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The Health Detective Podcast by FDNthrive

The Health Detective Podcast by FDNthrive

By Reed Davis
We bring you interviews from people who have conquered the trickiest of health challenges. This podcast is for those of you who, like us, have felt like they are stuck in a trial of cycle and error.
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#44: From Cancer In Her 20s To 9 Years Cancer Free w/ Frankie Leigh, FDN-P

The Health Detective Podcast by FDNthrive

#74: Truth About The Conventional Healthcare System w/ Dr. Peter Kozlowski, M.D.
While Dr. Kozlowski may not have dealt with health issues in the way we normally hear about on this podcast, he certainly has a LOT to share about his journey becoming and practicing as a Functional Medicine Doctor.  Dr. Peter Kozlowski uses a broad array of tools to find the source of the body's dysfunction: he takes the time to listen to his patients and plots their history on a timeline, considering what makes them unique and co-creating with them a truly individualized care plan. Currently he works with patients online and in person via his Chicago, Illinois and Bozeman, Montana based offices. Dr. Kozlowski did his residency in Family Practice, but started training in Functional Medicine as an intern.  He trained in the clinics with leaders in his field including Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Deepak Chopra, and Dr. Susan Blum. It was an absolute pleasure/privilege to get to speak with Dr. Koz! Thank you so much for coming on and being REAL, exposing both sides of the truth. You can find out more about Dr. Kozlowski or order his book by going to  You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to 
September 09, 2021
#73: From Fat-Camp to Functional Medicine Wiz w/ Xavi D., ADAPT Practitioner, CHEK HLC 2, CHEK IMS 2, RYT 500, NASM CPT
Today's interview is with one of the YOUNGEST people we've ever had on the podcast, Xavi D.! We had an absolute blast talking with Xavi about his unique perspective on what helped him finally resolve his morbid obesity. Looking at him today, you'd have NO idea he was ever overweight to begin with! As is the case for all too many, though, Xavi's healing was not a simple equation of calories in, calories out. Instead, it took him diving DEEP into the worlds of functional medicine, spirituality, and general personal growth to achieve the results he did. Check out this episode to find out how Xavi finally made his obesity a thing of the past! You can find out more about Xavi by going to You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to 
September 02, 2021
#72: How to Recover From Being a "Super-Spaz" w/ Brianna Diorio, MS, FDN-P, and soon-to-be PhD
In this episode, we are talking to one of those individuals who is doing what we believe EVERYONE in healthcare should be committed to doing. What is that you ask? It's a dedication to lifelong learning. Our guest, Brianna Diorio, is a certified personal trainer, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, herbal practitioner, Holistic Lifestyle Coach (CHEK), and has her masters in clinical nutrition. On top of all that? In just a couple of months, she will officially have her Phd in Integrative Medicine! Wow! Brianna believes in a holistic approach to health and fitness, in which mind and body are viewed as one, in order to achieve optimal levels of wellness. She also advocates for a holistic & alternative approach to integrative medicine, where emphasis is placed on treating the whole person and taking an individualized approach, incorporating: Mental/emotional health, integrative psychiatry, functional medicine & alternative therapies, dietary supplements & herbs. We had a blast talking with her as she shared her knowledge, and the most interesting part we think you'll find is that, even though ALL of her studies, Brianna is still a huge believer in sticking to the fundamentals. You can get fancy with labs all you want, but if you don't stick to the basics, you're in for a bumpy ride. Brianna also has own podcast, The Brianna Approved Podcast, which you can find here: You can find out more about Brianna by going to You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to
August 31, 2021
#71: Stress Management Through Mindfulness w/ Melanie Rogers, FDN-P, and Detective Ev
In this episode, we have a very worthy repeat guest, Mel Rogers! Melanie was nice enough to hop on our Instagram (@fdnthrive) and give us an awesome rundown of what mindfulness truly is, as well as how we can instantly apply it to our lives to reduce stress! It was so informative, that we decided to post it as a podcast replay :). Let us know what you think, and remember to shoot her a follow, too (@melrogerswellness). Thanks again for hopping on, Mel! You can find out more about Melanie by going to You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to 
August 27, 2021
#70: What is D.R.E.S.S.?
In this episode, we're talking about something you may have heard referenced before in this podcast, DRESS.  If you don't understand why this is our core, then it's impossible to understand why this system works. Yes, it's fun and cool to talk about all of the labwork and what the individual markers mean, but the labs by THEMSELVES will often fail us if we don't utilize their data with DRESS in mind. This is something that many of you probably know too well (ever been to the "natural" doctor that just gave you some supplements because a few markers were out of range?)  So, what does DRESS stand for, why does it matter, and why does it account for the majority of our success when working with our FDNthrive clients? Tune-in to find out! You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to
August 24, 2021
#69: SIBO, Anxiety, and 40+ Rounds of Antibiotics w/ Monica Boyle, FDN-P
Our guest today, Monica, is the perfect example of what's possbile with the FDN system. Over TWENTY-EIGHT years of health issues are currently 80% better after only learning about the most basic concepts of functional health under 3 years ago (it also helps that Monica is a total powerhouse, too).  Monica is an FDN-P who helps mindful people struggling with gut issues and anxiety find their food freedom, digestive and stress relief, so they feel relaxed and in control of their health.  Monica’s practice is rooted in simplicity and creativity, two things that helped her achieve better health. She struggled with severe SIBO, IBS, and anxiety. Monica tolerated her health issues while in NYC, striving to dance professionally and pay her bills by working in restaurants. After seven years of chronic stress, over-exercising, and multiple antibiotic treatments for SIBO (constantly relapsing), she changed course to become a health coach. The discovery of investigative health and holistic healing was helping her feel better for the first time in her life. She became an FDN-P, completed several courses by The SIBO Doctor, Dr. Jason Hawrelack, and the reality of health in our modern world began to sink in! Through healing herself and now helping others, she has found that the key to healing the gut goes far beyond restrictive dieting and herbal supplements. She emphasizes stress reduction and environmental factors while using diet and supplement protocols as tools to support the “big picture” of healing. With Monica’s advanced background in movement, she incorporates creative movement and breathwork sessions that balance the nervous system, correct improper breathing, and reduce anxiety. It is a truly unique experience designed for sustainability, so people have the tools to take back control of their health.  You can find out more about Monica by going to You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to Get her book by clicking HERE!
