After spending close to two decades in the pharmaceutical industry, and navigating my own path to health, I am truly grateful to have found my passion in functional medicine health coaching. SAFM has given me the advanced knowledge to propel my health coaching practice to new heights and help my clients achieve greater wellness. I feel blessed to be part of the amazing SAFM community and thankful to be able to give back as a huddle leader. A Massachusetts native, I now live in Indiana with my husband and two sons.
I have been fortunate to have a wonderful career as a Nurse Practitioner in emergency, remote and primary care environments in Australia. However I never rarely saw patients with chronic diseases get better – ever! There had to be something drastically lacking in the advice and treatments that we were giving ‘according to standard of care’. Like everyone who has a story, my mother and grandmother have succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease – why does this have to be accepted as a natural progression of ageing? I now know that the body can indeed repair itself when given the right nutrition and environment in which to thrive! SAFM has given me the tools and knowledge to apply in a practical sense to ALL of my clients, regardless of their symptoms or state of dis-ease.
I grew up with a “witch doctor” momma who instilled in me the belief that food and nature are medicine, and that we must be our own best advocates when it comes to our health. More than ten years ago, I left the corporate world to return to these wellness roots in pursuit of helping others learn to tackle their own solutions to food, mood and digestive issues by addressing their unique whole food and soul food at the root. Lots of education and experience later, I found SAFM and held on tight while it changed the game on my capabilities as a health coach.
I’m a knowledge geek with an incurable case of “the why?s”. I’m maniacal about serving my clients well. And I’m crazy passionate about, actively, contributing to the future success of both functional medicine and the leadership role health coaches play in it. Suffice it to say I’m thrilled to be a part of SAFM’s team where all of those attributes are part of the job description!
I’ve been on a journey towards the betterment of people’s body, mind, and spirit for some time now. For 15 years I was a staff member, coach and program leader for a worldwide personal and professional growth, training and development company focusing on topics such as empowering others, communication and listening, leadership, and living a life you love. I really got how much I love people and saw that you can’t have a really great life without great health.
Since I’ve worked as a research assistant for a naturopathic health clinic for 7 years and recently have found my calling exploring the vast world of Functional Medicine. I love it – it’s endlessly challenging, really fun, and a thrill working with people in such a profound way. It is my privilege to serve both my clients and colleagues, so we grow together and fulfill on having the health and life of our dreams.
Tom is an avid Tracy Harrison disciple and avowed addict. He entered the Holistic Arts field in 2013 at the tender, young age of 57. Tom is a New York State & Nationally certified Massage Therapist having graduated from the New York Institute of Massage, specializing in therapeutic massage and treating motor vehicle neck & back accident injury cases.
Prior to this, Tom spent 35 years in business, selling to and in, a wide variety of commercial and industrial industries. Before moving into Massage Therapy, Tom was in technology fields including Computer Hardware & Software, Telecommunications and Software Integration Services to the Fortune 500 IT companies.
He was a Journalism major in college.
Tom is New York State licensed & Nationally certified Massage Therapist. He is on track to complete his Applied Functional Medicine for Coaching (AFMC)
Certification with SAFM, in the next year.
When my son began experiencing health issues that seemed unresolvable, I turned to Functional Medicine. Seemingly miraculously, my son got better. The experience ignited in me a passion to understand how this had been possible and a deep desire to get this information into the hands of others. I now feel truly blessed to be a Health Coach and to find the SAFM family. These opportunities are allowing me to play a part in the change I so desperately want to see in the world. I am truly honored to be a part of the SAFM team since this work is something that I believe in with every cell of my being.
I am truly passionate about helping people be empowered to take their health into their own hands! Having personally navigated my own chronic illness, I’m thankful for the opportunity to now guide others in their own path to better health. Likewise, I’m immensely grateful for the opportunity to be part of the SAFM team and to see people become empowered by their knowledge and learning experience here. Functional Medicine changed my life and I can only hope that I am able to share the wonders of what I was gifted with, an incredible tribe of like-minded practitioners!
We all have a story and I just love to hear others stories and dive deeply into what makes them unique. My story spans several decades. I have always had a love of helping other people feel better. Following a career as a nurse, midwife and Mum, working in both city and remote areas of Western Australia, I trained as a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach with FMCA.
My hunger to learn more guided me to fulfill my quest for the latest science at the School of Applied Functional Medicine. The journey to health is one we all take only when we are ready. It is my joy to be a part of the new face of medicine, learning to be the best and to serve those that are ready for change as part of the SAFM family.
