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Community Highlights: Meet Gemi Bertran of Nourish the Brain Institute

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gemi Bertran.

Gemi, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
In 2006, I was a single mother of two working full time and studying for my PhD when my dad got sick with cancer. I offered to run his business for him when my brain had another idea. The stress, emotional pain and the lack of good nutrition broke the wires in my brain and my body forgot how to function. All of a sudden I couldn’t move. I had thoughts on how to move my feet to walk but my legs weren’t moving. I was rushed to the ER, tested inside out, the presumed diagnosis went from MS to leukemia. Fortunately nothing came out positive then I was released with no prognosis. No prognosis = no treatment. That was my saving grace. I had all the time in the world, a year and a half to be exact to figure my brain out.

I studied the brain, food, patterns, eating habits, thoughts. I journaled everything I was doing, eating and thinking to the point that I became an expert in my body and brain. Fast forward a few years later, I moved to the US from Barcelona. I was hired as a business director in a behavior/mental health facility then was when I saw the horrors how behavioral/mental health is being treated in the US. I thought we could do so much better than prescribe drugs for every symptom and drugs to counter act the side effects of previous drugs. I created my own business Nourish the Brain Institute. At NTBI, we provide coaching and education about Brain and Behavior through nutrition and the science of the mind.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The biggest challenge is being to get people to know me. What I do, Who I am and my skills. I have so many success stories in my belt, life-changing stories, for instance a client lawyer with horrible epilepsy attacks, on terrible medication with awful side effects that impeded him to perform his profession. Today he has no seizures, doesn’t take medication and works in what he loves. The biggest challenge is getting the world to know me and what I can do to educate them to take care of their health.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Nourish the Brain Institute?
I am a brain and behavior expert. I started my practice coaching clients 1:1 and teaching groups. Then Cuesta College asked me to teach the group series as part of their community program. Now I have a study group for my advanced clients where we study the science of the mind, two beginner groups. My star program is the Brain and Behavior Course. This is a certification program for people to become a brain and behavior specialist and do what I do. I work pro-bono for veterans in groups and 1:1. The Veterans pro-bono program is awesome, I love working with them since they help me to get to Haiti during the Coup d’eta to rescue my daughter from an orphanage. This is a whole story itself. This is what I do and I teach my coaches to do.

Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
My mentor is Bob Proctor and my accountability person is his personal assistant. My advice is to know who you want as your mentor, I always suggest to be someone that has already achieved the goals that you pursue, and ask her/him. It might say no but it doesn’t have to be a no forever. Take his or her courses, attend their seminars, go where they go. Never give up!

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