Frequently Asked Questions

  1.  Do you take insurance or participate with Health Savings Accounts?  

No, you won’t find my health coaching programs on your providers’ list. I have some good reasons why I don’t belong to your plan, reasons that could dramatically affect your health.

First, practitioners who sign insurance company contracts often discover that they can’t deliver optimum care. Instead, care is rationed. Patients must be dismissed before they are fully healed. Many necessary services aren’t even covered, especially in the area of prevention, nutrition and functional lab testing. Limiting care is profitable for the insurance company, but it can compromise patient satisfaction–and our reputation.

To maximize profit, insurance companies hire people to review our recommendations. Most of these “gatekeepers” lack even a working knowledge of functional medicine or clinical nutrition. It may even amount to “practicing medicine without a license.”

Worse, most insurance companies seem more interested in paper than patients. Huge amounts of paperwork are often required. It’s time-consuming, raises costs and takes us away from our primary mission of helping our patients and clients get and stay well. And insurance company contracts also attempt to govern how we run our business.

Your health is your most valuable possession. Please don’t gamble it with a practitioner who may try to serve two masters, or who was merely the lowest bidder.

Should you reach the same conclusions I have, please call or email so that I may demonstrate what affordable, yet independent holistic health coaching can do for you.  717-781-7098 or email Transformation@AmandaGoodwin.Biz

  1. Where did you go to school? Are you a RN? Can you provide personal meal plans? Will you be teaching me yoga, or performing energy work/Reiki on me? Will we be exercising together?

I am not a RN, Nutritionist, Dietitian, Doctor, ND, Reiki Practitioner, Yoga Instructor, or Personal Fitness Trainer.  I am a Health Coach, which means I cannot diagnose or treat any conditions or provide a specific meal or exercise plan.

Why I am not a nutritionist: https://amandagoodwin.biz/health-coach-versus-nutritionist-1930-2/

Learn how I differ from doctors or big wellness practices:  https://amandagoodwin.biz/health-coach-hashimotos-practitioner-function-diagnosti-nutriton-practitioner-advantage-of-hiring-amanda-goodwin-april-30-may-6-is-small-business-week/

Training:  I am an *Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. In 2014 I graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NY and am a member of (IAHC) International Association for Health Coaches. I decided to become a health coach after overcoming my own autoimmune health challenges and fulfill my passion for helping others with chronic illness. I want to help you get your health back to a state of thriving not just surviving! Are you sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? Then don’t delay, call today for a free health consultation 717-781-7098.

*Earners of this designation have demonstrated an ability to understand and utilize a wide range of dietary and nutrition theories within the realm of health coaching. They are also proficient in time management, active listening and accountability. They educate and guide clients to make behavioral changes resulting in improved nutrition and dietary habits, physical ability, and overall greater health and wellness.

Amanda received her training from Reed Davis at Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® in CA in 2015-2016.  As a Certified Functional Diagnostic Practitioner I help each client rebuild their health. FDN is a type of detective work, that seeks to identify and correct the underlying causes and conditions that lead to the patient’s health complaints, while providing intelligent relief care. FDN bridges the gap between the medical community and functional medicine.

As a certified FDN practitioner, I can run functional lab tests (Blood, saliva, urine and stool) to identify HIDDEN malfunctions that need to be corrected in order to build health. I help clients work on the underlying causes and teach them a model of self-care, using the D.R.E.S.S. for Health Success® Protocol, so that they can take care of themselves and stay healthy for the rest of their life!  Learn more here: https://amandagoodwin.biz/test-kits/

On August 2016 I graduated from the Hashimoto’s Institute which is taught by Dr. Alan Christianson, NMD, Andrea Nakayma, Nutritionist- CNE, CHHC, CNC and Dr. Izabella Wentz, Pharmacist- PharmD, FASCP.  The mission of the Hashimoto’s Institute is to transform the treatment of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis worldwide through clinician and patient education efforts.  Learn more here:  https://amandagoodwin.biz/i-graduated-from-the-hashimotos-institute-today/

Because I was enrolled in the Hashimoto’s Institute, I was also able to attend Andrea Nakayma’s “Holistic Nutrition Lab: Reframe Nutrition.” I received frameworks to assess client care. In this “workshop” I learned NINJA-LIKE SKILLS that will allow me to:

*Find the root cause of my clients’ symptoms (Even the super complex cases!)

*Create client compliance without being pushy or overbearing

*Be recognized as a valuable and trusted leader of your clients’ healthcare team

*Become a vital player in the healthcare revolution (We are needed!)

January of 2019 I took two courses through Michael McEvoy’s Metabolic Healing school.  These courses were: Functional & Nutritional Blood Chemistry Analysis, and Mastering Functional Lab Test Analysis.

