Maida Ference Nutritional Therapy Practitioner

Phone: +1 512-921-1230
Email: [email protected]
Round Rock, Texas
*Also Practices Virtually Worldwide

My name is Maida Ference and I’ve been a practicing Nutritional Therapy Practitioner since 2018. My passion is empowering you to connect to your body, to help you discover the food and lifestyle choices that are obstacles to your best quality of life. We’ll address root causes, rather than treating symptoms. You can expect encouraging, non-judgmental guidance with respect to your health concerns, priorities, personality, history, and life circumstances. Making changes to your diet and lifestyle can be challenging, but it is all the more frustrating when the options you have tried are impractically restrictive to follow long-term. My goal is not only to help you feel great, but to do so in a way that is pleasurable enough to become your new way of living.

Natalie Steen, FNTP Nutritional Therapy Practitioner

Phone: +1 360-798-9238
Email: [email protected]
Vancouver, Washington 98662
*Practices virtually worldwide

Welcome! My name is Natalie Steen, I am a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, and a Restorative Wellness Practitioner. I work with autoimmune clients who are ready to take their health back into their hands!

There are over 140 autoimmune diseases which have common root causes of immune system dysfunction.

The specific testing I do allows us to get a detailed view of what the intestinal terrain looks like, so we can create a targeted protocol for your specific immune system recovery.

The AIP diet (including modified versions) has proven to be a key part of this process.

I have shared in the joy my clients experience when finally feeling that their body and their health is back in their control.

Your body has an amazing innate ability to heal, when given the proper raw materials. I look forward to partnering with you on your healing journey!

Annie Rubin, MS, RDN, CLT Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Phone: +1 650-665-9580
Email: [email protected]
Palo Alto, California
*Practices Virtually Worldwide

Are you struggling with symptoms caused by an underlying inflammatory or autoimmune condition? Do you experience pain, fatigue, or digestive challenges? Are you finding that your quality of life just isn’t what it used to be? Autoimmune conditions can be extremely challenging, and unfortunately adjusting your diet is usually not part of the “typical” treatment plan. In my work with clients who have autoimmune conditions, I help them implement a personalized nutrition roadmap designed to improve mobility, concentration and energy levels to ultimately live a vibrant and fulfilling life. I take a scientific and evidence based approach with all of my clients, and offer additional testing such as food sensitivity, gut health and micronutrient deficiencies to create an individualized nutrition plan to promote healing and symptom management.

Autoimmune conditions run in my family, so it was not a surprise when I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in my late 20’s. I was so overwhelmed with my diagnosis that I didn’t even think to consider how my diet and lifestyle could help me heal. Years later, I started to learn about the connection between diet, lifestyle, inflammation and autoimmune disease. When I made my own changes and saw an incredible improvement in my symptoms, I felt that I had to share my knowledge with others going through the same thing.

I have a Masters of Science in Nutritional Science and completed my Dietetic Internship at Stanford Health Care. I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and a Certified LEAP Therapist (CLT).

Risa Groux, CNC Holistic Nutritionist

Phone: +1 949-851-3106
Email: [email protected]
20311 SW Birch Street
Suite 150
Newport Beach, CALIFORNIA 92660

I have always been passionate about nutrition and health! My interest in natural health was escalated when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s and experienced the frustration of not having a clear path for autoimmune. In my practice, I see people of all ages with a wide range of health concerns. I work with a lot of professional and college athletes along with people with diabetes, gut and digestive, fatigue, weight management, thyroid, hormone and adrenal issues. I have testing to determine food sensitivities, GI health, brain health among others. I firmly believe that weight loss is a side effect of wellness. That is why I focus on root causes of disease. Every person I work with, I address decreasing systemic inflammation and increasing gut health. Cleansing the body of toxins is a big factor in optimal health. That is why I created the Newport Beach Cleanse. It’s a whole food cleanse that is organic, Non-GMO, gluten, dairy and soy free. Together we work to create a plan and pace to achieve your health goals that works for you!

Sara Newell Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and AIP Certified Coach

Phone: +1 760-522-1035
Email: [email protected]
San Diego, California
*Also Practices Virtually Worldwide

If you have been told your symptoms are “all in your head,” I am here to tell you they are not. Your symptoms are real and your body can be restored. As an Autoimmune Paleo (AIP) Certified Coach, I will help guide you through proven diet and lifestyle steps that uncover the triggers to your symptoms.

As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for over 15 years and AIP Certified Coach who has experienced her own personal journey of being restored, I understand on the deeper level how to use nutrition, diet and testing to determine the root causes of feeling unwell and disease. I am a huge advocate for realistic client coaching: I know it can be challenging, but I am here to support and help guide you to what I call a sustainable lifestyle.

My biggest joy is when my clients tell me, “I feel so balanced.”

Find healing at Restorative and Integrative Nutrition (R.A.I.N), and we would love to help you on your path to thriving and living a full peaceful life. Please visit our website at and set up a free 10 minute call today!