August 20, 2021
#68: Ev’s Mom’s Lab Results (Pt. 3)
In this episode, we are on the third and final part of our series with Detective Ev’s Mom! Ev will be breaking down the many major findings on the labs, and sharing insights for HOW the FDNthrive philosophy approaches lab results. (HINT: It isn’t how western OR natural medicine approaches labs). Thanks so much again to Christine for selflessly sharing her story to help others ❤️. You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to
August 17, 2021
#67: How FDN Changed Ev's Mom's Life (Pt. 2) w/ Christine Transue
This is the second part of Episode #66. You will want to listen to that episode before listening to this one so that it makes sense! Click here to go to Episode #66. You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to
August 13, 2021
#66: How FDN Changed Ev's Mom's Life (Pt. 1) w/ Christine Transue
In this episode, we have a pretty special guest, Detective Ev's mom ❤️! Ev's mom, Christine, is not a health professional of any sort, but she is the ultimate testimonial for just how amazing the FDN system is. Her experience has been life-changing enough that she was more than happy to share her story solely to help others.  A brief background: Christine dealt with chronic health symptoms for over THIRTY years before finally getting (real) help, and these were not simple issues by any means... In her youth, she was already dealing with severe migraines and sinus problems. Then came the cystic acne. Then came the undiagnosed Grave's Disease. Finally, a full thyroidectomy was done, as western medicine had completely ran out of options. Is it really possible that someone like this could still benefit from the FDN system after being sick for so long? You bet.  Thank you so much for coming on and sharing your incredible story in order to help others! You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to
August 10, 2021
#65: Bedridden At Age 16, Misdiagnoses, and Bioenergetics w/ Todd Erb, FDN-P
Oh boy, do we have an episode for you today! In this interview, we're speaking with Todd Erb, Founder and Director of Amenti Wellness. If there was a way to describe Todd in a word, it'd be this: Brilliant. Todd's health journey started very early on. At the age of 12, he was at one point playing on FOUR different travel basketball teams. In just 4 years, though, he'd find himself bedridden, and would finish out his high school career in that way.  Left with nothing but misdiagnoses of both chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, Todd was on his own. This is where the brilliance comes in. Rather than accept his fate, Todd took matters into his own hands. Having zero background in health or medicine, he got to work in his late teens, and would eventually get himself out of tragic situation he once found himself in. How'd he do it? Well, you'll just have to tune-in! What Todd is up to now: Todd is a Certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner (FDN-P) through the Institute of Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® with specializations & continued education in HPA-Axis Function & Hormone Metabolite Assessment and Correction, Microbiome Analysis & Correction, Methylation & Clinical Nutrigenomics, Organic Acids, & Systemic Detox. Building on that foundation of biochemistry, Todd also incorporates various energetic modalities to balance out his work. As the former In-House NES Health™ Bio-Energetic Practitioner & Trainer, he had the privilege of training and learning from hundreds of practitioners of every modality. Todd blends this experience of modern energy medicine with it's ancient roots of Hermetic Alchemy, Qigong, Taoism, Eastern & Western Shamanism, Ayurveda, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. You can find out more about Todd and his work by going to You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to
August 05, 2021
#64: PCOS, Adrenal Burnout, and The Health Of Our Youth w/ Sara Pagel, Master's Degree in Criminal Justice, FDN-P AADP
In this episode, we happen to be interviewing the person who was nice enough to leave us our FIRST review (all the way back in January of 2021), Sara Pagel! A little about Sara:  As a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner with a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice, she empowers helpers to reclaim lost health and vitality by teaching them the greatest model of opt-in self-care! She draws the helpers back to themselves by educating them on how to put their mask on first!  2020 was a banner year for Sara as she reclaimed her life from toxic relationships, both personally and professionally, and started her Holistic Health Coaching Practice, Thin Line Consulting. With over a decade of direct client hours as a Family Behavioral Therapist, Juvenile Probation Officer, and a 911 Dispatcher, she brings a variety of skills including accountability, communication, empathy, and strategic problem solving to her clients.  Sara combines functional lab testing with YOUR experience to identify HIDDEN stressors and healing opportunities. From these opportunities, she is trained to make clinical correlations and create an individualized plan to meet you where you are and catapult you towards optimal health... IF you are willing to do the work! Sara operates with a philosophy of Don’t Guess, Test! You can find out more about Sara by going to You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to
August 03, 2021
#63: Fatty Liver, UTIs, and Gut Health w/ Grazia Miglietta, FDN-P
Grazia became a Functional Health Coach by need, not exactly by choice, as her original background had nothing to do with what she is doing now. She was a middle and high school teacher, subsequently, she worked several years for the Italian government, but had to quit to follow her husband's career and keep the family together. In the meantime, she also worked for the US embassy. Grazia traveled and lived in several countries from a very young age, and recently moved back to the US. She is fluent in Italian, English, Turkish, French, and Greek, and is partially fluent in Spanish. In her 30s, she started having some health issues which worsened over time, and this included her energy being severely deteriorated. She was always attracted to natural medicine (since allopathic or modern medicine doctors repeatedly failed her and her health). She did extensive research because she knew that something better was available out there which was also natural. She couldn't stop wondering how the energy consciousness that governs the universe would need factory-made synthetic chemicals to treat disease. In fact, her hunch was right--there are natural ways. Finally, she came across a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition course presentation which immediately resonated with her, and it made sense, as it was comprehensive and results-oriented. She took the course, was certified, and besides reversing her pathologies and getting her life and energy back, she is also glad to say that her autoimmune disorders, such as arthritis, are in remission. She doesn't have UTIs anymore, and she is not insulin resistant (pre-diabetic). She doesn't have a fatty liver or high blood pressure, and therefore, has no need for meds or antibiotics. Grazia now guides health-conscious, dynamic people to tune in to and figure out what their body really needs so they can feel like themselves again at any age. She's also a certified Holistic Health Practitioner from the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. You can find out more about Grazia by going to You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to
July 30, 2021
#62: Being TRULY Healthy - The Unspoken Weapon Against The Pandemic
Today, we are discussing an incredibly important topic that you probably can't seem to escape in today's world, the pandemic. Why are we bringing this up exactly? Well, as we make great strides and advances in helping to lessen the spread, we see that are efforts are not fully effective. Is it possible that the missing link is being "truly" healthy? What does that look like exactly, and what are those standards? We discuss that and a whole lot more in today's episode! You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to References in the show: 1) 2)
July 28, 2021
#61: Infected Teeth, Natural Chemo, and the Enneagram w/ Renee Bergmen, FDN-P, Enneagram Coach
We had some serious fun on this podcast!  Ev happens to be a huge fan of personality theory, and it just so happens that today's guest, Renee Bergmen, actually incorporates the enneagram (a well-known and respected model for categorizing personalities) into her FDN-P practice. The reason this is important is because, if you're like the people that come to us at FDNthrive, it's more than likely that you've been dealing with your health challenges for YEARS! To truly get better, then, it will usually take a lot more than just some changes in diet and some supplements. We are going to have to grow as individuals, and the enneagram system is just one of many tools we can use to engage in such growth!  Oh, did we mention we're also talking about how hidden infections in teeth can cause health issues? And how there is actually "natural" form of chemo? Yeah, we covered just about everything in this podcast! About Renee: Renee is an FDN-P and Enneagram specialist. She supports enthusiastic fun-loving moms (and their families) who are frustrated because they’ve hit a wall, to get their excitement for life back. Through formulated food plans, functional labs and enneagram focused connection Renee’s clients get to root causes and gain back vitality. You can find out more about Renee by going to  You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to Interested in "natural" chemo? Here is where Renee went:
July 23, 2021
#60: We Have A New NAME?!
Title says it all! We'd like to officially welcome you to The Health Detective Podcast by FDNthrive. We explain why we made this change in this brief episode. You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to
July 22, 2021
#59: Missing Periods In Your 20's Is NOT Normal w/ Falyn Morningstar, FDN-P
In this episode, we are interviewing one of the newest FDN grads, Falyn Morningstar! Fal holds a bachelor's degree in Business, is completing a graduate degree in Environmental Engineering and is a Certified FDN Practitioner. Her passion for physical fitness started in 2016 which led to getting a personal training certification in 2018. She competed in powerlifting and trained as a bodybuilder while working full time in a local government office, going to graduate school part time, training clients, not to mention trying to have a social life outside of that. She was eating her calculated macronutrients every 2-4 hours, she was listening to the "sleep less, work harder" community, she was a productive type A woman who was doing everything she thought was right to be successful and happy. So, why did she feel so bloated and unbelievably fatigued? Why could she not recover from training like she used to? Why was she losing more body hair than usual and why did she develop an odd body odor? And, let's not forget her missing cycle as well. Why was she not menstruating after a decades use of the hormonal birth control pill? If Falyn didn't get the help she needed, a diagnosis of autoimmunity may have been in the near future.  The FDN philosophy is where she was able to heal and get the answers she needed. She was NOT crazy and her symptoms were not normal. It was then she decided to become an FDN Practitioner herself. Falyn lives in Pennsylvania and works with type A women who have hormonal disruptions and digestive issues and are just not getting the answers they need. You can find out more about Falyn by messaging @falynhuntermorningstar on Instagram. You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to
July 20, 2021
#58: Autoimmune Hepatitis, and 20 Years of Digestive Issues SOLVED w/ Kira Whitman, Functional Nutritionist, MS
Oh BOY, do we have a story for you all today... In this episode, we're interviewing Kira Whitman! Kira Whitham is a Functional Nutrition Specialist, mom, and former middle school teacher. She's a graduate of Hawthorn University and the School of Applied Functional Medicine and is now pursuing her Traditional ND.    Her own digestive health issues led her to study nutrition, and then after her first child was born, her husband was diagnosed with two autoimmune disorders back-to-back. At that point, she made it her mission to better understand what causes the body to 'fail,' and what can be done to prevent it beyond just food.   Kira combines the principles of holistic nutrition and functional medicine to help people bring their bodies back to their intended state of wellness. She is a firm believer that the body has an innate ability to heal, and will do so when given the right tools.   You can find out more about Kira by going to You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to
July 16, 2021
#57: Why The FDNthrive System Works w/ Evan Transue, FDN-P
Let's be honest... Healthcare is complicated. Especially when faced with a serious disease or illness, it can be hard to pick what to do. In fact, sometimes its hard to answer the question "What exactly DOES western, natural, and functional healthcare practitioners do differently from one another?" In this episode, Ev is talking about exactly that. You'll learn precisely what western medicine does, what "natural" medicine does, and finally, what FDN does. Most importantly, you'll learn where all of these fit into YOUR healing journey. That is, they all have their place, but you need to know when and how to use them most effectively. You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to
July 13, 2021
#56: Should This REALLY Be Legal?
