Hi everyone, I’m Victoria LaFont, 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, hitchhiking, tree sitting, regenerative farming, and multiple other side roads I found the study of nutrition and functional medicine and these have been my passion and purpose for the past decade. Currently I am a teacher, a student, and a practitioner. And 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 of 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 I can see that our implementation needs an overhaul.
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 the human potential and our ability to learn and grow together. And I’m excited to start this journey with you.
After growing up on a rural Kentucky diet of Crisco and white flour, Victoria ventured out to see the world and find some real answers regarding her poor health. Sixteen years ago she left the world of opera singing and hitchhiked to a community where members lived in line with the healing principles of the Primal Diet, clean water, and plenty of Hawaiian sunshine. The workings of the human body were cemented as the true love of her heart, and she has since been hooked on learning all she can about the biochemical wonders that make us tick.
Victoria is a magna cum laude graduate of Murray State University with a degree in applied anthropology and a minor in music. She works as a Lead Instructor and Curriculum Researcher for the Nutritional Therapy Association and is currently obtaining her Masters of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States in Portland, OR. She lives, practices and belly laughs every day in Boston, Massachusetts and moonlights in her home state of Kentucky when the weather is good.