What credentials do you have?
I received my Bachelors in Biology with a concentration in Neuroscience and a minor in Psychology from Kalamazoo College in 2015. I then went on to receive my PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Illinois in 2019. I was recently recognized by the American Society of Nutrition as an Emerging Leader in Nutrition Sciences and my work has been featured in a number of peer-reviewed journals. My dissertation research focuses on the effects of diet and exercise on the gut microbiome in states of health and disease.
I also worked part-time as a staff research associate and content contributor for Chris Kresser, a globally recognized leader in functional and integrative medicine and founder of the Kresser Institute for Functional and Evolutionary Medicine. I am not a licensed medical doctor, and none of my recommendations should be taken as medical advice.
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Are your consults online or do I have to come to you?
All consults are virtual and take place on your choice of phone call or Zoom video meeting.
Can you order or suggest specific lab tests?
I am not a licensed MD and cannot order lab tests. During your consult, we can discuss which tests might be appropriate for you to look into through your physician or direct-to-consumer testing options. I can also review any test results you already have.
Will your suggestions involve supplements?
In some cases, we will discuss supplements that might be useful. I do not have any affiliation with any supplement manufacturers. If I mention a particular brand or product, it is only because I have identified it as reputable and worth considering through my own independent research.
Do you offer email support?
Currently, I am unable to offer comprehensive email support. I do my best to answer quick questions or clarifications within seven days of your consultation. However, I am often away from email for several days and sometimes weeks at a time to focus on creative projects and cannot guarantee quick email responses.
How much should I expect this to cost?
My hourly rate for consultations is $400. Outside of my Patreon support, consultations are my only income.
Ultimately, my mission is to make integrative gut health to be accessible to everyone. I remember all too well what it was like to be a full-time student with little disposable income in need of serious direction with my health.
Thus, a great deal of my time right now is dedicated to building advanced, evidence-based self-help gut courses that are scalable and affordable, in addition to continuing to produce the free content available on my blog. Those that choose to consult with me will be directly supporting these efforts.
Is any of it covered by insurance?
Unfortunately, our current healthcare system does not value preventive medicine. As I am not a licensed practitioner, I cannot bill your insurance. You will receive a receipt when you book your appointment, but my consults are not diagnostic or therapeutic in nature.
Some lab tests may be able to be justified as diagnostic and therefore partly covered by insurance if you go through your physician. Whenever possible, I will work with you to find these options. If cost is an issue, we can also talk about how to alter your plan of action accordingly to just focus on the essentials.