Testimonials

what our clients are saying.

Stephany

5/5

Deepa

5/5

Mary

5/5

Anna

5/5

Karen

5/5

Kelley

5/5

Jessica

5/5

Monet

5/5

Dareesa

5/5

Aubree

5/5

Eileen

5/5

Marianne

5/5

Poppy

5/5

Are you ready for the best journey of your life?
I can coach you through this.

5/5

Stephany

Stefanie, the rheumatoid arthritis coach, is amazing!!! I don’t even know where to begin. She breaks down those dreaded labs we don’t understand and explains what they mean. Additionally she talks about diet, and all the questions that come with it. As well as answered so many other questions. She is very open to what your lifestyle is and very encouraging. She also addresses the hardest part of this auto-immune world– MINDSET! She breaks down the mindset work and just coaches you in the most awesome way. Such a breath of fresh air. Don’t hesitate do it!
5/5

Deepa

I was diagnosed with RA in 2019 and it has been a long road since then with depression and anxiety brought on by the diagnosis. I was constantly searching for positive stories and influences online and found Stefanie through a podcast interview. I was immediately struck by her calm demeanor and attitude towards managing RA. It certainly added to my impression of her that she is a medical professional herself. It is like having a friend to talk to, who also has extensive medical knowledge. I have gained valuable information from Stefanie in the sessions I have done with her. I definitely have gained a lot of information on the mental aspect of managing this disease which is largely undiscussed. I have a new outlook towards RA and feel confident. I can now move forward to achieve my goals and better manage my RA symptoms.
5/5

Mary

In 2019, I was formally diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Then in April 2020 I had emergency surgery on my cervical spine to avoid being paralyzed. RA had silently damaged my spine over the years without being detected. I started on medications for my RA at this time. During the pandemic, I worked remotely and was isolated at home. I endured fatigue, chronic pain, and depression. I had no clue how to take care of myself. I had read some books on rheumatoid arthritis but I lacked the energy to form a comprehensive care plan. Visits with my orthopedic surgeon and rheumatologist were brief. I did not get answers about what happened to me or how to deal with my new disability and limitations. I truly felt I had landed on the “Z” list of the medical profession as a low priority patient to be shuffled through the system. After Stefanie and I began our coaching journey, I knew I had found a caring ally to educate me and develop a personalized care plan. This care plan has empowered me to take care of myself. Stefanie ordered my medical records and explained my condition in a way I could understand. I was definitely not on the Z list anymore. In August, 2021, my rheumatologist said my RA was under control. I still have a long way to go but now I wake up with hope and purpose to address the day’s challenges. I have more tools in my toolbelt. I have learned to manage my symptoms of RA as well as the depression that came along with it. I highly recommend Stefanie, the Rheumatoid Arthritis Coach!
5/5

Anna

As a busy mother, wife, and dentist- who’s job is working with her hands- finally contacting Stefanie was such a life changing decision. My diagnostic journey is still in progress, but I couldn’t have gotten to where I am today without her guidance. She has tips and tricks that help physically, but more importantly- tips and tricks to help reframe thinking about abilities, limitations, and pain- that I will take with me into the future. She pushed me to be an advocate for myself in the healthcare setting as both a patient and a provider, and to keep digging to find answers. I highly recommend her services to anyone experiencing a chronic health condition.
5/5

Karen

Stefanie spent a lot of time getting to know me and reviewing my records. After only a few sessions, my pain has stopped interfering with my life and ability to function. I suffered with that pain for 2 years and had stumped everyone else! I’m even off my biologics! It was a blessing to meet Stefanie! Illuminate! Your life with RA, her 12- week program, has changed my life forever. She has the knowledge and proper tools to better manage your mental and physical well being. Above all, she is a good listener and in-touch with your goals and expectations. I highly recommend Stefanie!!
5/5

Kelley

I have been working with Stefanie for several years. She sees me as a whole person. Her medical knowledge has been invaluable to me. She has been able to help me keep my inflammation under control while helping me to manage my diabetes and severe anxiety. Before her, I had an entire team of doctors, therapists, and counselors and none of it really came together until I started working with Stefanie. I highly, HIGHLY recommend working with Stefanie.
5/5

Jessica

I have an autoimmune disease, yes, but I also have a life outside of it. I have 5 children, a soon-to-be ex-husband, and a full time career. Stefanie made the time to listen to me, learn about my life, and outlined plans that helped me and only me. Everything was specifically tailored to MY needs! It was obvious that my 5-kid, career-mom life was not fitting into any other program or counseling session. I had failed so many before! I have learned to completely avoid triggers and I have not had a flare in 18 months. I also have tools to deal with the psychological challenges that come along with this disease and I no longer feel guilty, sad, or overwhelmed day to day.

I would highly recommend her and her program.

5/5

Monet

I signed up for Stefanie’s program at the beginning of the pandemic and local shut down. I am a hair stylist and was unable to work for 6 weeks. I was in a deep depression and my symptoms were only getting worse every single day. Stefanie helped me deal with myself and the world around me. I am able to better control my depression and anxiety with the tools and teachings I received during this program. I am a healthier person, better mother, and more productive career-woman than I have been in my entire life! I am so excited to continue my journey that I signed up to continue for another 12 weeks!

