Lindsay Mitchell, PA-C
My story of chronic illness
...began as a teen when I tested positive for Epstein-Barr virus. I continued to have a weak immune system during my young adult years.
I went on medical missions to indigenous places like rural Africa while earning my degree in biology. While studying to be a physician assistant in South America, I fell ill to various parasites that kept me fatigued with gut issues after returning to the U.S.
Then my husband found a tick on the back of my neck during a trip to the Redwoods.
This tick bite unleashed the “perfect storm”—a build up of biological and environmental toxins due to years of exposure.
I tested positive for Lyme disease, multiple parasites, systemic candidiasis, and other co-infections.
My doctors told me to make myself comfortable—that my diagnoses were something I'd have to deal with for the rest of my life.
But I rejected this.
I began reading about the brain's ability to change—a concept referred to as neuroplasticity—and made the decision to begin brain retraining.
This was the one defining decision that changed everything for me.
Once I learned how to calm the stress response, my symptoms didn’t just improve...they began to disappear. After using mental exercises to help retrain my old associations to illness for eight months, I was surfing on a beach in Costa Rica—able to eat, drink, and do anything I wanted.
I was FREE.
Now it’s my mission to help others suffering from chronic illness regain their vitality and live a life of possibility.
Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Nevada and a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She is a certified physician assistant, Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner, and an Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Thought Field Therapy (TFT) practitioner.
Lindsay's background as a medical practitioner combined with her personal experience using neuroplastic tools to make a full recovery from chronic illness have served to create the truly transformational offerings found in Vital-Side. Since its inception in 2018, Vital-Side has helped hundreds of people suffering from chronic illness and stress reclaim control of their health and transform their lives.
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Learn about the science behind brain retraining
Neuroplasticity in a Nutshell
It was once thought that by the age of 30, our thinking patterns were solidified and our brains were incapable of creating new neural pathways. But recent scientific research has discovered that the brain is constantly experiencing new neural activity throughout our entire lives. This concept is known as neuroplasticity—the brain’s ability to change, re-organize, and adapt.
When we create new thought patterns, we are able to break habits that are not serving our highest good and ultimately, change our reality…including our genetic expression!
“It’s all in your head."
This Is absolutely NOT the case for those dealing with chronic illness.
Unfortunately, it’s what so many of us have heard from both practitioners and family members. In Vital-Side, we don’t dismiss your suffering or minimize the seriousness of your condition. While your symptoms are definitely not "all in your head," they may be a result of limbic system impairment.
The Link Between the Brain and Chronic Symptoms
What happens to the brain when we experience a physical trauma in the form of an injury, virus, or bacterial infection? Or environmental exposure to mold or toxic chemicals? How about an emotional trauma? And what if these traumatic events persist?
The sympathetic nervous system response (fight-or-flight) remains in the 'ON' position.
This mechanism is a great if you’re running from a lion, fighting off an acute illness, or facing any kind of immediate threat. But if that physical, mental, or emotional trauma endures, the brain gets stuck using the same neural pathways that cause your brain to continually think you’re in danger, even after the removal of the stressor. This is where the “chronic” part of illness comes into play.
Find Relief through a Parasympathetic Reset
If the brain is using the same neural pathways even after the stressor is gone, it can be difficult to find relief from persistent symptoms. When the limbic system is impaired and the sympathetic nervous system is dominant, it inhibits our bodily systems from functioning at optimal capacity. When we opt for a parasympathetic reset and learn how to function from a state of rest-and-digest, we can make positive changes to our brains that result in greater health, diminishing symptoms, and increased resiliency to stress.
We all have the power within to heal—in fact, we’re designed for it. It’s a scientific fact.
To empower those suffering from chronic illness and stress to find relief from their symptoms and gain freedom in their choices.
We do this through the application of mental exercises and techniques designed to take the brain from a state of survival to one of growth and repair. Vital-Side exists to act as a voice for all people feeling stuck or limited by chronic symptoms and to promote widespread collective healing, starting with the brain.
Empowerment and Infinite Possibility for Growth and Change
- We demonstrate compassion and empathy for those dealing with chronic illness, stress, and/or trauma.
