My Story

Dr. Abrar Al-Shaer, PhD, RD, LDN, WFIM-CP

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Specialized in Women's Health

“My goal is to help every woman find her path of natural self-healing by tapping into the wonderful wisdom her body holds.”

Since I was a young girl I was fascinated with natural remedies and food as medicine. I would buy every botanical medicine book I could get my hands on and felt a deep connection to the foods and plants around me as powerful gifts of healing. That connection further grew when I found out from my grandmother that her grandma was the herbalist of her village. Hearing stories about how she would empower women from almost a century ago to have their own autonomy over their health was both inspiring and humbling. I felt that this was truly my calling.

Fast forward 7 years later, after numerous trainings in herbal & botanical medicine I decided to take the big leap of getting my doctorate degree. This granted me a strong foundation in medical nutrition therapy that would go hand-in-hand with my herbal & botanical medicine training.​ I was a PhD student by day and a dietetic intern by night. After 8 years of schooling, 1000+ hours of clinical experience, and thousands more as a nutrition researcher, it was a relief to finally finish. As a scientist I became highly specialized in nutritional biochemistry & immunology, where I led and published numerous clinical studies. In addition, as a clinical dietitian I honed my specialty in the area of women’s health working with women at a high risk OBGYN clinic. I gained a very deep understanding of the art and science of nutrition that I integrate into my patient care.

After completing such intense training, my personal health took a turn for the worse. Although I knew of the issues facing our medical system and how the system largely fails at treating a woman for WHO she is instead of WHAT symptoms she has, it was still very disappointing to experience this first-hand. ​I was diagnosed with chronic idiopathic urticaria that has an ‘unknown’ cause and no clear treatment trajectory. But I knew that wasn’t the entire story. I embarked on my own self healing journey, applying all the principles I learned for myself, and was able to nurture my body back to a calm and healthful state once again. My goal is to help every woman find her path of natural self-healing by tapping into the wonderful wisdom her body holds.

Education & Licensure

Degrees:

Ph.D. Nutrition, Registered Dietitian Program
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

B.S. Bioinformatics & Genomics
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Integrative & Functional Medicine Trainings:

Women’s Functional & Integrative Medicine Certification Program (WFIM-CP)
New Medicine for Women Institute – Dr. Aviva Romm, MD

Women’s Health Herbal Medicine Training Program
Herbal Medicine for Women – Dr. Aviva Romm, MD

Advanced Case Study Applications: Clinical Herbal Medicine in Primary Care
Medicine Lodge: A Natural Medicine Academy, New Mexico – Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, MD

Nutrigenetics + Nutrigenomics Counseling
University of North Carolina Nutrition Research Institute

Licensure & Registration:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nutrition (PhD)
  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD/RDN)
  • Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LD/LDN)

Languages:

  • English & Arabic

Scientific Publications

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