I know that you feel:
- Uncomfortable, tired, and maybe even in pain from your symptoms
- Frustrated because the diets and plans you tried didn’t fully help you get results
- Overwhelmed with the information you find online and anxious when you read other peoples’ experiences
- Disappointed because you’re told that you’re fine, your labs keep coming back “normal,” and you’re just offered medications to mask the symptoms
- Disheartened because you can’t eat the foods you used to eat and wondering if you’ll ever go back to them and feel normal again
- Lost because you’re often guessing, and you don’t have a healthcare provider who can answer your questions, give you specific direction and feedback, and help you stay accountable during your journey to healing
I understand exactly what you’re going through. I have helped hundreds of people like you overcome complex health problems, even when other doctors or functional medicine providers couldn’t.
How? By starting with the most important piece of the puzzle, your own unique diet.
To restore your health, you must reduce inflammation and calm down your immune system. Proper digestion, adequate beneficial bacteria, and a healthy gut lining must be present to get results that last. We address all of these when we work together, and that’s what makes my approach comprehensive.
LET’S GET THE RIGHT TESTS DONE, COLLECT THE DATA WE NEED, CONNECT THE DOTS, AND PUT YOU ON THE FASTEST PATH TO GETTING YOUR BODY AND LIFE BACK.
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What makes working with me different?
HOW my process
We start with a strategy consultation by phone (sometimes I refer to it as your first call) to talk about the symptoms or conditions you’re seeking help with. We discuss what you have already tried, and what’s been stopping you from getting the results you want. If I believe I can help you and you’re a good fit for my program, you will have the opportunity to sign up immediately on the phone. We map out the big picture of your journey, and I’ll answer any questions you have. Most of my patients start with the food sensitivity test, and we order the test right away so we can get you started as soon as possible. Click here to book your first call. You’ll need to answer some questions first and then schedule a time on my calendar. If we determine that working together is not a good fit, I’ll do my best to suggest a different route or provide resources.
You could keep trying to figure it out alone, not get the results you want, feel overwhelmed and frustrated, and continue to suffer from your pain and discomfort.
Or you can work with me and be confident that the foods you’re choosing are exactly the right ones for you, get a customized plan that has worked for hundreds of people like you, experience results much faster, eliminate your symptoms, have more energy, be heard and understood, and feel like a new person from the inside out.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I help people who have:
- All digestive conditions, such as acid reflux, heartburn, silent reflux (or LPR), excessive burping, stomach pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, IBS, SIBO, Crohn’s disease, colitis, and celiac disease
- Chronic fatigue
- Autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s, psoriasis, or others
- Thyroid imbalances
- Migraines and headaches
- Muscle and joint pain, fibromyalgia
- Skin issues like eczema, itching, rosacea, hives and others
- Food sensitivities and/or allergy
- Something unknown, you don’t feel like yourself and your doctors can’t find answers or solutions
Some of my patients have co-existing conditions like high blood sugar, blood pressure, high cholesterol, PCOS or others, and these will be taken into consideration at every step of your plan.
If you’re looking for help with calorie counting or portion control, this is not the right program for you. But if you’re interested in a holistic long-term anti-inflammatory approach that will address food sensitivities and gut imbalances as root causes for your weight and water retention, we should definitely talk. My patients who want to lose weight tend to drop 10-25 lbs in 4 months because they eat the foods that calm their bodies down. They feel physically and emotionally lighter. They’re able to work out again (or start) because they have more energy, less pain, and fewer interruptions from stomach issues.
Half of my patients are underweight or can’t afford to lose more weight. The reality is, diets for healing digestive disorders can be limiting and lead to more weight loss. That’s why you shouldn’t try to do it on your own. If you need to maintain or gain weight, we will make sure you have enough calorie-dense foods, snacks, and meals, and I’ll help you with timing your meals and what to eat on-the-go so you don’t skimp on your calories. Many of my patients end up putting on healthy weight eventually because their gut is finally digesting and absorbing all the nutrients in their meals.
My patients often need dietary supplements because it’s difficult to get specific nutrients from food alone in therapeutic doses to get results. I will recommend specific products and customize your plan to your needs. After helping hundreds of clients, I know which ones give the best results and which ones have the least amount of fillers, preservatives, and allergens. I recommend top quality medical grade products and I’ll provide you with details on doses and how to take them so you feel completely guided and supported. I will continue to assess your supplements needs and add or wean off products during our time together.
