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Dawn Parker

Huddle Facilitator, Forum Mentor

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.

Mohita Patel, RN

Forum Mentor Leader, Student Experience Coach

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!

 

Jennifer Savage, ND, FDN

Forum Mentor, Teaching Consultant

I have always been intrigued with the science of how the body works and its ability to heal itself!  Being a Functional Medicine Practitioner for the past 8 years has taught me that having in-depth investigative skills and connecting with my clients on a level that allows me to really explore what is happening with them is key to teaching them to become their own health advocates. Continued education is also a priority and I am thrilled that such a wealth of information can be found here at SAFM. The school completely supports me in all aspects of my practice and I am so blessed to be a part of this organization. Always keep learning!

 

Jill Raab

Student Experience Coach, Huddle Facilitator, Forum Mentor

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.

 

Jennifer Ragazzo

Huddle Facilitator, Forum Mentor

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!

 

Nina Yunovich, Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Health Coach

Teaching Consultant, Forum Mentor

I consider myself a tenured wellness coach with a specialization in holistic and functional medicine. I have been working in healthcare for close to 40 years. After attending medical school in Russia, I practiced pediatric medicine for 15 years until I immigrated to the United States, where I was a sleep study expert at Lake Forest Hospital for 23 years. After graduating from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in 2011, I began my wellness coaching practice and began training with the School of Applied Functional Medicine. I successfully received my AFMC certification from SAFM in 2017.

Lisa Vasile, NP

Forum Mentor

I’m thrilled to be part of the SAFM team supporting students to shift the paradigm of medicine! After years working as RN/NP; it was clear to me that the traditional “wait for a diagnosis and treat with medicine” system is suboptimal leaving patients feeling “crazy” and frustrated while symptoms were minimally addressed. Functional Medicine, however, empowers us to find the ‘why and where’ of disease and symptoms and reverse them! Its my honor to teach, inspire and motivate the ‘masses’ to heal.

Celeste McAteer, CHHC, AADP, COTA/L Functional Medicine Practitioner

Forum Mentor

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.

Shanti Pappas, Functional Medicine Health Coach

Forum Mentor

I started SAFM way back with a small group of us curious and passionate about helping people on a deeper level. I had no science background and wanted to fill that gap in my coaching. I learned so much right away, this grew my passion… and my business. My role has changed quite a bit since I first started my business in 2010. I’ve worn multiple hats all piled on top of each, so I’ve had a chance to find out what I enjoy and what strengths I have. It turns out, I seem to have figured out how to grow a business pretty quickly, and now mentor other Functional Medicine Coaches to do the same through quarterly planning workshops! I do, continue enjoying the connection and bonding I experience working one-on-one with my clients. So with that, I’ve stepped back my coaching a little bit, but not completely, and stepped up my role as owner and visionary finding ways to make more money, with less time, and most importantly, help people reach their health goals. At, Happy Belly Health, we help busy professionals with digestion and weight management.