Meet Our Team | Health Hutch Advisor | Allyson
If you've been in the store recently, you've seen Allyson! She's our every day, multi-tasking, tea preparing, inventory stocking, customer checking, always smiling, eager to help everyone who walks in the door, Store Assistant. Her journey to the health world has been on-going most of her life. Her mother has been a guide to finding answers to health concerns more holistically and turning to nature for improvements. For that, she has gained much knowledge around products and how to listen to her body. Enjoy getting to know her more!
Tell us about your journey.
“I grew up in the Sioux City area and was homeschooled along with my older brother and three younger sisters. As an infant, I had many ear infections and was put on a lot of antibiotics. Because of all the antibiotics, I was diagnosed with IBS by the time I was two years old. Unfortunately, the doctor did nothing and told my mom we would have to learn to live with it. That is what we did. (This is all too common still today for people to be told “to just live with it” when in fact, that is not how your body is supposed to work.)
When I was nine I started to get worse and have other health issues as well. My parents took took me to several different doctors, and after many CT scans, scopes, MRIs, X-Rays, and labs, no one had any solutions and the medications only made me worse. At this point, I was 12 years old, I had lost a lot of weight and stopped growing. My mom decided it was time to find natural ways to help me. This lead us to naturopathic doctors, herbal supplements, ionic minerals, and homeopathic remedies. Although my health began to improve, I still suffered from 30+ food allergies. For this we found an allergy elimination technique, which literally eliminated all of my food allergies. After many years we finally found the right supplements to help me heal, gain weight, and grow. I continue to take supplements to maintain my health and strengthen my immune system to this day.”
Allyson brings a lot to the store with her background around natural health. For most ailments we assist others with, she or her mother have likely tried their own version as well.
What made you want to work at Next to Nature?
I have always had the desire to help my friends and family when I see them suffering from various ailments. When I know how much natural health supplements have helped me, I just want to share that with everyone. I never thought about working in a health store before until someone recommended I apply. When I met Jamie for the interview, and I got to see her store, I realized this is a perfect opportunity for me to be able to help so many more people! I love working at Next To Nature and meeting new people. In the time I have worked here, I have learned so much from not only Jamie. but the customers as well. I want to keep learning and helping as many people as I can.
What do you hope to bring the the Next to Nature Health Hutch Community?
I hope to contribute to the Health Hutch community through my knowledge and daily use of essential oils and supplements. I am also hoping in the near future that I will be able to expand my knowledge and skill of muscle testing, so that I may be able to further help our customers identify problem areas through the bodies response. Muscle testing can help give us insight into what our bodies need!
What is a fun fact we must know?
I started dancing when I was 3 years old. I even got to dance a couple times in the Russian Nutcracker that came to Sioux City. My senior year I started teaching dance and taught for 3 years. I loved dancing so much that even when I was very sick, and dancing was actually painful at times, I never quit. Dancing is what got me through those difficult years.
We hope you have enjoyed getting to know Allyson as much as we enjoy reading every empowered word of this. She as well brings so much to the store and community. Her and Jamie make an excellent team in the store and are constantly brainstorming ideas to grow and have fun along the way!
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