Allison Kormendy: This holistic nutritionist is upholding the tradition of strong health and community wellbeing with Wild Roots.
Allison Kormendy is Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in from her father’s side and Yupik from her mother’s. Born and raised in Dawson City, Yukon, Allison loves to explore, seek out adventures, and volunteer for community events. Her community focus, work ethic, and leadership have been recognized with awards from the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Government and the Assembly of First Nations, Yukon Region.
Currently employed as the director of wellness for the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Government, Allison is also a registered holistic nutritionist and the owner and operator of Wild Roots, a small business promoting holistic nutrition and well-being on a cellular level. Raised immersed in tradition, Wild Roots connects Allison’s traditional teachings with contemporary science and holistic health.
With high rates of chronic disease in the Yukon, Allison knows that food can be the most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison. Traditional foods are especially important for strength and vitality. Allison also understands that healing journeys are life long and unique to each being. For this reason, Wild Roots provides a diverse range of products that prioritize local ingredients to support individual health and wellness journeys. These include but are not limited to locally harvested teas, “boosts,” therapeutic elixirs, fermented foods, bone broth and the best-selling Klondike Kombucha.
Wild Roots products are just one way that Allison is helping to create stronger and healthier generations. She also shares her knowledge with everyone she meets, through workshops and through her online platforms.
This is part of the Feeding Our Spirits video series that shares the stories of Northern culinary entrepreneurs who are nourishing their communities with traditional ingredients, innovative techniques, and deep care.