If people really knew what was going on in healthcare, I think it would only be a matter of days before the entire system got flipped upside down. A question for the audience today is if YOU think what is listed in this short episode should be legal. Not only that, but we'd love to hear YOUR input as well! To send us a voice message, go to and click the "Message" button! You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to
July 11, 2021
#55: Weight Loss Is Much More Than Calories In, Calories Out w/ Lori Balue, A-CFHC, FDN-P, LEHP
In this episode, we're lucky enough to get an update from an FDN practitioner who was the guest for episode #12 of this podcast, Lori Balue! In addition to being an FDN, Lori is an Adapt-Certified Functional Health Coach and GEMA licensed Holistic Practitioner. She is the creator of “Weight Loss like a Lady Boss,“ her signature holistic 4-month program that helps women who are total goal-getters reverse metabolic dysfunction that leads to weight gain with a functional and holistic approach. She helps her clients lose that stubborn inflammatory fat, reset their metabolism, and take back control of their bodies and their brains. Lori believes that the biggest gap in weight-loss these days is not in some fancy pill or procedure, but it’s in actually discovering one's health and having fun taking care of oneself while ALSO losing weight. She believes that to lose weight, what we really need to do is be healthy. Lori has been a featured speaker multiple times at the Whole Wheatery, a natural food store in Lancaster, CA, on ketogenic diets.   You can find out more about Lori by going to You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to
July 09, 2021
#54: Is Metabolic Dysfunction Your Problem? w/ Missy Bane, FDN-P
In this episode, we're talking to a long-time FDN who, not surprisingly, understands that the fundamentals are the most important part of the healing process. That's why our guest, Missy Bane, will be touching a lot on metabolic dysfunction, and NOT any one specific disease! About Missy: Missy Bane is a Board Certified Health Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner.  She helps people 'age healthy' by creating a custom plan to fit their individual lifestyle, habits, genetics, and goals. Individual blueprints are designed together to include nutrition, movement, supplements, sleep, hormone balance, libido, energy, detoxification, and gut health.  Each of these areas supports healing opportunities as well as long term health. She strongly believes that Taking Control of Your Health Means Taking Control of Your Life! You can find out more about Missy by going to You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to
July 07, 2021
#53: Why Essential Oils Work w/ Dr. Eric Zielinski (Dr. Z), D.C.
In this episode, we were fortunate enough to have a BIG name in the natural health space come on the podcast, Dr. Eric Zielinski, AKA, Dr. Z! Dr. Z is the author of the national bestseller "The Healing Power of Essential Oils" and "The Essential Oils Apothecary." Dr. Z has pioneered natural living and biblical health education since 2003. Trained as an aromatherapist, public health researcher, and chiropractor, Dr. Z started in 2014 with his wife to help people learn how to use natural remedies like essential oils safely and effectively. Now visited by more than three million natural health seekers every year, has rapidly become the number one online source for biblical health and non-branded essential oils education. You can find out more about Dr. Z and/or order his books by going to You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to #functionalhealth #functionaldiagnosticnutrition #drz #essentialoils #naturalhealing #naturalhealth
July 02, 2021
#52: Becoming The "Real Food RN" w/ Kate Doubler, RN, BSN, CHHC. AADP
We have a bit of a celebrity in the house today, and her name is Kate Doubler, AKA, The "Real Food RN!" Kate Doubler is the author behind the blog Real Food RN. A busy mom of four young children (with one more on the way!), a former ICU/ER Nurse, and a Real Food blogger. She loves experimenting in her kitchen and coming up with all sorts of new and creative real food recipes and DIY's with the hopes of bettering the health of her family and anyone who follows her blog. She wholeheartedly believes that prevention is the best medicine. Her mission is to help everyone find the path to living the best life possible! You can find out more about Kate and read her blog at You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to
June 29, 2021
#51: All About Environmental Toxins w/ Stephanie Center, FDN-P, Host of "The Daily Detox" Podcast
Our guest today is Stephanie Center! Stephanie was born and raised in a quiet and charming Chicago suburb. Since her youth, she's always been intrigued by health and wellness. In college, she majored in kinesiology. She also fell deeply in love with bioenergetics (what happens to the body on a cellular level when it’s moving), and exercise psychology. In June of 2018, she got really sick. She sought out specialist after specialist for about a year and a half. No one was able to help her, and her illness continued to get worse. She began to realize how broken our medical system really is. Lets pause here, because this part is important! She says, and we quote: "I am a medical professional, and it took me being sick to recognize that the medical community does not (by training) treat root causes. The medical community issues medications to manage symptoms." End quote. Stephanie became desperate. She did her own research and educated herself on lab values and differential diagnoses. This journey of research led her to functional medicine. Tune into the episode to see how Stephanie turned her situation completely around! You can find out more about Stephanie by going to To listen to her podcast, search for "The Daily Detox" on all major podcast platforms. App mentioned: "Think Dirty" You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to
June 25, 2021
#50: Never Take No For An Answer w/ Sally Aponte, FDN-P (50th Episode Special)!
Wow! Can you believe it's been 50 episodes? We just want to take this time to thank you all for your support, and you can rest assured that we are just getting started. Today's guest is someone who did a fantastic job at reminding us just exactly how challenging these issues can be, Sally Aponte. Sally Aponte is a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner whose mission is to empower people who suffer from persistent gut symptoms with the right tools and healthy life-style choices so they can live a disease-free life and enjoy life to the fullest even in their senior years.   Prior to becoming a FDN-P she worked as a Physical Therapist Assistant for 29 years. Attending to the needs of her chronically ill patients was always a constant reminder that living an unhealthy lifestyle will contribute to disease and disabilities that can result in having a poor quality of life down the line.     She believes catching a potential disease at its earliest stages is another important factor for maintaining health and well-being. During her earlier years she struggled with multiple health problems and was misdiagnosed for 9 years before discovering she had Celiac Disease. The years of being misdiagnosed came at a price but it was the application of functional medicine that helped her reach a level of health that was not attainable through traditional medicine. As a result, she developed a passion for healing the body through alternative means. This led her to pursue a career as a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Health Coach, and she continues to further her education in the field. You can find out more about Sally by emailing info@sallyaponte@com. You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to
June 21, 2021
#49: Ovarian Cysts, Knee Pain, and Breathwork w/ Erica Ziel, B.Sc., FDN-P, CPT, PPES
In this episode, we're interviewing a fellow podcaster, Erica Ziel, host of The Core Connections podcast (link below)! About Erica: Erica Ziel, mom of three, received her Health and Human Performance degree from Iowa State University, is an FDN Practitioner, certified personal trainer and Pilates instructor, health and nutrition coach, core exercise and pre/postnatal exercise specialist whose mission is to help women live a healthier life and heal their body through movement, wellness, intuition, and breathwork. Inspiring women to regain hope but also experience true, life lasting results. Erica is the founder and creator of Core Athletica®, The Core Rehab Program, Knocked-Up Fitness® prenatal membership, instruction trainer courses, and host of The Core Connections Podcast. She believes that anything you want to improve about your health and life, you can! The Core Connections Podcast: You can find out more about Erica by going to You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to
June 18, 2021
#48: This is UNACCEPTABLE w/ Sally Aponte
The short except you're about to hear is a story we hear wayyy too often. It needs to stop, and it needs to stop NOW! You can learn more about FDNthrive by going to
June 17, 2021
#47: Accutane, Pilates, and Chinese Medicine w/ Melanie Rogers, FDN-P
