Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I work with you?
Because there is a lot of misleading information out there.
It took me several years of wading through piles of scientific medical and nutrition literature to regain my health. I want to share all that I’ve learned from my own personal journey, my education in nutritional sciences, and my work in the functional and integrative medicine space so that you can get the information you need to regain your health without the agony and uncertainty. I spend hours reading scientific literature every week to ensure that I am providing the absolute best care and recommendations to my clients.
Because I know firsthand how hard it can be to deal with a chronic health condition.
There were many times when I didn’t even know if I would recover, was embarrassed to go out in public, or just broke down completely. I know how important it is to have someone listen to your concerns and actually care. I’m here to listen and help, without passing judgment.
Because you need a genuine, die-hard advocate for your health.
While I love the human and personalized care aspect of functional medicine, I also love digging in and putting all of the data together to work out the root cause. I can’t guarantee that I have all the answers – but I can guarantee that if I don’t have an immediate answer, I’ll dive into the scientific literature and try my absolute best to find it. I always seek to provide evidence for my recommendations.
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.
Click here to see my full bio or download my CV.
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.
Currently, I recommend Genova GI Effects Comprehensive Stool Profile (first choice, available through directlabs.com) or Onegevity (second choice) for those who are interested in profiling their gut health and have not already done so. If you already have gut health data from other companies, I am happy to review any 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.
I have condition X and am a pretty complex case, will you be able to help me?
While it’s unlikely that I will miraculously solve a long-time health problem in your first appointment, I can almost always provide you with a new angle or direction to try that you haven’t considered yet. More than half of my clients are complex cases. If I’m truly not able to help you or provide some new insight, I’ll happily refund your payment in full.
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. At the moment, I cannot offer half-hour or otherwise prorated appointments but may consider offering these in the future.
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 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.