Nikki Barkhaus, RN
Hello, and welcome to Wholistic Health Center! I am the proud owner and practitioner of this center with a mission to find the root cause of symptoms through nutritional solutions and educate on living a healthy lifestyle for the prevention of disease. I was born and raised in Altoona, Iowa and remain in the same community where I have raised a daughter and 2 sons with my husband, Troy.
My professional journey in healthcare began in 1997 as a CMA. I continued my education to earn my nursing degree (RN) in 2002. I am grateful for my experience and the wonderful people I met while working in pediatrics, cardiology, mother/baby/gyne, family practice and home health care. To expand my holistic nursing interests, I took a class in health coaching in 2018 with Wisdom of the Whole. In 2019, I graduated from Professional Level training at Ulan Nutritional Systems to become a Nutrition Response Testing® practitioner. My family and I have been under chiropractic care for many years, where my interest in natural healthcare was first inspired by Dr. Kari Swain.
My values in healthcare began to change as I became more aware of our failing system. I saw increasing numbers of adults and children who suffered with cancer, autoimmune disease, neurological disease, vaccine injuries, cardiac conditions, digestion problems, and endocrine disorders all with no real cause explained. Knowing what these illnesses cost families, not only financially but emotionally, I felt a strong need to be part of a solution to our healthcare crisis and also take a stance to protect my own health. I literally prayed for the right opportunity to present itself so that I can make a difference in this world and to the people I love. In the fall of 2018, I was feeling very fatigued, had no energy, was not sleeping well, and had gut issues that I battled for years. A friend at work told me about a natural health nutritionist new to Des Moines that I might be interested in seeing. I started following her social media pages for a few weeks, loved what I saw, and made an appointment. Since December of 2018, I have been amazed by nutrition response testing and the results experienced by thousands, including myself.
During this time on my own designed clinical nutrition program, my husband and I also went in a weight loss program with his chiropractic office that was instrumental in teaching us about food and what is needed for optimal function and weight control. We successfully reset our bodies with the guidance and motivation of Dr. Kory Pohlman. It is a change in my lifestyle that I have embraced and become passionate about sharing and now coaching in my own office!
When asked if I was interested in becoming a nutrition response test practitioner, it did not take me long to realize this is what I was meant to do and it was at the right time in my life to make a change. Joining the Ulan army brings me great joy knowing that I can give hope to others, find the root cause of their conditions, and naturally restore their health. I am looking forward to being a part of your journey! Together, we can change the healthcare paradigm.