Core 101


You’re here! Have you been feeling restless with where your practice is? Are you driven to grow exponentially?

As a high-achieving learner, you’re hungry for MORE!

Do you yearn for:

  • Confidence when assessing and working with patients and clients who experience a variety of dis-ease and health challenges (yes, even the most challenging ones)?
  • Access to helpful, practical knowledge that’s anchored in functional medicine science?
  • Direct coaching from one of the industry’s most engaging mentors?
  • Practical “applied” instruction, augmented by case study examples which help you effectively implement new skills with your patients?
  • Support from an intimate community of motivated, like-minded peers who will encourage you as you grow your practice – and yourself?

If you just “fist bumped” the sky with a resounding “YES,”

this signature, semester program* is perfect for you!

Our semester program* is designed to help you to launch your practice to the next level – and beyond! It’s meant for dedicated health professionals who want their clients’ experience to go from being mildly satisfied to wildly satisfied! As you further develop your practice, the Core 101 Semester can give you the clinical tools – and the confidence – that you need to make that happen, consistently. Our semesters are offered two times throughout the year for your convenience.

*Note: you gain access for nearly 12 months to experience all of the learning at your own pace.

“I have fallen in love all over again with practicing medicine in this way. I continue to grow in surprising and new ways. Seriously, this is an amazing program.”

Dr. Marion Watlington

“Your program is BY FAR the best program I’ve ever taken since graduating from IIN (and I’ve taken A LOT of them). You are incredibly generous with all the information you share with us, and your teaching style is wonderfully easy to understand. I am so excited to have found you.”

Aimee Peterson

The Core 101 Semester Layout

the core 101 semester layout

This Core 101 Semester curriculum includes:

SAFM Foundational Course Books

1. Foundational Courses

These courses address four foundational components key for clinical professionals to understand and integrate. We dive deeply into a wide variety of symptoms and diseases in each course. Plus, we clear up many common areas of confusion or discomfort too. Self-tests for these courses aid you to check your understanding, lock in your learning, and prepare you for the optional certification.

dis-ease book

Disease 101

A powerful lesson in roots – that is, root causes! Understand the core drivers of most dis-ease for your patients. Learn how our body systems integrate to create chronic conditions and many basic tenets of functional medicine. Understand and start to tie together all of your clients’ symptoms to help them achieve extraordinary results.

mapping book

Introduction to SAFM Mapping

Making sense of all those details! Learn how to analyze and connect your patients’ history, symptoms, nutrition, lab work, and lifestyle. Gain a powerful tool for organizing the rich detail of a functional medicine assessment and identifying trends and surprising interconnectedness. Find the insights that will help you to address the true root causes of dis-ease for each unique patient.

nutrients book

Nutrients/Supplements 101

Finally go from confusion to clarity. A detailed analysis of what nutrients the body needs in order to thrive. You’ll learn the most important points to know before recommending supplements to your clients: why, what, when, and how. Includes specific recommendations for typical client symptoms and myth-busting of common supplement beliefs.

labwork book

Labwork 101

This will be an introduction to the benefits and pitfalls of lab data, especially routine “annual physical” labwork. How do you read these reports? What key markers are important for all clients? What might your clients’ doctors be missing? What common mistakes are made in reviewing routine labwork? What specialty data might help your clients to understand more of the root causes of their symptoms? Where is this type of testing available?

mind body placebo effect

Mind-Body Connection and the Placebo Effect

This is a particularly, powerful and foundational topic for all of us as practitioners to understand thoroughly. Your patient’s beliefs play a huge role in if and how they will get well (or stay well). Their outlook matters. Their positivity matters. This is another reason why client education is a key component of effective medicine. We will study the placebo effect and how belief systems effect outcomes. We will also explore how mindfulness, positivity, and belief therapies can powerfully contribute to healing in the physical body. And the power of your behavior and choices in the therapeutic encounter are also critical. Become an expert and help your clients to become wildly-satisfied!

