ABOUT OLYMPIA, BCHN®
Olympia Rusu is a board certified Holistic Nutritionist who loves health, community, culture, and food. She is client- focused and addresses therapeutic dietary and lifestyle recommendations for the whole person: body, mind, and soul. She is particularly interested in integrative medicine, joining both allopathic and natural remedies for acute and chronic disease, as well as functional medicine, a cohesive method of medicine that seeks the root cause of disease. Her practice focuses on addressing the whole body rather than individual systems.
Olympia works with people of all ages, specializing in autoimmune disease and musculoskeletal disorders. She is empathetic, explorative, and willing to meet patients in any stage of health or disease to find solutions that will promote their healing and restoration.
Why Holistic Nutrition?
Olympia’s desire for health and wellness is informed by her own experience with chronic illness. A runner, dancer, and active individual throughout her childhood and teenage years, Olympia’s world drastically changed when she developed two rare, serious autoimmune diseases in her second year of college. Diffuse scleroderma, polymyositis, and lyme disease have since taught her the intricacies of pain, fatigue, loss, grief, misdiagnosis, medications, blood plasma infusions, emotional trauma, extreme diet changes, allopathic specialists, functional medicine, naturopathic doctors, acupuncture, physical therapy, and chiropractic care; Olympia knows first hand what it is like to function in a body that feels foreign. In the midst of the frustration of chronic illness, she has learned that there is a deep whole body connection between what we believe, what we eat, and how we live, and through that she has learned that healing is always possible.
Before realizing she would one day become a nutritionist, Olympia worked in the health & food world since 2008. She worked for a local, organic apple farm for four years where she first developed a love for fresh, rich simplicity found in whole foods. She then worked as a nutrition brand representative for a nutrition bar company, merchandizing product, working with major health food store chains, and educating managers about health food choices. In 2015, her position as Team Educator for the Whole Body department at Whole Foods Market increased her love of natural remedies, holistic healing, and education while she simultaneously received her Bachelor of Science degree in Theology, Sociology & Cultural Studies.
In 2020, she decided it was time to take the leap into the nutrition consulting world that she became so familiar with due to her own health struggles over the years. She studied Holistic Nutrition Consulting at Bauman College in Berkeley, California and worked for almost two years with Dr. Christine Ilovan DAIM, Dipl. O.M., L.Ac, MS, FMP, MP-NLP at her functional medicine and acupuncture clinic to expand her knowledge of integrative functional medicine and holistic nutrition. In April of 2022, Olympia and her husband moved to North Carolina where they are starting a homestead and working on other community-focused ventures. Through various types of farming and sustainable, regenerative agriculture, they are living as close to the land as possible and more deeply embracing "holistic health" for themselves.
Being Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition® enables Olympia to serve her clients with the best, most current research and advanced nutritional science. Olympia is a professional member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP). She utilizes lab testing from Ixcela and Biotek to identify and support her clients' needs. She is also a distributor of the Juice Plus+ company.