In this episode, we're interviewing someone who brought the ENERGY, baby! Her name is Mel Rogers, and she has an awesome story and impressive background. About Mel: Melanie Rogers is a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, master Pilates trainer, former professional ballet dancer and holds a Masters degree in traditional Chinese Medicine. She spent several years as an acupuncturist and herbalist in numerous multidisciplinary health clinics in New York City and San Diego. Currently, Melanie coaches Pilates and functional health clients both virtually and inside a well-known human performance center, Fitness Quest 10 in Scripps Ranch, CA. She has over 20 years of experience training clients in the Pilates method including well-known elite pro athletes. Melanie is passionate about empowering men and women to take sovereignty over their own health and to be an active participant in their own healing. She believes in the power of natural methods of bringing the body back to balance and urges everyone to seek out not only medical advice from their medical doctor to feel good, but to work with someone like herself to improve all areas of their health. She hopes that through her work she can help people heal, prevent illness and live thriving, energetic and joy filled lives! Utilizing a functional health approach that includes ancient wisdom and science-based lab testing, she incorporates customized nutrition, targeted supplementation and needle moving lifestyle hacks to help people overcome unwanted symptoms and optimize their health. You can find out more about Melanie by going to You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to
June 15, 2021
#46: Differences Between Food Allergies, Sensitivities, and Intolerances w/ Leslie Parran
In this quick episode, we Leslie breaks down the differences between three things that are so commonly confused: Food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances. We also talk about different testing you can use. You can find out more about Leslie by going to You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to
June 12, 2021
#45: Why Treating Chronic Health Issues SPECIFICALLY Never Works w/ Evan Transue, FDN-P
There is a LOT that goes into what we do at FDNthrive, but there one core principle we follow that allows us to get the results that no other system does: We do NOT treat anything specifically. If western medicine sees a disease? They give medication or use surgery. Even many of our natural-minded friends do the same thing, but they just do it with supplements and alternative therapies. What we do as different. This brief episode explains that difference! You can learn more about FDNthrive by going to 
June 11, 2021
#44: From Cancer In Her 20s To 9 Years Cancer Free w/ Frankie Leigh, FDN-P
In the world of healthcare, cancer is just a different beast.  The word alone gets our adrenaline going, and if we receive a diagnosis, it can make it hard to think about WHY we might have cancer in the first place. But, our guest today, Frankie Leigh, talks to us about how she was able to use TWO cancer scares in her twenties to completely switch her mindset around, eventually HEAL the cancer, and become an amazing, functional practioner. You can find out more about Frankie by going to You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to The organic farming program referenced in the show can be found by going to
June 10, 2021
#43: Vitamin D Intensive w/ Evan Transue, FDN-P
At FDNthrive, we DO utilize functional lab-testing. However, the core of our success always lies primarily in addressing LIFESTYLE principles. A basic lifestyle principle is to be getting enough sun which, in addition to countless other benefits, can give you optimal vitamin d levels when done correctly. But, this can leave us with a lot of questions... Is vitamin d all its cracked up to be? Do you HAVE to get it from the sun? Can you simply take a supplement? We discuss all of that and more in this episode of the FDNthrive podcast. To learn more about FDNthrive or work with one of our coaches, please visit
June 08, 2021
#42: The Hidden Causes of Insomnia w/ Martha Lewis, FDN-P
Here is a test: Go to ANY person in your life, and ask them if they think they have good sleep. Some will just plainly acknowledge that they don't, but others will say yes. For the second group, ask them if they think their sleep could be BETTER, and see what the responses are. We can almost guarantee that 95%+ percent of people will say yes, it could be better.  So, what's the big deal? Why does EVERYONE feel they aren't getting the best sleep possible in today's world? In this episode, sleep expert Martha Lewis, FDN-P, tells us all about the hidden causes of insomnia, and why people are simply not sleeping in our modern world. About Martha: Martha Lewis is a sleep consultant to people who want to sleep but can’t. As a certified sleep expert and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition practitioner, she addresses both body and mind with stress resilience techniques and testing for hidden health issues to get to the root cause of her clients’ insomnia. She has been featured in numerous publications, such as Thrive Global and the Jackson Hole News & Guide, and various podcasts around the world and is also a passionate speaker on the topic of sleep. You can find out more about Martha by going to You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to 
June 08, 2021
#41: Why You Should Eat Organ Meats w/ Autumn Smith, FDN-P
What if I told you that organ meats (yes - liver, kidney, heart, and more...) were missing staples in our modern diet? Did you know organ meats are actually some of the most nutrient DENSE foods known to man? In this episode, we interview Autumn Smith, co-founder of both Paleovalley and Wild Pastures, and learn all about why organ meats rock (and a whole lot more)! About Autumn: Autumn Fladmo Smith is the co-founder of Paleovalley and Wild Pastures, holds a Masters in Holistic Nutrition, a Certified Eating Psychology Coach, and a Certified FDN Practitioner. Her passion for health began with her own struggles with IBS and anxiety: despite a career as a professional dancer and celebrity fitness trainer, Autumn’s own health was in shambles. Desperate for a cure, she and her husband Chas stumbled upon the paleo diet in 2011 and within a month of beginning it, her health was completely transformed. Autumn then made it her mission to share the information she had learned with as many people as possible: she is the co-founder of Paleovalley, an organic whole-food supplement and paleo snack food company that prioritizes nutrient density and food quality. In 2018, she took things a step further and launched her second business with her husband: Wild Pastures, a regenerative pasture-based meat delivery service. Wild Pastures makes supporting sustainable agriculture and local, small farms easy for consumers. She lives in Boulder, CO with her husband and their son, Maverick. You can find out more about Autumn's businesses by going to or You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to 
June 03, 2021
#40: How to Mitigate EMFs and Heal Autoimmunity w/ Torea Rodriguez, FDN-P
Our FIRST ever video podcast will be fully live tomorrow (but you can still catch the audio on all major podcast platforms right NOW)! In this episode, we talk to the BRILLIANT Torea Rodriguez! After completing her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry, Toréa has embodied transformation and self-discovery. She’s worked at some of the leading dot-com Silicon Valley companies, has held executive positions and she used to be a professional pilot flying jets for private families & charter companies out of the San Francisco Bay Area. Her diagnosis of two debilitating autoimmune diseases brought her back to biochemistry, not only achieving full remission, but also certification as a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner. During that time discovered her love of coaching.    Today, she coaches her clients through their own unique transformational experience that helps restore health, vitality and balance the immune system so that they can focus on their dreams without sacrificing their health. You can find out more about Torea by going to You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to
May 25, 2021
#39: How to Beat Burnout w/ Elizabeth Gaines, FDN-P
Today we are talking to one of FDN's own mentors, Elizabeth Gaines! Elizabeth Gaines is a Functional Health Practitioner and Burnout Recovery Expert that specializes in understanding how stress and disempowerment lead the body out of balance and into disease. Elizabeth combines functional screenings that analyzes the body's core systems with holistic lifestyle changes to bring about long-lasting and personalized healing to her clients. Her role is not to mitigate symptoms but rather to create health. Driven by a belief that health is the ultimate form of self-love, she helps those helping themselves out of chronic disempowerment reclaim their energy and tackle the root cause of their health issues so they can return to their naturally vibrant state of being. Elizabeth is passionate about helping people understand that powerful feeling of hating your life is often simply the body's way of asking for help. She helps promote a deeper understanding of burnout, the stigma and isolation that surround it, and how to understand it from a physical perspective. In addition to her own practice, Elizabeth is thrilled to have joined the Mentor Team at FDN in 2020. You can find out more about Elizabeth by going to You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to
May 20, 2021
#38: Getting to The Bottom of Hypothyroidism w/ Angela Brown, FDN-P
Did you know an estimated TWENTY MILLION people have thyroid issues in the USA alone? Even more interesting, we'd estimate that around 80%+ of the people we work with at FDNthrive have thyroid issues, too. Our guest for this episode, Angela Brown, knows this story all too well. In this episode, she shares how she managed to overcome debilitating hypothyroid symptoms after years of battling them.  A little bit about Angela: Angela is a holistic health coach from St. Louis, MO. She is a certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P), a licensed physical therapist, as well as a personal trainer. She specializes in advanced testing and thyroid healing for women. She has recovered from hypothyroidism herself after being diagnosed at the age of 22. She used her experience and education to create her program called “The Sexy Thyroid Solution” to help women no longer suffer like she did and get to the root cause of their health issues. You can find out more about Angela by going to You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to
May 17, 2021