“I can’t believe how much I’ve learned in a short amount of time. I can discuss things with other coaches and my clients that I didn’t even know existed a few months ago! This course was definitely the missing puzzle piece for my practice to thrive.”

Amanda Buse

2. Deep Dive Clinical Courses

During your Core 101 program, you choose clinical courses to match your passions and target market! These are in-depth, deep dives into the physiology, dis-ease processes, medications, nutrients, functional medicine dynamics, common pitfalls, and case studies within specific topics. Choose what you most want to learn. Upon registration, you will automatically be enrolled in Disease Begins in the Gut 101, and you may choose TWO from among the existing courses as well as new clinical courses offered each year (course descriptions may be found here):

deep dive courses
  • ADD/ADHD: Getting to the Root Cause
  • Adrenal and Thyroid: Myths and Truths
  • Anxiety, Depression, and Mood Imbalances
  • Asthma, Allergy and Immune Intolerance
  • Bone Health, Dis-ease, and Dysfunction
  • Cancer: What Every Practitioner Needs to Know
  • Cardiovascular Health, Disease, and Dysfunction
  • Disease Begins in the Gut 202
  • Headache and Migraine
  • Hormones Demystified
  • Reversing Metabolic Dysfunction
  • The Science of Fertility
  • Toxicity, Detoxification, and Heavy Metals

These clinical courses will only be available to you after completing the Core 101 Semester:

  • Fibromyalgia Demystified (Only for advanced students)
  • The Power of Organic Acids Testing (Only for advanced students)

“[The] semester course is jam-packed with insightful information, resources, handouts, useful tips and time to practice with her as a guide. Taking [SAFM] courses is a great way to expand your tools as a health coach so you can spread health with those around you. As a complete package, [Tracy] also understands that alternative therapies, support, love and connection are just as important as science when working with others. My deepest gratitude for the opportunity to be a part of the semester course!”

Celeste McAteer

case studies

3. Five “Puzzle-Piecing” Case Studies

Challenge and test your skills on real client case studies! This is a priceless step that most advanced coaching programs don’t offer. (We’re a wee bit proud about this unique piece of our puzzle!)

  • You’ll evaluate actual health history intake forms, and listen to initial consultations from Tracy’s private practice
  • Map out the interconnectedness between a client’s history, symptoms, and lifestyle choices
  • Learn from live mentoring and coaching about assessing symptoms, identifying root causes, developing testing recommendations, and creating a support plan

This actual, hands-on practice will help you absorb your learning into your bones, which is critical for boosting your confidence!

4. Multiple Open Live Coaching Calls

Get real-time support from our team to support your own clients! Each call features:

  • Case studies from semester participants’ actual patients
  • Open, unstructured Q&A time directly with Tracy

Learn from live mentoring of your peers and get the real-time support you need to help your own clients to be wildly satisfied.

  • Nine of these LIVE calls will be just for your Core 101 cohort.
  • Nine LIVE calls will include all members and all skill levels within the school – giving each student a chance to expand perspective and gain experience with more complex clients and more complicated questions.
coaching calls
clinical q and a

5. Clinical Q&A Treasure Chest

In Core 101, you’re never alone! (Okay, the truth is once you join SAFM, you won’t be alone again.) You’ll have access to our extensive, searchable Q&A database filled with hundreds of detailed posts on a wide variety of illnesses, symptoms, medications, supplements, and clinical references.

Learn from others’ client experiences and inquiries. Get the clinical know-how you need to totally ROCK your business – by creating wildly satisfied clients who can’t help referring people to you! Each week, student questions of broad interest (from the Forum or coaching calls) are chosen for new entries and given a deeper exploration and exhaustive response.