This is how Michael describes these courses:

“1. Functional & Nutritional Blood Chemistry Analysis
​​​​​​​When I made this course, my intention was to make it the most provocative and educational course on functional blood chemistry analysis in existence.

I teach 75 blood chemistry markers, but do so from the perspective of physiological function.

I also teach protocols for each part of the course, and give the student ample case study examples through which to learn. In this course, I’ve distilled and condensed my knowledge of blood chemistry analysis into this education-charged course.

2.  Mastering Functional Lab Test Analysis
​​​​​​​When I first released The Lab Analysis course, I dripped the content over the course of 4 weeks to a large group of hungry clinicians who all wanted to get the most cutting-edge clinical training and insights.

This course is charged with topics and information not covered in any other courses.

You will learn Organic acids testing, key insights from stool and GI testing, important patterns to look for in hormone testing.

The last module of the course features an hour long, in-person interview with Sandeep Gupta, MD on the subject of mold illness and CIRS.

Our Functional Lab Analysis course has become our most popular training program.” – Michael McEvoy with Metabolic Healing.

In February of 2019, I continued my education with Metabolic Healing and completed the Blood Sugar & Insulin Mastery Course.

This is how Michael, the creator describes the course:

“When creating the Blood Sugar & Insulin Resistance course, I intended to create a course that links together 4 key aspects:

• The cellular biology and biochemistry of glucose metabolism
• The most relevant blood chemistry markers
• The research literature for the most important nutraceuticals and botanicals that modulate glucose and insulin signaling
• A complete and effective 30-day Blood Sugar Optimization Program that ties together: testing interpretation, diet, and therapeutic protocols.” – Michael McEvoy with Metabolic Healing.

I also have personal experience with overcoming autoimmune diseases such as Crohn’s and Hashimoto’s.  You can read by personal bio and story here:  https://amandagoodwin.biz/about-bio/

  1. Do you have references?

I do have 2-3 past clients who have mentioned that they are willing to talk to anyone on the fence about signing up for the Coaching Programs.  You can read other testimonies here as well:  https://amandagoodwin.biz/testimony/

  1. Do you take credit cards?

At this time I only take cash, check or cashier’s checks/money orders.

  1. Do you meet with clients in person?

I no longer meet with clients in person.  All consultations and coaching sessions are virtual, which means they are held over the phone.

As I help many who have autoimmune and chronic illnesses, the 30 minute Consultation, the 6 Month Transforming Lives Coaching Program, the 9 month Total Transformation Coaching Program as well as the  D.R.E.S.S. for Health Success® Self-Care System (test kits) are all conducted in the comfort of your own home!

This means there are no worries about traveling, or if you are not in my state.  As I too have gone through a Crohn’s flare, I know traveling can be an issue.  You no longer have to worry about the drive and arriving in time before you need a bathroom break.

Meeting over the phone is also helpful for those with other autoimmune and thyroid issues who also experience anxiety/depression.  Having phobias such as driving in traffic, or leaving your home will no longer hold you back.  I also remember when I was in my Crohn’s flare it was a chore just showering.  Showering and having a doctor appointment would put me down for the day.  Not to mention how weak you are just standing and walking.  Meeting over the phone should help to preserve your energy until you feel better!

Meeting solely over the phone allows me to reach more people who so desperately need my help!

  1. What are you hours? 

I have weekday morning, afternoon and evening appointments available.

  1. Does Health Coach Amanda come to my home to perform the test with me?  Do I meet with Health Coach Amanda to have her draw the blood for tests?

No.  The tests kits are shipped and completed in the privacy of your own home. (Urine, saliva, stool, hair etc.)  For the tests requiring a blood draw, I provide you with a list of local accepted lab locations.  You then mail the test kits directly off to the lab for them to analyze your specimen.

  1. Do I need to have any equipment for the coaching program? Will you be selling me anything on top of the coaching program?

You do not need gym equipment and you do not need to belong to a gym.  You do however need to have access to a personal computer, internet, email and programs such as Word, Excel, PDF and possibly a printer and scanner, if you would like to print off the worksheets.  I will not be selling you shakes, essential oils, gel, or food/bars.   You will need to buy healthy food and possibly supplements if you feel that would be helpful.  Buying a few new kitchen tools is helpful, but not necessary.  You do not need to buy test kits, but they are there if you would like to dig deeper during your wellness journey.

