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Functional Nutrition and Holistic Wellness with Tara Bussema, NTP

Hi, I'm Tara…

a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner passionate about working one-on-one with you to address the root cause of your health concerns and help you achieve optimal wellness through balancing the body, nurturing the soul, and creating a healing environment at home.

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a few years ago...

I was sick and discouraged. I developed horrendous acid reflux, constipation, and other digestive issues after a doctor gave me antibiotics for nothing more than a sore throat (as they often do!). I was miserable. Doctors and specialists couldn't figure out what was going on and they gave up so easily! They just shrugged their shoulders, gave me pills for my symptoms, and pushed me out the door.

I felt alone. I would have given anything to hear someone say,

"I'm in this with you...

I won't give up on you."

I was determined to take my health back, even if I had to do it alone! And I did!

these days...

I am a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner determined to be an advocate for those who feel alone and frustrated with their health journey...helping them begin to heal and build a healthy foundation for a full life!

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i specialize in...

》gut health & healing

》digestive wellness

》balancing blood sugar

》root cause resolution

》home detox and organizing

》healthy meal preparation help people with
  • inflammation

  • acid reflux / GERD / heartburn

  • GI Issues - Leaky gut, bloating, constipation, IBS, SIBO

  • autoimmune issues

  • adrenal fatigue

  • mood and emotional concerns

  • thyroid health

  • hormone balance

  • fertility

  • insomnia and sleep issues

  • anxiety

  • candida

  • diabetes

  • lack of energy/fatigue

  • joint and muscle health

  • weight

  • skin issues like dryness, eczema, rashes, acne, rosacea, etc

  • allergies

  • the list goes on!


are you ready and determined to take your health back?


I'm in this with you...and I won't give up on you!

**To find out more about Nutritional Therapy and what our appointments will look like, please visit the FAQs page.

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a bit more about me:

My name is Tara Bussema and I'm a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (FNTP) living in Portland.

I grew up in Southern California but moved to Portland with my husband in 2013.
I love interior design, laughing, eating all the food in Portland, catching up over tea with friends, and anything outdoors in the PNW!

In addition to being an NTP, I have a BS in Biological Sciences and a Certificate in Interior Design. I've previously owned a professional organizing business, done freelance photography and writing, worked as a manager/buyer of an eco-friendly home and body store, and spent many years working for a non-profit doing mentoring work with youth.

My passion has always been walking with others through hard times, helping them heal, live life to the fullest, and thrive!

Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences
with honors
University of California, Irvine
Interior Designer

Interior Designers Institute
Newport Beach, CA

Certified Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (FNTP)
Nutritional Therapy Association
Trained in
Neuro Nutrition Therapy