Sarah Clark, Founder, Fab Fertile
When Sarah Clark was 28 years old, she received a diagnosis of premature ovarian failure (loss of function of the ovaries before age 40). At the time she had chronic yeast infections, acne on her previously clear skin, dandruff, and a weird fungal rash on her chest. She didn’t realize until years later that these health conditions were connected to her fertility. She accepted the diagnosis and was fortunate to have both her children with donor eggs.
After her children were born her health began to suffer. She experienced chronic bladder infections, chronic sinus infections, chronic yeast infections worsened, toenail infections, vertigo, seasonal allergies, allergies to multiple antibiotics, and eczema. Years later she realized the root cause of her infertility was a food intolerance and later a gut infection. She did not discover this link until she was fully in menopause. Her message is one of HOPE. If you are still cycling naturally there are steps we can take with the tools of functional medicine.
She is a certified life coach with accreditation from the International Coaches Federation and a health coach with training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
She is the author of Fabulously Fertile – Supercharge your Fertility Naturally, Fabulously Fertile Cookbook and Fertility Preparation Program. She is super proud of her Signature Fertility Coaching Program, which includes functional lab testing, supports couples to make diet and lifestyle changes that dramatically improve the chances of a healthy pregnancy and baby!
On her Get Pregnant Naturally Podcast she shares that with a functional health coaching approach and natural fertility solutions we can eventually reverse infertility. Check it out on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play.
Dr. Tabatha Barber, Triple-Board Certified In Obstetrics and Gynecology, Menopause, And Functional Medicine.
Dr. Tabatha Barber has devoted her life to giving women a voice and a choice when it comes to their health and well-being. As a young girl, she struggled with self-esteem and identity issues, dealt with peer pressure, and survived the ridicule and stigma of becoming a teenage mother.
As she shared in her first published book titled, From White Trash to White Coat: The Birth of Catherine’s Purpose, those events led Tabatha to finding her purpose in life. With perseverance and grace, she was able to redirect her path in life and become a successful physician.
Dr. Tabatha Barber is triple-board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, menopause, and functional medicine. She has the unique situation of being licensed to practice medicine in over half the country, so you now have the ability to work with a functional physician virtually. She is the host of The Functional Gynecologist Podcast; where she shares her wisdom and knowledge with women everywhere to reclaim their health. She is also a keynote speaker, mentor, medical director, wife, mom, and grandma! By incorporating functional medicine into her women’s health practice, she is able to provide women with the tools they need to optimize their health and happiness, which, in turn, allows those women to pursue their purpose in life.
She participates in our team case reviews for the Couples Coaching Program
Brandy Buskow, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner
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 a 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. She went on the lose over 100lbs and managed her anxiety and IBS with diet, visualization, and exercise.
After a difficult pregnancy and birth of her third child, her health crashed and she began experiencing digestive issues again, extreme fatigue, body pain, panic attacks, and significant weight gain. She began researching again and was tested and diagnosed with celiac disease. Although giving up gluten helped some it didn’t address the panic attacks, body pain, and extreme fatigue. She started working with a Naturopath but didn’t see any results. Frustrated by the lack of results she embarked on a journey to educate and heal herself. Brandy is a certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition practitioner, Certified Transformational Health Coach, and level 1 EFT Practitioner.
She is passionate about sharing her knowledge with others. She provides nutritional support and guidance in the Couples Coaching Program and is the Clinical Advisor for our team. Learn more about her struggle with anxiety and how she used the tools of functional medicine to heal.
Justine Altman, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner
As a young child, Justine experienced regular health issues like back pain, obesity, IBS, and fatigue. By middle school, she knew her health was not the same as her peers when simply walking home from school caused a lot of pain and fatigue. By her early 20s, she was also suffering from infertility, PCOS, panic attacks, chronic headaches, obesity, and so much more. Despite years of seeing numerous MD specialists and trying countless medications, her health continued to decline year after year to the point where daily existence was merely survival. The pain and fatigue were so intense that her future appeared very bleak.
Despite her health issues, she still wanted to have a baby. Her fertility journey lead her to begin working with a wellness expert…and everything changed! She slimmed down, her energy improved, her IBS was nearly gone, her headaches were better, and she was sleeping better.
Now she was a believer! Up until that time, she thought she was dealt a bad genetic hand and there was nothing she could do to improve her health. But now she knew that she had the power to be as healthy as she wanted to be! It just takes a commitment to a healthy diet and lifestyle, and to give her body the time and expertise needed to peel back the layers of the onion that were causing her symptoms.
Fast forward a few years and Justine now has 2 beautiful children. She was able to conceive naturally and this experience left Justine with a burning desire to guide others through this process so that they could achieve optimum vitality and the family of their dreams with the shortest and most comfortable journey possible.
Today Justine is a certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner and spends her days guiding clients in living their best life through simple healthy principles. She provides nutritional support and guidance in the Couples Coaching Program.
Katy Bradbury, Registered Nurse, Nutritional Therapist
Katy Bradbury is a registered nurse and nutritional therapist from the UK whose mission is to improve women’s chances of having healthy babies and raising happy children.
