Jennifer Hruz, FNP-BC, APNP
I'll Help You Reach Your Goals
"I founded VIVA Wellness because I wanted to use my knowledge and personal experiences to help people. Since 2017 we've grown to include a wide range of services and products to help people on their personal journey to become the best version of themselves."
VIVA Wellness Founder, Nurse Practitioner
My personal wellness journey began about a decade ago when I was 23 in my hometown outside of Los Angeles, California. I struggled with obesity my entire life, even as a child. This struggle with obesity took a toll on my physical and mental well-being. Physically, I was 234 lbs and was diagnosed as pre-diabetic with elevated cholesterol. Mentally I was depressed and anxious and realized I wasn’t living up to my full potential.
Nothing in my life was working. I was attempting to go to community college, but semester after semester I’d start classes and then drop out. I was attempting diets, but time after time, stress and depression would steer me to my coping mechanism: food. I would drink a case of soda a day and order fast food up to three times a day. Then one day, I had enough and realized I needed real treatment from professionals or my weight would continue to climb.
When I started to receive therapy and mental health treatment for anxiety and depression, I began to believe in myself and abilities. Looking ahead at the journey of changing my life could have felt overwhelming. I was 234lbs, however with therapy and self-reflection, I started to break my problems down to small action steps.
I established a new routine by replacing soda for water, replacing fast-food with healthier choices, and adding physical activity like walking. Slowly, this routine became more than just a routine. It had an actual purpose behind it—It was my new lifestyle.
This lifestyle led me to choosing a career path of becoming a Registered Nurse, later to receive my Masters as a Nurse Practitioner, and now to start a business helping others develop the lifestyle they truly desire. Today I am married and expecting my first son in July 2021.
I’m passionate about what I do. I realize there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Also, with research and technology the healthcare industry is constantly changing. Because of this, on top of all my formal education I’m also an avid researcher and stay up date on the latest integrative wellness therapies.
I look forward to being a part of your wellness journey. You can do this! If I can do it, anyone can!
Jennifer Hruz FNP-BC, APNP
Nurse Practitioner and Founder of VIVA Wellness
Jennifer is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Advanced Practice Nurse Prescriber. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Alverno College in 2012 and became a registered nurse. As a registered nurse Jennifer worked in both Acute and Home Care settings. Later, Jennifer went back to school to receive her Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner track, from Alverno College in 2016. She worked as a Nurse Practitioner at an integrative medical clinic before starting her own practice, VIVA Wellness in 2017.