Valerie Velez-Shields COTA/L, AIP Certified Coach

Cumming, Georgia
*Also Practices Virtually Worldwide

Hi! My name is Valerie, I have been working in healthcare for 17 years as an Occupational Therapy Assistant and now a Clinical Liaison. I have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and have been navigating through this disease for 7 years. I was finally diagnosed after many visits to the doctor with numerous symptoms and feeling like I was dying. My journey after my diagnosis was long and lonely, especially when I realized that taking a pill was not the answer to my many debilitating symptoms. I figured out that it was up to me to learn how to make myself better. I discovered AIP and worked on implementing it. It was hard, I didn’t have a coach so it took awhile to completely understand what I was doing. The pieces came together little by little, but once I mastered it, I was on my way to feeling and functioning better. I am soooo much better today, thanks to the changes I made to my diet! I know all too well the frustrations of trying to navigate through this disease. I became an AIP certified coach, so that I could help make this journey easier for you than it was for me. You are not alone. I will not only be your coach but your cheerleader guiding you through this journey with an empathetic heart.

Today, I am doing everything I love to do! Despite this disease I am healthier than I have ever been. I love being outside with nature! I run, hike, spin and practice positive meditation. I enjoy cooking and relaxing with my dog, husband and daughter. Life is Good!


Judy Lelievre M.Ed., NTP, AIPCC, INHC

Phone: +1 978-870-9221
Email: [email protected]
Eliot, Maine
*Practices Virtually Worldwide

My name is Judy Lelievre; I am a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, an Autoimmune Protocol Certified Coach, and an Integrated Nutrition Health Coach.    

Before becoming a holistic practitioner I was a teacher and an administrator for secondary education and an Adjunct Professor at Fitchburg State University.  At that time I was diagnosed with Hashimotos Thyroiditis and Celiac disease. My diagnosis was a huge turning point for me where I left my career in public education inspired to make health and wellness my new reality.  Through resiliency and dedication I was able to reverse my autoimmune disease and heal my body using nutritional and lifestyle therapy without conventional medicine.   

As a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner I am passionate about helping others reclaim their health. I use a personalized bio-individual approach to uncover the root cause of their chronic illness and autoimmune disease using nutritional and lifestyle therapy so they too can reverse their symptoms and heal their body.       

I look forward to helping you achieve optimal wellness; please feel free to contact me for a complimentary phone consultation to discuss your personal health concerns and answer any questions you may have.   


Elizabeth Gorostiza MBA Health Coach, Life Coach

Phone: +1 305-283-8072
Email: [email protected]
*Practices Virtually and via Phone Worldwide

Elizabeth is a multi-passionate individual, entrepreneur and life long learner. This passion has led her to earn a Graduate degree in Business (MBA) and 3 undergraduate degrees as well as over 30 plus Coaching Certifications. Her passion is health and is Certified as a Master Certified Transformational Coach, has also studied with Aviva Romm in her year long Functional Medicine for Women Certification program in addition to specialties in Autoimmune Disease, Mental Health, Diabetes, Weight Loss, Natural Health and Cancer.

Elizabeth is a Master Transformational, Empowerment & Business Coach and is committed to helping women all around the world. With her laser focus intuition and solution oriented mentality she has been able to help women with the most important aspects of their life whether it is health, love, relationships, career or their finances.

Christina Tidwell, MN, RN, NC-BC Functional Nutrition Coach

Los Angeles, CA 90290
*Practices virtually and worldwide

Hi, I’m Christina Tidwell and I am a Registered Nurse and Functional Nutrition Coach. At 18 years old, I was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder called Adult-Onset Still’s Disease (AOSD). Western Medicine treatments gave me some relief, but I was still left struggling and feeling deficient in many areas of my life until finally discovering the power of food as medicine. Since focusing on healthy whole foods, learning disease triggers, and finding ways to reduce flare-ups, I am able to live a healthy, disease-free life.

Since then, I have become a RN, studied nutrition, and devoted my life to holistic health. My experience in conventional medicine as a RN has provided me great insight into the current management of autoimmune disease. I believe effective treatment of autoimmune disease involves bringing together the best of conventional medicine and a more holistic approach with attention to diet, digestive health, stress, relationships and our environment. Having worked as an RN for several years I have seen the many ways in which those with autoimmune disease aren’t receiving this whole-person care in our medical system and why autoimmune health coaches are absolutely essential to fill in the gaps and facilitate sustainable, transformational healing!

I am the owner and founder of Live Well with Christina, a holistic health and nutrition coaching practice specializing in helping clients with autoimmune disease take control of their health through diet, lifestyle shifts and personal empowerment. If you’re suffering from chronic autoimmune conditions, I have been there myself and I’m ready to help you increase energy levels, reduce inflammation, and work on the possible root causes of your physical and emotional imbalance, so you can move beyond chronic illness and achieve optimal health. Learn more about my coaching program here.

I offer virtual nutrition counseling via phone or video.

Ludy de Menten, Ph.D. Certified Health Coach, AIP Certified Coach, Certified Genomic Medicine Clinician

Valencia, SPAIN
*Practices virtually Worldwide in French & English

Hello! My name is Ludivine de Menten or Ludy. I worked about 10 years in Pharmaceutical companies developing drugs for patients with autoimmune and chronic diseases. My health journey led me to change career, seek knowledge on holistic modalities to manage the 2 autoimmune diseases I was diagnosed with, Hashimoto (Dx at 25yo) and Vitiligo (Dx at 15yo), and help others with what I learned.
I now support people with autoimmune or inflammatory diseases to manage their symptoms with nutrient-rich food and an anti-inflammatory lifestyle, and fine-tuning with nutrigenomics and epigenetics.