Having worked my way through many of my own health challenges over the years, including endometriosis, infertility, anxiety and depression, Hashimoto’s and more, much of which I self-hacked, finding extreme relief when I cleaned up my diet and my lifestyle. I became passionate about helping others find options and relief for their own health struggles.
As a former teacher, I felt God calling me to teach in a different capacity to focus on health and wellness. After attending IIN I craved a deeper understanding of the human body and stumbled upon SAFM which, as it has for so many others, has transformed not only my understanding of the human body and its interconnectedness but also my ability to help my clients transform their own health.
I run my practice, Keeping it Real, in Eastern, PA where I also live with my husband, three children and dog. I absolutely love my SAFM community and consider them all part of my like-minded tribe of wellness advocates on a mission to change the health of our world!
I love human development, health and wellness! I became a Certified Holistic Health Coach through IIN to help others feel their best through food and lifestyle changes. Desiring a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of the body, led me to The School of Applied Functional Medicine. Stringing together clinical knowledge with practical tips I found more efficient ways to be of service. This school has validated my belief that you can heal when you get to the root cause of an issue by using functional medicine strategies. Coaching allows me to educate and inspire others on how to take control of their health. While supporting students, I feel blessed and honored to be part of this community that is full of heart-centered individuals who are changing people’s lives every day for the better.
I practise Dys-Functional Medicine as a Primary Care NP. In 2015, I was inspired by Dr Terry Wahls video about her MS remission through food!!I decided to stop “drinking the Kool Aid” and started to question everything I had been taught. The Emporer had NO CLOTHES!
Loved 101/202. . Tracy rocks!
Now- I bring FM in the exam rooms! Gut.Poop.Toxins.Disrupters.Kombucha.Ubuntu.Gratitude.EatRealFood.
HEAL. NOURISH. THRIVE. Repeat.
I will do this work til I drop!!!
As someone enormously blessed by the gifts of information and education that have empowered me to embrace Better health and well being, I am overflowing with gratitude and passion to share the bounty with my fellow human beings. The opportunity to be part of the SAFM team allows me to share the faucet of information and support that was given to me. I have become part of a loving family of brilliant and loving practitioners. Its the gift that keeps on giving! Indeed my cup “runneth over”.
Having discovered the difference that food can make as I reversed my son’s ADD with diet change, I am passionate about sharing the message that we do not have to be subject to the common ailments of our time. I delight in supporting clients in their pursuit of wellness, as well as supporting students of SAFM in discovering the rich depths of functional medicine and it’s application in their practices. Each of us bring our own experience and story to the table, which enriches everyone else.
Karen Ellis is studying Functional Medicine with The School of Applied Functional Medicine. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, is accredited by Columbia University Teachers College, and board certified from the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She holds a B.S. in Psychology from the New York Institute of Technology and is a classically trained raw and whole foods chef from Lincoln Culinary School.
Karen has been in the health and wellness industry for over 18 years. Her passion for a holistic approach to health came from her own experience after a weight loss pill caused her to have a stroke and open-heart surgery at the age of 35. With the unexpected death of her husband and the complexities of her own health issues, her well-being was paramount as a single mother of two young boys.
I’m one of the SAFM ‘veterans’ and I attribute my new career path to this amazing school. Mentors and friends I found here, keep me going on this exciting journey of changing how we approach personal health and wellness. I’m passionate about the latest science ‘in action’, impacting our everyday lives right now, not in 20 years. I love the interconnectedness of the body and I made it my mission to support clients and practitioners learning about those concepts.
Rachael loves sharing functional medicine with others and is particularly fascinated by the role of the GI tract in downstream dysfunction and imbalance. Rachael is also very passionate about empowering clients and coaches to prioritize self-care and the mind-body connection. Rachael found SAFM after searching for more education and tools to incorporate FM into her practice. She loves facilitating huddles, educating, listening, learning, sharing her experiences, and coaching other coaches.
I spent 8 years in the Navy and then became a health coach in June of 2014 and am certified as a functional medicine practitioner through SAFM. I found Tracy and SAFM doing some research into functional medicine schools. I wanted to know more, I wanted to understand the root causes of disease and how to resolve those issues for my clients. Once I found SAFM, I have not looked back, the education and knowledge I receive from Tracy is second to none!! It has helped me grow as a coach and helped me to help people reverse disease!