#37: Organic Food Matters w/ Mallory Gonzales, RD, Head of Nutrition at Kencko
In this episode, we're talking to the first registered dietician to join us on the podcast, Mallory Gonzales! Mallory Gonzales is the Head of Nutrition at @kencko – a company that offers no-fuss and healthy instant smoothies. Mallory is also a registered dietician with her Master of Science who specialises in nutrition plans and diet coaching, to ensure all her clients are the healthiest they can be. You can find out more about Kencko by going to You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to
May 13, 2021
#36: Functional Health Meets Neuropsychology w/ Jeannie Lopez, PhD, FDN-P
In this episode, Health Coach Ev is nerding out with Dr. Jeannie Lopez! Dr. Jeannie Lopez, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist who recently became a functional diganostic nutrition practitioner.  She is also pursuing graduate studies at The Intuitive Way which focuses on energy healing.  Jeannie has worked in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings with children, adolescents, and families with a variety of learning and health related challenges.  Jeannie has a long history of personal and family health related issues which have impacted her and her family's life significantly.   After seeing more and more children in her neuropsychological assessment practice with serious learning and medically related issues, trying all kinds treatment for herself and family members, visiting a myriad of health professionals, and listening to many podcasts/ webinars and reading books, Jeannie decided it was time to do it herself and obtain more training with the goal of helping others with the holstic FDN coaching method.  You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to
May 11, 2021
#35: The Secret Life Of Fat w/ Sylvia Tara, PhD
WARNING: This is NOT your typical weight loss podcast! In fact, I can just about guarantee you're going to learn MANY new things about fat that you didn't know before.  This is all thanks to today's amazing guest, Dr. Sylvia Tara! Dr. Tara holds a PhD in biochemistry from the University of California at San Diego and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Her research results and approach quickly piqued the interest of doctors and scientists worldwide skyrocketing the book onto bestseller lists and serving as the focus of an episode of NOVA on PBS called The Truth About Fat that aired in April 2020. You can find out more about Dr. Tara by going to You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to 
May 06, 2021
#34: How Your Symptoms Can Prevent Weight Loss w/ Suzanne Healy, CIHC, FDN-P
In this episode, we're talking to Suzanne Healy! Suzanne Healy is a Certified Integrative Health Coach and a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner with extensive training in functional medicine for coaches. After finding her own root causes, she was able to not only lose the extra weight, but also heal her digestion and skin naturally. Suzanne helps women who are sick and tired of yo-yo dieting to find their root causes so they can lose weight and heal naturally without dieting or counting calories or points. You can learn more about Suzanne by going to You can learn more about FDNthrive by going to
May 04, 2021
#33: Mindset Secrets To Accelerate Your Healing w/ Megan Blacksmith, FDN-P
In this episode, we're talking to a big-time podcaster, Megan Blacksmith! Megan Blacksmith is a certified holistic health coach, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner and also graduate of Chris Kresser's ADAPT Practitioner training and is currently training to become an NLP practitioner. Her own postpartum health crash (what she calls falling off the hormone cliff) came after her first child 10 years ago, and all of her regular lab work said that she was "perfect," even though she felt miserable After finding functional medicine. holistic nutrition and the power of the the mind/body connection, she was able to see that there really was an imbalance, and more importantly, there was something she could do about it! In the Zesty Ginger duo of Megan and Dr. Alex, Megan focuses on the power of our thoughts, beliefs, energy and frequency in a health journey. Megan is one of the founders of the Healthy Hormones group program, Flight or Flight Fix and Zestier as well as co-host of the 4 Phase Cycle Podcast. You can find out more about Megan by going to You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to 
April 29, 2021
#32: Overcoming Vulvar Cancer and Lichen Sclerosus w/ Heather Cooan, MBA, NTP, FDN-P
We are lucky enough to interview incredible humans on a weekly basis, and this guest is certainly not an exception to that truth. Heather is a TROOPER, and if you need a little inspiration today, THIS podcast is for you. About Heather: Heather is a marketing executive turned nutrition consultant and educator. Heather advocates for informed consent, bodily autonomy, and healthcare authorship. She speaks and writes on nutrition and lifestyle design interventions for health recovery. Heather successfully recovered her health from vulvar cancer, Hashimoto's, and lichen sclerosus. She reversed estrogen dominance, insulin resistance, arteriosclerosis, and fatty liver utilizing a food-as-medicine and integrated clinical treatment approach. Heather is a certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner and Nutrition Therapy Practitioner. You can find out more about Heather by going to You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to
April 26, 2021
#31: Autism Wellbeing Plan: How To Get Your Child Healthy w/ Christian Yordanov, FDN-P
In this episode, we have yet another international guest! This time, out of Portugal! Christian Yordanov is an author, health researcher and educator, and practitioner who specialises in autism, children's health, preparing for a healthy pregnancy, and longevity. He is author of the book "Autism Wellbeing Plan: How to Get Your Child Healthy." You can find out more about Christian by going to Order Christian's Book Here: You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to
April 22, 2021
#30: Mental Health, Mindfulness, and Changing The System w/ Raewyn Guerrero, FDN-P, FMCHC, mBPsS
In this episode, we are talking to Raewyn Guerrero! Raewyn has lived and worked in London since 2001. She founded a Virtual Wellbeing Practice, Well Works, in 2017 which offers bespoke nutrition and psychotherapy programmes for high-achieving executives to recover from burnout, so they can feel energized, aligned and unstoppable. Prior to 2017, she spent 6 years as the Global Wellbeing Manager at a multi-national bank, developing group wellness programmes for those struggling with 21st Century chronic health conditions, such as stress, anxiety, depression, IBS, back and neck pain, and obesity. In 2012, she introduced 6 week Mindful Awareness workshops to employees with the aim of reducing stress, and improving focus, clarity and creativity, and facilitated regular Balance at Barclays weekly drop-in meditation sessions. She was also a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Mindfulness in the Workplace from 2015 – 2016 tasked with making stress reduction and anxiety a priority for Government Policy and Public Health. At Well Works, she now integrates Personalized Nutrition with CBT and Meditation to bring about rapid transformation in the mental and physical health of individuals and organizations. You can find out more about Raewyn by going to
April 20, 2021
#29: Panic Atttacks, Acne, and Meniere's Disease w/ Evan Transue, FDN-P
While hosting the FDNthrive podcast, Health Coach Ev has been asked quite a few times when he’d be sharing his own story. Well, today's the day. We hope you all enjoy! You can learn more about FDNthrive by going to 
April 14, 2021
#28: Reversing Breast Implant Illness w/ Sarah Phillipe, RN, FDN-P
Breast implants causing illness? Say WHAT? Yup, you read that right. Our guest in this episode, Sarah Phillipe, shined so much light on this topic for us, and even told us about her own journey of dealing with breast implant illness. This is one you don't want to miss! A little bit about Sarah: Sarah has a passion for restoring health that has taken her along a path from RN, to becoming a certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner, True Cellular Detox™ Practitioner, and Breast Implant Illness Expert. She believes the solution to Reversing Breast Implant illness is about more than just the explant and that we all need to take personal responsibility for restoring our health by addressing all of the root causes that contribute to chronic illness. It is Sarah’s believe that the body has an innate desire to heal if given what it needs, and she focuses on teaching women how to unlock that innate intelligence and heal themselves. You can find out more about Sarah by going to You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to 
April 13, 2021
#27: Not All Stool Tests Are Created Equal w/ Evan Transue, FDN-P
In this episode, we're continuing Health Coach Ev's mini-series where he talks about why the lab tests we use in the FDNthrive program are chosen with great care. We are NOT lab tests salespeople, so we are mutually interested in spending our client's money intelligently and usefully.  Today, we're talking about why not all stool tests are created equal, and what technology YOUR stool test needs to have to get the best results! You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to 
April 08, 2021
#26: Hormone Health, Digestion, And Detox w/ Laini Gray, FDN-P, CPT, CHEK HLC