By fully nourishing your whole body (mind, cells & soul), you can express the genes allowing your body to heal and switch off the harmful genes responsible for health issues, and, ultimately, regenerate your body and thrive.

Originally from Belgium and after living in Raleigh, NC (USA) for 7 years, I settled in Valencia, Spain in July 2022 with my family. I’m offering AIP Health Coaching and Genomic Medicine recommendations online in English or French.

Vous parlez Français? En collaboration avec Sonia Sidle, une autre coach AIP, nous avons créé le programme “J’adopte l’AIP” 100% en ligne et en français pour mettre en place l’AIP en 6 semaines. Toutes les présentations, vidéos, ressources, fiches et recettes sont en français! Rejoignez-nous!

Danika Sicard, ND Naturopathic Doctor & Masters in Acupuncture

2179 Mer Bleue Rd.
Ottawa, Ontario K4A 3T9

Hi my name is Danika Sicard and I began my career at the University of Ottawa completing an undergraduate degree in Human Kinetics. This was the beginning of my particular interest in nutrition and healthy living. I began to incorporate concepts I had been taught into my daily life and experienced profound improvements in my general health, energy and state of mind. I decided then that my vocation lay in helping others to reach their health goals, prevent disease and to heal themselves. I continued my studies and completed the four-year graduate degree at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. I augmented my professional credentials with a Master of Science in Acupuncture granted by the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. It wasn’t until my second child came along that I really became interested in autoimmune diseases. My daughter was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis and even after extensive education in naturopathic medicine and acupuncture, I felt I needed to know more and that’s when I fell upon the Autoimmune Protocol and the teachings of Dr. Sarah Ballantyne. It was my mission to learn everything I could about her condition and other autoimmune conditions. So, here I am today able to help people living with autoimmune disease by offering them the direction and tools they need to achieve their optimal state of health.

Melissa Becker, NTP Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Certified AIP Health Coach

Phone: +1 972-824-7776
Email: [email protected]
Gainesville, Texas

Hi. I am Melissa Becker, a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP), an 8 Weeks to Wellness Health Coach, and an AIP Certified Coach. My love of nutrition and how food can nourish the body started in my youth when I was involved in athletics. As I aged, I developed several autoimmune diseases that changed my whole life. With years of my own research and growth in the study of autoimmune issues, my passion in nutrition lead me to become an NTP, and later an AIP health coach devoted to helping others who have gone through similar battles with their health.

Jennifer Dillman Traditional Doctor of Naturopathy, Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner

Henryville, Indiana
*Practices Virtually Worldwide

Hi, I’m Dr. Jen. As a Traditional Doctor of Naturopathy and a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, I take a comprehensive approach in addressing each client’s health needs. I want to understand your goals and your challenges while identifying deficiencies and strategies to optimize your health. I want you to feel heard and empowered to make the changes you need to make in order to improve your outcomes. This is not a cookie-cutter approach – we work together to make an actionable plan that works for you. Let’s have a chat and see how I can come alongside you in your journey.

Sarah Brookes Registered Nutritional Therapist and AIP Coach

SE London, United Kingdom
* Practices Virtually Worldwide

Hello, I’m Sarah. I’m a Registered Nutritional Therapist and AIP Coach. I help women with thyroid and other autoimmune conditions improve their diet and lifestyle in order to live well again. I run my own clinic with access to a variety of complimentary health practitioners as well as supporting another busy autoimmune clinic outside of London.

Trained at the world renowned College of Naturopathic Medicine in London, with continued studies in functional immunology my approach will address your diet, organ function, sleep, stress, trauma, toxins, movement, inflammation and infections.

I believe that everyone can feel revitalised by making vital tweaks to their diet and lifestyle. I use the latest scientific evidence to get to the root cause of your symptoms. It’s only when we understand what created the problem in the first place, we can work to rebalance your body and support you back to your best.

Having reversed all of my symptoms and antibodies by 90% I am now ready to help you. I take an individual, holistic and evidenced-based approach and I’m here to make your transformation easier.
Clients will receive handouts, recipes and meal ideas as well as a nutrition plan. I offer three and six month nutrition programmes and 121 AIP coaching, with a view to extend this to online group coaching. All clients have access to a 10% supplement discount. Options available for those on a low income.

Amelia Hunt Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner

Phone: +1 865-805-9082
Email: [email protected]
Salem, Oregon
*Practices Virtually Worldwide

Hello! I’m Amelia Hunt. If you are searching for an alternate path for relief, Nutritional Therapy can help. I specialize in digestive disorders, which can include Crohn’s disease, Colitis, Irritable bowel disease (IBD) and much more. My hope is to empower you to take control of your own journey toward restoration and healing.

I take a holistic approach when I work with clients. I want to get to know you and all the crazy things you’ve been through! We dig in deep to find the root causes of your health concerns, and I work to find and make the best plan to fit you. This includes a comprehensive nutrition assessment, food and mood journal, physical assessment and a tailor-made nutritional road map to meet your health goals. In this process, I will provide you with tangible and realistic steps to take.

We all know getting and staying healthy is challenging! My aim is to come alongside you to provide personal support and guidance to overcome your challenges. You will not find a one-size-fits all program with me; everything is built individually for your healing journey. Nutritional Therapy is about creating a sustainable lifestyle and lasting wellness, and I want to help you feel better.



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