Vanessa Fitzgerald might be the most gorgeous wellness professional out there. But the stunning beauty is much more than a pretty face. Fitzgerald has become a leader in the wellness space for her candid advice, out-of-the-box thinking and her specialty: Adderall detoxing. When she’s not being hilarious on Instagram about coffee enemas, Fitzgerald is seeing back to back clients and helping them transform themselves from the inside out. The results are incredible, probably because Fitzgerald leverages her deep knowledge of food, the body and supplements to create holistic plans for her clients. Did we mention she’s also a natural foods chef and a yoga teacher? We chatted to Fitzgerald about building her powerhouse brand and the healthiest not-to-miss spots in LA.
What inspired you to become and health and wellness professional? VANESSA FITZGERALD: I was chronically sick with sinus infections and fevers growing up and was often put on antibiotics. When I turned 13 and my hormones started to change, I broke out in acne. I became fed up after multiple rounds of more antibiotics, both ingestible and topical, constantly seeking temporary treatments with no long term solution. It was at that point that I knew there had to be another way. There was a girl in my eighth-grade class who was seeing a nutritionist and so I asked my mom to take me there. Thus began my journey of healing my body with whole foods and supplements. My skin cleared and my immune system strengthened. From that moment on, I was forever obsessed and thus began my journey toward becoming a practitioner.
How have you grown your practice into the force it is today? VF: My practice started on accident. My mother used to always tell me that you “bump into your life” as long as you wake up every day and keep moving forward. After attending a few nutritional healing schools and working for one of the top women in nutrition response testing, I had decided that I wasn’t ready to step into the practitioner role. I took some time off to figure out what I wanted to do with my life and it was during that time that a girlfriend (who also happens to be an Instagram influencer) asked me to work on her. My testing equipment was in storage at the time, but she was persistent. I finally gave in to her request and she filmed the process. She shared how happy she was with the results and suddenly there were 70 plus emails in my inbox asking me about my services. I opened up an office within a week and continued to use Instagram as my sole marketing platform. Between Instagram and referrals from happy clients, I am now booked two to three weeks in advance.
What's the best wellness advice you've ever received? VF: I don’t know if I would call it advice, but Hippocrates is famously quoted saying, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” It’s one of my favorite quotes I’ve heard because it’s true.
What's the most rewarding thing about working with clients? VF: I have a lot of people come to me for initial sessions and they look like zombies—exhausted, fed up, depressed and hopeless. When they put in the work to follow the protocol, within weeks I find them practically skipping into my office with a huge smile on their face. It’s as if they’ve been living in the dark and all of a sudden the lights went on. So I guess the most rewarding thing about working with clients is when they finally experience true joy in healing. Nothing is more rewarding than to have them realize that they do indeed have the power to heal themselves; I am simply there to help guide them.
What are some of your favorite healthy spots in LA? VF: Next Health for cryo, IV and hormone therapy. Ricari studios for lymphatic drainage and bodywork. Skin Worship for customized facials. Skin Camp to give you a quick facial glow. Osea for another fantastic nontoxic facial. Credo for nontoxic beauty and skincare products. Erewhon for… well, everything food, beverage, supplement and more. Pause Float studio for float tanks and infrared sauna. Earth Bar for quick bites on the go and tonics. Hydration Room for more IV’s while lounging. Kyes on Montana for their Kyeritos with paleo mash instead of rice. Alfreds tea room for matcha. Moon Juice for tonics and such. Platefit for a quick and effective workout. Modelfit for that tight tushy toning. Bel campo for their grass-fed burgers and bone broth. Tocaya Organica for healthy Mexican food. Kippy’s for a healthy ice cream alternative. Sweet Laurel’s for paleo baked goods. Rainbow Acres for an old school health haunt. Santa Monica Homeopathic for holistic alternatives for healing. Botanica Kitchen for organic and seasonal fine dining. Kismet for healthy Mediterranean options. Little Prince for good healthy eats. Toscana Brentwood because they forgo the bread basket for veggie crudité with olive oil and balsamic. Inn of the Seventh Ray for Topanga hippy vibes with a beautiful atmosphere (great date spot). Malibu Farm for farm to table eats.
What are you most looking forward to this summer? VF: I just booked my first vacation in two years! I’m heading to Sicily with 24 friends. We rented a house and plan to eat, explore, hold cooking classes and more. As much as I love my clients and my practice, I am in need of a long overdue recharge.