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Jen Donovan completely rebuilt her life and career as a result of her experience with severe chronic illness. After finding no answers from conventional medical approaches, she took matters into her own hands and with the help of key mentors, found a path to healing.
With her diverse training in mental health, systems theory, polyvagal theory, nervous system regulation, ancestral nutrition, and the gut microbiome, Jen has developed Six Support Protocols to provide a clear, structured, ALL ENCOMPASSING approach to finding a thriving life again.
When not working with clients, she spends her time traveling with her husband Mike, seeking out regenerative farms, natural hot springs, and wondrous natural places.
Frequently Asked Questions about working with the Rebuild Yourself team!
On our team, we have diverse specialisties, include immune and histamine issues, neurological issues, metabolic issues, hormonal issues, and child behavioral concerns. We have worked with hundreds of clients addressing these symptoms. That being said, the body is a complex system, and these symptoms do not come in isolation. When we work with someone, we do not provide “band aids” to specific symptoms of conditions. We work from a holistic approach to support the foundations of your health, which allows your body to heal itself! We take ALL your symptoms into account when working with you- because the body is an integrated whole. This means that the same practices that will address your depressive symptoms will also address your hormonal symptoms, and the same practices that will address your histamine symptoms will also address your digestive symptoms. It is freeing and empowering to use this approach as opposed to feeling overwhelmed by a long list of conditions with a specialist and protocol for each one.
We have many different options and programs for you depending on your individual needs! Mike and Suzanne are available for initial intakes and one on one follow ups as often as is needed. Jen provides intensive coaching programs that you can apply for. There also Jen’s book Rebuild Yourself to get you started and the pre recorded course Rebuild Your Histamine Response for people who need immediate help getting a handle on their immune dysregulation.
We use many different dietary frameworks all informed by ancestral nutritional patterns. One size does not fit all- even two people with the same surface symptoms may need different kinds of nutritional support. Many of the protocols we use are informed by the GAPS diet, medical ketogenic diets, the Weston A. Price diet, high protein diets, low oxalate diets, low lectin diets, low histamine diets, and many others. However, we individualize my nutritional protocols for each and every client during collaborative, ongoing conversations. The protocol we decide on often needs to be adjusted every few weeks to every few months depending on your progress and changing symptoms.
Supplements should be SUPPLEMENTAL- meaning nutrition and lifestyle always comes first. That being said, high dose targeted supplementation of key vitamins, minerals and amino acids can sometimes accelerate the progress towards your health goals. Supplements are suggested on a case by case basis- our recommendations will never break the bank and dependent on your specific situation, no supplementation at all might be indicated.
We do not work with vegan diets. We believe that some inclusion of animal based foods is necessary for optimal health and healing. We do help people transition off a vegan diet once they are ready to.
We will work with vegetarian diets in some cases, if you are willing to include foods such as eggs, dairy, and potentially even some seafood. For other situations, it may be difficult to meet your nutrient requirements even on a vegetarian diet, but this would be discussed on a case by case basis.
Each clinician’s education and training can be found on their individual pages on this website.
We primarily develop our treatment plans through comprehensive assessment of symptoms. Blood work results can be misleading- because the body is always trying to maintain homeostasis, blood work can miss deficiencies that are happening on the level of the cell. GI tests for bacteria, parasites and other infections are also often inaccurate. A small amount of stool is not representative of what is happening throughout the entire microbiome. We find that assessment of symptoms is more helpful in providing you with a functional plan for what we can track and observe on a daily basis!
We are not formally trained to assess blood work, or to diagnose any specific medical conditions. Our assessment of your lab reports is not a substitute for a doctor’s opinion. However we are happy to look at your reports and give ours!
Contrary to popular belief, diagnosis is not an exact science. Diagnoses simply describe a cluster of symptoms. It does not tell us anything about the underlying cause or what needs to be done to reverse the symptoms. We can, in fact, work to support your body through nutrition and lifestyle interventions without receiving a diagnosis. If you have struggled to get a diagnosis, this does not hinder our work together.
Healing is a loaded term. Your body is healing all the time- even right in this moment! What we are looking for is SYMPTOM REVERSAL. This means that the same things that triggered your symptoms in the past no longer do. How long it takes for this to occur varies wildly depending on the person and their particular family history, personal health history, ability to be compliant with their protocols, and a host of other factors. Be prepared for a long term process. This method is not a quick fix. Very generally speaking, people start seeing improvements and the first signs of symptom reversal between one month and six months. However, depending on the person, it can take one to three years or more to reach their ultimate health goals. We cannot guarantee any specific results. However, we have worked with enough people that these are the general patterns we see consistently.
We cannot provide emergency or crisis services. In this situation, please call 911. Unfortunately, due to the volume of email and texts we receive, we can only guarantee replies within 24-48 hours so non-emergency but urgent needs should also be taken to crisis services. We cannot provide advice or suggestions to people who are not established clients.