Laini Gray is a Functional Health Practitioner and Healthy Living Enthusiast. She has a Master’s Degree in Holistic Nutrition and is a Certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner. In addition, she is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach and Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach.   She helps clients restore and rebuild health by investigating diet and lifestyle factors, as well as underlying hidden causes and stressors at the root of their complaints, symptoms and lack of well-being. As an FDN Practitioner, Laini uses functional lab tests which allow clients to take a deeper look at their health and uncover opportunities for healing in the underlying systems.   Laini believes that having vibrant health and feeling good is the foundation of happiness. She helps her clients restore and rebuild health so they can reconnect with their natural, happy, energized state of being and get back to living a life they love.   In her practice, she specializes in helping women take control of their hormone health by optimizing digestion, supporting detoxification, incorporating functional nutrition and healthy lifestyle practices. You can find out more about Laini by going to You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to 
April 06, 2021
#25: Stop Wasting Money On Food Sensitivty Tests w/ Evan Transue, FDN-P
With so many food sensitivity tests on the market, it is easy to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars! Worse yet, each test is only testing for ONE of the countless ways your body could have an immune response to a specific food. [LINK to the podcast is in our bio!] BUT WAIT...  What if there was a test that actually looked at all of the ways your body could react to a food, and it did so in a non-specific way? Well, such a test exists, and it's a staple in the FDNthrive program. Listen to this episode to see if that test is right for you, and why you may want to think twice before spending your money elsewhere. You can find out more about the FDNthrive program by going to
April 01, 2021
#24: Overcoming 20 Years Of Ulcerative Colitis w/ Jessica Del Pino, FDN-P
In this interview, we talk to the guest who currently holds the record for the best headshot used for the podcast social media photo (she is wearing a "Test Don't Guess" shirt), Jessica Del Pino!  Having dealt with an autoimmune condition, that being Ulcerative Colitis, for over 20 years, Jess embarked on becoming a certified FDNP in order to help her own health first. After dipping her toe in the field of one-on-one coaching she realized that she could actually bring more value to the wellness community by offering her expertise in customer service, branding and social media to other coaches and companies, which she formerly honed for over 10 years in the entertainment industry in California. Now she works for FDN as their in house brand strategist as well as with other health coaches and small wellness companies to help them get a hold of the branding look, feel and messaging to make sure they are able to bring their vision to the right audience through strategic marketing efforts and social media. You can follow her on Instagram @wholefunctionwellness to inquire more info about how she can help with your branding and marketing strategy! You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to
March 30, 2021
#23: Mixing 40 Years of Nursing With Functional Principles w/ Leslie Parran, MS, RN, FDN-P, BCFWC, FMCHC, LEHP, CPG
In this episode, we talked to Leslie Parran, who is an absolute wealth of knowledge! When you read her bio, you’ll see why this is the case: Leslie Parran is a Board Certified Functional Wellness Coach, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, Licensed Ecclesiastical Holistic Practitioner, health coach, and Registered Nurse. With 40 years of nursing experience as well as certifications in Nursing, oncology, gluten sensitivity, emotional freedom technique(EFT), and essential oils, Leslie's mission is to help physically active, motivated mid-life individuals who are struggling with chronic pain and losing confidence in their body, to naturally reverse pain and find peace so that they can live their fullest lives. Leslie helps clients identify their potential healing opportunities through functional lab testing, analysis, and individualized natural healing protocols. Coaching sessions address client-centered  health goals related to diet, rest, stress reduction and supplementation strategies. Leslie's personal experience over-coming challenges with auto-immune disease and arthritis pain as well as her nursing experience with helping patients with chronic pain, has inspired her journey to help others overcome their health challenges more naturally. Her mission is to move others from pain to peace so that they can feel better (less pain), move better (less inflammation), and live better (a more active, engaged life). We’re especially excited to share this conversation with you all, as Leslie is the EXACT type of person we like in our world. She is someone who understands the benefits of both the western and functional side of things, and when to use both appropriately. Get out your notebooks, because you’ll definitely learn a thing or two in this show. You can find out more about Leslie by going to You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to
March 25, 2021
#22: Diabetes Is A Lifestyle Disease w/ Dr. Beverly Yates, N.D.
In this episode, we interviewd Dr Beverly Yates, and discussed everything and anything you need to know about type-2 diabetes! Here is a little bit about Dr yates: She is a diabetes expert and author who has over 27 years experience of working with those who struggle with blood sugar issues related to type 2 diabetes and prediabetes, and feel like nothing works for them. By addressing the lifestyle factors that trigger blood sugar spikes, Dr. Yates creates breakthrough changes in the habits that cause blood sugar issues. This allows her clients to finally get off of the blood sugar rollercoaster, have more energy, and create the level of health that lets them live the life of their dreams. She is the creator of the Yates Protocol, a simple and effective lifestyle-based program, for people who have type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, to lower blood sugar levels, achieve healthy A1C and fasting blood sugar levels, and have more energy to live life the way they want to. She’s worked with 1,000s of people, helping them to lower their blood sugar levels to a healthy range and get control over their health. She was chosen as the lead doctor for a new 3-doctor panel TV show on ABC. They filmed 2 versions of the pilot episode, and the network decided not to greenlight the series. Her journey in Hollywood was fun and taught her a lot of things. When most of us in the health space think about type-2 diabetes, our  minds go immediately to carbs, especially processed ones. But, is there more to the type-2 diabetes epidemic in our modern world? You bet. And, that’s exactly what we dive into today. Check out the interview to learn more! You can find out more about Dr. Yates by going to You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to 
March 23, 2021
#21: Healing Years Of Antibiotic Damage w/ Luna Hart, FDN-P
In this episode, we talk to Luna Hart, FDN-P. Luna’s journey to health and wellness began at the age of 20 in 1999. She decided to do something different and make incredible changes from what she knew growing up. She began to change the way she approached her health. She took the time to actually understand her body. “What does it like and what are my sensitivities?” These were just some of the questions she was asking herself. Then, she began to cleanse and rebalance her body. She eliminated processed sugars, foods and carbohydrates from her daily diet. She found healing with whole foods. This was a journey, and she realized she had a LOT to heal. How did Luna go from having a constant supply of her own personal antibiotics as a kid to having vibrant health in her 40’s? You’ll just have to listen to find out! We hope you enjoy the episode. You can find out more about Luna by going to
March 18, 2021
#20: Traditional Doc Turned Functional Psychiatrist w/ Achina Stein, D.O., DFAPA, FACN, ABIHM, IFMCP
In this interview, we’re talking with Dr. Achina Stein. She is the author of What If It's NOT Depression? Your Guide to Finding Answers and Solutions. She has a busy private practice called Functional Mind LLC in Riverside, Rhode island where she sees patients primarily for functional medicine, but also sees patients for psychotherapy. She is a board-certified psychiatrist and has been in practice for 25 plus years. Propelled by her son’s health crisis in 2010, she found functional medicine which resolved all his health problems as well as her own. Since then, she has been practicing functional medicine. She is also a certified practitioner of the Institute for Functional Medicine, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and was awarded the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award by NAMI-RI(rhode island) in 2008. She has lived in Rhode Island since 2000 with her husband, and has three adult children. This is an exciting time for her, as she recently launched her online health coaching program, What If It’s Not Depression? Bootcamp as a companion program to her book to provide an alternative to medication for people with chronic depression-like symptoms that don’t respond to antidepressant medications. Ev and Dr. Stein talk about her amazing family story of how her own son’s mental health issues made her change the way she looked at psychiatry forever, which eventually led to managing her own health differently! How cool is it that she was willing to keep an open-mind even after years of being taught one thing? We need more Achinas in the world! You can find out more about Achina by going to You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to
March 16, 2021
#19: Partying, Parasites, and Personal Training w/ Samantha Lander, FDN-P, CPT, CHEK LVL 2