~ Sara Newell RDN, LD, AAHCC, AIP Certified Coach
North County San Diego, Solana Beach, Del Mar Area

A little bit about the practitioner on a personal level:

Whats my favorite activity? Anything outdoors, hiking, surfing, walking, gardening……
What is my favorite herb? Basil for sure! I make a delicious, kid approved pesto.
What is my professional passion? Researching anything nutrition.
Any plans for more education? I am enrolled in the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy
What is something all my friends know about me? I love making soup!

Kristin Swim, NTP Nutritional Therapy Practitioner

Phone: +1 575-770-4385
Email: [email protected]
1331 Maestas Road
Taos, New Mexico 87571

My name is Kristin Swim and I am a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and a Certified AIP Coach. I work at Taos Whole Health Integrative Care in Taos, NM. I also do virtual appointments with people all over the US.

I love helping people transition to AIP by creating delicious meal plans that take the guesswork out of what to eat.

Please visit to find out how I can help YOU be your best self.

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

Vancouver, British Columbia
*Practices virtually worldwide

Hi I’m Kate Jay, Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Restorative Wellness Practitioner, qualified chef, and author of The Autoimmune Protocol Reintroduction Cookbook.

My passion is helping you to understand and love the food that your body needs, in order for you to heal.

I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in 1997 and lived with symptoms, despite medication, for years. My brother’s death in 2008 triggered a downward spiral in my health, and by 2014 I was living with crippling anxiety, panic attacks, heart palpitations, joint pain and symmetrical swelling. Despite having a strong family history of Rheumatoid Arthritis and elevated markers for the disease, my doctor adopted a “wait and see” attitude.

When I decided to advocate for myself I came across the Autoimmune Protocol. There weren’t many resources back then so it took a while to find. But the results were astonishing as over time my symptoms reversed, along with my inflammatory markers. I was able to get off my long term thyroid medication and reclaim my life.

I know first hand how powerful the Autoimmune Protocol is. Additionally, my Restorative Wellness certification allows me to run and interpret lab tests for gut health and hormonal imbalances, which are often highly complimentary to the protocol.

When you work with me we’re a team – you could say I’m in the passenger seat with the road map, and you’re the driver! Rather than putting a band-aid on symptoms, I’ll help you to dig deep and find the reason for those symptoms. I’ll help you navigate the elimination phase and set you up for successful reintroductions. I’ll be by your side with guidance, support, motivation and accountability.

What’s more, you’ll learn how to take control, advocate for yourself and enjoy happy, energetic and lasting health and wellness.

Jenny Keffer Certified AIP Coach, Fertility Specialist

Greensburg, Pennsylvania 15601

Hello, my name is Jenny Keffer and I help women with PCOS to become pregnant naturally using the AIP diet. In my private practice right outside of Pittsburgh, PA, I have been working with women with PCOS since 2013. I started by offering Fertility Massage which led to Fertility Coaching.

I started to see a lot of women with PCOS. I became intrigued and the question in my mind was always WHY. What was the driving force behind PCOS? My research led me to the Autoimmune Paleo diet. There were so many parallels between Autoimmune Disease and PCOS.

I started recommending the AIP diet to my clients. At first, people thought I was crazy with this outrageous, out-of-the-box application of the AIP diet. BUT an amazing thing happened-they started getting pregnant! I wanted to be able to offer more support to my clients so I decided to become an AIP Coach.

Currently, I offer a “Getting Pregnant with PCOS” Group Program that is a step by step guide to getting pregnant naturally with PCOS. Additionally, I see clients 1-1 both virtually and in person in my private practice.

Other things to know about me? I have Celiac Disease so I have personally used AIP and I know firsthand how profound the healing can be throughout the whole body.

I look forward to helping you on your journey to motherhood!

Carolina Lavanderos Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner

Houston, Texas
*practices virtually worldwide

Hi there.

I am Carolina, Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Restart® Program instructor and Autoimmune Protocol Certified Coach.

I help my clients to find optimal wellness in their health journey by supporting them with individualized nutritional and lifestyle recommendations.

I also have an autoimmune disease and learned that it is possible to be and feel the best version of myself not only by changing what I ate, but also by addressing some lifestyle factors. You can learn how to do that too!

I provide support in both English and Spanish.

Sarah Brutscher Licensed Professional Counselor, Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner

Fort Collins, Colorado
*Also Practices Virtually Worldwide

Hi, my name is Sarah and I want to help you manage your autoimmune disease so you can fully live your life! I know first hand how powerful the AIP diet and lifestyle can be and I am passionate about helping others find healing.

As a Licensed Professional Counselor (CO) and Functional Nutritional Therapy practitioner, I have a wide range of tools and experience which help me to work with each client truly holistically. I look at all facets of health from nutrition and digestion to mindset and stress management in order to honor each clients unique set of challenges and empower them with skills and knowledge for deep healing.

I would love to help you on your healing journey. Together we will work to create a healthful and fulfilling life, even in the face of chronic illness. All are welcome here!



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