  1. Do you take monthly payments? 

No.  You will pay for the entire 6 or 9 month program before we set up your start date.  I understand that this wellness investment may feel like a lot of money up front.  But I created the program to save you time and money in the long run.  You’ll save on doctor bills, hospital stays, medications as well as living a long full life free of pain, which is priceless.  With the two different programs to choose from, you can choose from the one that is most affordable for your budget.  I also have many testimonials which can prove that the program is worth every penny!  https://amandagoodwin.biz/testimony/

  1. Are the Testing Kits required in the Coaching Program?

No, they are available and provided to those who would like to dig deeper at finding possible root causes.

  1. Can you provide Health Coaching for myself, my spouse and my children all for the cost of one 6 or 9 month coaching program? 

No.  I offer single, one on one coaching sessions for individuals.  I also offer coaching for couples to go over both you and your spouse’s health concerns.

  1. What is the best way to contact you?  How often can I email you during the coaching program? 

The best way to reach me is by email.  Transformation@AmandaGoodwin.Biz.

For each wellness session, you will receive confirmation emails from me ahead of time.  You will receive a ‘halfway check in email’ from me every other week.  You’ll also receive an email from me the day of your wellness session, which includes the worksheets for that lesson.  You will need to send an email a few days before each of your sessions to provide me with your completed homework assignment.  (Revisit form with any questions you may have, temp charts, food journals etc.)

  1. Can I pay for my child, friend grandchild?  Do you offer gift certificates?

I do not offer gift certificates; I find that this is not beneficial.  I know you want to help your loved one.  But they are the ones who need to put the time, effort and work into getting better.  They need to be ready and invested in their health.  Having said that, I have had a few parents pay for their adult children’s coaching program.  Read more here: https://amandagoodwin.biz/your-health-is-a-journey-not-a-destination/

  1. Do you work with children?

I mostly work with adults.  I have worked with a 12 year old male, a 9 year old and 15 year old female.  It is harder to have them comply with some of the food and lifestyle changes, especially if they’ll be continuing to eat school lunches. 

  1. Where are you located?

York, Pennsylvania.  But being a virtual coach I can meet with clients all across the United States.  https://amandagoodwin.biz/contact/

  1. Do you barter services?


  1. What Programs do you offer?

*The 6 month Transforming Lives Coaching Program. (Offered one on one to individuals or couples.)  https://amandagoodwin.biz/program/

*The 9 month Total Transformation Coaching Program (Offered one on one to individuals) and includes testing.  (Full Thyroid Panel and Foods Sensitivity Testing OR a GIMAP Stool test.) https://amandagoodwin.biz/program/

*The 3 month Group Transforming Lives Coaching Programhttps://amandagoodwin.biz/brand-new-group-coaching-program-southern-york-county-health-coach/

*The D.R.E.S.S. for Health Success® Protocol. (Or test kits.)  https://amandagoodwin.biz/test-kits/

*1 hour ‘Tune Up’ Wellness sessions. (Offered to those who completed the 6 & 9 month programs.)

  1. What is a Health Coach, What does a Health Coach provide?

Think about your health coach as you would a sports coach. Remember back to your football or volleyball coach. What did they provide you? Your coaches were much more than someone training you to play a certain sport well enough to reach the championship game. They most likely were a mentor that influenced your life outside of the game.

As your health coach, I am on your team to help teach, guide, encourage, motivate, and support you to obtain your health goals. I cannot play the game for you. I’ll be on the side lines, just as the sports coach was, cheering you on.

As a health coach I’ll help find your strength and weaknesses and together we will formulate the best action plan to reach your health and wellness goals.

I’ll teach you skills, techniques and educate you to “play your best game.”

I’ll support you, but with that support will come some “tough love” and constructive feedback to motivate you.

I will inspire confidence as well as be a role model and leader that also walks the talk.

I will lead and guide you along the way.  We will track your progress as you strive to reach your obtainable goals.

I’ve developed a 6 & 9 month program to help you grow and make lasting changes to help you learn and apply them for lifelong success. You will gain knowledge, develop skills and techniques to continue your healing journey after you finish the program.

Just as you need to learn to dribble, pass, and shoot before you can play a game of basketball, the coaching programs are broken down into action steps. In order to help you succeed on your journey we will touch on all aspects of life including food, lifestyle, movement, relationships, career, and spirituality.  Learn more here.  https://amandagoodwin.biz/health-coach/

  1. What types of clients do you typically work with?

I work with those who have autoimmune conditions. My specialty is Hashimoto’s and Crohn’s Diseases.

