Naturopath Guides Clients Toward Health and Vitality
by Sheila Julson
Jennifer Trejo. of Abundant Life Wellness Center was heading on a path that most people would consider the American dream; after earning a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Dallas, she held a good job in the corporate world, was happily married and had just given birth to her first child, a daughter. Then, tragedy struck when her father died suddenly of a heart attack at age 59.
“That really shook our family,” she reflects. “He seemed to be in the prime of his life, and it was a big surprise to us because he had no prior health issues. My daughter was just 3 months old, and that sent me on a health journey because I didn’t want her to end up with a parent passing away early.”
Trejo began researching nutrition, diet and exercise. She made lifestyle changes to protect her own heart. As she learned and gained information, she shared that knowledge with her family and friends. “They got excited about what I was sharing with them, which also inspired me. In corporate America, you don’t get that passionate feeling very often. For the first time, I felt I was really living a purpose,” she says.
Taking a leap of faith, Trejo quit and studied naturopathic medicine through Clayton College of Natural Health. She also interned in Dallas with naturopath Dr. Datis Kharrazian and opened Abundant Life Wellness Center in rented space in a chiropractor’s office.
Trejo knew she was stepping outside her comfort zone by going from a job with a steady paycheck and benefits to being an entrepreneur, but the move paid off; after outgrowing her practice space twice, Trejo and her staff, along with additional naturopath Maribel Trigger, now offer holistic services including allergy elimination, detoxification therapies, emotional freedom release, hormone balancing, nutrition counseling, medical massage and vibration therapy. Trejo notes she’s looking to expand into a larger space next year and possibly add a third naturopath practitioner.
A new client’s initial appointment takes 90 minutes, which reviews their complete health history. Trejo orders a comprehensive blood panel to get a biological perspective, and they also incorporate Zyto Biofeedback into the first appointment.
"ZYTO is a personalized biofeedback system designed to measure the body’s state of homeostasis (Homeostasis is an organism maintaining a stable internal environment in response to changing external conditions. For example, when you get cold you shiver to produce more body heat. Or when you get hot, you start to sweat in order to cool off). Many diseases result from disturbance of homeostasis, a condition known as homeostatic imbalance. As it ages, every organism will lose efficiency in its control systems. The inefficiencies gradually result in an unstable internal environment that increases the risk for illness. In addition, homeostatic imbalance is also responsible for the physical changes associated with aging."
Clients leave with a to-do list that may include health strategies such as avoiding certain foods, taking a particular supplement or doing a particular therapy. Each plan is customized to the client’s individual needs.
Trejo says they’ve added other services based on the needs of current or former clients. The Emotional Freedom Technique addresses clients’ emotional baggage or negative emotions that produce low vibrational energy that can become stuck in the midbrain, causing anxiety, habitually poor choices, organ dysfunction and chronic disease. Detox therapies such as the infrared sauna and foot-bath help cleanse and detoxify organs, and colon hydrotherapy gently cleanses the large intestine and the liver, which can decrease the chances of colon cancer and intestinal stress.
The staff at Abundant Life Wellness Center takes a professional, yet lighthearted approach toward serving clients, and Trejo credits them for their dedication and helping the practice grow. Trejo is active on the Lake Worth-North Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce and with Kingdom Business Leaders.
“This is never a boring job,” Trejo concludes. “Seeing clients get healthier and stronger through holistic and natural means, and having their bodies do what God created them to do and guiding them through that motivates me to love going to work every day.”
Abundant Life Wellness Center is located at 3904 Boat Club Rd., in Lake Worth. For more information, call 817-847-0900 or visit AbundantLifeWellnessCenter.com.
Sheila Julson is a Milwaukee-based freelance writer and contributor to Natural Awakenings magazines throughout country