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My Story

Like many of you, I’ve struggled with chronic illness. I dragged myself to one doctor’s appointment after another—more than 30 healthcare practitioners over 10 years—so I know the toll it can take.

If you’ve been through this yourself, or watched a loved one go through it, chances are you grew frustrated—not just by the symptoms, but by the lack of answers you received from your doctor, and from conventional medicine in general.

At some point you realize that the medicine you think should be able to solve complex health problems is simply not the right tool for the job.

With the help of a handful of truly standout healthcare practitioners and some major behavioral changes, I was able to take back my health and create a rich and rewarding life. That experience changed my life—and my perspective.

I knew that it wasn’t enough to live through the problem—I wanted to be part of the solution.

I went on to become a licensed acupuncturist and Functional Medicine practitioner, opened my practice, and applied the same principles that I found were most helpful to me—a combination of ancestral nutrition and Functional Medicine—and saw remarkable success for my patients.

I co-founded the California Center for Functional Medicine (CCFM) with Dr. Sunjya Schweig in 2013. CCFM became one of the largest and most successful Functional Medicine clinics on the West Coast, helping thousands of patients to recover their health and live their dreams.

But the truth was impossible to ignore: The scope of the chronic illness epidemic is far, far bigger than one practice alone can solve. Chronic disease is sabotaging our health, destroying our quality of life, shortening our lifespan, bankrupting our governments, and threatening the health of future generations.

Conventional medicine doesn’t stand a chance of turning the tide against chronic disease.

What does? A revolution to reinvent healthcare, reverse chronic disease, and create sustainable practices.

Every revolution needs an army, and that’s why I’ve dedicated myself not only to my patients and online followers—giving them information and tools to begin to reverse their own chronic illnesses—but also to training the next generation of highly skilled, certified Functional Medicine practitioners and Functional Health Coaches.

In 2016, I launched the ADAPT Practitioner Training Program, a 12-month certification course for doctors and other healthcare providers. Since then, we’ve trained over 600 clinicians from more than 30 countries in the principles and practices of Functional Medicine and ancestral health. 

In 2018, I launched the ADAPT Health Coach Training Program, which raised the standard for health coaches, upholding high, evidence-based standards and equipping, supporting, and training health coaches to do paradigm-shifting work. The truth is that helping people to change their diet, lifestyle, and behavior is the single most important step we can take to reverse chronic disease. During the lifespan of this program (which came to a close in 2022), we trained over 2,000 health coaches in more than 50 countries—making a major impact on access to this kind of care around the world.

I’m proud of what my clinic and these training programs have accomplished. And yet, the inescapable truth is that only a small fraction of the population will be able to work with a Functional Medicine practitioner or coach one-on-one, due to cost, limited access, or other factors. 

This is why I launched my own supplement brand, Adapt Naturals, in 2022. I wanted to translate my extensive Functional Medicine clinical and research experience into a line of products accessible to a much wider audience. A healthy diet and lifestyle should always be the foundation of our approach to health and wellness, but they’re often not enough, thanks to declining soil quality, a growing toxic burden, an increase in chronic disease, and other challenges we face in the modern world. 

Smart supplementation with high-quality, evidence-based ingredients can close the modern nutrient gap, reduce the risk of chronic disease, and extend our healthspan. Our products at Adapt Naturals are designed to do exactly that—and our thousands of customers and hundreds of 5-star reviews speak for themselves. 

Conventional medicine doesn’t stand a chance of turning the tide against chronic disease, but we do. I’m thrilled to have you join me so we can turn that tide together.