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About Us

Meet the people behind Nourish

At Nourish House Calls, we are more than just your healthcare provider; we are a team deeply committed to the holistic well-being of each individual in our care. Our approach melds the best of both worlds – the familiar aspects of conventional medicine and the deeper, more personalized touch of Functional Medicine.

Founder & 
Lead Practitioner

Joya Van Der Laan, MSN, FNP-BC

Joya Van Der Laan is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner, esteemed for her expertise that blends both traditional and functional medicine. Her academic journey in nursing culminated with a Masters from North Park University, Chicago. Committed to lifelong learning, she has amassed hundreds of hours in continuing education, completing the Institute for Functional Medicine’s Advanced Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP) and Pediatrics training in 2018. She also has undergone extensive training through the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) and the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M).

Credentials & Affiliations


MSN, FNP-BC is a family nurse practitioner who is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). As a licensed and certified nurse practitioner, Joya is able to diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries, as well as prescribe medications where necessary.

Affiliations &

Joya’s Story

Joya Van Der Laan’s journey into healthcare began in the inquisitive corners of her childhood, nurtured by a deep-seated curiosity about the ‘whys’ of life. Raised in Ontario, Canada, by ‘Christian hippie parents,’ Joya’s early years were steeped in natural living — from homemade fruit leathers to lentil-rich meals, fostering a connection with holistic wellness from a young age.

Her aunt, an herbalist with a non-traditional take on health, opened Joya’s eyes to the world of alternative medicine. This exposure planted seeds of thought that later blossomed into a career path divergent from conventional healthcare paradigms.

Joya’s educational journey, marked by a critical, questioning mindset, led her to Calvin University and later to Northwestern Memorial Hospital as an RN. Amidst traditional medical training, she maintained an internal dialogue, constantly challenging the status quo and seeking more comprehensive answers to health issues.

This inner quest continued through her master’s program, where she adhered to the curriculum while privately exploring the broader spectrum of medical knowledge.

Joya’s career took a defining turn in 2011, post-graduation, when she joined a pain management practice that aligned with her functional medicine aspirations. Here, she honed her skills in treating chronic pain, hormonal imbalances, and various complex health issues that conventional medicine struggled to address effectively.

Founding Nourish House Calls

In 2018, driven by a desire to offer more personalized, patient-centric care, Joya established Nourish House Calls. What started as a part-time venture quickly grew into a thriving practice, largely through referrals from patients and other healthcare providers.

With her husband, Dave, Joya has nurtured Nourish House Calls into a beacon of hope for those seeking a more empathetic, thorough approach to healthcare.

At Nourish House Calls, Joya’s philosophy is simple yet profound: to work with the body, not against it. Her approach is a blend of critical thinking, a deep understanding of Functional Medicine, and a heartfelt desire to make a tangible difference in patients’ lives.

Embracing each patient’s unique journey, I am dedicated to uncovering the ‘whys’ behind their health challenges and crafting personalized pathways to optimized wellness.

Schedule Free 15-Min Discovery Call

Start with a complimentary 15-minute discovery call to explore how our personalized approach aligns with your health goals. During the call, we learn about you and your wellness goals while you have the opportunity to inquire about our expertise and approach to medicine.