrition of the past.
Now I am in a position where I can use all my life experiences and knowledge practicing the art and science of nutritional medicine to help you overcome your complex health challenges. I have dedicated my career to helping people just like you find the path back to feeling your best and learning to stay that way.
If my story resonates for you… I invite you to reach out.
My Name is Gay Riley
Gay Riley MS, RD, CCN, FMN here. Just in case you are interested in what those credentials mean besides costing allot of money? MS (Master’s degree in Clinical, Sports Nutrition, and Exercise Physiology), RDN (Registered Dietitian Nutritionist), CCN (Certified Clinical Nutritionist), FMN, (Functional Medicine Nutritionist), LDN (Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (in 5 states). I have been learning, practicing, and trailblazing through the science of holistic, integrative and functional medicine for over 30 years. .
In my next life I will be a painter, astronomer, or marine biologist. I loved art and science, but nutrition was my hobby, so those interests guided me to learning the art and science of nutritional medicine.
Throughout my career I have been obsessed with learning the science of nutritional medicine from a holistic or “Whole Person” perspective. As an undergraduate, I found the power of plants, herbal medicine, homeopathy and nutritional supplements fascinating. Very unconventional in those days.
After getting my RD, I was hired to do research, and create specialized diets for children with seizures, complex metabolic conditions, and birth defects. That job taught me that food really is medicine to heal and transform lives.
In the mid 80’s I had the pleasure to work with morbidly obese individuals at Baylor where I learned one diet or way of eating to lose weight does NOT work for everyone. It was such a revelation to me I wrote my thesis on the subject. That led to working with professional athletes, sports teams, and the gym industry further reinforcing the importance food and nutrition has on physical and mental performance and recovery.
All these experiences led to the science of environmental medicine, genomics, energy medicine and functional nutrition. Traditional dietetics no longer aligned with my healing philosophy. Every person is different and personalized Nutritional Medicine is the answer.
I have been doing this for a long time. In 1988 I started a personalized nutrition practice in Dallas, Texas. In 1997 “Netnutritionist.com” was launched, the first online virtual nutrition Telehealth practice to connect with people all over the world.
If you are dealing with symptoms or frustrated because you cannot seem to reach your health goals…you do not need to struggle another day. I will help you strategically find your way back to optimal health.
- Texas Woman’s University Bachelor of Science Clinical Nutrition Registered Dietitian
- Texas Woman’s University Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition and Exercise Physiology
- Interned at the Environmental Health Center Dallas
- Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN) 1999
- Advanced Functional Medicine Nutritionist credential (FMN) through IFMNT
- Clinical Nutritionist and Researcher Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital
- Clinical Nutritionist Dallas Diagnostic Association
- Modifast weight loss program Clinical Nutritionist
- Baylorfast Weight Management Clinical Nutritionist
- Apex Fitness Group Nutrition Director
- 24-hour Fitness Nutrition Consultant
- Interned and worked at the Environmental Health Center Dallas
- Dotfit LLC Nutrition Consultant
- Netnutritionist.com Virtual Functional Nutrition Medicine Practice 1997-present
- Private Functional Medicine Nutrition Practice 1988-Present
- Expert Content Reviewer for https://www.nextlevelfunctionalnutrition.com/
- Mentor Health Care Professionals
- Expert contributor to “Culinary Genomics”
- National Academy of Sports Medicine
- Institute for Functional Medicine
- International Association for the Study of Obesity
- Institute for Food and Development Policy
- Texas State Board of Dietitians
- North Carolina Board of Dietitians and Nutritionists
- Florida Dietetics and Nutrition Practice Council
- Ohio Board of Dietetics
- Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition (former member)
She has given me exactly what I was looking for- guidance, support and specific directions for healing. She took me through a series of tests and was very thorough in teaching me about my body as the results from these tests returned. I am now on a protocol that is working extremely well. All of my symptoms are improving.
Amanda, Teacher, Dallas
After several unsuccessful rounds of IVF, I felt like a failure, I was worn out, exhausted, depressed, and my stomach was always in knots. I was afraid I might really be sick. The minute I sat down with Gay to make sense of my symptoms I felt at ease and I knew everything was going to be okay. It is 3 years now I have worked on and off with Gay. I am feeling great, excited about life and I am a mom.
Stella, Physician’s Assistant, Tyler
I was in a bad place for years – I was sick with multiple gastrointestinal issues and feeling pretty defeated. I had worked with multiple GI docs over 2 years and wasn’t getting better. Then I met Gay and everything changed.
I saw marked improvement in a matter of months. She spends time with you, she listens to you and you really feel that she cares. Gay was a lifesaver for me. I highly recommend her to anyone, especially anyone dealing with unexplained medical issues.
Brooke Rowney, Counselor, Murphy
Gay leaves no stone unturned to get to the root cause of even the most complex health issues. Throughout the process, she’s extremely caring and compassionate. What’s more, she’s down-to-earth and approachable – no white coat stuffiness here. If you want answers; if you want results, be assured you’ll get that and more with Gay Riley!
Susan Allen RD, CEO IFMNT, Florida
I have ADHD and rheumatoid arthritis among other physical problem. For the past 10 years of my life I have been disabled and unable to function normally. Gay literally helped me get my life back. I have lost 28 pounds, my digestion and regularity has returned, I can sleep and have energy! I have cut my medications in half. And I guess more than anything Gay didn’t give up on me. She was patient, caring and thorough. Thank you Gay!
Donna, RN, Austin
I have worked with Gay for over 23 years. Her experience, knowledge and science background combined with genuine caring and passion make her unrivaled as a counselor. I am healthy and enthusiastic as a result of her encouragement.
With gratitude, EB, Dentist, Colorado