Hi! I’m Jessica Drummond, MPT, CCN, CHC, Founder and CEO of The Integrative Women's Health Institute. My personal burnout backstory – or, why I have so many letters after my name…
It was August of 2009, my fatigue and physical and emotional burnout were so intense that I literally found myself on my butt in tears with my toddler in my lap and the glimmer of a new pregnancy in my womb on the floor of the Raleigh Durham Airport. I did not even have the endurance to get on that plane with my 4-year-old daughter and move (again!) to Houston, Texas.
It was time to find another way!
I embarked on a major health quest, determined to get to the root of my overwhelming fatigue. Most doctors tried to put me on antidepressants, or suggested warm baths & naps (gee, really?) It wasn’t until one thoughtful doctor tested my adrenals that we found the real culprit — my hormones were completely haywire. And my body was burned out!
For the next year, I learned how to heal myself. But, in order to take this new understanding to my colleagues and our patients, I knew that I needed more training. So, I went back to school and was trained as a health coach at both The Institute of Integrative Nutrition and Duke Integrative Medicine. Then, I got my certification in clinical nutrition (CCN) from the Clinical Nutrition Certification Board. And, continued on to doctoral studies in holistic nutrition.
Creating my method for healing myself took years of research, trial and error. Then I began to test my method- combining my years of experience as a pelvic floor physical therapist with my new understanding of holistic nutrition, and the results were phenomenal for women with women’s health, and pelvic and sexual health conditions like interstitial cystitis (IC) and other bladder pain syndromes, endometriosis, PCOS, irregular, painful, and heavy periods, painful sex, low libido, painful ovarian cysts, fibroids, post-surgical pain, orthopedic spine, pelvic, and hip pain, bone loss, postpartum and perimenopausal mood issues, insomnia, stubborn weight gain, and chronic fatigue.
A woman who was on the edge of having a hysterectomy experienced complete pain relief. A colleague who had chronic back, hip and pelvic pain from old injuries not only found pain relief, but also lost weight, improved her digestion, slept better than she had ever slept in her life, and best of all she began to enjoy her husband and children again!
Over the course of 3 years, the healing I witnessed shocked me. One of my clients overcame PCOS, and got pregnant! Another healed dramatically fast from a wrist fracture and reversed her diabetes. And, many women obtained the natural hormone balance that I discovered for myself, resulting in naturally pain-free periods and the disappearance of ovarian cysts, all with the only side effects being more energy, weight loss, better sleep, and more joy! I
am living proof. Today I am healthier than I have ever been. I haven’t experienced any pelvic pain in nearly two years. No cramping. No cysts. Nothing. My periods are regular and pain free. Plus, I do work that I love, and I have more than enough energy left at the end of the day to enjoy my family and my life! Founding The The Integrative Pelvic Health Institute™ is my way of sharing the tools and perspectives I have learned along the way with my colleagues who strive to be on the leading edge as the fields of Functional and Personalized Nutrition and Medicine grow and expand to touch every aspect of our healthcare system. Since there is so much suffering from pelvic and women’s health challenges globally, and I can’t reach every woman myself, I have decided to train practitioners in my integrative methods, and share my experiences with them so that every woman on the planet who seeks innovative tools, support, and a strong healing community can find it.
My Traditional Bio…
Jessica Drummond, MPT, CCN, CHC, the Founder and CEO of The Integrative Women's Health Institute, is passionate about caring for and empowering women who struggle with women’s and pelvic health conditions. She is equally passionate about educating and supporting clinicians in confidently and safely using integrative tools to transform women's and pelvic healthcare. Having over a decade of experience as a women’s and pelvic physical therapist plus owning a private women’s health clinical nutrition and coaching practice gives her a unique perspective on the integrative, conservative options for pelvic pain management.
Jessica was educated at the University of Virginia, Emory University, The Institute of Integrative Nutrition, and Duke Integrative Medicine. She is currently a doctoral student in clinical nutrition at Maryland University of Integrative Health.
Thank you for visiting this site. Everyone on the team here at The Integrative Women's Health Institute™ is here to support your healing journey, and to open your eyes to innovative ways to heal, practice and live.