  1. Is there research that shows health coaching actually works?

Yes. There are MANY, here are a few:

  • A study conducted by Edelman et al. using multidimensional interventions, including health coaching designed to make favorable changes in patient behavior, concluded that there was a statistically significant reduction in the 10-year risk of coronary heart disease. [1]
  • Research conducted by Wolever et al. (2006) suggests that integrative health coaching can help patients reduce their risk of diabetes and stroke. [2]
  • Patients with Type 2 diabetes improved medication adherence, exercise frequency and glycemic control when they received 6 months of health coaching.[3]
  1. How do I get started? What is a Health Consultation?

The first thing you need to do is email Health Coach Amanda at Transformation@AmandaGoodwin.biz and let her know the best email and phone number to reach you.  Also provide your age and what time of day is best for your consultation.  (Morning, Afternoon or Evening.)  No health information is provided in the consultation, so there is no need to send along your lab results.  Learn more about the Health Consultation here.  https://amandagoodwin.biz/what-is-a-health-consultation-health-coach/

  1. May I email, text, call, Private Message you in FB etc. to ask you personal questions?  (Such as: Which doctor should I see? What labs do I need? What is the best Endo in my area? I’m at the health food store right now, which supplement is best for me?)

No.  My time is limited and due to professional liability issues, I am unable to answer personal health questions unless you are an established client and have had a wellness session in the last six months.

  1. Can I run the test kits without signing up for the 6 or 9 month Transforming Lives Coaching Program?

The Transforming Lives Coaching Program is a prerequisite for the D.R.E.S.S. Program. (Test kits)  You can run one right after the other, or concurrently.  FDN is not only about running tests and getting lab results.  (You could do that with your doctor.)  You will also need to address your diet and lifestyle.  It’s going to take a good 6 months to learn everything, implement what you learn and see results.  A one hour appointment to go over labs is simply not enough time to go over everything and will leave you overwhelmed and therefore may set you up for disappointment.  The support of the coaching program and FDN test kits, complement each other very well for committed clients to reach their optimal health.

24.  Who is Health Coaching For? (And, Who is it NOT for?) Not sure if you are ready to work with Health Coach Amanda?

First, ask yourself these questions to see if your “Why” is strong than your excuses.

  1. What is your main complaint?
  2. How often does it bother you?
  3. How long has it been going on?
  4. What have you tried so far that (hasn’t worked)?
  5. What does it prevent you from enjoying or doing?
  6. Is there anything in the way of getting healthier?

Then from there if you are still on the fence with deciding if Health Coach Amanda’s Transforming Lives 6 Month Health Coaching Program is right for you, ask yourself these questions.

On a scale of 1-10, 10 being the most – How “Ready and Willing” Are You To:

*Change your diet?

*Take supplements?

*Keep records? (Fill out revisit forms, food journals etc.)

*Modify lifestyle?

*Practice relaxation techniques?


*Have periodic lab tests to assess progress?

*Confidence in your ability to follow through?

*Support Circle? (Friends, Family, Coach)

If you have a high number on most of these questions you are ready! (If not, you are NOT ready!)

Then as a reminder, with this commitment you (the client) give your word to:

  • Be coachable
  • Be open to new foods, concepts, and exercises
  • Fulfill on the commitments I make
  • Eat nourishing foods according to the guidance of my Health Coach
  • Exercise according to the guidance of my Health Coach
  • Finding a healthy balance between work and play
  • Give gratitude in the relationships in my life
  • Develop a listening to my body’s wants and needs
  • Powerfully deal with the stressors in my life
  • Begin and end our sessions on time

When you are ready to make the commitment to go from surviving to thriving give me a call.  Together we can Transform Your Life! Transformation@AmandaGoodwin.Biz 717-781-7098

Learn more about the free 30 minute phone consultation here >> https://amandagoodwin.biz/what-is-a-health-consultation-health-coach/


[1] Edelman, D., Oddone, E., Liebowitz, R., Yancy, Jr, W., Olsen, M., Jeffreys, A., Moon, S., Harris, A., Smith, L., Quillian-Wolever, R., and Gaudet, T (July 2006).  A Multidimensional Integrative Medicine Intervention to Improve Cardiovascular Risk.  Journal of General Internal Medicine, 21(7), 728–734.
[2] Wolever RQ, Webber DM, Meunier JP, Greeson JM, Lausier ER, and Gaudet TW (July-August 2011). Modifiable Disease Risk, Readiness to Change, and Psychosocial Functioning Improve with Integrative Medicine Immersion Model. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, 17(4), 38-47
3] Wolever RQ, Dreusicke M, and Fikkan J, et al. (June 2009). Integrative Health Coaching for Patients with Type 2 Diabetes. A Randomized Clinical Trial. Diabetes Education, 36 (4), 629-639.

Does Health Coaching work?  Who is virtual coaching for (or not)?  http://thehealthyexec.com/health-coach-frequently-asked-questions/