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Alisia Essig

Founder of PlantWhys, Holistic Plant-Based Nutritionist

 

Ali has always been interested in nutrition and eating healthy. However, on October 1, 2019, her husband suffered a stroke. His vision was affected for 5 months. He couldn’t drive or work after the stroke and it inspired Ali to turn to holistic approaches to help in his healing. Ali also lost her father unexpectedly to a heart attack when he was just 55 years old, and she was determined to make any changes necessary to prevent another life-altering event.

She dived into the research and found many answers to prevention and long-term health through a plant-based approach. Through trial and error she switched her family of 8 (that's right—6 kids, including twin boys) to a plant-based diet and now is determined to inspire and help others do the same, and to help the process run more smoothly. She believes in progress over perfection, and loves living a 90/10 plant-based life. Because, let's be honest—it's a lot easier raising 6 kids on a plant-based diet when there is flexibility!

 

Angela Stevenson, MPH, RDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

 

Angela completed the Graduate Coordinated Program for Dietetics at the University of Washington in 2011 and received a Masters Degree in Public Health Nutrition. She completed her licensure to be a Registered Dietitian in 2012 and has worked in a skilled nursing facility and grocery store prior to PlantWhys. 

Angela's journey to predominantly plant-based eating started with her career choice to become a dietitian. Gradually, Angela began seeking a low-waste lifestyle and as she grew her family, she realized there were things that could be done to create a better world for her children. Eating whole foods that are plant-based has been a huge step in fulfilling this lifelong goal. She looks forward to helping others navigate this transition with the most updated research and information available in regards to plant-based eating. 

Ashley Rattanasengchanh

Plant-Based Coach, Client Support Manager

 

Ashley has always been passionate about healthy eating and fitness and sharing those passions with others. She made the switch to a plant-based lifestyle after having her 2nd son and was struggling physically and mentally.  By chance she learned about Ali's Deep Dive Course and was hooked to a plant-based lifestyle instantly! What started as a journey to lose some baby weight and feel better physically has blossomed into a deep passion for living a plant-based lifestyle and sharing that love with others.

Ashley is currently working on becoming certified as a Nutritarian Coach with Dr Joel Fuhrman and looks forward to sharing all that she learns with others. Her first clients include her husband and young sons :)

Faith Ralphs

Plant-Based Coach, Recipe Creator

 

Faith Ralphs lives in Idaho with her husband and young children. She has a degree in Public Health from Brigham Young University, has been employed as a health coach for 5 years, and is the face behind the whole food plant-based food blog FaithfulPlateful.com. Since she was a young girl, she has loved making food for others and learning about nutrition. When not making a mess in the kitchen or cleaning it up, she likes to run, hike, travel, and do anything out in nature.

Melissa Smith

Creative Director

 

Melissa and her husband launched their photography business in 2010—working side by side as team photographers for weddings, families, and high school graduates. 11 years and 5 babies later, Melissa's excited to have a little more time to focus on health and creative work now by getting back into running, hiking the beautiful mountains of Utah, running an Etsy shop, designing an app, and helping to build PlantWhys.