We hear it all the time from customers and product reps: Our team is unparalleled in terms of genuine passion, knowledge and friendliness.

 

Having trouble with headaches? Interested in a more balanced diet to shed extra weight and keep it off? Are you feeling a bit low-energy or emotionally down? Come talk to us!

We've built our in-store experience on the belief that the best customer service is authentically personable and provides you with first-hand insights into the products available to help you be the all-natural version of yourself. No sales gimmicks to meet quotas. No pushing you toward products that you won't need. In addition to the educational opportunities our team is invited to pursue, each staff member is personally inspired by the daily use and research of what we have in stock, so you can be sure the advice you receive will benefit your life.

Whether you are just coming in to shop for organic, whole-food supplements or vitamins, all-natural groceries or cosmetics, or are participating in one of our various workshops or product demos, we love we love to share our experiences on how to naturally address nutritional deficiencies so you can become a happier, healthier you.

And our staff turnover rate is so low, that if you visit us enough you'll likely make friends with many of the kind faces you see below.

Come back to this page often to read upcoming interviews with our team members.

 
 

Dave Thomas (and billy!)
Owner

Meet the man who started it all. Dave opened Health Nut to provide people in his community with the opportunity to go through the transformation he experienced in his own health. To learn more about Dave, read his in-depth bio here.

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Debby Kountz
HR/Operations Manager

While our whole body specialists are focused on helping you, Deb is focused on making sure our staff has everything they need and helping the business run as smoothly as possible in order to provide you with optimal customer service. 

Alva Pick
Whole Body Specialist

Alva's grandfather was a huge influence in instilling her with the practice and benefits of all-natural lifestyle while she was growing up. In 1994, she began working at Fresh Air (a natural foods store). Being surrounded in that environment, she found herself drawn to learn and live a life of holistic health. 

After several years of life’s many challenges, she found herself stressed out and veered away from the healthy lifestyle she had grown accustomed to. This lead to a rapid decline in her physical and mental health. When she decided to go back to her "roots" and implement all she had been taught, her health and energy slowly returned.

Alva joined the HNN team back in February 2015, and is currently working to receive her certification in essential oils. She loves working in an environment where she learns something new almost every day and gets to pass on her knowledge to customers.

Steffi Wells
Whole Body Specialist/Grocery Manager

Steffi began working for Health Nut in March 2013. She is passionate about living an all-natural lifestyle and loves talking with people, helping to guide them to cleaner, healthier food and supplement options. Although Steffi grew up in a home that valued natural eating, she really became a believer at the young age of 13. Because of her love for dance and the intense training routine she followed, it was important for her to eat well so she could be in excellent physical condition.  

During her college years, she balanced a demanding schedule of being a dance major and training with a dance company. She ended up with adrenal fatigue and having to leave school. It was during her time away that she really threw herself into learning more about a natural approach to fueling her body in order to keep up with the level of activity she desired. By committing herself to clean, organic eating and whole food supplementation for a time, she was able to regain her strength and energy. 

Steffi jokes that her house is basically like a mini Health Nut, because she has so many things from food to cleaning supplies that she buys from the store.

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BEATRIZ GUTIERREZ
Whole body specialist

We welcomed Beatriz (Bea) to our Health Nut Team in February 2018. She has been invested in living the all-natural lifestyle since she was 18 years old when she started practicing yoga. During her thirties, due to a decline in her health, Bea became more intent on researching foods and natural supplements that would help restore her body and give her back the energy to enjoy life. Several "must-haves" according to Bea, are "Restore" for repairing gut health, "Daily Maca for Women" for balancing hormones, and finishing off a hard day of work in a nice warm bath of Dead Sea Bath Salts. 

Bea has a dream of one day growing a Permactulture Patch as an extension of Health Nut, and to teach people how to grow their own food.  Being actively involved in Yoga, she would also love to offer outdoor yoga classes one day.  So be on the look out for more exciting future opportunities to learn and expand your knowledge as our Health Nut Team continues to grow and bring new ideas to pursue!

Meghan Fowlkes
Whole Body Specialist

Meghan is our youngest team member. She started her journey with HNN in June 2015, the first Monday right after graduating from high school. But you can't let her youth deter you from talking with her.  She is extremely knowledgable and tends to blow many of us away with the scope of her understanding.  

Meghan began her health journey on her own, after becoming frustrated at being almost 220 pounds at 14 years old. During her sophmore year of high school, unable to fit into many of the clothes she wanted to wear and tired of feeling sick and tired all the time, she resolved to loose weight and improve her health. She started researching the benefits of eating real, wholesome meals, cooked from scratch and using uprocessed, organic produce.  

