About Trisha Howell

Trisha’s journey into wellness began with the news of her first pregnancy. This new phase in her life was both exciting and frightening since there seemed to be inadequate information on nutrition for your child. Not satisfied, she enrolled in a nutrition class that would ultimately change her career path and ignite a passion to educate others. Ironically, her education would also serve to be invaluable within her own personal family.

Within five years she achieved her bachelor’s in health science and nutrition from the University of North Florida and completed her dietetic internship from the University of Northern Colorado earning her the credentials as a registered dietitian through the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

Ready to start her new career, her son, at eight years of age, was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes. This news, as shocking as it was evolved to pure love and admiration for her young son’s ability to accept and handle what was now a new way of living. In spite of all the challenges, her experience provided the platform to reach out and help others to not only learn the importance of choosing healthy foods daily but change their behaviors and habits for the freedom of living well for a lifetime.

However, after 12 years of teaching health promotion and prevention to youth, families, corporations and the community yet, seeing the landscape of more illness than wellness, inspired her in 2009 to transition into holistic and alternative medicine. She attended school in Manhattan at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition/SUNY and had the unique opportunity to learn directly from leaders in the medical and holistic health field such as Dr. Mark Hyman, Deepak Chopra, David Wolfe, T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Andrew Weil, and Dr. Marion Nestle to name a few thereby becoming certified in Holistic Health Counseling. She also received training in Food As Medicine with the Center of Mind-Body Medicine and obtained CDR certificates in training of both child/adolescent and adult weight management.

Then, in 2011 after graduating with her masters in health science and nutrition at the University of North Florida she was accepted to advance her clinical training with the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM) with the goal of promoting optimal health for her clients and preventing diet-and lifestyle-related disease. Functional nutrition is the core modality of functional medicine, an integrative approach to health.

Presently, her private practice, Smart Wellness LLC, assists individuals, groups, corporations and the community in learning how to restore their health with a “ food first” approach using the principals of:

Spirituality: to embrace your own journey to wellness;

Mindfulness: to be present in the moment to enjoy life’s pleasures;

Authenticity: to nourish one’s mind, body and spirit;

Recognizing: the healing power of whole food;

Treasuring: family, friends and connections in your life.

Trisha is a mom of two young men who values and treasures the time with her husband and sons. She is an outdoor enthusiast who participates in activities such zip-lining, kayaking in the Everglades, horseback riding on the beach or in the mountains. She enjoys organic gardening, cooking and spending quality time with her family and friends.