Katy had her own struggles with fertility and this sent her into a downward spiral of anxiety and depression. It was only when she learned more about her own body and the messages it was sending her that she was able to make changes to her diet and lifestyle and was able to conceive naturally. After that, things improved so much that she conceived her second child without trying!
Katy started her career in academia and has a background in evolutionary anthropology and public health. She later trained as a nurse and then nutritional therapy, and is committed to the field of maternal and infant health. In her nutrition practice, she specializes in supporting couples to conceive, acting as their health detective to uncover the hidden causes behind their infertility and supporting them to bring their bodies back into balance using nutrition, supplements, and lifestyle.
But it doesn’t stop at pregnancy, Katy’s work as a family nurse and health visitor has shown her first-hand the difficulties a child can have if their mother is not supported with the right foundations of nutrition and care. This is especially important during the crucial window of development which occurs from conception to age two which is often referred to as ‘the first thousand days’.
There is a vast amount of scientific research proving better outcomes for children who have mothers who are well-nourished through the pre- and post-natal period. Having experienced her own struggles with fertility, a traumatic birth, and bonding issues, Katy knows just how important this support is. Sadly we have a healthcare system that is over-burdened, meaning there aren’t always the resources available to give each woman the personal care they need to help optimize their nutrition, sleep, exercise, and social environments.
It was this need for extra help that inspired Katy to combine her career as a family nurse with the practice of nutritional therapy.
Katy lives in London, England with her husband, cat, dog, and two beautiful daughters.
She provides nutritional support and guidance in the Couples Coaching Program.
Terra Vitiello, Certified Preconception Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner
Terra had a plan. It was a good plan…
Go to college. > Go to grad school. > Build a thriving physical therapy practice. > Help lots of people regain function in their bodies. > Fall in love. > Get married. > Become a baby-making factory. (She hoped for 6!)
Terra loved growing up in a big, chaotic, action-packed household so naturally, she hoped to have a big family of her own one day. This hope, however, was challenged in 1998 when her OBGYN uttered 4 letters: PCOS.
This diagnosis left her with a ton of questions and no answers, medications that offered zero healing, a deeply wounded spirit, and a “good plan” that no longer seemed good.
For 10 years Terra searched for answers and hope, but her investigation consistently fell flat.
It wasn’t until she was in her 30’s that Terra discovered alternative medicine! She deeply appreciated the new hope and understanding that functional and naturopathic doctors offered her, but she quickly realized that the 20-40 minutes appointments every 3 to 4 months were not moving the needle for her. She knew she needed more help if she was going to have a shot at successfully unraveling and overcoming the many deficiencies and dysfunctions that lead to her PCOS label. Terra left these doctor appointments feeling overwhelmed and anxious. What Terra needed was a clear plan of action to implement daily, weekly, and monthly. She needed more time and personal guidance from her practitioner throughout her entire healing journey.
Her desire for a greater level of support and step by step guidance was eye-opening. There was clearly a gap that needed filling. So the “good plan” that no longer seemed good was back on track after one necessary pivot. Terra decided that the world didn’t need another physical therapist, but it did need qualified, passionate practitioners helping couples through each step of their preconception/fertility journey.
Today Terra is a certified Holistic Preconception Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner. She spends her days assisting hopeful couples with boosting their fertility by helping them uncover and overcome the blind spots in their own health that are known to affect fertility and the health of a developing fetus
She provides nutritional support and guidance in the Couples Coaching Program.
Monika Friedman, Fertility Coach
Monika is a Fertility Coach helping women and couples increase their chances of getting pregnant with less anxiety and more joy along the way, using research-backed mind-body practices for hormonal balance and emotional support.
Her own challenging journey to motherhood has made her passionate about helping others to make their path easier.
She is a 4-time IVF warrior, a yoga teacher, and a working mom with an MBA and 15 years of corporate experience under her belt.
At the age of 29 years, she was diagnosed with diminished ovarian reserve, premenopausal symptoms incl. low AMH, high FSH, amenorrhea, and later anovulation.
After 12 rounds of ovulation induction and 2 failed rounds of IVF she was advised to turn to donor eggs. At the same time, she worked a high-stress corporate job, flying around the world for business trips while navigating endless doctor visits not only for her fertility but also for joint pain, eczema and psoriasis, digestive issues, and recurring colds.
She went to great length to keep trying for a baby with her own eggs, even traveling to Greece for ovary rejuvenation treatment and switched to a progressive clinic that involved IVF standard procedures such as endometrial scratching, Viagra, and immunotherapy.
After experiencing a miscarriage after her third round of IVF, she dove deeper into Buddhism, mind-body practices, and holistic healing with the help of a nutritionist, energy healer, and couples counselor.
Her fourth round of IVF resulted in a healthy pregnancy. Her daughter is now 20 months old.
Monika is a certified Life and Health Coach by Erickson Coaching International, a Certified Freedom Fertility Formula© Specialist, a Yoga, and Meditation teacher, holds an MBA from the University of Zurich, and is a Member of the International Coaching Federation.
