Autoimmune Nutrition FAQs: Your Questions Answered

Understanding the Process of Working With An Autoimmune Nutritionist

Stephanie Sperring, experienced AIP Certified Coach and Autoimmune Nutrition Specialist.
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Get your nutrition questions answered

Question and answer

  • Does your practice accept insurance?

    Not at this time. However, we supply Superbills if you want to submit them to your insurance, HSA, or FSA accounts.

  • What autoimmune conditions can you help with?

    I help with all autoimmune conditions. Some of the more common ones I see include Hashimotos, Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis, Psoriasis, and Rheumatoid Arthritis, among many others.

  • How long does this process take to start seeing results?

    It depends on the severity of your condition, the length of time you have had it, and how quickly you make the changes recommended.

  • Can you cure my autoimmune disease?

    Technically, there is no cure for autoimmune disease. However, I have many patients who go into remission and/or have a substantial reduction in symptoms.

  • Can diet and lifestyle make a difference in my disease symptoms?

    Yes. Diet and lifestyle can make all the difference in the world. After changing their diet and lifestyle, I have patients who have little to no pain after years of no relief.

  • I’ve never worked with a nutritionist before; what can I expect?

    I have you do an in-depth intake, symptom questionnaire, and meal planning assessment, along with reviewing a 5-day diet diary. Generally, 2-3 recommendations for change are given at every visit. Follow-up visits review what has worked and not worked so we can continue working toward your goals. Diet, lifestyle, environment, and stress are all considered when making recommendations.

  • How long are your visits?

    New patient visits are 90 minutes, and follow-ups are 45 minutes.

  • Are meal plans part of your service? What does that include?

    If needed, we can create a meal plan that works for you at every visit. The goal is that after a few meal plans, you better understand the types of food you can eat. Not everyone needs a meal plan, though.

  • Do you practice in my state?

    I can practice in most U.S states, with the exception of Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Illinois, Mississippi, Alabama, Flordia, Maryland, Delaware and North Carolina.

  • Do you see patients in person?

    Not at this time; all of my patients are via telemedicine.

  • Do you communicate with my other providers?

    I do! Chart notes are faxed to your providers that you indicate after every visit.

  • Can I get testing done through you?

    You can; however, I generally ask that your providers submit the orders for these tests so that they have the opportunity to be covered by your insurance.

  • Why did you choose nutrition as a career?

    My path to nutrition began with a personal health struggle amidst major life milestones: marriage, a master’s program, and a full-time job. What should have been an exhilarating time was overshadowed by a mysterious illness that forced me to pause my career, studies, and family plans. After countless misdiagnoses and feeling lost in my healthcare journey, I found relief and answers through a team of holistic health experts.

    Their guidance helped me overcome conditions like celiac, MCAS, and SIBO, not just through medical treatment but also through a complete diet and lifestyle overhaul. This journey led to pain relief, the joy of having twins, and a renewed academic pursuit, culminating in my own practice. Inspired by my experience, I now dedicate myself to empowering those who feel unseen and unheard in their health struggles, teaching them to take charge of their wellbeing and advocate for their health.

  • What are your qualifications?

    With a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and a minor in Health Education, my educational journey laid the groundwork for a deep-seated passion in holistic wellness. I further specialized with a Master of Science in Nutrition, focusing on immunology, to better understand the vital link between diet and immune health.

    As an AIP Certified Practitioner and a course facilitator at the University of Western State, I stay at the cutting edge of nutritional science. I’m also nearing the completion of my 1000-hour clinical experience, eagerly anticipating my certification as a Certified Nutrition Specialist by the end of 2023.

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