Mikaela uses her knowledge of the body and of different cultural healing traditions to empower people to live with happiness and health, in balance and harmony with their true self. It’s not just about food and exercise – Mikaela uses human connection to intuitively meet the needs of her clients.
Her philosophy is rooted in bio-diversity; the understanding that each body is unique and thus has a unique path to optimal health. She believes in trying to help people live better and more fulfilled lives, and that happiness starts in the body. Whether it’s in the form of food, love, or experiences, the choice of what we use to fuel ourselves with will affect who we are.
MIKAELA'S PASSION FOR FOOD AND NUTRITION STARTED EARLY.
SHE WAS OFTEN FOUND IN THE KITCHEN PLAYING WITH FOOD OR IN THE GARDEN EATING VEGETABLES.
Her hunger for knowledge and adventure has led her to unimaginable experiences around the globe as she continuously explores various cultures to find new ingredients, health benefits, recipes and beautiful culinary traditions. When Mikaela was 17, her father had a heart attack. Instead of using the traditional western approach he vowed to use lifestyle and food to heal himself. He lost 70 pounds by eating whole foods and various worldly supplements and regained his strength.
After watching this real life example of food as medicine, she began immersing herself further in the study of food and healing traditions. She started training under well-recognized LA based chef Wayne Forman, and decided to leave her masters in Physical Therapy to continue her pursuit of food and nutrition. After 10 years of studying ingredients, food, and the physical body, Mikaela loves to share her secrets of health and happiness. She teaches her clients to truly EAT TO LOVE.
CURRENTLY WORKING AS A: RECIPE DEVELOPER PRIVATE CHEF, RETREAT DESIGNER AND MENU CREATOR, EDITORIAL COLLABORATOR, WORKSHOP HOSTER HEALTH CONSULTANT, POP-UP DINNER AND EVENT CURATOR.
Bachelors of Science Degree in Kinesiology, University of Victoria
Certified Holistic Health Counselor accredited through the State University of New York and Institute of Integrative Nutrition
Privately trained to cook by Chef Wayne Forman, owner of Wayno’s Catering based in Los Angeles, California
Raw Chef Training, RAW Foundation, Vancouver BC
Certified personal trainer and certified sports nutritionist through the American Sports and Fitness Association
Member of American Association of Drugless Practitioners