About

Hi and Welcome!

I am Julia Markova,

Gut-Brain Coach™

I am here to help you move from “Survive” to “Thrive.” With compassion and at your own pace.

I speak Functional and Bioindividual Nutrition. And a few other languages (I am bilingual English/ Russian, fluent in French, and “like a dog” in Greek: I understand it but don’t speak it well any more). 

I have lived, worked, cooked, and eaten across multiple countries and cultures prior to starting my health coaching practice in Portland, Oregon, USA.

That is why I find it easier to talk about the things I am not vs. those that I might be.


  • I am not a “health warrior: ” I find “health” and “war” incompatible with each other.
  • I do not know all the answers and I never will. In my coaching practice, I help my clients to get curious about how they got to where they are now so that, together, we can find a better way moving forward.
  • In spite of having endured a TBI in my teenage years, I chose to “thrive” instead of “survive” with it. A lot of what I do and practice is due to having endured a brain injury as a teenager. If not for that, I might have not chosen to specialize in the gut-brain connection, so this is something I have learned to be grateful for.

Certifications/ Letters after the Name:

  • Bioindividual Nutrition Practitioner Certification (pend)
  • Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach
  • Functional Nutrition Lab: Proud Scholarship Recipient (“PDX Pick”) and Graduate (“Digestive Intensive” and “Full Body Systems”)
  • MBA, UC Davis (USA)
  • BA,  Linguistics, Moscow State Linguistic University (Russia)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Helped me get back on track”

When I first met Julia I was carrying the weight of 3 pregnancies, was tired, slow, and depressed. I didn’t recognize myself. Julia helped me identify changes that I could make to my diet and my lifestyle to reset my metabolism and get back on track. I lost the weight, my skin cleared up and I feel great. I highly recommend inviting Julia into your life

Anya, age 44

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Made a real difference”

Thank you, Julia. You’ve made a real difference

Laurel, age 57

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Really listened to me”

“I never left a meeting with Julia and felt like it was not worth my time and money. I felt that she really listened to me and my issues and put in to play a great plan that not only helped me short term, but in the long run as well. Thanks, Julia, for helping me to feel healthier and more knowledgeable about myself and my body

Korey, age 46

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