Amanda Chocko, NTP Nutritional Therapy Practitioner

Hi, I am Amanda Chocko and I believe in the power of nutrition in combating chronic disease. I learned this first hand through my own health struggles with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Graves Disease, anxiety and insomnia. Although prescription drugs initially helped to manage my symptoms, I knew that could have more control over my illness. That is when I turned to a holistic approach to reclaim my health and vitality. I was able restore my own health by bringing my body back into balance thru nutritional and lifestyle adjustments. This experience inspired me to become a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Certified AIP Coach. Now, I empower others reclaim their own health and well being through a step-by-step, bio-individual approach that emphasizes nutrient-dense, whole foods and healthy lifestyle recommendations. I would love to help you do the same.

Megan Copeland Certified Nutrition Specialist, Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist

Phone: +1 301-643-7507
Email: [email protected]
390 Sansbury Rd
Friendship, Maryland 20758

Megan Copeland is a Certified Nutrition Specialist and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist who received her master’s degree from Maryland University of Integrative Health. She is a certified Autoimmune Paleo Practitioner and a candidate for her Functional Medicine Practitioner certification. Megan is a member of the American College of Nutrition and teaches Integrative Health and Nutrition to high school students at Anchor Christian Collaborative. In addition to homeschooling her kids, her other passion is bringing forth a colorful, nutrient-dense, whole-foods, whole-self approach to wellness. When she’s not working with clients, creating educational programs or writing about nutrition, she’s spending time with her husband and three children. She enjoys reading, going to the beach, working in her garden and creating healthy recipes with her kids.

Carly Michelson, NTP Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Autoimmune Paleo Certified Coach

Phone: +1 360-271-7136
Email: [email protected]
26672 Lofall RD NW
Poulsbo, Washington 98370
* Practices Virtually Worldwide

As a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Certified Autoimmune Protocol Coach, Carly helps others living with autoimmune disease to discover the root cause of their symptoms, and find comfort in becoming their own self advocate for their health care plan.

Carly uses her own journey of living with the autoimmune disease Hashimotos Thryoiditis to connect with her clients. She encourages her clients to find relief from many debilitating symptoms and find true health through the Autoimmune Protocol. She’s been living the autoimmune protocol lifestyle for the last four years, and draws upon not only her education, but her own experience to create customized care plans for her clients by addressing their bioindividuality and specific nutritional needs.

Carly loves to see her clients move forward in life with new energy, physical vitality, and the ability to enjoy life with their loved ones. She currently sees clients in person in the adorable Scandinavian town of Poulsbo WA. Her services are also offered virtually through online courses and sessions everywhere.

Shari Hussenbocus, RD Unconventional RD

Phone: +230 5829 4881
Email: [email protected]
114A Royal Road
Plaines Wilhems, Beau Bassin 71505
*Practices virtually worldwide

Are you willing to be more than just ‘meh, fiiiiine…’?

Are you prepared to dig deeper into your health issues? I mean really understand the nuts-and-bolts of YOUR health ‘knots’?

Are you ready to step outside your comfort zone to find out what works (and what doesn’t) for you so as to untie these knots?

Are you okay with the idea of working on improving your current behavioral and lifestyle habits?

Do you wish to become the master of your own health? To finally be at home in your body?

If you’re ready to build an energetic, healthy future that will tilt your world on its axis, let’s connect!

Hi, I’m Shari. I’m a functional RD (living on the tiny island of Mauritius) for people who want results. And are ready to do the heavy-lifting. (Don’t worry; I keep it real – if you have a mortgage, I won’t ask you to quit your job and become a full-time knitter of tiny pirate scarves for hamsters.)

— What kind of RD am I —
I was trained as a conventional RD. Life events (read PCOS and juvenile arthritis + lots of autoimmune issues in the family) encouraged me to relearn everything. You see, implementing conventional nutrition guidelines was making me sicker. And they weren’t helping my patients.

Over the years, I have specialized in nutrition for PCOS and digestive health.

