Jen Marshall

Jen Marshall nutritionist

Jen Marshall, Certified Nutrition Therapist

I’m Jen, the nutrition geek behind Be Balanced Healing. I’m an eater, a dog and nature lover, a traveler, a voracious learner, and a passionate educator. I believe in laughter, gratitude, and dark chocolate. I’m glad you’re here.

My Personal Story

I’ve always loved eating. I grew up in a large Italian family outside of Boston where food was the centerpiece of all activities. Food represented love, community, and comfort. My grandmothers were amazing cooks who, along with my mother, taught me the pleasure of eating. I value that food brings people together.

My goal with nutrition therapy is not to label foods as “good” or “bad,” but rather to educate that food is information to your body. Which foods leave you energized and which deplete you? When we start listening to our bodies, it becomes easier to tell.

I became interested in health and nutrition out of necessity. I was only in my 20s but was already feeling worn out. I was living in Jackson Hole and unable to keep up with my friends while hiking and snowboarding. That was the first time my health impacted my lifestyle, and it motivated me to seek change. (I thought my allergies and digestive problems were “normal,” so I just lived with them.) I was anemic, and the cheap iron supplements I was prescribed weren’t working. The doctor recommended I see a nutritionist. She taught me which foods were abundant sources of nutrients and which foods block nutrient absorption.

Within a couple of months, I was feeling better. But no one ever asked why I was anemic. The crippling stomach pain and bloating started a few years later, forcing me to leave social engagements – again my lifestyle was impacted, which bugged me. Then the allergies really kicked in and I couldn’t hike or spend time outside in the spring – my favorite time of year. Over these years I started seeking natural medicine advice, getting acupuncture, and peeling back the layers of my ailments. A stressful job compounded my issues. First it was food sensitivities, then gut infections, then exhausted adrenals. It all came back to my gut and diet. I wanted to learn more so I could help myself and others.

Jen’s Specialties

  • Adults
  • Digestive problems – IBS, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas, SIBO, heartburn / GERD, H. Pylori, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s disease, Celiac, parasites, yeast / candida
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Allergies – food, environmental, and seasonal
  • Skin rashes, eczema, psoriasis, and acne
  • Hormones – male and female
  • Adrenal “fatigue”
  • Detoxification
  • Thyroid conditions, including hypothyroid, Hashimoto’s, and Graves

Education and Credentials

  • Master Nutrition Therapist (MNT), Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver, Colorado, 2013 with 925 hours of training in the science and application of holistic nutrition therapy
  • Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition® from the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board (HNCB) of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP)
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire
As an allopathic physician, I have high standards in who I pick to see for my medical issues. Jen Marshall with Be Balanced Healing has met and exceeded my expectations. Her enthusiasm, kindness, humility and tenacity made it a joy to work with her for the past 13 month. Her knowledge goes beyond a typical nutritionist and as a result, she has solved many mysterious medical issues I have had for years. My life is forever changed by Jen and I am eternally grateful.

Beth Mazzola, M.D.

Functional Medicine and Mindfulness Mentorship

Jen is currently enrolled in 3 year+ Functional Medicine and Mindfulness Mentorship with Drs. Miles Nichols and Diane Mueller with Living Love Mindfulness Medicine, including the following topics from 2015 to present:

  • Functional Medicine, Mindfulness & Cardio-Metabolic Health
  • Clinical Communication
  • Functional Medicine, Mindfulness & Gastrointestinal System & Digestion
  • Functional Medicine, Mindfulness & Reproductive Hormones
  • Functional Medicine, Mindfulness & Adrenal Glands, HPA Axis and Stress
  • Functional Medicine, Mindfulness & Liver Detoxification and Toxic Burden
  • SIBO Intensive also presented by Dr Tom Fabian
  • Eden Energy Medicine Muscle Testing

Continued education and training

Jen is a lifelong student and stays on top of nutrition research by participating in many continuing education courses for advance certifications. These include:

  • Gastrointestinal Clinical Strategies and Treatment Applications, Kharrazian Institute by Dr. Datis Kharazzian, DHSc, DC, MNeuroSci, 2020
  • 5-part Functional Medicine Series with Dr. Brandon Lundell, DC, DABCI, APC, IFMCP, Dipl. Ac.
  • Microbiome Mastery with Dr. Tom Fabian, including Gut Pathogens & Dysbiosis MasterClass and Microbiome Science, 2015 and 2017
  • SIBO Symposium with Drs. Pimental, Siebecker, Sandberg-Lewis and Weinstock, 2014
  • The Forgotten Role of Micronutrients in Addressing Gastrointestinal Dysfunction, Dr. Arland Hill, DC, MPH, DACBN, 2016
  • Food Sensitivity: The Hormone Connection, Dr. Datis Kharazzian, DHSc, DC, MNeuroSci
  • The Denver Summit including topics: Microbiomes and Autoimmunity by Felice Gersh MD ; Nuts and Bolts Of Environmental Toxicity by Jill Carnahan MD; Hormone Havoc: Dispelling the myths by Terri DeNeui DNP; The Heart Solution for Women by Mark Menolascino MD, 2018
  • Kresser Institute online classes, topics include: SIBO, Digestion, Autoimmune Diseases and Thyroid
  • Functional Medicine Series with Dr. Brandon Lundell, 2014- 2015
    • Incorporating Functional Medicine into Clinical Practice
    • Addressing Inflammation from Womb to Tomb
    • The Vast Influence of the Gut on Systemic Health and Disease
    • Functional Medicine and Laboratory Testing
    • Male and Female Hormones
  • Understanding MTHFR & the Biochemical Pathways of Methylation with Coleen Walsh of Harvesting Nutrition, 2015
  • The Gut: Core of Self by Daniel Weber, 2014
  • Functional Female Hormone Balancing with DUTCH test by Restore, 2018
  • Neuroendocrine Immunology of Mucosal Immunity, by Dr. Datis Kharazzian, DHSc, DC, MNeuroSci, 2018
  • Immu-nutition: Using Nutrition and Immunology to Fight Systemic Imbalances, by Dr. Don Bellgrau and Dr. Lynn Toohey, 2016
  • Cadaver Lab for Nutritional Training, 2014

Affiliations and Memberships

Professional Background

Before pursuing a career in nutrition, Jen worked in PR and marketing for the organic food industry. Most of this time was with the charismatic boutique communications agency based in Boulder, Colorado, Fresh Ideas Group. Her tenure in this field helped shape her knowledge of the complexity of today’s food politics and how they impact your health. She spent her formative years waiting tables, and then nearly 2 years in retail-based nutrition counseling for dogs and cats. (Yes, really!)

Research, articles, and interviews

Curious about how Be Balanced Healing got started? Listen to Jen’s origin story on the NANP Nourishing Your Practice podcast. She also shares how we stay focused and organized to help our clients get and stay balanced. Listen now.

An American Cultural Epidemic of Suppressed Immunity: How Stress, Sugar and Sunscreen Increase Susceptibility to the Flu, research thesis paper

Top cholesterol-taming foods, Delicious Living, 2013

Recent articles by Jen Marshall

Part of our commitment to our clients is to teach them how their bodies work so they can take control of their own health. We regularly share our insights on our blog.
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