Nicole Rice is the co-founder of Countertop, a functional food company based in Los Angeles. She is a highly trained and experienced doula, ayurvedic educator, and cook. Her wellness journey began at age 16 when she walked into the local vitamin store in her hometown of Sydney, Australia, and fell in love with the powerful healing properties of echinacea. During her 20 years as a public relations and marketing executive in the fashion industry in Sydney, New York, and Los Angeles, Nicole still managed to explore natural remedies and healing, always making concoctions for her family and friends. After four years in New York City, she moved to Los Angeles in 2004. In 2007, she decided to make her passion for health her purpose. She returned to Australia for six months to complete the Birth and Postpartum Doula Certification at the Australian Doula College. In 2013, she received her Ayurvedic Health Educator certification from the California College of Ayurveda in Nevada City and completed a Pancha Karma with Dr. Rishi Korala in Kathmandu, Nepal, as well as studying the health and wellness of postpartum women under his guidance.