12-week Program to Reclaim Your Health
Meet the dynamic duo:
United on the field as former field hockey teammates at Georgetown, Dr. Renata Burigatto and Health Coach and Personal Trainer, Susan Brown, are teaming up again to bring you a one-of-a-kind personalized health program at Balance that combines the best of cutting-edge functional medicine, nutrition and fitness.
In their 12-week program, their goal is to help you nourish your body on a cellular level to reduce inflammation, to shed weight, to improve mood and energy and to prevent disease. Their role is to bridge the gap between your workouts at Balance, your practitioner’s office, and your home kitchen to give you the tools to live your best life.
“Renata and Susan have the expertise to rebuild your body on a cellular level from the inside out. The thing I love the most about working with Renata and Susan is that they’ve done all the thinking for you — the most advanced scientific research is baked into every aspect of their program. Not a moment is wasted! Tackling progesterone, cortisol, and my fasting glucose are just as important as squats and pushups for health. I can’t think of a better way to optimize physical fitness, internal wellness and mental clarity in one stop!”
— Jen McIntyre
Renata: Working as a physician for the last 15 years, Renata felt frustrated in a system that only allowed her to see a patient for 15 minutes once a year. This is not enough time for a patient to feel heard or to set up a realistic plan of action to tackle health concerns; 15 minutes is only enough time for quick band-aids. This dissatisfaction led her to pursue an advanced degree in Functional Medicine in order to better help patients understand the interconnected web of their symptoms and to help them design a personalized plan for their wellness.
Susan: Working as a personal trainer and nutrition coach the last 12 years in the U.K. and U.S., Susan has always believed “you can’t out-train a bad diet.” Having helped many Balance clients achieve body transformations in the 6-week Goals Program, Susan was inspired to dig even deeper into the science behind different nutritional theories. Completing her Health Coaching degree with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, she loves helping clients find the right nutritional approach and is passionate about sharing her belief that “food is medicine.”
What is Functional Medicine?
In addition to our primary care doctors, many of us also see multiple specialists but never experience a cohesive thread tying our care together. How could my stubborn belly fat, eczema, digestive concerns and achy joints all be linked to a root cause? How could the right nutrition help heal me? A functional medicine physician and an integrative nutritionist look for the connection behind these seemingly unrelated health concerns and use nutrition strategically to allow the body to heal itself by itself.
The Foundation of the Program:
Using your comprehensive bloodwork panel as a starting point, Renata will meet with you to address any chronic medical issues requiring attention, to help identify root causes and to prescribe a plan using food and movement as medicine. She will help you to set realistic 12-week goals for all your important numbers – including fasting glucose levels, cholesterol, vitamin levels, and blood pressure. You will then have a one-hour consultation with Susan to learn how to execute your personalized nutrition and wellness plan. You will discuss past habits with food, nourishment on and off the plate, and potential stumbling blocks. She will help you set achievable daily goals around nutrition, sleep, self-care and exercise and hold you accountable for putting them into action.
Training, Education, and Coaching:
The magic ingredient of the program is what happens after your consultations – the fitness training, the nutrition education, and the cohesive support and accountability Susan and Renata will offer you for 12 weeks to help you stay on track. At the 12-week mark, Renata and Susan will meet with you to review your new bloodwork and see how your body has transformed not just on the outside, but on the inside.
12 strength sessions with Susan in a small group of 6 with similar goals Tuesday or Friday 8:30
7 hands-on Nutrition Workshops: Topics include a virtual grocery store tour, cooking to lower inflammation, gut health, ask the doctor, baking swaps, label reading, raw foods, and emotional eating. Workshops are every other Monday 10:15.
Private Facebook group for support, questions and education on weekly topics
6-week and 12-week weigh in/ body fat check with Susan
Initial and 12-week bloodwork phone call follow up with Renata
Schedule: September 16th – December 6th
Program Cost: $1999
Payment: $500 up front for consultations, $1499 for remainder (3 installments of $499)
Here is what you get:
1-hour functional medicine health consultation with Dr. Renata: Using your comprehensive bloodwork panel as a starting point, Renata will meet with you to address any chronic medical issues requiring attention, to help identify root causes and to prescribe a plan using food and movement as medicine. She will help you to set realistic 12-week goals for all your important numbers – including fasting glucose levels, cholesterol, vitamin levels, and blood pressure.
Routine bloodwork to be covered by your insurance
If you are interested in the Dutch Urine Hormone Test, this is an additional cost $399 for the test and $85
for a 15 minute follow up appointment outside the program cost
1-hour nutrition consultation with Susan: Susan will help you explore past successes and current stumbling blocks around your nutrition and to examine how you are being nourished in your life on and off the plate. She will take your current measurements and help you set realistic daily goals around fitness, nutrition, sleep and self-care and go through an individualized nutrition plan and suggested menu based on Dr. Renata’s suggestions.
YOUR SMALL GROUP TRAINING:
Maintain your own group fitness plan
12 small group training sessions focusing on strength Tuesday 8:30 or Friday 8:30
Sessions will be total body but we will hone in on one muscle group with extra detail each week.
YOUR COACHING and EDUCATION:
7 small group nutrition workshops: Topics include virtual grocery store tour, cooking to lower inflammation, gut health, ask the doctor, baking swaps, label reading, and emotional eating. Workshops are hands-on Mondays at 10:15-11:15.
Support: Access to a private Facebook forum where you can post questions and Renata and Susan will lead you in discussion on the week’s key topics to keep you accountable, engaged and supported.
Check-ins: Two phone call follow ups with Renata after initial blood work and final 12-week blood work ($170 value) including repeat cholesterol, vitamin and fasting blood glucose panels. Halfway and final measurements with Susan ($75 value).
After care: At the close of the program, you have the option to continue on for 3-6 months of support and monthly check-ins to ensure your continued progress.