— What to expect if you work with me —
Coaching with me goes deep – we won’t just look at what you eat or how you sleep. We’ll also explore why you eat the way you do, what you’re really hungry for. We’ll get underneath the excuses to unleash the stuff that is really holding you back from becoming a healthier, happier version of yourself.

And yes, I’ll keep you accountable.

Because if you say you’re going to do something, I’ll totally check in to see if you did!

This way, with my 100% support, YOU will craft your very own health guidelines.

Michela Formis Nutritional Therapist

Phone: +3 248 438 1134
Email: [email protected]
Rue des Echevins 35
1050 Ixelles
Bruxelles (Brussels)
*Practices virtually worldwide

I am an Italian nutritional therapist based in Brussels, Belgium.

I became passionate about the healing power of food as a result of personal experience.
After the birth of my second child my already unstable health took a turn for the worse. It took me several years to get to my Hashimoto diagnosis and more to regain my health through diet and lifestyle changes. After experiencing food’s amazing power on my own body I embarked in nutritional therapy studies, to better understand the mechanisms behind this process and help others struggling with health issues. I as a sufferer myself I am especially committed to help people with autoimmune disease.

I believe in accompanying and guiding my clients on their own unique path, directing their efforts in the most beneficial way, always respecting their specific circumstances, personality and their levels of discipline and willpower. I think each one of us has a relationship with food that can be very deep and emotional, so when moving forward, I take into account the personal history and try to adjust the pace to the client’s specific needs and feelings.

Stephanie Ortiz-Grabe Certified Health Coach

Phone: +1 303-565-0526
Email: [email protected]
*Practices Virtually Worldwide

Hello! My name is Stephanie Ortiz-Grabe and I am a Certified Health Coach, Certified AIP coach and a Physical Therapist. Approximately 20 years ago, I was suffering from extreme joint pain and was now longer able to provide direct physical therapy care to patients and instead transitioned to a leadership position overseeing therapists. After a year of seeing physician specialists and other health practitioners, I was finally diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. I eventually found the Paleo diet that helped my symptoms somewhat and then AIP which made my quality of life so much better. I have 4 other autoimmune/suspected as autoimmune diagnoses, and still live a very full life including hiking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing in the Colorado Mountains. My goal is to provide guidance and support to others with autoimmune conditions and work collaboratively with your health care providers to aid in optimizing your health and overall wellness. I am available for in-person sessions in the Denver, Colorado Metro area or worldwide via phone or video conferencing.

Katie Burford, NTP Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and AIP Certified Coach

Central Oregon
*Practices Virtually Worldwide

Hello, I am Katie Burford, a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) certified through the Nutritional Therapy Association, and an AIP Certified Coach.

I endured over 15 years of experiencing mysterious symptoms, some of which were completely debilitating, before I finally received a diagnosis of Mixed Connective Tissue Disease in 2016. I have multiple autoimmune diseases which consist of Celiac, Dermatomyositis, Lupus, and Raynaud’s. At my worst, I was so crippled by my symptoms, both mentally and physically, I had to resign from my job. I spent my days rotating from lying on my couch to napping in bed; a stark contrast from the collegiate athlete and marathon runner I once identified as.

I tried the pharmaceutical route, but the side effects were just as debilitating as my actual symptoms. I began to research alternative ways to live well with autoimmune disease, which led me to AIP. I was desperate to find relief, and for the first time in years I felt hopeful and inspired to take charge of my health. In January of 2017, I began AIP and experienced improvements I never thought possible.

I am living and thriving despite having 4 autoimmune diseases, and it’s my mission to help you do the same.

I desire to provide a source of hope and support for anyone who struggles with autoimmunity. Most importantly, I want you to know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE. I know first-hand how isolating living with autoimmune conditions can be and how difficult navigating the medical world is. I am here for you! I will help you build a collaborative medical team to ensure you receive the best of both conventional medicine and alternative approaches.

