Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristina Telhami.
Hi Kristina, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
My name is Kristina Telhami and I am a PharmD Candidate, Holistic Health Coach, Certified Functional Medicine Specialist, and a Certified Integrative Health Practitioner.
I dealt with a variety of health issues throughout college, such as amenorrhea, anxiety, depression, and digestive issues. I went to a variety of medical doctors for help and they tried to mask my symptoms with medications, but never helped me figure out the root cause of my symptoms. I was told I needed to be on birth control to regulate my cycle and that my digestive issues had no underlying causes. I was tired of feeling sick and helpless.
That was when I found Functional Medicine. I was able to figure out the root cause of my issues and heal my body without prescription medications. I found out why I wasn’t able to have a period for 8 years, and that I had both SIBO and Candida causing my digestive issues. I couldn’t believe how changing my diet, lifestyle, and really looking at my entire gut microbiome could solve all of my issues. This was something that the Conventional Medicine Doctors were missing when trying to help me. They never once educated me on diet and lifestyle. They never once told me about doing a comprehensive stool analysis panel for my gut microbiome.
I really did not want to go to pharmacy school at first, but honestly I just stuck with it and I am so glad I did. I learned how Conventional Medicine continues to fail its patients. Rather than getting to the root cause of health issues, they just continue to mask symptoms with medications.
I decided that I couldn’t wait to do something, and started my business while I was a 4th year pharmacy student. I took various courses, read books, and decided it was time to make a difference. I am currently working with over 20 clients and I feel like I am genuinely making a difference. Being able to order any Functional Medicine Lab tests, go over their diet, lifestyle, and adding supplements specific for them is a DREAM. This is what I want to do and continue to do in the future. I am changing so many lives already!
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It was never an easy journey for me. Pharmacy school was absolutely awful. I truly hated what I was learning and felt like I was going down the wrong path. I was learning about everything that was going against what I truly stood for. I was constantly stressed and working so hard to pass all of my exams. I just felt stuck, and that I was going down the wrong path. I had no idea what I wanted to do in the future. I knew that I wanted to have my own business, but kept telling myself to wait until I finished school and settled down. I worked at CVS and I hated it. I was just handing prescriptions left and right, taking calls from doctors for new medications, and counseling patients on their medications. I was never once able to talk about supplements and diet and lifestyle changes.
I also went through a lot of struggles throughout my life, where I was bullied and never felt like I belonged. I always felt like something was wrong with me. It wasn’t until I truly started my self-love journey where I found myself and my true passions.
As you know, we’re big fans of Top Health Solutions LLC. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
I am a Holistic Health Coach, Functional Medicine Specialist, and an Integrative Health Practitioner. I help those struggling with digestive symptoms, skin issues, hormonal imbalance, diet, and lifestyle changes so they can get back to living a healthy life.
I am known for being the gut health specialist, since I truly believe every health issue begins with the gut. A portion of our immune system is in the gut. Our gut microbiome impacts our mood, metabolism, and hormones.
What sets me apart from others is still being a 4th year Doctor of Pharmacy student, and having gone through conventional medicine schooling. Many Functional Medicine and Integrative Health Practitioners haven’t gone through Conventional Medicine schooling before. I have learned what medications are, their side effects, how they work, and more. I learned how Conventional Medicine teaches their future doctors and how outdated the health information is.
I am so proud of my success due to the many clients I have at JUST starting my business. Not only that, but I have a book coming out November 9th about my journey to Functional Medicine with many other Health Care Practitioners. I have been able to have various certifications while still being in a challenging curriculum.
I want readers to know how passionate I am about gut health and our hormones. I have been there. I have struggled for YEARS throughout my life and no one was able to help me. I know how it feels to not feel your best and I want to help others live a healthier life!
What matters most to you? Why?
What matters most is how we fuel our bodies and take care of our bodies. What we put into our bodies is actually more important than you think. We want to make sure we fuel our good gut bacteria because our gut plays a HUGE role in our bodily functions. I see how other nurses, doctors, and most of America eats on a daily basis. and it isn’t healthy. Processed foods and inflammatory oils are causing more issues long term. We need to be eating real whole foods, such as wild-caught fish, grass-fed beef, pasture-raised eggs and poultry, fruits, vegetables, and whole-food carbohydrates such as sweet potatoes. We also need to make sure we are consuming healthy fats like avocado, olive oil, and more. It really can make a huge difference in one’s health when we actually care about what we are putting inside of our bodies.