change the way you eat,
change the way you feel

let’s get you and your loved ones on the path to wellbeing

nutrition – food

We’ve all heard it before, you are what you eat.

The truth is one-size-fits-all diets don’t actually work for everyone.

Wouldn’t it be great if instead of simply counting calories or focusing on “more vegetables,” we worked together to figure out exactly what your individual body needs and what will realistically fit into your lifestyle?

New studies come out every day pointing to the Food-Mood connection and how gut-inflaming foods and nutritional deficiencies can contribute to concentration problems, depression, memory decline, obesity disease, psychiatric disorders, chronic illnesses, and more.

Our Integrative Nutritionists will help you discover what’s going on at the root of your nutritional health and how it affects your food and mood.

You will be provided an individualized plan showing which foods to eliminate, which to eat more of, and which supplements and nutraceuticals will help you reach your health goals faster.

We cover everything from digestive concerns, food cravings, chronic illness, skin problems, hormone imbalances, brain health, weight issues, and simply why making dietary changes can be challenging.

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • 20 to 30 minute Warm-Up Call to assess needs and Next Steps.
  • 60 minute personal One-on-One Assessment to review history and current symptoms.
  • 3 levels of Testing Packages using non-invasive hair and saliva labs that are safe for all ages (infants too!).
  • 60 minute Feedback Session to review results, offer recommendations, and create a step-by-step individualized nutrition plan.
  • 30 to 60 minute in-person or virtual nutrition counseling sessions that include food-mood interventions, recommendations for nutraceuticals, and practical meal planning.
  • Check-in calls and emails with both nutritionist and Behavioral Health Coordinator (BHC) to review progress and coordinate care.

Check out why Stepping Stone Clinic is an exceptionally unique clinic where you can combine many areas of health into one visit– these integrated services can take you from surviving to thriving at any age and stage.

the SSC steps to wellbeing

Warm-up Call

The first step is to schedule a free WARM-UP CALL that provides us a chance to get to know one another and start to develop an understanding of what is going on and how we can help.

Initial Evaluation

This is a chance to look at the whole-person and understand how to treat the person today, not from months or years ago. The process is individualized and can include specific testing. We  leave no stone unturned.

Treatment Plan

We take what we've discovered during the evaluation to map out a NEXT STEPS treatment plan and organize an integrated care team, including a Behavioral Health Coordinator (BHC) as a guide through every step.

Team-Based Care

Our specialists collaborate to provide whole-person care that combines appropriate treatments for any stage of life – from infants to mature adults. These may include therapy, nutrition services, medical interven-tions, and life tools.

Ongoing Support

The BHC helps navigate your transitions in care including stepping in and stepping out of services. We provide guidance through each step, adding life tools, wellness classes, and specialty support as needed.

nutrition lab packages

*An additional $175 record care management fee applies to all new patients.

meet the nutrition team

Brenna Thompson, MS, RD, LDN
Registered Dietician
Integrative Nutritionist

Brenna Thompson is a registered and licensed dietitian, with a Master’s Degree in Applied Nutrition. She is originally from Cedar Falls, Iowa and completed her Undergraduate Degree at Minnesota State University, Mankato where she ran cross country and track for two years and then took up sprint triathlons for a few years.

After completing her Dietetic Internship at West Virginia University Hospital, she worked for Phoebe Sumter Memorial Hospital in Americas, Georgia. There she helped run the outpatient diabetes center and later developed the employee wellness dietitian position. She then went on to work at two health and wellness clinics before joining the Stepping Stone Clinic team.

She is passionate about teaching people how foods interact with their body and helping patients learn how what they eat affects how they feel. She has experience working with people who struggle with autoimmune disease, digestive disorders, cardio-metabolic disease, infertility and women's hormones, food sensitivities, chronic pain, binge eating, and just about anything in between.

Brenna believes no one eating style is right for every person: what works for some doesn't for others. She encourages patients to make changes they can stick with and support their goals.

In her free time, Brenna enjoys digging in her garden, and then coming up with creative ways to use the garden vegetables in her kitchen. She also loves camping with her husband, lifting weights, falling over in yoga, knitting, writing, chasing their child, and catching bigger fish than her husband.

Marcie Vaske, MS, LN
Licensed Nutritionist
Integrative Nutritionist

Marcie Vaske is a Licensed Nutritionist, with a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition. She grew up in Park Rapids, MN, a small, northern Minnesota town. Marcie completed her Undergraduate Degree at St. Cloud State University, where she studied Community Health and Athletic Training. She went on to work as a cardiac rehab therapist and physical therapy rehab therapist. She eventually returned to Minnesota to pursue her passion for nutrition. She completed her Master’s in Human Nutrition at the University of Bridgeport.

As a Nutritionist, Marcie is a firm believer in educating her patients to make dietary changes that can help them lead the life they desire. As a person with her own journey in nutrition, Marcie has learned the healing power of nutrition through her struggles with anorexia, obsessive-compulsive exercising, and anxiety - all of which led to chronic and complex digestive issues. Relying on her life experience and deep appreciation of nutrition, Marcie empowers dietary changes patients are ready to tackle. For some, that is one change at a time; for others, it is everything at once. Every step makes a difference.

In her free time, you will find Marcie watching her twins compete in their sports, being creative in the kitchen, and decorating her home. She loves running, weight lifting, and spending days at the lake or winter evenings all snuggled in with her favorite people.

take the first step to wellbeing

Stepping Stone Clinic offers a unique step-by-step approach to team-based mental health care that integrates and unites different treatments. We serve people of all ages and at all stages.

Come talk with our psychologists, nutritionists, executive function coaches, and wellness specialists about our whole-person integrated care.

HOURS

Mon: 9AM - 8PM
Tues: 9AM - 8PM
Wed: 9AM - 8PM
Thurs: 9AM - 8PM
Fri: 9AM - 2PM
Sat: 9AM - 2PM
Sun: CLOSED

CONTACT

6625 Lyndale Ave South, Suite 500
Richfield, MN 55423

*Free covered parking in back

Main: 612-886-3706
Fax: 612-886-3681

*For emergencies, please contact the MN mobile crisis line (call 612-348-2233 or send a text to 741741) or go to your nearest emergency room.