I will empower you with the knowledge and skills necessary to help you make critical dietary and lifestyle changes that will lead you back towards health.

Kate Jay, NTP, CGP Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Certified Gluten Practitioner

Vancouver, British Columbia
*Practices virtually worldwide

Hi, I’m Kate Jay, a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner certified by the Nutritional Therapy Association, Certified Gluten Practitioner through Dr Tom O’Bryan (, and a qualified chef. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism 20 years ago and lived with symptoms, despite medication, for years. A family trauma nine years ago triggered a downward spiral in my health, leaving me with a wide range of issues such as crippling anxiety, panic attacks, heart palpitations and symmetrical joint swelling.

Having a strong family history of autoimmune disease (including Rheumatoid Arthritis) I knew I had to act quickly. I was dismissed by my doctor, despite elevated inflammatory markers, so I decided to advocate for myself. That’s when I found the Autoimmune Protocol. Incredible things happened once I immersed myself into the protocol, which is why I started my blog, Healing Family Eats, where I share the recipes I make for myself, my husband and our two teens. The healing I was experiencing was motivating to say the least and my passion for using food as medicine fuelled the desire to help other people thrive in the same way my family and I are. Since the AIP came into our lives our kids have shot up in height and they glow with health and vitality. Our son has progressed from a depressed, anxious and aggressive boy to a wonderful, calm, loving and happy teen. My inflammation has come right down, my thumbs are no longer painful and swollen, and my blood work suggests no RA whatsoever. I’ve also reduced my thyroid medication.

I’m excited to be an AIP Coach, as I know the skills I have learned will help so many people currently battling with their own health. I advise, guide and support my clients on a health journey that continues in the right direction. I do this with a holistic approach, using a nutrient dense, whole food diet and always respect bio-individuality. And as a total foodie, I want you to learn to love food again, at the same time as helping you heal.

Zhenya Dimova-Freundorfer Certified Health Coach, Personal Trainer, Sports Nutrion, Herbs and Supplements

Phone: +49 174 4127850
Email: [email protected]
Lilienstraße 28
Wenzenbach, Bayern 93173

Hello! I am Zhenya, and I am a Health Coach, Personal Trainer, Sports Nutrition coach. I am glad that now I am a certified AIP coach and I have the opportunity to help those who sufferers with autoimmune diseases. Healing is a journey and I believe my mission is supporting you during that journey!

Deirdre McDowell, PT, PCS Physical Therapist, Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist

Phone: +1 713-299-3079
Email: [email protected]
811 Arlington Street
Houston, Texas 77007

I obtained my degree in Physical Therapy in 1987. I have been a Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist, by the Board of Physical Therapy Specialities, for almost 20 years. I have worked in Hospital-based centers, medical schools, and private practice. I am now am a clinical specialist and clinical instructor at Pediatric Therapy Center, a large multidisciplinary out patient rehabilitation center in Houston, Texas. I also own a smaller private practice, which provides very individualized, concierge type service. I served on the Board of Directors for the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine for several years, and am currently on the International Alliance of Academies for Childhood Disability membership steering committee. My specialty areas include early identification of neuromotor disorder, movement disorders, and secondary musculoskeletal disorders commonly experienced by children with disability. Past experiences include work for WHO, and Project HOPE, during long term deployment to locations after natural disaster and/or armed conflict. Locations included China, Russia, Armenia and Bosnia. Over the years, I have witnessed the impact of nutrition, sleep and activity; across varied cultures, ages and diagnoses. This was driven home to me when my own rheumatoid arthritis became very limiting, and my physician had few answers. As I learned how to treat myself through the Autoimmune Protocol, I could see that many of my own clients were facing similar challenges, but were not receiving the help they needed. I began to incorporate the main tenants of AIP into intervention plans, that included addressing both child and family. The changes have been significant, and positively impacted their quality of life. In summary, I am uniquely qualified to assist those with mobility issues implement the Autoimmune Protocol. I understand the issue, from both a personal and medical professional viewpoint.



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