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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 Assistant

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!

 

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!

 

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.

Janet Flory, RNC, NP

Forum Mentor

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.
BigFarma.
HEAL. NOURISH. THRIVE. Repeat.
I will do this work til I drop!!!

Kelly Lutman, CHHC, AFMC

Huddle Facilitator, Forum Mentor

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.