About Leslie

Leslie Parran, MS, RN, FMCHC, AOCN, BMTCN, CPG, Essential Oil Coach, Founder and Champion Peacemaker, Peace x Piece Wellness Coaching LLC.

I’m a certified Functional Medicine Health Coach (FMCHC), Certified Gluten-Free Practitioner (CGP), and Essential Oils Coach. I have over 35 years of experience as a registered nurse with a master’s degree and advanced Nursing certifications.

As Champion Coach & Peacemaker, I help people looking to rewire or retire move from inflammation and pain to peace in wellness through providing access to lab testing, protocols to improve health behaviors, and coaching support in manageable pieces so that they can feel better (less pain), move better (less inflammation), and live better (a more active and engaged life).

Why am I a pain expert?

My coaching program is designed to help you! As a leading expert with over 35 years of Nursing experience, using both my extensive knowledge in inflammation and pain as well as my coaching expertise, I have a unique approach to helping people address their pain so that they can feel better, move better, and live better.

Here’s why I’m the expert to help you:

  • Expertise with both conventional and holistic/integrative forms of acute/chronic pain assessment and management.
  • Nurse researcher with published pain research in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Developed an opioid taper algorithm that has been cited in articles and published in books.
  • Participated in academic hospital pain policy development, nursing pain education, and served on University hospital system pain committee.
  • Member of American Holistic Nurse’s Association, Sigma Theta Tau (Nursing honor society), Functional Medicine Coaching Academy Alumni, Oncology Nursing Society, and Minnesota Holistic Medical Group.

My passion is to inspire you to wellness in manageable pieces so that you can move from pain to peace. I help you find healing opportunities to address what may be contributing to your inflammation and pain so that you can feel better, move better, live better. You want to be in the best health possible as you age and look forward to your next journey, whether its “rewirement” or retirement so that you can live your passion and be active and participate in those activities that bring you joy.

Do you want to feel better? Do you feel limited by symptoms of inflammation and pain like I was, which can make it challenging for you to feel up to connecting socially with friends or family and enjoy activities because you no longer can move without pain?

Do you want to move better? Do you have difficulty moving and getting around, maybe even at risk of falling? Do you have pain flares and never know when or how you may be able to function? Are you experiencing stiffness or feeling inflexible? Do you want to get back out there socializing actively through golf, tennis, walking, dancing, playing with children/grandchildren, or other things that are just too difficult right now?

Do you want to live better? Do you want to live your passion or be more engaged in your life, but you are pre-occupied with pain, stress, chronic infections, or have limited energy other than to hang out at home?

My Story

Peace! I’m Leslie Parran, Chief Peacemaker, Peace x Piece Wellness Coaching. I’m a mom, grandma, wife, nurse, and health coach. I’ve come a long way on my journey to health, by learning to take control and heal myself so that I can continue to be active as I age.

As a kid, I was an active figure skater and runner. I rode dirt bikes, snowmobiles, and climbed trees. I studied, played, and did chores outside, going from 5AM ice skating practice, to school, then play/chores/homework, then ice skating again at night until 9 or 10PM. I often read books late into the night. Well, frankly, while my body took a beating and I did not sleep as much as I should have as a kid, my saving grace was my mom and dad. My mom was a terrific cook and she, and my dad who was great at grilling, provided wholesome homemade meals. I considered myself fortunate in that I avoided many processed foods…until I was a teenager and in college. It was these processed foods and an increasing intake in sugar-laden foods that led to significant weight gain, along with a couple of accidents that resulted in 2 knee surgeries and put a sudden stop to my active life.

In college, I was back to exercising, but the irregular sleep/study/party lifestyle and the demands of my academic requirements led me further into the pendulum of weight loss and weight regain. The intake of colas, beer, ice cream, frozen yogurt got a hold of me. It was not until after I got married and prepared for having children, that I finally started taking better care of myself more consistently. Still, I sometimes felt like a failure because I thought I had to do everything right at once to get my health together.

While raising the kids, I tried emulating the whole foods and home cooking that my parents provided. It was hard with both working full time, my husband traveling, and having 4 kids. My full-time Nursing career was demanding and, so, I did sneak in the Stouffer’s Fettucini, the Kraft Mac ‘N Cheese, and, well, things that were just not good for us. The good news was that our family was active in sports and/or working out regularly.

Then Came Thyroid Disease in My late 30’s

Still, after the kids were all born, I developed Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. For a while, the medication helped, but then, I developed some hair loss, constipation, some uncomfortable sensations in my throat, and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) episodes. My schedule was packed with the demands of full-time work, kids in travel sports, and I slept 6 or less hours a night. Despite reporting my symptoms, my endocrinologist was, unfortunately, no help in managing these symptoms, so I finally decided to take control via a different path.