There isn’t a specific number of sessions attached to the program. We will set goals (like a list of new foods to add to your diet) and make sure you have enough time in between sessions to take action and report changes. Usually, I will meet with you every 2 weeks. In between sessions, you have unlimited email access to me through messages. If you’re facing a hurdle or difficulty, we can jump on a phone call anytime to help you overcome it.
I’m not a physician. If you ask me things that are outside my scope of practice, I will clearly communicate that. While I can’t replace your doctor, most of my patients feel that they have not received the care or help they’re looking for from their doctors and are looking for another approach. Working with me fills in the gaps and addresses food and gut healing–things that your doctors aren’t looking at. If you’re already working with a doctor, we can discuss in the strategy session to coordinate care. Your primary care doctor can order basic labs like blood sugar, thyroid assessment, or certain vitamins. If I run a test and find something that needs a medical intervention or referral, I will encourage you to seek advice from your doctor or see a specialist.
I use specialized functional medicine and nutrition tests that aren’t typically used in conventional medical practices or covered by insurance. Your conventional primary care doctor or specialist probably doesn’t know about or use these tests, and most likely will not order them for you. My patients often say they’ve had tests done prior to working with me that either came back “normal” or offered very little information and no direction for therapy. I don’t want you to waste time going back and forth between your doctor and health insurance, and I don’t want you to waste time and money on tests that will not help. If you have results from a colonoscopy, endoscopy, celiac panel, thyroid, IgG sensitivity, or IgE allergy test, I’d like to see those as part of my assessment. If you plan to work with me and haven’t had blood work done in the last year, wait until we start. Many doctors skip several important labs, and I’d like to give you a list of labs to ask your doctor to order.
Functional medicine doctors and naturopaths can help you get functional medicine tests done, and they can prescribe medications or supplements. However, they will not address or customize the diet the way I do. They are often not as trained in therapeutic diets and usually don’t have the time to go over specific details, food substitutions, recipes, etc. They may give you a diet to follow, but it’s often still general and may be even more restrictive than necessary. The foundation of functional medicine is an anti-inflammatory diet and personalized care. If this is what you’re looking for, you will get that when we work together.
My program, Eat to Thrive, is 4 months long. This is the minimum time I need to make sure you’re on the right path for healing your gut. It doesn’t mean you’ll wait 4 months to feel better. You can expect a big difference in how you feel in the first 10-30 days. The first thing to do to get started is to book a Strategy consultation (first call by phone). If I believe I can help you and that you’re a good fit for my program, I’ll share my big picture plan for you and ask you to make a decision. I’m a believer in taking action and not letting hesitation stop you from healing. The sooner you make the decision, the sooner we start. Most people can typically start within 1 – 2 weeks, unless there’s a waitlist or if I’m not accepting new patients at the time you contact me.
If you’re still struggling with your symptoms and your doctors can’t find answers, it’s very likely that your diet is part of the solution. That’s what you’re coming to see me for! I’ll give you a personalized list of foods to eat and others to avoid based on your tests, symptoms, medical history, or anything else I find during our sessions. You will have to give up certain foods for a few months, but only so we can fix your problem. As you progress with the program, I’ll give you a plan to introduce them back again. If you have a medical condition that requires you to avoid certain foods long-term (like celiac disease), I can’t really change that, but I’ll help you with alternatives so you can nourish our body and enjoy a variety of other options.
My program is not covered by insurance. You will get so much more than what insurance allows or deems “billable” or “necessary.” You can use your HSA or FSA card to pay for the program and there’s a payment plan option. I can also provide a superbill if you would like to try to get some reimbursement. You can’t put a price on your health and on being able to eat and function without pain, discomfort, or worry. My program will save you time and money in the long run. With tests being included and receiving unlimited care and attention throughout my program, you can anticipate to invest a few thousand dollars in your health when you sign up to work with me.
My program is 100% virtual and I’ve worked with patients all over the US. We meet through Zoom video calls so you don’t have to worry about driving or taking time away from work or your family. My patient portal software is HIPAA compliant, you’ll use it to message me, upload your labs, and see your session notes and plans. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer (or tablet). For the tests, we send the kits to your address and provide you with instructions on how to collect samples at home. The food sensitivity test requires a blood draw and we help you find a lab near you to get it done.
I’ve worked with international patients in Europe, the Middle East, and the Far East. We can’t run the food sensitivity test so we’ll have to address the diet differently. I can order the stool and SIBO tests, among others. Some countries have restrictions on testing, so please reach out to me first before booking a strategy session.