Shelley H. Lane OMD, L.Ac. BA., NTP

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My Journey With Food, Nutrition & My Food Evolution.

I first became inspired by food watching my grandmother Minnie produce the most satisfying traditional Eastern European cuisine in her New York City restaurant in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Unbeknownst to me, a childhood fascination would take me on a journey of food exploration.

When I began life on my own, I engaged more deeply with food and food preparation. Initially I was interested in cooking gourmet cuisine, and wanted to create beautiful tasty dishes and experiment with foods of other cultures.

When the early health food stores opened, I was exposed to whole grains, which I had never seen before. The “gourmet” was a lot of white products — white sugar, white flour, cornstarch, and other processed foods. The object of cooking was more about gaining a certain effect without regard for the nutritional value or the potential danger of the ingredients.


Once I understood the difference between gourmet and organic nutritious food, I wanted to blend the two. I experimented and would tweak the ingredients to use more wholesome ones.

In my training in traditional oriental medicine, I saw a culture that truly embraced food as medicine. The concept that your food could be your poison or your medicine was foreign to me and forced me to look at food in yet another way.

My real experience with nutrient-dense traditional foods came after my second child.It was the gift of having a special needs child that opened the door to yet another level of thinking about food.

I learned about the wisdom of the Weston A. Price Foundation and the GAPS protocol -gut and psychology/physiology syndrome from a friend who changed her diet and had recovered from cancer. After searching many years for solutions for my child, a door was finally opened that would lead to positive results.I also began to understand cooking as an expression of love and caring for whoever you are cooking for. I have continued to use the nutrient-dense foods in my family’s diet and I educate my patients in this protocol as well. The commonality of “food as medicine” and “all disease begins in the gut” is embraced by both Oriental Medicine and Nutritional Therapy.

After being in private practice in Santa Barbara County for over 30 years, I moved with my family to the San Francisco Bay Area. As I establish my practice here at the Serenity Day Spa Atherton, and at Infinite Body Health in Belmont, I continue to work with clients with my online program and teach classes to guide people to real food diets to reach their best self. My goal is to teach people how to create a ready supply of healthy tasty nutritious food, even on a budget and with time constraints.

Qualifications and Professional Certifications

  • Bachelors degree in psychology University of Santa Bárbara California 
  • Masters in Acupuncture -California Acupuncture College, Santa Barbara CA- 1983
  • Licensed by the California Board of Medical Quality Assurance-1984
  • Doctor of Oriental Medicine- California Acupuncture College, Los Angeles CA- 1986
  • Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) with the Nutritional Therapy Association 2014 
  • Certified GAPS Practitioner with Natasha Campbell-McBride in September 2014
  • BioIndividual Nutrition Practitioner with additional training in the Nourishing Hope Course for ADHD, Autism and Healthy ChildrenBioIndividual Institute.

 As new research unfolds, I continue to take courses to stay abreast of the current research.