Welcome! I’m a functional medicine nutritionist dedicated to finding whole person solutions for your health concerns.
Hi, I’m Gay Riley and for years I struggled with chronic digestive issues, fatigue, trouble sleeping, infections, not being able to lose weight, and joint pain that interrupted my daily quality of life. It was incredibly frustrating and entirely scary to think these symptoms might be something serious. Doctors tried to help by prescribing meds that seemed to only cause more problems.
In desperation, I was forced to take a hard and honest look at what was causing my health problems and physical symptoms –my diet, lifestyle habits, family genetics, relationships, and environment. What an eye-opening exercise. I ultimately had to admit to myself that the reasons for my symptoms were created by me. It was a humbling thought but one that opened my eyes. Because I had largely created – or at least aggravated – the problems myself, it meant that 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. I’ve never been healthier.
My GI symptoms disappeared along with the joint pain, my weight stabilized by 15 pounds, my sleep improved, and I woke up refreshed and energetic.
This personal journey has had a profound influence on how I work with my clients. It heightened my skills, knowledge, experience, and intuition and sparked a passion to help others have the same experience. Everyone wants control over their health.
For the past 15 years, the science of genomics and nutrigenomics has been a passion of mine in work and in life. 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. It’s easy to test and invaluable in its depth of insight.
When we work together, I use all of my life experiences and knowledge in 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 learn how to stay that way.
If my story resonates with you… I invite you to reach out.
In case you’re wondering what all of those initials after my name stand for, my credentials include a master’s degree in Clinical, Sports Nutrition, and Exercise Physiology (MS) and am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN), Functional Medicine Nutritionist (FMN), and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LDN) in five states. I have been learning, practicing, and trailblazing the science of holistic, integrative and functional medicine for over 30 years.
Throughout my career I have been obsessed with learning the science of nutritional medicine from a holistic, “whole person” perspective. As an undergraduate, I found the power of plants, herbal medicine, homeopathy, and nutritional supplements fascinating, which was 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 work solidly taught me that food really is medicine with the power to heal and transform lives.
In the mid 80’s, I had the pleasure of working with morbidly obese individuals at Baylor University where I saw firsthand that one diet or way of eating to lose weight does NOT work for everyone. It was such a revelation to me that I wrote my thesis on the subject. That led to my working with professional athletes, sports teams, and the gym industry, and the deepening of my belief in the importance of food and nutrition on physical and mental performance and recovery.
Wanting to know more in order to do more for clients, I studied 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, I launched Netnutritionist.com, the first telehealth nutrition practice, enabling me to work with people all over the world. I welcome you to take control of and experience great health. You hold the power.
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. Please reach out for a free discovery call to learn how I might help you find your way to optimum health.
--Donna, Austin TX
I welcome the opportunity to help you find and maintain your healthiest life. Please reach out with any questions you may have about getting started on your path to optimum health.