5/5

Dareesa

Working with Stefanie has completely changed my life. As a mother to a young son and a caregiver to my chronically ill mother I struggle to find the time to take care of myself. Stefanie has been dependable, flexible, patient, and very helpful. I feel empowered after 24 weeks with her.
5/5

Aubree

The Rheumatoid Arthritis Coach knows first hand that this disease isn’t limited to physical symptoms alone. The short time I have worked with Stefanie so far has already provided me with invaluable resources to help me take control over my life while better managing my RA.
As I was going through an incredibly long prior-authorization for a new biologic, Stefanie took into account the stressors I was experiencing during our sessions, making the application of newly acquired skills easy for me. She helped me to understand the power of perspective; breaking down the key points of what forms a person’s perspective leading to a reaction. I am finally able to recognize that there are things in life I have no control over. What I do have control over is how I respond to those circumstances. Using Stefanie’s techniques, I am able to effectively recourse my way of thinking from negative to positive; thus avoiding the intense physical effect stress has on my Rheumatoid Arthritis. This has truly proven to be an extremely useful tool that I now practice daily.
In addition to addressing thinking patterns, Stefanie has provided me with the resources and guidance to track both my eating habits and physical symptoms on a day-to-day basis. Her support has been nothing but encouraging in nature and tracking my diet and correlating symptoms has allowed me to identify certain triggers for flares that I otherwise would have missed entirely. Knowing these particular triggers and how they affect my body makes me feel empowered and confident when making decisions regarding my diet; quite the opposite of how I felt previously.
I can honestly say I have benefited both mentally and physically from my coaching sessions with Stefanie. Being both a medical professional and a Rheumatoid Arthritis patient herself, she is able to help others from a truly unique and knowledgeable perspective. Moving forward I plan to continue to utilize these new techniques in order to better manage my Rheumatoid Arthritis every day.
5/5

Eileen

When I was first diagnosed with RA, I was lost. I couldn’t function at home or in my job. I went from being a very physically active 57-year-old woman with a busy career and personal life to someone who was having difficulty getting out of bed or meeting my own basic needs. It was very isolating. Communicating with my doctors and managing my medications was a whole new and scary world. I felt like I was learning a new language in a foreign land! Between the pain and wierd symptoms that seemed to pop up every day, and the medications with their side effects, I was discouraged and overwhelmed. It seemed like I was never going to be able to pull myself out of what looked like a very bleak future. I found my RA Coach, Stefanie around 10 months after my diagnosis and my only regret is that I didn’t find her sooner. She reviewed my treatment program with me, helps me manage my treatments and gives me great advice. It’s been a tremendous benefit to be able to get answers or direction between appointments with my rheumatologist. It’s also been a great comfort to know that I have a knowledgeable professional to help provide me with treatment advice or even help me with hair products to use on my “RA hair”. Without her encouragement, I think I would have given up too easy on some of the medications and I’m glad that I didn’t. Her positive and realistic approach helps me to reframe how my circumstance impacts my day-to-day life. I truly believe that I wouldn’t be as stable physically or mentally if I was trying to navigate this journey on my own. I’m grateful that this service is available to me and consider this one of the best health investments I’ve ever made.

5/5

Marianne

My name is Marianne. I have suffered from RA for 5 years since having chemotherapy for breast cancer. I was recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia along with osteoarthritis of my hands and knees. I have been a medical assistant for 34 years and had to recently move from VA to my home in PA with my mom due to not being able to work anymore– Talk about depression and sadness! I was 52 years old, living on my own since I was 18 and now had severe hand pain and couldn’t do my job anymore. I have since found some relief from the pain and I am able to work 20 hours a week. I joined several RA groups, but no one had solutions… They just talked about their situations. I wanted solutions to get back to doing everyday life like working since I worked 3 jobs before my hand pain became severe. Then one day a few months ago my son told me about this NP who was also a Rheumatoid Coach. Imagine my happiness!! My son suggested that I start following her on social media and sign up for her free email letters. This was one of the best decisions of my life. I was thrilled, someone who worked in the medical field like me and had RA. I started reading her blogs and several of them really influenced me. I never took my disease seriously until I met Stefanie. I didn’t want to accept I had limitations but she has taught me to make adaptations and live a productive life again. (For example, One of her blogs was about wearing a blouse that had a neck button in the back and she was struggling with buttoning it, so she just wore a scarf and no one knew any different. It was an eye opener for me that there were actual ways to make my life easier and save my strength for my job.) Then it only gets better, I won 3 free sessions with Stefanie through a social media contest– I couldn’t have asked for a better life altering gift! During my Illuminate sessions with Stefanie, I have learned how to adapt my life with Rheumatoid Arthritis and not let it control my life. I have also realized just because people appear to be handling the day well, does not mean they didn’t make adaptations earlier in the day to get them there. My life has taken a whole new avenue since having my Illuminate! Your Life with RA! sessions with Stefanie! Please sign up to work with her… You won’t regret it!

5/5

Poppy

I think of Stefanie as a lighthouse in a blustery storm. My world was turned upside down when I was struck with unexplained knee pain that later progressed to my ankles and feet. I was so impacted by this experience that, like most, I went from doctor to doctor looking for answers. I finally received a diagnosis of early onset rheumatoid arthritis. However, that was just the beginning! I didn’t understand this condition or how to treat it. Most medical providers spent a brief amount of time with me, sent me on my way with a handful of scary prescriptions, and a note that they would see me in 3 months. When I found Stefanie online I was struck by her professionalism, her extensive education, personal history with rheumatoid arthritis, her extensive medical experience in family medicine and critical care and the comprehensive nature of her services.
Not only does she work with you psychologically, but Stefanie provides a comprehensive review of medical records, advocacy with your medical providers, and a set of fresh clinical eyes to make suggestions where warranted. She is a light in the storm of rheumatoid arthritis.

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