We had the good fortune of connecting with Crystal Hadnott and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Crystal, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I am from Houston, Texas but I grew up in an environment of poverty with a lack of resources. Poverty has been a plus because it developed my most powerful skill set — strategic partnership. Having a lack of resources forced me to become resourceful through connections/alliances. I mastered curating strategic relationships because I had no other option.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
After looking death in the face due to colon failure her to battling with autoimmune disease to overcoming paralysis from hip to foot, I became a student of all things integrative nutrition science, functional movement therapy and holistic wellness. As a way to educate myself about the healing properties of food, I became obsessed with the science and research landing me to receiving several certifications and publishing several scholarly publications. I knew then that I needed to help others—I remember the unanswered questions, the confusion, the struggle and the frustration. I wanted others to not just have information but be empowered with the knowledge. Most know what to do when it comes to health and wellness—it’s the understanding of the why and how that’s needed.

Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Being a nutritionist, foodie and lover of fresh produce, we would make a fresh fruit/veggie smoothie and venture out in the morning for the best picks from Atlanta’s farmers market. My top two are Grant Park Famers Market and Freedom Farmers Market. We will find fresh produce to create an amazing salad for lunch. After lunch, I will introduce them to one of the most popular Georgia hiking trails are less than two hours from Atlanta—Appalachian Trail or Panther Creek Falls. Closing the day with outdoor activity.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Shout out to the individual who forced me to level up and recognize the power I had within myself — the first mentor, Jelani Williams. My mentor was my support but those who doubted me where my motivators, so they deserve credit my hustle.

Website: www.SynergyTotalHolisticHealthAndWellness.com
Instagram: @CrystalHadnott