She taught herself how to cook and bake healthier, and in the process of making this change, lost over 80 pounds in a year. The rest came off a bit slower, but she stuck to it and is truly an inspiration to many people who come into HNN.  

Meghan's knowledge doesn't stop with food and diet. She is a treasure of information for supplements, making her own cleaning supplies, bath and body care as well as a phenomenal baker!

Amy Dinnison
Whole Body Specialist

Amy started working for HNN in September of 2016 and has been loving empowering others to live a healthier and more balanced lifestyle. As both a mother and grandmother of three, she uses Health Nut Probiotics and protein powders to fuel her body, as well as buying organic whole meats and veggies to keep herself strong and free from disease.

Her passion for people and master's degree in life coaching has equipped her to educate and support our customers who have struggled with various wellness issues including: hormonal imbalance, depression, anxiety and adrenal exhaustion.

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THOMAS STANLEY
WHOLE BODY SPECIALIST/BULK MANAGER

Thomas Stanley joined our HealthNut Team in January 2018. With an athletic background, body wellness and nutrition have been important staples in his daily routine for the majority of his life.

With the strong belief of food and nutrition being medicine, it has guided Thomas to "nature's gifts of healing". Incorporating simple things like herbal teas, fermented foods, and organic produce into his plant-based lifestyle- and experiencing the benefits of these choices has given him an "all-in" mentality to natural and organic remedies.

Not only is Thomas sold on healthy food intake, but as a licensed hair/makeup designer and cosmetology educator of 11+ years, he also realizes the toxic chemicals we put in and on our bodies on a daily basis may be the cause of many of life’s health issues. He is excited to share with our HN guests, how simple changes can make a world of difference. Pulling from his personal experience, healthy food intake, organic essential oils, and mindfulness techniques have the ability to put us all on a healthier path towards abundance and prosperity.

KellI Stream
Herbal Specialist

Kelli started working at HNN June of 2016. She had recently been diagnosed with a rare sun allergy called, Solar Urticaria, which causes hives and other unpleasant symptoms.

After being put on two synthetic antihistamines and constantly having to wear sunscreen, she noticed her skin peeling off and black from all the chemicals being put into her body. Since she had already been quite familiar with herbs that could help, she started researching where to find them, and we are glad she did! That lead her to HNN where she was able to find all the herbs and so much more in our bulk section.

Kelli is a certified herbalist. She is extremely knowledgable in making teas, salves, lotions and various "brews" for just about any ailment. 

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Kelly Jo Tomlin
Whole body specialist

Kelly Jo started with us in March 2017. She credits her mother as being her biggest influence in regards to living a natural, holistic lifestyle. Though it was not the norm when attempting to stick to healthy practices, she says that her mother never wavered in her pursuit for clean eating and is one of the healthiest, most knowledgeable people she knows. 

Kelly Jo started taking the holistic approach seriously during her sophomore year in college. She believes living the healthy, holistic lifestyle is the greatest investment of her life, and as such she has poured (and continues to pour) a lot of time and energy into educating herself, maintaining her health and passing on her knowledge and excitement about healthy living to our customers. 

She is quite passionate about working out, and follows a CrossFit training program. She hopes to one day get a CrossFit Level 1 certification as well as a certification as a holistic nutritionist.

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SYDNEY KINSER - WHOLE BODY SPECIALIST

Sydney has a love for children and a strong desire to teach them early about the importance of healthy food choices and empowering them to take care of themselves in order to be strong and healthy. 

As of May, 2018, Sydney became a part of our HN family when she moved to the Lynchburg area from Tennessee. Sydney had the amazing oportunity to be taught by Dr. Axe, the founder of Ancient Nutrition. She learned first-hand about the food industry, the difference between treating a symptom and finding the cause, and the differences in foods in their natural state vs. being processed. Once her eyes were opened, she started mainkg simple life-style changes like swapping out sweet breakfast bars with a fruit and veggie smoothie, volunteering on farms, and using natural treatments for minor ailments. These tiny steps accumulated until she found herself immersed in the health and wellness world. 

For daily skin care, she is a fan of Dr. Bronner’s Anise Toothpaste, Weleda Skin Food, and Herban Cowboy Deodorant. To help her immune system stay strong, she makes her own tea with Astragalus Bark. And when Winter comes around she stocks up on Fermented Cod Liver Oil by Blue Ice. To her, it’s like a miracle supplement that helps avoid the colds and flus that attack others during the colder months.

From skin care to gut health, Sydney is able and excited to talk with you and help you on your healthiest journey possible. Look for upcoming teachings to be lead by Sydney through out the year.