From moving to the U.S. with her family at a young age, to switching her career focus, Patricia Yusefzadeh has done it all.
Patricia is a holistic nutritionist who works to guide her clients on how to balance their lives through the means of nutrition advice, self-care, and building a support system. Through her practice, Eat, Well, Repeat, Patricia digs to find the root cause of her client’s issues, such as chronic fatigue, weight management issues, autoimmune conditions, hormonal imbalances, and mood disorders. Although she enjoys all her work has to offer, Patricia particularly enjoys focusing on people’s gut health, which is essential for one’s immunity.
Outside of her success in the field of holistic nutrition, Patricia’s career didn’t initially take off there. Patricia, a Venezuela native, graduated high school in Sarasota, Florida, and went on to attend the University of Central Florida. From there, Patricia graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and earned a minor in art. Upon graduation, Patricia worked as a corporate photographer for the AAA Headquarters in Lake Mary, Florida. Within her position there, she was not only in charge of photography, but she managed the editing process for their images which went into their publications. In addition, Patricia earned a degree in photography and worked for the Orlando Sentinel newspaper, where she worked as a freelance photographer. It wasn’t until Patricia met her now-husband, a St. Paul native, that she moved to Minnesota.
Despite her career as a photographer, Patricia has always had an interest in the nutrition field. Her curiosity for the field was initially sparked by her diagnosis of endometriosis, which she controlled through nutrition and holistic supplementation. The deciding factor for her making the switch in her career was when her family was affected by autoimmune disorders and wanted to help them heal. As a result, Patricia went back to school (in her forties!) at the Nutrition Therapy Institute, in Denver, Colorado, obtained two certifications in Nutrition Therapy and another certification as a Master Nutrition Therapist. From there, Patricia slowly began applying her studies to her three daughters and husband.
Patricia’s day-to-day consists of her meeting with her clients either over the phone or via video consultations. She works one-on-one with her clients as she reviews the client’s health history, looks over various lab tests they might have on their record and recommends the appropriate nutritional and lifestyle changes custom to their needs. One of the most important aspects of Patricia’s job is making sure that the changes she advises for her clients are sustainable ones and will be feasible to maintain in the long term.
As with all jobs, there are highs and lows, with no exception to Patricia’s work. Something that she finds most rewarding in her field is she is able to help a client with dietary habits and as a result, their systems come down drastically and improves their quality of life. According to Patricia, she “loves” hitting client’s goals and seeing the smile on their face when they tell her that they are sleeping better or have more energy throughout the day. Whereas some of Patricia’s challenges include having to put clients on specific dietary restrictions, which make them feel like it is restricting their lives.
While Patricia was earning her certifications, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, in December 2019. For her treatment, she sought out a double mastectomy, rather than chemotherapy or radiation treatment, and fortunately has been cancer-free since! Post-surgery, Patricia set out to learn all she could about hormone, blood, urine, and food sensitivity testing, so she could help her clients understand nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, or any infections or viruses they have. According to Patricia, she believes that she really could have improved her own health, if she had been privy to that information.
When it comes to ModernWell, Patricia’s involvement in the community has been essential to her and her business and schooling. Patricia joined ModernWell in the summer of 2019, so she could concentrate on her thesis paper, while she was earning her nutritionist certifications. According to Patricia, the ability to concentrate without interruptions was “the key” to her success in turning in her thesis paper on time. Given that roughly half of the time she has been a member at ModernWell the Covid-19 virus has been in the U.S., she has only been able to attend some events that ModernWell has to offer. Come this upcoming fall, Patricia is excited to attend more and grow within the ModernWell community!
In addition to her work, Patricia is also considering starting a once-a-month support group at ModernWell for those of which have been impacted by breast cancer. Patricia noted that some women have reached out to her for support and advice and thought that women could benefit from having other women to talk to and support them while navigating the disease.
According to Patricia, ModernWell’s space has everything that one needs. She believes it is a beautiful and supportive environment, with extremely friendly staff. Patricia said that it is wonderful just to get out of the house and meet fellow workers without the distraction of household chores! Overall, Patricia has found her experience at ModernWell to be very rewarding socially.
When she is not working or at ModernWell, you can find Patricia in her neighborhood of Deephaven, where she spends time outside appreciating nature and living close to Lake Minnetonka, where she feels most calm and centered.