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About Frances

For over 30 years, Frances has been educating people about healthy living. A former NCAA swimmer and cross-country runner, she appreciates the benefits of a healthy lifestyle continuing to train regularly and prepare and enjoy healthy food.

Frances completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California at Davis, graduating with a BS in dietetics and a minor in exercise physiology. After entering the workforce, she found it difficult to effect change in her clients due to the psychological and behavioral barriers associated with eating. This led her to graduate studies in social welfare at the University of California at Los Angeles. A certified diabetes educator, Frances specializes in the area of diabetes management. She is a firm believer in the functional and integrative medicine approach to health and disease prevention. She continually pursues opportunities to expand her knowledge in the area with the intention of eventually specializing in it.

Frances' most recent accomplishments are the printing of her cookbook, 10-Minute Healthy Rice Cooker Meals and being granted a service mark from the US Patent and Trademark Office for teaching healthy rice cooker classes. Frances lives in Southern California with her husband, two children and many fur covered kids. She can be contacted at 

About Functional Medicine

Our mission at FoodRx is to provide innovative nutrition tools and information to promote optimal physical and mental health and healing.

We believe in an integrative and functional approach to health and healing described by The Institute of Functional Medicine as personalized medicine that deals with primary prevention and underlying causes instead of symptoms for serious chronic disease. It is a science-based field of health care that is grounded in the following principles:

  • Biochemical individuality describes the importance of individual variations in metabolic function that derive from genetic and environmental differences among individuals.

  • Patient-centered medicine emphasizes "patient care" rather than "disease care," following Sir William Osler’s admonition that "It is more important to know what patient has the disease than to know what disease the patient has."

  • Dynamic balance of internal and external factors.

  • Web-like interconnections of physiological factors – an abundance of research now supports the view that the human body functions as an orchestrated network of interconnected systems, rather than individual systems functioning autonomously and without effect on each other. For example, we now know that immunological dysfunctions can promote cardiovascular disease, that dietary imbalances can cause hormonal disturbances, and that environmental exposures can precipitate neurologic syndromes such as Parkinson’s disease.

  • Health as a positive vitality – not merely the absence of disease.

  • Promotion of organ reserve as the means to enhance health span.



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