- We strive to create positive change in the lives of those dealing with limbic system impairment and nervous system dysregulation.
- We promote holistic wellness and reclamation of mind and body in a world where we have been conditioned to outsource our health.
- We provide root cause solutions by addressing the brain and nervous system’s role in the development and sustainment of chronic symptoms.
- We are knowledgable of the brain and body on a cellular level and provide information and protocols that are backed by science.
Vital-Side protocols can be applied to the following conditions:
- Adrenal fatigue
- Mild allergies (pollen, food, perfume, chemical, environmental)
- Autoimmune conditions
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Bacterial overgrowth
- Cancer (post or adjunctive treatment)
- Central sensitization
- Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME)
- Chronic inflammatory response (CIRS)
- Cognitive function- memory or brain fog
- Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS)
- Electric hypersensitivity syndrome
- Environmental illness (EI)
- Food sensitivities
- Hashimoto's thyroiditis
- Heart palpitations
- Heavy metal toxicity
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Latent infections
- Leaky gut syndrome
- Long COVID
- Lyme disease
- Mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS)
- Mold illness
- Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS)
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Persistent postural-perceptual dizziness
- Poor circulation
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS)
- Sensitivity to smell, taste, light, sound, touch
- Skin conditions- eczema, rash, hives
- Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
- Thyroid disorders
The Vital-Side Difference
What makes Vital-Side Different from other programs?
In Vital-Side, we understand that you're an individual and one size does not fit all. We also understand that having a community of like-minded individuals can be instrumental in the healing process.
As a Vital-Side Member, you’ll receive lifetime access to the Vital-Side Program, a 5-day virtual brain retraining course that offers a structured protocol you can use daily. This course contains great information for spatial, auditory, and kinesthetic learners.
You’ll also have access to a supportive community inside the Vital-Side Private Forum, where you can get your questions answered directly by Lindsay throughout the brain retraining process.
For Active Brain Retrainers
For those who are already Vital-Side Members or who have prior experience with limbic system-specific techniques, Lindsay offers private sessions to help you refresh your practice and develop a personalized protocol designed to address your specific schedule, learning style, and symptoms.
The program provides the tools that are needed to get your life back, no matter where you are. Lindsay provides continued support through Vital-Side Ed classes, a wonderful way to help keep you on track and motivated.
Being able to do this from home via video was very personal. Lindsay is so positive that it is almost impossible not to feel uplifted. It's amazing how much lighter and more positive I feel after doing a few minutes of practice.
During my sessions with Lindsay, she listened carefully and helped me uncover core beliefs and behaviors that were not serving me. I am fully healed from my limbic system injury and I'm now living my life to the fullest!
The other members of the
Jaclyn Hubersberger, FMCHC
Content Creator, Copywriter, Brand Creative
Jaclyn is the creative force behind the Vital-Side brand and Lindsay's right-hand woman for all things marketing. She is responsible for much of the content on our social media channels, in our emails, and on this website.
Jaclyn has a background in psychology and is a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach whose focus is on the connection between mind and body.
Through her own journey with chronic illness, Jaclyn discovered that the quality of her thoughts had a major impact on her nervous system and overall health. Using holistic methods (including brain retraining techniques) to compassionately calm her inner critic, Jaclyn was able to reveal her body's inherent wisdom and natural capacity for healing.
You can contact Jaclyn on her website: jaclyncreates.com
Social Media Engagement Manager
Shea has a background in counseling and social work and she loves to help people who are new to brain retraining by empowering them to engage in their own capacity to heal.
Due to her journey with chronic illness over the past decade, her life took a different direction. Shea first discovered brain retraining in 2018 after many years of seeing various doctors, receiving multiple diagnoses, and trying numerous approaches for healing. She became fascinated by neuroplasticity and started to learn as much as she could about mind-body medicine.
It was not until May of 2020, after experiencing a whole new set of symptoms, that she found a more compassionate approach towards brain retraining. Through the combination of brain retraining techniques, somatic therapy, and working through limiting beliefs, Shea is now thriving after many years of merely surviving.