She firmly believes that knowledge is power when it comes to fertility and that a holistic, functional approach is what could have helped her if she had started it much earlier in her journey with the right expert guidance.
Monika provides fertility coaching in the Couples Coaching Program.
A German native, but a global citizen at heart she now resides in the Rocky Mountains with her family.
Nancy Weiss, Fertility Coach and Reiki Master
Nancy Weiss is a Fertility Coach and Reiki Master who supports women by guiding them to awaken their spiritual energy to give life to the baby of their dreams. She teaches powerful energy and manifestation techniques, chakra balancing and blends it all with energy healing and spirit baby communication for profound transformation.
Trained as a Holistic Health Coach at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and applying principles such as the Law of Attraction in her life, she has been able to see the fruits of success on her own road to conceive and is passionate about helping others do the same.
Samantha Kellgren, Fertility Coach, Exercise, and Fitness Coach
Samantha has a background in personal training (NASM) and run coaching (RRCA) and practices now as an ACE certified health coach focused on improving women’s relationship with exercise and themselves.
She provides fertility and exercise coaching in the Couples Coaching Program.
Caitlin Townsend, Fertility Coach, Functional Nutrition Therapist, Professional Chef
Caitlin grew up loving all things natural and ate a diet full of freshly baked goods and home cooked meals. This love for food led her to go to The Culinary Institute of America, where her love affair with food continued.
She considered herself to be overall a healthy person. It wasn’t until she started trying to conceive that she realized there were many supposedly ‘normal’ things that were causing underlying health conditions and stopping her from having a healthy baby. Things such as gut issues, painful periods, mood swings and bloating which she thought were all ‘normal’ started to add up to the big picture and explain her ‘unexplained’ diagnosis. When she was diagnosed with unexplained infertility and her doctors were not able to come up with any solutions, she knew she had to become her own advocate and find the explanation.
It wasn’t until she went back to school and became a Functional Nutritional Therapist that she was able to uncover her hidden health issues and begin her recovery to true optimal health.
She fell in love with the process of combining her culinary knowledge and her functional nutritional education and was able to share this with others struggling to conceive. Caitlin uses a food as medicine approach, that tastes amazing along with a functional approach to get to the root cause.
When she isn’t geeking out about all things fertility, you will find her in the gardens of her lovely farmhouse or cooking up something tasty in her kitchen.
She provides fertility coaching in the Couples Coaching Program.
Samantha Coffin, Fertility Coach
Samantha is a wellness + mindset coach primarily focused on helping women go from a life full of symptoms to a life full of living.
As a child, Samantha personally struggled with health and wellness. She doesn’t have many memories where she wasn’t sick. Yet the various doctors she saw had few answers and many told her that her experiences were “normal”.
In 2007, Samantha was diagnosed with Lyme Disease and Celiac Disease. Years into her gluten free diet, she was still struggling. This is where she finally said, enough is enough and took it upon herself to find the answers. With her Masters in Gender + Women Studies, ACE health coach certification and years of personal experiences, Samantha started offering her services.
Her personal journey is still in action. After 5 years of infertility, Samantha was finally diagnosed with Endometriosis and began furthering her education to serve the 1 in 10 women living with this dramatically misunderstood disease.
Samantha became a health coach because she believes everyone should be able to reach their optimal health in a much shorter time than she has. Our lives should be spent living!
She provides fertility coaching in the Couples Coaching Program.
Amira Posner, Professional Therapist
Amira and her husband experienced secondary infertility. After several failed in uterine inseminations, Amira conceived her twins through IVF. It was her own personal experience with infertility that was the catalyst for healinginfertility.ca.
Fertility isn’t just about medical intervention. Her journey has taught her about the power of the mind body connection and using our body’s intelligence to stimulate and nurture fertility. There’s no magic to it. Through imagery, visualization, breathing exercises and mindfulness work, we can reverse the harmful effects of stress on the body.
Amira Posner is a Clinical Social Worker with a private practice in Toronto, Ontario. Amira has both a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Manitoba. She works with individuals and couples who are struggling with infertility. Amira developed and now facilitates the Mind-Body Fertility Group and Fab Fertile Mindfulness Fertility Series.
In addition to working with individuals, couples and families providing therapy in a secure and safe setting, Amira is a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) and Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). Amira is a certified Hypnotherapist and Reiki practitioner. Amira is also the mother of three miracles. She supports couples worldwide.
Amanda Stevenson is a certified yoga instructor (CYT-200). She specializes in yoga for women’s health including prenatal, restorative/yin and fertility. She is passionate about helping women understand their bodies and how stress can affect fertility, weight gain and blood sugar levels. With a holistic approach, she will empower you to nourish and heal your mind and body. She enjoys being a mom and caring for her family. She spends every summer traveling around Nicaragua. She also enjoys gardening and cooking. She is an avid reader of health and nutrition books. She currently teaches in-person Fertility and Prenatal yoga. She is the instructor for the Fertility Yoga Series.