WELLNESS COUTURE®, LLC Founder & CEO
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
Institute for Functional Medicine Trained Practitioner
Certified Nutrition Specialist
Everyone has a purpose in life, a dharma, a “WHY.”
I started my journey of healing when I lost my mother to Lupus when I was 17. At that time, I was in great physical shape being a captain on my high school cross country track team and thought – like most Americans who visit their conventional primary care physicians – I was healthy. My BMI was normal at 19.5 and complete blood count (CBC) was within normal limits.
But there was one issue: I developed severe GERD. So I went to my conventional primary care physician to seek guidance. He immediately prescribed Proton Pump Inhibitors. The pills reduced the symptoms, but I again suffered severe heartburn if I stopped taking them. I had my primary care physician’s cell phone number on speed dial because the front desk staff would not give me a prescription if I ran out of my medication.
Although I had 2 normal endoscopies and lab values within normal limits, I had severe GERD unless I took a pill every day for the next 13 years of my life.
I was addicted to this medication.
During this time, I also suffered from ovarian cysts, cystic acne, migraines, sporadic dizziness, constipation, exhaustion and a feeling of constant hunger.
In the 11th year, I noticed severe bruising occurring all over my body.
I obtained an evaluation and lab work up from a Hematologist and results showed slight Anemia. The Hematologist and my conventional primary care doctor recommended that I continue taking Proton Pump Inhibitors and eat more spinach.
I was put on birth control to help my ovarian cysts and acne, and prescribed migraine medication for headaches. Conventional medicine had prescribed pill after pill with no relief. I felt lost and alone, knowing deep down something was not right. My lab values always showed I was in near perfect health and my weight according to our society was on the “charts.”
1. Proton Pump Inhibitors should be prescribed no more than three 14-day treatments in one year (I was on them for 13 years).
2. Plant-based diets, raw sea vegetables such as spirulina and chlorella, and apple cider vinegar can help alleviate ovarian cysts and acne.
3. Migraine medications can cause dizziness and exhaustion.
In short, I realized these medications were making me sick. So instead of taking more pills, I had another clinician assess my blood work for nutrient deficiencies and decided to heal my gut by changing my diet.
I was a perfect example of how conventional medicine failed to address my diet, food sensitivities or allergies. Conventional medicine failed to diagnose the direct correlation of proton pump inhibitor use and the inability to absorb my food and nutrients.
Conventional doctors were unable to diagnose that I did not have enough stomach acid to digest my food, and maybe eating the Standard American Diet (SAD) was the problem.
Ironically, at the same time (although there are no coincidences in life), I started my career as a pediatric physical therapist and began noticing eating habits and patterns of sickness in children:
- In performing pediatric Physical Therapy evaluations, I noted correlations between Gestational Diabetes and Torticollis or Pre-clampsia and high muscle tone.
- I helped a parent to wean a 10-month old child off a proton-pump inhibitor and saw that baby progress from “failing to thrive” to finally absorbing his food and growing. Upon going back to his doctor, he no longer needed his antacid medication and was finally placed on the growth chart among his peers.
- Another child suffered from colic, irregular stools, chronic ear infections and colds. When we removed dairy from his diet, he was cured and was able to avoid having his adenoids and tonsils removed.
Time after time with almost every one of these children, most of their gross motor delays and digestive issues could have been prevented or ameliorated holistically.
I started to become a nutritional detective and built my nutritional education on my community health education and doctor of physical therapy degrees.
I realized I needed to make a bigger impact on the pediatric population by helping to prevent certain gross motor delays through proper maternal nutrition counseling.
I obtained my certified nutrition specialist certification and launched my company Wellness Couture ®to help others heal from within, just like I did:
One common denominator between all of these areas is most of my clients do not understand the root cause of their ailments – they only know what they have been told by conventional medicine (one disease, one drug), and this is where I come in with alternative approaches to help them heal themselves.
Everyone on this earth deserves someone to tell them the truth about their health; empowering them to heal themselves and spreading the word to their loved ones and friends.
In doing this, I believe we build healthier and stronger communities.
This is my mission, my dharma, my “WHY.”
Your mission is my mission. Namaste
Dr. Cynthia Barrett, PT, DPT, CSCS, CNS, IFMTP, known as The Gut Health Guru® is Founder and CEO of Wellness Couture®, LLC providing targeted testing and evaluation as the foundation for the next level of health, nutrition and fitness based on each client’s unique microbiota and chemical makeup.
Dr. Barrett has a deep passion for health and wellness, having founded Wellness Couture® after realizing conventional medicine can fail to improve chronic health ailments because it often ignores the unique aspects of an individual’s chemical makeup. Wellness Couture’s results indicate many individuals’ chronic health issues are rooted in their bodies’ sensitivities and nutrient deficiencies. Dr. Barrett initially found this to be true in her own life healing herself from a number of chronic health ailments.
Since then, Dr. Barrett has seen dramatic improvements in clients of all ages by first evaluating each individual’s unique physiology with the most advanced medical testing, and then developing a tailored program of health and nutrition that leverages those unique characteristics into results.
Her success tailoring custom-made wellness programs for clients led her to partner with Cenegenics NYC on Wall Street, where she leads the Advanced Food and Nutrient Testing Program.
A lifelong runner having competed collegiately in track & field, Dr. Barrett is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and holds a pre/post Natal certification. Dr. Barrett formally was a Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor, teaching the popular Equinox “Signature” program, Precision Running, at Equinox Wall Street, Flatiron and Gramercy locations, and appeared in Equinox’s Furthermore Magazine and several television news segments about the program. Dr. Barrett was also formally a running coach at Rise by WeWork, where she coached the Rise + Run team.
Dr. Barrett is a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) and an Institute for Functional Medicine Trained Practitioner practicing Functional Medicine or “root cause medicine,” focusing on the Gut Microbiome. Dr. Barrett has been featured in Business Insider, Women’s Day Magazines and The Zoe Report, providing expert nutrition insight. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education from Hunter College and obtained her Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from New York University.
Dr. Barrett was selected to run the 2018 TCS NYC Marathon on team New Balance and is a member of New York Road Runners (NYRR), where she provides nutrition workshops on Marathon Training.
On her spare time, you will find Dr. Barrett out for a run, hitting the gym or the hottest fitness class, traveling, and attending biohacking or medical conferences to gain knowledge and expertise on the most up to date cutting edge treatments for her patients.
When the body is fed properly, the mind is fed and the soul is at peace. Like Hippocrates states, “Let food be thy medicine.”
When we are well, our mind, body and soul can shine.
Every cell in our body requires proper nutrition. If we feed our cells with junk – not only bad food but also bad thoughts – we accumulate more non-beneficial bacteria and negative energy. If we feed our cells with fruits and vegetables, and plenty of water, along with plenty of love and kindness, we see our healthy cells shine from inside out!
The latest studies show how important it is to understand our own individual microbiomes. The bacteria in our gut plays a major role in the function of our body and our brain. Healthy gut = healthy brain. Understanding this connection – and understanding ourselves – can heal us all on so many levels.