Nutritional therapists do not diagnose or treat disease, but work to correct imbalances with the goal of gently guiding individuals back on the path to health.  

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Marnie Lawler, BS Biology, Masters in Middle School Science, NTP, RWS

Marnie is a practitioner of Nutritional Therapy and Restorative Wellness.  She graduated from St. Lawrence University with an undergraduate degree in Biology and later received her masters degree in Middle School Science from Lesley University.  After teaching middle school science for several years, she decided to become a stay-at-home mom, devoting her time to her four children and to founding an endurance training business, HillTop Training, that focuses on training triathletes and runners.  While she has always been drawn to nutrition and sports, her dedication to health was inspired by a personal journey.  

In 2006, Marnie and her husband, Ken, began to observe some troubling health concerns among their family.  Ken was experiencing chronic fatigue, bouts of depression, foggy brain, and severe digestive issues. At the time, Marnie was pregnant with their twins and Ken was often too exhausted to help.  He sought advice from doctors and quickly became frustrated with conventional medicine, as no one could seem to help him.  After their twins were born in 2007, Marnie did what she had done for her first two children; she nursed them, ate a healthy diet, and nurtured them fully, but things were still different.  They were born via c-section, given antibiotics within twenty-four hours of birth, and they experienced eczema, cradle cap, and distressed digestion.  Again, doctors could not offer a sound answer nor a solution for the concerns.  Thus Marnie and Ken embarked on their own expedition of seeking well-being for their family; they read, researched, and looked to professionals who support alternative therapies.  After attending Robb Wolf’s Paleo Talk in Boston, they became empowered to change their whole family’s approach to nutrition.  They effectively removed all gluten, dairy, legumes, hydrogenated oils and processed sugars from their diet. They also began eating grass fed and pasture raised products, and focused on consuming organic, locally-grown foods.

Once they made changes to their family’s diet, they witnessed extraordinary changes and success.  Marnie is convinced that negative health issues can be directly related to what we are and are not eating.  She credits the dawning of her passion in nutritional healing to her husband and embraces his fierce determination to uncover many essential truths about the health of the human body.  Armed with a life-changing discovery, Marnie became inspired to deepen and share the knowledge that she and Ken had gained.  So she returned to school and earned certificates to be a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, a GAPS practitioner (which focuses on a diet that supports people with ADD, ADHD, autism, dyslexia), and most recently a Restorative Wellness Practitioner.  Today she continues her journey in learning about her practice while striving to empower others to embrace healthful living.

Certifications and Seminars

Nutrition Therapy Association, Restorative Wellness Association, Dr. William Kleber Understanding, Evaluating and Addressing Autoimmune Disorders,  Dr. Abbas Qutab, Mastering The Science Of Integrative Blood Chemistry, GAPS Certification, Robb Wolf’s Paleo Nutrition, Chris Kresser’s - Book Talk, Your Personal Paleo Code, Loren Cordain Paleo for Athletes, USA Triathlon Certified Coach, ACE Personal Trainer

Allison Coughlin Hall, BS Exercise Science, NTP

After graduating from Colby-Sawyer College with a degree in Exercise Science, Allison began her profession as a personal trainer.  After five years of training at Manchester Athletic Club,  she brought her career to Equinox in Boston where her knowledge and enthusiasm for exercise and nutrition blossomed.  After working with Marnie Lawler, who is a certified Nutritional Therapist, she was able to heal her ongoing issues which then inspired her to earn a certification as a Nutritional Therapist from the Nutritional Therapy Association.  

Allison’s passion for health and well-being stems from her own experiences.  Through childhood and adolescence, Allison struggled with anxiety and depression, an eating disorder, severe gastrointestinal issues, and focusing in school.  Growing up, Allison’s parents strived to feed their family a healthy diet.  The majority of their meals were cooked at home, and they were not allowed to have soda, junk food, or sugary cereals.  Everyone in her family was very active and they thought the best way to support an athletic lifestyle was to consume carbohydrates; at the time, they believed they were embracing a healthy diet.  During her high school years, Allison’s anxiety and depression became debilitating and, in search for a sense of control, she developed an eating disorder.  She was also finding it difficult to focus in school and as a result was losing motivation to succeed.  She talked to her doctor about how she was feeling and was prescribed medication.  At each yearly check-up, Allison would report to the doctor that her struggles were only worsening, which just lead to increased doses and/or stronger medications.  Never once did the doctor address diet, and by the time Allison entered college she was on four different medications that did not seem to be helping.  It was then that her journey to self-heal began.  Allison replaced her medication with exercise. She found that a dedication to daily workouts allowed her to gain some better control over her anxiety and depression, her digestion, her overall focus, and her relationship with food.  

While exercise was an essential piece to Allison’s puzzle, her journey to feel truly healthy was not yet solved.  After college- though many of her struggles had been improved with exercise- she was still finding herself eating when she felt anxious or depressed.  In turn, Allison started putting on some weight and her clothes were no longer fitting.  She thought the solution was to further increase her exercise, so she became motivated to begin competing in marathons and triathlons.  After placing in her age group within the first few races, she was hooked.   She became very competitive in her endurance events,  but during the years of competing she suffered several injuries as a result of over-training.

During a bike ride with Marnie, they got to talking about nutrition and how Marnie had used nutrition to heal a lot of her own family’s issues.  Allison hired Marnie as a Nutritional Therapist and ultimately discovered the final link to optimal health;  in order to truly heal, she needed to go even beyond the exercise and improve her nutrition.  Marnie inspired her to work on her diet, and after several years, she was able to more effectively improve her anxiety and depression, heal her gut, clear up her complexion, improve her energy, prevent injuries, and improve her race times.  After achieving such astounding results, she was inspired to pursue her own certification in Nutritional Therapy so she, too, could help others heal themselves through nutrition.  She now enjoys teaching people how they can feel better every day by nourishing their body with real food and exercise.  

Certifications and Seminars:

ACE Personal Trainer, USA Triathlon Coach, Precision Nutrition Certification, Functional Movement Screen certified, Pre and post-natal certified, Schwinn Spin certified, Strong First Kettlebell course, VIPR course

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