From deciphering the subtle indicators of acid reflux to navigating the intricacies of oral health in individuals with diabetes, and acknowledging the ripple effect of dehydration on both body and mouth, Alayne’s approach is inherently holistic.
This unique perspective allows her to offer a nuanced and comprehensive approach that transcends traditional dental norms, guiding individuals toward a holistic paradigm of well-being.
Meet Alayne and learn more about this amazing woman in the latest MysticMag interview.
Can you describe your background and experience as an RDH and CIHC, and how it relates to your work with gluten-free practices and holistic health coaching?
I have been a registered dental hygienist (RDH) for 35 years. (Middlesex County College, Edison, NJ). I studied at Institute for Integrative Nutrition completing my health coaching education in October 2021. I took the Certified International Health Coach (CIHC) exam in November 2021. In January 2022, I received a certificate of gut health from IIN. In May 2022, I received my certification as a Gluten Free Practitioner. Most recently, I’ve completed my Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Health and Wellness. As holistic health coaches, we are trained to help our clients set goals and empower them to find ways to achieve the diet and lifestyle they strive for. A lot of diseases manifest in the oral cavity and having knowledge benefits my patients.
What motivated you to pursue a career in both dental hygiene and holistic health coaching, and how do you see these two fields intersecting in your role?
As dental hygienists, we are trained to notice any tissue changes, explain those to the patient, and offer a solution based on current protocols. We check our patient’s medical history along with any medication lists. At times, patients are unaware of the damage that can occur in the mouth. For example, often we see signs of acid reflux as it affects the teeth causing irreparable damage. Explaining the need to take medication as prescribed by their physician and educating them on diet and lifestyle recommendations to help stop the damage.
Another example that intersects, is the patients with diabetes. Knowing what normal blood sugar ranges should be and when to schedule them for routine dental prophylaxis. I also see dehydrated patients which can be detrimental to the body and mouth.
Gluten intolerance and sensitivity are becoming more prevalent. How do you stay up-to-date with the latest research and developments in gluten-related health issues to better assist your clients?
I stay up to date by reading case studies that have been peer-reviewed. The most common source is PubMed.
Can you share a specific case or success story where your holistic health coaching, combined with your knowledge of gluten-free practices, made a significant positive impact on a client’s health and well-being?
Yes! I had a client who had significant pain in her joints and a lot of skin rashes. She was trying one medication after another that her physician was prescribing with no relief. Through a series of diet and lifestyle changes, she is pain and rash-free!
How do you approach individualized care for your clients, considering their unique dental health needs, dietary restrictions, and overall wellness goals, particularly when it comes to gluten-free living?
Each client is unique and is honored, and I am not trying to fix them. I am encouraging them to be their best self through lifestyle and diet changes. The client knows themselves best and does the work. I’m there to motivate and offer resources when appropriate.
What strategies and resources do you use to educate and empower your clients to make informed choices regarding their dental health and adherence to a gluten-free lifestyle?
As clients journey through small steps to achieve their lifestyle goals, I am there to be the cheerleader if you will. Often, the journey has small setbacks, that are addressed as they occur. I offer unbiased support and hold the client accountable as they make their changes to health. Each client receives different support as dictated by their long-term goals. Sometimes we review how to read a nutrition label. Sometimes the client would like an app to keep them accountable for nutrition or sleep.