Samantha Adams found her way into the health industry through years of working on her own health.  She first set personal goals for herself as a young athlete who participated in team sports such as synchronized swimming, water polo and field hockey.   In high school she focused her athletic interests on rowing.  As a member of the St. Louis Rowing Club and one of a team of eight young women who were ranked nationally. While a freshman at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor she was a coxswain for the Men’s Division I crew team.  Her sophomore year she became certified as a Johnny G Spinning Instructor and a Group Fitness Instructor.  She worked at a private athletic club in Ann Arbor while attending the University full time. Her experience working in the fitness field was so positive that she decided to major in sports management.  In 2003 Samantha graduated with a degree in kinesiology from the University of Michigan with a major in sports management. Following graduation she moved to Los Angeles where she found success working in the music industry as a club dj and producer.   After several years she became disenchanted with her work and began to realize that she missed having athletics in her life.  Always one to tackle a dilemma head on, she decided to take a spinning class and immediately wanted to get back into the fitness industry. She began recording fitness cds and marketing them to a record labels. In 2006 Samantha moved back to St. Louis to pursue her personal training certification. Her certifications include NASM, Functional Diagnostics Nutrition, NESTA and CHEK Level 2 Holistic Lifestyle Coach. Samantha’s desire to do functional Diagnostics came from her own health problems she discovered when she learned she suffered from Adrenal Fatigue, Food sensitivities, Pathogens, Leaky gut and lots of hidden stressors. She spent a good portion of her life struggling with weight despite working out and eating a perfect diet and knew it had to be something more. With the right coaching she slowly began to rebuild her health and realize that she didn’t have to settle for feeling horrible the rest of her life. The long hard road to get better has given her the drive to help others who are suffering with the same. Through her passionate love of health and wellness and natural ability to partner with her clients to tailor their individual workout plans and Holistic protocols, Samantha has found her professional calling as Functional Diagnostics practitioner.  In this role she has a genuine desire to help her clients achieve their goals they believed were never attainable.  Currently she works with a diverse range of clients in terms of age, gender and ability. Whether you are engaged to be married and hope to look and feel your best for your wedding; a corporate executive who wants to reduce stress, lose inches and gain stamina; a college or high school student athlete who needs an extra push to stay in shape; a retiree who wants to keep up with his or her grandkids; or an individual who is just sick and tired of feeling sick and tired after trying everything, Samantha will develop a Health plan that suits your needs and help motivate you to reach your goals! You can find out more about Samantha by going to You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to
March 11, 2021
#18: Why Keto Is Not A Fad w/ Ben Azadi, FDN-P
Ben Azadi, FDN-P, is on a mission to help 1 billion people live a healthier lifestyle. Ben is the author of three best-selling books, The Perfect Health Booklet, The Intermittent Fasting Cheat Sheet, and The Power of Sleep. Ben has been the go-to source for intermittent fasting and the ketogenic diet. He is known as ‘The Health Detective’ because he investigates dysfunction, and educates, not medicate, to bring the body back to normal function. You can find out more about Ben by going to You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to 
March 09, 2021
[REUPLOAD] #15: Getting Answers After Decades In The Dark w/ Heather Gray, FDN-P
In this interview, we’re talking with Heather Gray, FDN-P. (We had previously posted this, but it randomly got deleted without an answer as to why!) Heather has a full-time job. She is not here to share her business or self-promote. She came on SOLELY to help people with her story, and that’s pretty cool if you ask us! Heather found FDN shortly after being diagnosed with Lyme disease which she had had for over 27 years. She was working with doctors to help address the Lyme, but nobody was helping to address all of the OTHER issues that this disease is caused. So, how did she get to the bottom of things after all this time? Tune-in to the episode to find out! You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to
March 05, 2021
#17: Why You Can't Trust Regular Bloodwork w/ Kurt Stradtman, FDN-P, AADP
Ooo baby! It's time to dive into some bloodwork! Kurt Stradtman is a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, Certified Fitness and Nutrition Coach, Holistic Life Coach, Certified Personal Trainer, and a Level 1 Precision Nutrition Graduate. Kurt is board certified with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. He entered the holistic health arena with the desire to help as many people as possible change their lives for the better by taking a functional approach to lab test interpretations and creating a bio-individualized healing protocol unique to each individual client. You can find out more about Kurt by going to You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to
March 04, 2021
#16: So, You Think You Know Lyme Disesase? w/ Rika Keck, FDN-P, CHEK HCL Level 3
Don't you love talking to people who just 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 know their stuff? Well, if you do, then you're in luck! That's exactly what we experienced during our interview with Rika Keck!⁣ ⁣ Rika Keck, a holistic health coach, specializes in chronic infections such as Lyme disease and mold sickness. She brings more than 20 years of experience into this arena, and diligently maintains ongoing education. In her health practice, her endeavor is to explore possible root causes that contribute to symptoms and prolonged sickness, rather than suppressing symptoms. It is for this reason, that she considers herself a “health investigator.” She is a trusted health advocate to her clients in the US and in Europe.⁣ ⁣ You can find out more about Rika by going to ⁣ ⁣ Her book is also available on amazon by clicking here.⁣ ⁣ You can findo out more about FDNthrive by going to
March 02, 2021
#14: Periods Don't Have To Hurt w/ Shannon MIller, FDN-P
In this episode, we talk with Shannon MIller, FDN-P! She's the founder of 3 Leaf Health + Wellness and is obsessed with all things hormone, digestion, and immune related. She works with driven women who want to get to the root of their fatigue and female issues so they can fall in love with their bodies again. After years of hormone imbalance, adrenal fatigue, and her own battle with an autoimmune disease, she felt like she was constantly at war with her own body. She tried every diet and supplement on the market that promoted increasing energy, reducing inflammation, and giving her the body she wanted. She spent thousands of dollars on trial and error solutions, never finding the right plan that fit her perfectly. She also spent countless hours going to see doctors and specialists, but none of them took the time to listen to her, to actually hear her, to fully understand. They poked and prodded, just to tell her that everything "looked fine" even though she certainly didn't feel fine. Sound familiar? If you said yes, it's probably because you listened to this podcast before (thanks)! What's cool, though, is even though the stories are conceptually similar, the journeys of healing each have their own unique twist, and Shannon's is no exception. Check out this episode to find out how she turned things around! You can find out more about Shannon by going to You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to
February 23, 2021
#13: Lyme Disease - The Silent Killer w/ Carly Herter, FDN-P, AADP
In this episode, we talk to a brand new author, Carly Herter!  Carly is a seasoned, Board Certified FDN-P with experience in working with clients all over the world, primarily with late-stage Lyme disease and autoimmunity. Her new book is titled, When Conventional Health Care Fails You, which is available by clicking here. You can find out more about Carly by going to You can find out more about FDNthrive by going to
February 18, 2021
#12: From Overweight To Hiking The Grand Canyon YEARLY w/ Lori Balue, A-CFHC, FDN-P, LEHP
In this episode, we talk to the incredible Lori Balue! Lori is one of those people who has been studying the topic of natural health for awhile now. These are my favorite types of people to talk to, simply because you get to see what actually works overtime, and skip all the fluff that the quick-fix people of the industry try to sell you.  She is now an FDN-P who helps busy, professional women defeated by diets lose that stubborn belly fat that just won’t budge. She is on a mission to empower women to lose weight and improve their health! You can find out more about Lori at  // You can find out more about FDNthrive at
February 16, 2021
#11: From 9 Diet Cokes A Day To Thriving Health Coach w/ Justine Altman, FDN-P
In this episode, we are talking to Justine Altman! Justine teaches people how to find & eliminate root causes for their symptoms so they can get well and stay well naturally. She believes that you absolutely have the power to be as fit, energetic, and pain-free as you want to be. Before she learned the how to identify & address internal imbalances, she says she was a miserable shell of a human. She suffered from severe belly pain, migraines that lasted months at a time, zero energy, intense neck and back pain, and anxiety attacks so scary that she thought every night was her last. She was overweight and infertile and her outlook was dismal. She had numerous doctors specializing in numerous areas of medicine and nobody could figure out what was wrong with her. All her blood tests came back normal. She didn’t know that the foods she was eating were all wrong for her body chemistry. She needed better sleep habits. She needed to detox. She needed to relax. The kind of exercise she was doing was doing more harm than good. Once she learned how to become a health detective, she found out how to give her body exactly what it needs, and nothing it doesn’t. The trick is using general health principles as a starting point and making modifications to tailor the protocol to your own unique biology. The solution is so simple and the results are life changing! Today she wakes up feeling rested, she feels good all day long, she's slim, she's fertile, and she LOVES LIFE! You can find out more about Justine at  You can find out more about FDNthrive at
