I’m Victoria LaFont Jackson, the person behind Paradigm of Practice. Instead of the standard boilerplate bio I’d like to tell you more about me. And, also why I am so passionate about changing how we practice and think of healthcare.
I grew up in Paducah, KY in the 80s, and I grew up pretty sick. I was an emergency C-section kid, had mononucleosis when I was young that hospitalized me for close to a month, and brutal tonsil and throat infections that led to tonsillectomy. We had a permanent bottle of bubble gum flavored amoxicillin in the fridge. (Does anyone else remember that stuff? It was delicious, lol.) I have ADHD that I am still learning to manage even now, in my mid-30s. But my (amazing) mom refused Ritalin and gave me tools to help me learn and (somewhat) focus.
All of this is to say: I’ve been trying to figure out ways to live in my body for a long time. And, eventually, via university, opera singing, hitchhiking, tree-sitting, regenerative farming, and multiple other side roads I found the study of nutrition and functional medicine. These subjects have been my passion and purpose for the past decade. Currently, I am a teacher, a student, and a practitioner—I hope to be a student of this work forever.
So, why Paradigm of Practice?
What is Paradigm of Practice?
If you’re new to the site, please click here to learn more about the nuts and bolts. But, the story is simple. For years I have noticed a need in HOW healthcare is practiced—doctors, nutritionists, chiropractors, nurse practitioners, acupuncturists, you name it. We all practice different forms of healthcare, yes. But. our implementation needs an overhaul.
Paradigm of Practice proposes that we work together to create a new culture of healthcare.
And, ultimately, that’s what this project is all about. It’s about working to create a better context in which to practice (practitioner), receive care (patient), and learn (information). It’s that simple. I probably speak most often and most naturally as a practitioner because I’ve worked as a nutritionist in my private practice for many years. But, we are all also a patient. And, we all must engage, at least to some degree, in educating ourselves and gaining access to the information that is needed to keep our bodies healthy and functional.
And so that is how this idea is organized…practitioner, patient, and information.
It’s a big idea, y’all. It’s a big ask. And it’s going to take some deep work. But it’s possible to begin implementing a new way of practice so that we all benefit. I wholeheartedly believe in human potential and our ability to learn and grow together. And I’m excited to start this journey with you.
I make industry jargon tangible and practical.
My love of science is reflected in a stellar finished product.
I am an up-to-date, rationalist research writer. I base my work on an exacting and un-biased interpretation of the research literature translated into precise, comprehensible content. For over ten years I have reported on and studied evidence-based functional medicine with a focus on human nutrition.
Previously, I created and operated a successful clinical practice and formulated and scaled a supplement business—Truly Healthy Protein Powder—from idea to company sale. I continue to work cooperatively with other change-makers in the functional space to legitimize and communicate health-revolutionizing concepts.
I blog and take speaking engagements at www.paradigmofpractice.com. This solution-focused project examines the culture of healthcare. It is my goal to change the paradigm of practice as part of medical advancement into the 21st century.
I am a magna cum laude graduate of Murray State University with a dual degree in applied anthropology/English studies and a minor in vocal music. I currently work as a research writer and instructor for the Nutritional Therapy Association and am obtaining my Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States in Portland, OR.