About Leah Novak, RN, BSN
Leah Novak is a Registered Nurse (RN, BSN), personal trainer (CPT) and Master Nutrition Therapist (MNT, board-certification pending). She has been working in the health care and fitness industry for over 20 years. Leah spends most of her time supporting Dr. Maren in a nursing role, working hard behind the scenes to ensure her patients are provided with seamless care.
Leah’s career started in the Intensive Care Unit, Chemical Addiction/Rehab, and Operating Room at various local hospitals. In 2015 her own health issues led her to functional medicine where, as a patient herself, she learned that conventional medicine practices weren’t providing the healing she desired. Within 12 months of using a functional medicine approach, Leah’s health improved immensely. So much so, she made a career change to be part of the medicine specialty that better aligned with her values.
She started working for Dr. Maren in January 2019 and hasn’t looked back since! Shortly after joining Dr. Maren’s practice, Leah felt the need to further expand her knowledge of evidence-based nutritional therapies. Therefore, she enrolled in a holistic nutrition therapy program to become a certified Master Nutrition Therapist. She is detail-oriented, a team player, and a true advocate for her patients.
Outside of work, Leah is a wife, a mother of two, an Orangetheory Fitness Coach, and a group fitness instructor. If she’s not reading about nutrition or listening to functional medicine podcasts, you will find her playing outside in beautiful Colorado, running her kids to their various activities, playing cards with her husband, walking her dog, or catching up with friends.
Ready to find hope again?
I believe we are all capable of wellness—physically, emotionally and spiritually—when we believe it’s achievable.
I believe empowerment and education coupled with compassionate support from your medical team is the best strategy to improve health.
I believe we have more success reaching our wellness goals when we feel genuinely seen and heard.
I believe creating tiny habits toward wellness add up to a huge impact (and the most important step is getting started).
I believe food is the most powerful medicine and that daily movement (especially when practiced outdoors) is the most powerful therapy.
I believe if you don’t invest in and make time for your health now, sooner or later you will have to invest in and make time for disease.
I believe you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with, so choose your people wisely.
I believe that perfection is the enemy of good.
I believe that life is amazing, fragile, ridiculous, lovely, brutal and imperfectly perfect…with that in mind, I will do my best to make your experience with me (as a member of your health care team) as easy as possible.
I love my job, I love functional medicine, and I believe lifestyle-based medicine is the gift that keeps on giving over the course of your lifetime (therefore, I’m so glad you’re here).
I believe that connection with others is what makes getting healthy (and staying healthy) all worth it.
Education + Certifications
- Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Iowa
- Bachelors of Science in Nursing, University of Colorado
- Master Nutrition Therapist, Nutrition Therapy Institute
- Certified Personal Trainer, AFAA