February 11, 2021
#10: African Parasites, Mold, and Mental Health w/ Jodie Ellenor, FDN-P, Clinical Social Worker, Yoga Teacher
Well, we're back with one of our own tonight! We'll be talking to Jodie Ellenor, who is a FDN-P, clinical social worker, AND yoga teacher! She started off dealing with some minor health symptoms, but her advernturous self got into some trouble after traveling in her 20's. She picked up a bug (or two, or three) while in Tanzania, and no one was able to help. This would be followed by exposure to mold, as well as mental health challenges. Thankfully, Jodie was able to turn this around. She is now an anxiety expert on a mission to women heal anxiety holistically so they can spend more time enjoying life and less time fearing it. You can find out more about Jodie at You can find out more about FDNthrive at
February 09, 2021
#9: Fixing Your Fatigue w/ Dr. Evan Hirsch, MD
One month into his Family Medicine Residency Training Program (August 2004), Dr. Hirsch met his amazing wife, Stacy. She was full of life, social with friends, a great cook, traveler, small business owner and committed to growth through self-examination.  Four months later, she was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue and he had no tools to help her. She had adrenal fatigue, her cortisol levels (the main adrenal hormone) were non-existent and she was told to rest up and she would be better within one to two years. She purchased a sauna, took adrenal supplements and coffee enemas and worked on her psycho-spiritual side and she was mostly better in 3 years. Dr. Hirsch felt powerless and began his path of learning everything he could about fatigue. After he graduated residency in 2007, he started his own practice.  He realized that his energy wasn’t like it was prior to residency.  Dr. Hirsch was able to function, but he was tired.  He didn’t have much energy for exercise, nor did he prioritize it. Dr. Hirsch had worked long and hard for his opportunity to create the kind of integrative medical practice that he wanted, so he pushed ahead. He thought it was a post-residency issue that would resolve on its own in a few months. But, these problems didn’t just resolve, and Dr. Hirsch would end up having to do some deep dives into the world of functional medicine to truly understand the causes of fatigue. He shares those insights with us in this amazing episode, and we couldn’t be more grateful! You can find out more about Dr. Hirsch at You can find out more about FDNthrive at
February 04, 2021
#8: A Counselor's View On Functional Health For Mental Health w/ Candace McCallister, FDN-P, Holistic Mental Health Counselor
On this episode of the FDNthrive podcast, we interviewed Candace McCallister! Candace is the daughter of a health food store owner. She thought she had health all figured out by the time she was about 13 years old. She ate lots of fruits and vegetables, didn’t eat hardly any fat, and even became a vegetarian! She was a shy and low energy child, but figured that was just her personality. Unfortunately, she started having some minor health issues which continued to get worse through her college years. This mostly involved getting an inordinate number of cavities, along with some other teeth issues. Also, she would get very light-headed upon standing, have terrible stomach cramps after eating certain foods, and suffer extremely painful menstrual cramps. Throughout these years, Candace also struggled with many low-grade mental health symptoms, including anxiety, depression, and OCD symptoms. You can find out more about Candace at You can find out more about FDNthrive at
February 02, 2021
#7: Women's Hormones and Healthy Periods w/ Jennifer Woodward, FDN-P, BCFWC
Jennifer Woodward is a certified Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist and a Board Certified Functional Wellness Coach currently pushing her Master’s degree in Integrative Nutrition. She works with women all over the world to help them soothe their digestive woes, speed up their metabolisms, and stabilize their hormone imbalances. She is also the Executive Director of the Association of Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Professionals and loves getting to help new FDNs thrive professionally. She was recently a quarter-long guest lecturer in graduate Endocrinology at Parker University This year, her free time is well spent homeschooling her four children, but when she can sneak out, she loves to play ultimate frisbee or walk with her dog Baxter. You can find out more about Jennifer at You can find out more about FDNthrive at
January 28, 2021
#6: Allergies On Steroids w/ Tamy Anderson, FDN-P
Raise your hand if you've ever dealt with seasonal allergies!  Oh, wow! Most of you it looks like.  Now, I want you to take those allergies, multiply them by 100, and you get the symptoms of our dear friend, Tamy Anderson. Tamy is a functional health coach who helps people who suffer from allergies and asthma achieve long-term relief from their symptoms. Allergy and asthma sufferers come to her when they are seeking answers to why their symptoms keep getting worse.  You can find out more about Tamy at You can find out more about FDNthrive at
January 26, 2021
#5: From Cancer In Her 20's, to Vibrant Health In Her 30's w/ Jenn Malecha
Imagine this:  You walk into the doctor's office in your twenties. You know you aren't feeling so great health-wise, but since you're into fitness and eat "clean," you figure whatever is causing this can't be that bad - until it is. Instead of getting told you have something minor, you get told you have skin cancer.  Now, I have zero idea what I'd do if I was faced with such a diagnosis. But Jenn Malecha? Well, she took a not-so-conventional approach to this diagnosis and, as a result, got some not-so-conventional outcomes. Thankfully, this meant her no longer having cancer. This is one you DEFINITELY don't want to miss! About Jenn Malecha, AKA the "Wholistic Health Boss":  Jenn supports busy, health-minded professionals in taking back control of their health by giving them access to the right lab tests and resources so they can find the missing pieces of their health puzzle, actually fix what is wrong, and get back to feeling like themselves. You can find out more about Jenn at You can find out more about FDNthrive at
January 21, 2021
#4: Finally Getting Answers w/ Brandy Buskow, FDN-P, BCFWC, Master EFT Practitioner
In this episode, we have the privilege of interviewing someone who does SO much for FDN. Her name is Brandy, and she is the definition of a trooper! When you hear what she's been through health-wise, you'll see why.  Brandy’s health struggles started early on, as a child she struggled with chronic ear infections, chronic colds, and chronic tonsillitis. After having her tonsils and adenoids removed when she was 8 her symptoms seemed to improve for a short while but within a year or two, she began an long term struggle with digestive issues, and weight gain. She was diagnosed with IBS when she was 16 and followed the standard advice of eating more fiber, exercising and worrying less. In her early 20’s she started having severe anxiety and depression. She spent over a year trying several different medications but soon became frustrated by the side effects and with the help of her holistically minded grandmother weened herself off the medication with amino acids, and herbs. After seeing how amazing they worked she became passionate about learning anything and everything she could about holistic and alternative health. You can find out more about Brandy at You can find out more about FDNthrive at
January 19, 2021
#3: How To Fully Break Up With Gluten w/ Whitney Morgan, L.Ac., FDN-P, CGP, PHC
Whitney Morgan is a licensed acupuncturist, functional diagnostic nutrition practitioner, and the founder of Whitney Morgan Nutrition. She also serves as a clinical advisor for FDN where she assists other practitioners with their client cases. You can find out more about Whitney at You can find out more about FDNthrive at
January 14, 2021
#2: Visiting 40 Different Doctors w/ Ryan Monahan
We are SO excited to bring you the first official interview of the FDN podcast. And boy, do we have a story for you today... Ryan Monahan is an FDN-P, Clinical Advisor to the Medical Director Program at FDN, and Certified AIP Coach. He has a passion for uncovering hidden stressors that contribute to thyroid disease. He spent over 10 years visiting more than 40 health professionals to find answers to his chronic health complaints until being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s in 2012. Since then, his mission has been to change the dialogue about chronic disease towards a holistic, functional approach while helping others restore their health to normal function. Typically, his clients are people who have struggled with finding relief from their autoimmune symptoms. Oftentimes, they feel that they’ve “tried everything”, and that traditional medicine hasn’t served them. In his experience, there is a better way. Wow, does that bio sound familiar or what? You can find out more about Ryan at You can find out more about FDNthrive at
January 12, 2021
#1: Welcome To The FDN Thrive Podcast
Welcome to the first official episode of the FDN Thrive Podcast. In this episode, you'll get a chance to meet the hosts, Reed Davis and Evan Transue, and understand why this health podcast is GUARANTEED to be unlike any other you have listened to. We are so excited to share this information with you. To learn more about our program, please visit 
January 07, 2021