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The Whole Avocado: about Sonia

Sonia Funk

Sonia Funk has recently returned to Winnipeg, after living and working abroad for many years. She brings with her a wealth of International experience and perspective that have shaped her unique and effective approach to Collaborative Healthcare. While her work is largely based in food and nutrition, she relies heavily on her knowledge of the link between emotional, mental and physical well being and on collaborating with other practitioners and doctors of all traditions: Western, Eastern, Natural, Energetic and other Medicines and Modalities. She values all perspectives and tries to combine the best of them to suit her clients needs.

Through her international and personal life experience Sonia has come to understand people and the body very well. She has worked with many Health Practitioners and Doctors along the way: from Medical Doctors to Naturopaths and Homeopaths, Bodytalk Practitioners, Massage Therapists, Personal Trainers, Acupuncturists, all the way to Dr. Guy Meadows, "The Sleep Doctor," in London, UK. You name it, she has explored it. Sonia brings a well rounded, balanced perspective and empathy to her practice - she knows on a deep level that the greater the degree to which she considers her client's individual lifestyle, culture, personality, history and emotional disposition, in her work with them, the greater the degree of success and healing they achieve. 


The Details...

Sonia began the first part of her journey into nutrition when she began her studies at the University of Winnipeg over a decade ago. Unable to decide which direction to take, she decided to pursue a degree with a double major in the two unusually paired subjects of Biology and Music. The Biology plan was soon to be postponed though. During her first year Sonia met Olaf Pittlyk, the future producer of her first record. Putting science on the shelf for a while, Sonia left school in her second year, finished the record and hit the road with her band. 
The following years were full of adventure, some notable success and a move to Toronto. (a link to Sonia's Music is at the bottom of this page) During this time, however, it wasn't Musician Magazines and books that Sonia was picking up to read in her spare time. Rather, it was Alternative and Natural Health Literature. In early 2006 Sonia decided it was time for a change. She enrolled in a Nutritional Consulting Diploma Program through Alive Academy and began her studies while living in Toronto.

Later that year she moved on to New York where she continued her studies by correspondence, and volunteered at the New York Open Center.  Through the Open Center she taught Nutrition Classes at an HIV Day Treatment Center in Manhattan's Lower East side, bringing Whole Foods Market on as a Sponsor. In the spring of 2007 Sonia returned to Winnipeg to complete a summer internship at Natural Essentials and that Autumn, she made another move - all the way across the ocean to the United Kingdom. Sonia continued towards her full certification while working under the umbrella of Lifecheck Health in London.  This work resulted in travel to work for high profile clients in the Middle East, a highlight in her career. She returned to Canada, spent some time with Dr. Ayoubzadeh at the Integral Health Clinic in Ottawa and then headed back home to Manitoba

Along the way Sonia kept reading - beyond the realm of her courses and exams. Her interests and desire to learn led her all the way to and through the philosophies and practices of Ayurvedic Medicine, Chinese Medicine, CBT, Breath Work, Psychotherapy, and the list goes on. More recently, she is fascinated by the findings of the relatively new field in Western Medicine called psychoneuroimmunology - which studies the undeniable relationship between emotions, stress and physiology in relation to our health and illness.  The learning curves of being a consultant, coupled with the experience that living and working in 4 countries can provide, has allowed Sonia to weave together her own well rounded philosophy and flexible approach to health and happiness.  Her perspective is unique and her work is effective... it's often fun as well.  She embraces and works with the deep and intricate connection between the various states of body, mind and emotion of the whole person - or - The Whole Avocado  ;)

 

In Summary...

Sonia always expects that no two clients or participants will ever need exactly the same. As such, her clients and workshop attendees benefit greatly from her flexible approach to each persons individual concerns, circumstance and lifestyle. Sonia has helped clients with everything from low energy, headaches and weight loss, digestive troubles and depression, to anxiety and how to relate more effectively and exist more serenely amongst the daily chaos and demands of work and relationships. Clients dealing with more serious conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, Kidney disease, MS and cancer, have experienced a vast improvement in the quality of their lives. 

Sonia is a member in good standing with the Canadian Association of Natural Nutritional Practitioners. Her designation is now recognized by ManuLife and GreenShield with more Insurance companies to come on board soon.


From 'When the Body says No' by Gabor Mate, MD:

"Trying to identify and to answer the question of stress.... is more likely to lead to health than ignoring the question." In healing, every bit of information, every piece of the truth, may be crucial. If a link exists between emotions and physiology, NOT to inform people of it will deprive them of a powerful tool."


   Click here for Sonia's Music Website