This just in: Downtown chef enters world of holistic health care

Many fans of the Moroccan cuisine served at Saffron Café are aware of Anass Sentissi’s skills as a chef who lets the concepts of holistic health drive his recipes.

What they might not know is that Sentissi has taken that passion a step further by receiving a doctoral degree in nutrition from Functional Medicine University. He launched a practice, Wholestic Nutrition, in 2011 – with plans for an early January grand opening of his new office at 350 Mass Ave, on the third floor of the two-year-old Marietta building.

As a certified functional medicine practitioner, Sentissi focuses on integrative internal medicine. Drawing on the various healing modalities he encountered throughout his career, Sentissi focuses his practice on providing root cause resolution of chronic ailments, with a special focus on gastrointestinal health.

“The philosophy that motivates everyone on our care team is pretty simple,” Sentissi said. “Do whatever it takes to effectively, comfortably, and safely address the health concerns of your client. Whatever that ‘whatever’ is.”

He said he strives to teach clients that their good immune health is dependent on three factors:

  • A well-functioning autonomic nervous system, and healthy a gut.
  • A balanced, enjoyable diet chock-full of delicious, nourishing foods.
  • A support network of relationships with friends, family, and medical practitioners to support a healthy mind-body connection.

During school at Functional Medicine University, he studied advanced training in medical detective work and botanical medicine. As a celebrated chef, he has gained further inspiration in nutritional healthcare by offering natural food cooking classes and sharing the Functional Medicine approach to optimal health.

Sentissi’s practice can deal with a wide variety of health concerns, including irritable bowel syndrome, Celiac disease, Crohn’s Disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes and anxiety/stress.

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