6. The SAFM Practitioner Forum

We’ve got your back as you stretch and grow! Practitioners from all levels have the freedom to interact and share ideas with their peers in a secret Facebook forum (secret, thus ensuring your privacy and client confidentiality) on everything from business building to program fees to lab work confusion to supplement recommendations to celebrations and virtual hugs. From those just starting out to those with well-established, wildly successful practices, everyone has the opportunity to ask for support and share their insight and experience in a loving, supportive environment. Our team is also available to share expertise and stimulate valuable exchanges on key topics.

practitioner forem

“In this comprehensive, well prepared and easy to understand program, I’m learning about the interconnectedness of human physiology, biochemical reactions, and the drivers of dis-ease. I am amazed at all the useful information Tracy shares with us, which she encourages us to share with our clients.”

Dainna Perlman

bonus materials

7. Bonus Resources, Tools, and Extra Classes

All courses and coaching calls are recorded for easy access and reference throughout your semester. A rich variety of learning tools are available for each course (e.g. streaming video, downloadable audio, transcripts of clinical courses, downloadable PDF file of all webinar slides (which you are welcome to use for your own client presentations), and informational handouts you may use in your own practice too).

Peer Group Huddles - With a virtual, international community of diverse practitioners, we know the importance of creating smaller, peer-aligned, group meeting opportunities. The goals of these live sessions are to allow our students to create warm, supportive community, to share experiences, to allow peer-based practical business insight, and to provide a platform for more engaged and detailed discussion.

You also have the opportunity to work with an accountability buddy to help to keep you on track with building your business and maximizing your value from the program. Plus, Tracy likes to surprise each semester group with unexpected bonus classes and hands-on opportunities to learn.

Certification Preparation

Set yourself apart as a practitioner trained in practical, functional medicine know-how. Included with your semester program is the option to complete the first of two stages in the certification process.

Additional information about the certification requirements and process can be found here.


“In retrospect, I see now that IIN was just an introduction to the world of health and wellness, and your clinical courses added so much more depth to my education.”

Chris Weintrob

Benefits of SAFM:

You do the work in this program. Yep, it’s challenging, but it’s also fully doable.

More importantly, it will take you to the deeply-fulfilling practice you’ve been yearning to have.

In our Core 101 Semester, you’ll gain:

  • Practical knowledge, which you can readily apply (we’re not interested in fluff knowledge)
  • Personal guidance from peers and mentors who are thriving where you want to be and will meet you where you are
  • Case studies, featuring a wide variety of applied functional medicine examples
  • Support from a fiercely loving and encouraging community while you stretch and grow
  • Ability to address more challenging health concerns with confidence
  • Access to custom clinical courses that you choose based on your passions
  • Momentum toward a profitable practice you LOVE, with a waiting list full of potential ideal patients

CORE 101 SEMESTER PROGRAM (Starting September 2021)

Get ready to become competent and confident about using functional medicine know-how in your practice! We are nurses, physicians, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, health coaches, nutritionists, therapists, physician assistants, and a rich variety of other practitioners. Across our hundreds of students, we have seen first hand over and over again how the ability to (truly) wildly satisfy your clients and patients can readily build a wildly successful practice.  We want this success for you!

If you’re ready to start getting breakthrough results for your patients and clients, sign up below to receive notification of our next open enrollment period. Then you’ll be sure to get the best registration offer we have!

Semester program fee is conveniently organized into a six-payment plan of $697/month. We also offer a Pay-in-Full option for $3597 (that’s $580 savings!).

** With this monthly option, one payment is made upon registration with the five remaining payments monthly once the semester begins. *** All prices are subject to be withdrawn or varied without notice.
If you still have questions about this program, you may also ask to speak with a current student.

As a result of recent efforts to pursue continuing education provider status for our students, we are delighted to announce that SAFM’s Semester programs (both Core 101 and Advanced 202) meet the rigorous standards for two organizations – ACCME and NBHWC. This means that our licensed practitioner and board-certified health and wellness coaching students who complete the Core 101 Semester or the Advanced 202 Semester and also pass the associated AFMC certification Level 1 or Level 2 Exams qualify to claim continuing education credits. Click on the appropriate link for our announcements on ACCME and NBHWC.


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