I'm Lindsay Mitchell,
... founder & CEO of Vital-Side and your brain retraining coach!
Vital-Side was conceptualized through my own experience with chronic illness, as well as my medical background as a physician assistant and extensive neuroplasticity training, to provide a unique framework designed to effectively calm the chronic stress response and support the body in its optimal functioning.
What I enjoy most about Vital-Side is getting to know my members personally, and I chat with them daily on our private forum. They can tell you, I love to laugh, go on hikes with my 110 lb. dog, and find creative ways to make brain retraining approachable & fun.
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 thousands of people suffering from chronic illness and stress reclaim control of their health and transform their lives. Lindsay holds a license from PWA so that she is able to practice holistic wellness without using her medical degree.
of chronic illness recovery
My experience with 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.
Brain Retraining Video
Learn more about Lindsay's story and 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.
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 (CIRS)
- 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
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 knowledgeable of the brain and body on a cellular level and provide information and protocols that are backed by science.
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.
When you purchase Rewire, The Vital-Side Membership, you’ll receive access to our 5-module 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 Members' private cohort, 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 brain retraining, Lindsay offers tools, courses, and a community for retrainers from other programs. If it's personalization you're looking for, Lindsay offers private sessions to Rewire members. If you're coming from a different program, Lindsay schedules private sessions on a case-by-base basis. Please first schedule a Q&A with her for more information.
The other members of the
Creative Director & Systems Administrator
Jaclyn is the creative force behind the Vital-Side brand and is responsible for much of the content on our social media channels, in our emails, and on this website. She is also the administrator of The Vital-Side Network, our virtual learning platform and community forum, where she strives to provide the best possible user experience for our members.
Jaclyn has a background in psychology and is a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach (FMCHC) 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.
Community Manager & Member Support Specialist
Lori provides top-notch support to our members on the The Vital-Side Network, on our Instagram and Facebook platforms, and via email. She is the person answering your questions from her wealth of knowledge and personal experience, and is a constant source of inspiration and hope. Feel free to reach reach out and say hello!
Lori has a background in psychology, but it wasn’t until she and her children began to suffer from chronic conditions that she discovered just how important the nervous system was. It was helping her children heal holistically that sparked her passion in root cause approaches to healing.
Although Lori has been in the holistic health world for nearly 10 years now, it wasn't until she experienced a major setback in her health in 2021 that brain retraining became a part of her journey, and she credits it as being the missing piece to her healing puzzle. She is passionate about sharing her story and helping others see their own capability for self-healing.