For anyone dealing with challenging medical conditions or just trying to improve their general health, I would give my strongest recommendation to seek the services of Charlotte Hammond. She has a unique professional background, with Master’s degrees in Nutrition and also Medical Illustration, along with certification as a Hatha Yoga and Meditation instructor. Based on her education and extensive hospital-based clinical training, she addresses patients’ conditions with an approach that is rigorously scientific, but also holistic and customized to their individual needs. In helping me to deal with my health concerns, Charlotte has provided a wealth of instruction about how food selection and preparation, hydration, nutritional supplements, exercise, breathing, rest, environmental factors, and attitude affect my condition, which has improved steadily in both lab results and overall feeling. She has paid great attention to the details of my medical and personal situation, has been a consistently sympathetic ear but advocate for constructive change in my life, and a pleasure to work with. Charlotte is a great resource for all those wanting to promote their health through a truly integrated medical approach.
Jack Gilroy, Insurance Consultant, Chicago, IL
At no point have I ever felt my time mismanaged or wasted -- Charlotte is hugely knowledgeable about all aspects of nutrition and alternative diets, from Veganism to Paleo, as well as emerging concepts on such things as resistant starch and gut health. And being a major data aficionado, she has a wonderfully-useful talent of turning obscure, robotic lab results into a humanized explanation that is easy to digest and appreciate.
I find myself recalling much of her wisdom in my day to day life, and have eagerly embraced incorporating more leafy greens, vegetables, nuts, seeds, tubers and pulses into my diet, as well as securing high quality sources of meats, fish and eggs. Her sports nutrition advice helped me secure a very successful first attempt at a Chicago Marathon, and one where I literally felt no hunger and had consistent energy all throughout the race. I now supplement intelligently, utilizing a lot of her analysis of my micronutrient and gut health lab results to further the healing of my gut and dissolution of my various IgG food intolerances. And her yoga training has intrigued me enough to keep me a near-daily practitioner of it, enjoying a steady progression towards more flexibility, muscle mass, balance, and composure.
Most of all, while I continue to appreciate my earlier efforts at self-care as these essentially saved my life, I have come to appreciate getting help and working with an integrative approach thanks in huge part to Charlotte's efforts. I appreciate the old adage that "the more we know, the more we realize how much we don't know", and eagerly accept help from someone who will have more experience than I in matters that I have never had the time or willingness to study on my own. She has encouraged me to seek the help of an equally talented functional doctor, whose valuable tests have uncovered a veritable treasure trove of knowledge that she has been all too willing to sift through with me. It has, in short, been both a humbling and peaceful experience to know more about myself, to accept help, and to lose the fear of the unknown -- and for that I'm ever so grateful for Charlotte's support.
Arturo Silva, Software Engineer, Forest Park, IL
Charlotte Hammond is one of Chicago's best kept secrets. I know her as a yoga instructor, nutritionist and meditation teacher. I feel lucky to be instructed by someone who is so focused on the body, mind and spirit of her students. Her classes are both gentle and challenging. Charlotte is talented at tuning in to the class and encouraging you to try new things even during the most intimidating poses. I've been going to her classes for years and she's always light hearted, full of goodness, and never bats an eye at explaining the science behind any question we throw at her. I couldn't imagine a week without her and I'd definitely recommend taking her classes.
Jenine Early, Video Artist and Photographer, Chicago, IL
I have had the pleasure of knowing Ms. Hammond for a number of years, first as a colleague and now also as a friend. Her medical proficiency, coupled with her expertise in human nutrition far exceeds the knowledge of most MDs. As well as being a practitioner, Ms. Hammond also has been a professor of nutrition which speaks to her ability not only to heal but to educate and listen. As I have moved out of private practice, I have sent persons seeking medical help ONLY to Ms. Hammond. She has helped countless people, from those with cancer to those with autoimmune disorders that had specialists stumped! Exhale, you have finally found the person who will listen to you and guide you into a healthy happy life.
Laura Fry, CCN, Nutrition Professor, Chef, and Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Chicago, IL
Charlotte is full of knowledge and patience! Charlotte’s approach to healthy eating is not a “one size fits all” method. She is aware of her own individual clients’ needs, and she presents short term goals that help you achieve your long term goals. Charlotte helps you understand YOUR body and how it functions. She works off of blood work results to help you understand what your body needs. She incorporates mindfulness and yoga to help slow down life and enjoy this new change of lifestyle. And best of all, you can meet with her in the comfort of your own home! All you need is WIFI! I give Charlotte 10 out of 10 stars!
Nancy Nevarez Elementary School Teacher, Chicago, IL