Here’s what I did. For one, I started reading and getting more resources on natural, holistic therapies. I stopped taking over the counter meds for my aches and pains and learned more about essential oils and other natural ways to address my symptoms. I became an essential oils coach. I committed to a healthier diet, and self-tested for gluten sensitivity. Lo and behold, I was gluten sensitive, so I eliminated gluten from my diet. While I was seeing progress in normalizing my blood sugar and losing my dependence on sweets and carbs by eliminating gluten, stabilizing my weight, I continued to have some gut issues. This prompted me to study and become certified as a gluten-free practitioner.

To My Surprise I Developed Arthritis

Well, and here I thought that I had everything on the up and up, and was making progress with my dietary changes!. My next step was to get my mercury dental amalgams removed as I had read that they can contribute to autoimmune disease. Knowing that I had family members with more than one autoimmune disease, I wanted to do what I could to prevent yet another. So, I had my regular dentist extract my mercury-laden amalgams. Several weeks later, I suddenly developed debilitating arthritis in my feet. I then decided to go to a natural medicine (functional medicine) practitioner to see if they could help because I knew that they focus on root causes of health issues and figured that they might be able to help. I just wanted to get back to finding my younger self again!

We first uncovered that my thyroid medication contained gluten (so much for thinking I was gluten-free!). So, my functional medicine practitioner changed my medication. Through making some changes, the throat symptoms and hair loss subsided. She also did some testing and we found that I had some gut dysbiosis and some gut bugs that needed some natural herbal therapy treatment. Along with that she found mercury in my system and some foods I was sensitive to. Using lab testing, supplements, and protocols to improve my diet, and sleep and exercise significantly helped. Given the impacts of my foot arthritis on my ability to walk, she also referred me to a regenerative stem cell therapy practitioner.

Wow, did I make headway! I had injections/infusions of my own stem cells and utilized other natural therapies to control my arthritis. I fixed my gut through identifying the sources of my gut dysbiosis (imbalance of normal gut bacteria) and food sensitivities. I transformed…

From pain to peace…

I was so impressed by my results made through getting more of a complete picture of my health through functional medicine, that I completed a functional health coaching program and obtained several other certifications. Through these efforts, my symptoms resolved and as a result…

I feel better, move better, and live better

…since taking charge of my health. My goal was to be able to exercise, take long walks, play with my grandkids, do my gardening without pain and now I can! I also continue to learn more about functional medicine, lifestyle and diet medicine, the microbiome, the gut-brain connection, epigenetics, natural/integrative/holistic therapies, and a whole host of ways to support wellness. I’ve learned that getting to peace with my health is a continual journey and that I need to approach it in manageable pieces to feel and be successful. Through my health journey, my 40 years as a nurse in an academic medical setting, and my health coaching studies and certifications, I became convinced that the path to health lies in…

Inspiring wellness and peace by piece

I was so frustrated as a nurse in a large academic hospital seeing the results of chronic inflammation…pain, diseases, and multiple other symptoms. On top of this, the healthcare industry was broken and mainly focused on chronic/acute care management and doctors often had restricted access to specific tests or medications due to cost/reimbursement issues. This was not individualized care! This motivated me to find out how I could help others avoid or correct the cycle of chronic disease management.

To help others on their journey to wellness, I knew that it would take having access to the right lab testing and knowledge of programs and resources to help improve a person’s diet and lifestyle. The path to peace and wellness is through examining a person’s history, their labs, and correlating these with their present condition/symptoms. Then, I learned how to approach steps in manageable pieces to regain health. This inspired me to shift from my Nursing career to health coaching so that I could help others address their specific healing opportunities. So, next I enrolled in the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Course. This program provided the access to functional lab testing and a program that addresses how, with the right…

Diet, Rest, Exercise, Stress-Management, Supplements

you can achieve a healthier state and be on the journey to peace. Know that symptoms are never normal. As a soon-to-be FDN-Practitioner and Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach, I serve as health coach detective and Chief Peacemaker. My approach is, “test, don’t guess and D.R.E.S.S., don’t stress”. D.R.E.S.S. is the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition program I use to approach diet, rest, exercise, stress-reduction, and supplementation to help people understand their specific healing opportunities and to provide an individualized approach to healing. Now…

My passion is to inspire people looking to rewire or retire to move from from inflammation and pain to peace in wellness through access to lab testing, protocols to improve their health behaviors, and coaching support in manageable pieces so that they can feel better (less pain), move better (less inflammation), and live better (a more active and engaged life).

Leslie with her husband Dick, children and children-in-law, and 4 grandchildren.

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Peace in Wellness, Leslie

Leslie in Dubai, exploring Arizona with her children, and at the birth of her first grandchild.