Work With Me

I love working with families to put the pieces together...

...just like a complex nutritional puzzle. By understanding that the family is both a whole and made up of individuals, I help to fix the chaos that sometimes resides in a household when it comes to food, mealtimes and balance on the plate.

I work with people in these situations:

  • Couples thinking about or actively trying to get pregnant
  • Pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding moms
  • Women pregnant with multiples, or high risk pregnancies
  • Couples who are not on the same page with family nutrition and need a plan
  • Kids and adults who have digestive issues and/or food intolerances
  • Kids who are “picky,” “tricky,” “overweight,” “underweight,” and other difficult health or feeding scenarios
  • Women and men who have been given a diagnosis of an autoimmune disorder, or have a family history of autoimmune disease and want to protect their own health
  • Women and men who have symptoms of hormonal imbalance, stress-related ailments, poor sleep, chronic fatigue or pain - anyone who wants to get their “mojo” back

What you walk away with after working with me is a completely unique, personalized and thorough approach to rewiring your health and nutritional outlook.  One that will last the rest of your lifetime. 

Just imagine, how much easier our lives would be if we were born with a User’s Guide.

– Erika M. Szabo

Science-based, Yet Down To Earth

Anyone can surf the Web for info, or buy the latest health book on Amazon. A doctor tells you one thing, a friend another, you read something in a fitness magazine, or you see supplements on the shelf at Costco - we are bombarded with confusing information about how to manage our health. 

I believe there is only one right answer, and that is the one inside of you.

As your health advocate, I want to help you find the answer. 

Employing a scientific approach, I utilize many tools which will help you feel amazing as soon as possible. 

In the beginning, there will be paperwork, laboratory tests, a food and lifestyle journal, possibly a consult with one of your other providers if helpful, and comprehensive medical history.

I love putting all the pieces together with you as my guide. What are the top priorities? Goal-setting will help you decide. My recommendations for you will feel great - because you will help initiate them - and there will be no surprises. 

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Making A Plan

We go “upstream” as far as possible to uncover the origin of the ailments which are affecting you. 

Putting together a food plan to make sure you are happy and satisfied comes next. 

Various nutritional supplements help round out the equation. 

Lifestyle measures to make this your “new normal” are considered from every angle.

I believe that resolving underlying health issues results in a lifetime of vitality, enjoyment, and a new love of eating.

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Holistic Nutrition Gives You An Edge

Your body knows exactly how to heal and how to handle disease. That is called homeostasis, or creating balance in the body. 

The problem is, we often get in our own way. We take too many medicines, self-soothe with a nightly glass of wine (or two), or eat comforting foods to get us through a tough week. 

When we are no longer “whole”, the parts seem to crumble around us.

Holistic nutrition is an approach to health which uncovers what obstacles are in your way, in your family’s way, in your body’s way, and how this translates to lack of optimal health, lack of vibrancy, lack of joy. 

So we can turn things around.

Holistic nutrition is functional and holistic, focusing on your specific and perfect combination of foods, supplements, lifestyle and body/mind elements to help you feel and be your very best.

Food is the greatest medicine. Foods in your new plan will be exactly what your body needs, craves, loves and thrives on. But, we will talk about way more than just what you eat.

Did you know your home, job, kids, relationships, sleep habits, self care routine and exercise are all of equal importance to the food you put in your body? 

Your whole self needs perfect balance in order to reap the full benefits of nutritional therapy.

Holistic nutrition focuses on your specific and perfect combination of foods, supplements, lifestyle and body/mind elements to help you feel and be your very best.

– Sara Peternell, MNT

Maybe this feels familiar...

A woman came to see me because she just found out she has hypothyroidism, digestive issues, and she wants to lose 20 pounds. 

Oh, and also, her little boy has eczema and doesn’t yet sleep through the night at three years old. She suspects he is gluten intolerant but isn’t sure where to start making changes. 

Her husband has always had high cholesterol but loves his cookies and beer. He doesn’t want to have a stroke like his dad did ten years ago. 

They eat out or get take-out for nearly every dinner. Mom is skipping breakfast, dad is munching on sweets at bedtime, their little boy will eat only “white” foods. The parents are struggling to know how to provide the healthiest foods for their child, and yet, they know their own choices are lacking.

This is how we begin the conversation and get this family on a plan that feels good for everyone. 

When mom came in to discuss just her thyroid, what if we never talked about the rest of the family? 

She would have been less likely to stick to her her own plan, because she would have felt on an island, alone in her new pursuits for health. But, she needs her people there with her. 

Each family needs a common sense holistic nutritional plan.

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Your Next Phase

I am here to help uncover the answers. To ensure you (and your family) succeed in this exciting new phase of your journey. To empower your choices around food and lifestyle measures, to support your positive thoughts for powerful and lasting change and to guide you towards your most vibrant health. After all, there is only this one life.  Let’s make it great.

My Packages

Family Packages

Individual
Testimonial
Family
Fertility
Book

Adult Advanced 4 Months

For an adult with complex health issues or symptoms, and nutritional deficiencies may be at your root cause.

Ashleigh Rankin

When I first started working with Sara, I had been seeing a GI doctor for acid reflux and infrequent stomach pain. I was given a prescription to take Prilosec everyday and received multiple tests; including ultrasounds, blood work, allergy skin testing and an endoscopy. All of these didn't eliminate the acid reflux or the stomach pain. After working with Sara for just a short time, I felt like her approach was genuinely about my body healing itself without drugs or medical interventions. I stopped taking Prilosec, started taking other supplements and eating better foods. Since working with Sara, I rarely, if ever suffer from acid reflux, which used to be a daily problem for me. The stomach pain hasn't been completely alleviated, but Sara has continued to make suggestions that feel healthier and I feel closer to finding a solution.

Barbara Landsbach

As a retired educator, I have found the best way to make an important decision or solve a serious problem in life has been to educate myself by seeking out as much information and opinions as possible. Sara taught me that the only way to truly be healthy was the address the cause rather than the symptoms of my many health issues. Her teaching background has been invaluable; her approach focused on my core health. Her solutions work for me. She is the epitome of the definition of the perfect healthcare professional - well-educated, open-minded, a great listener, and she has a terrific sense of humor! She encouraged and empowered me when I was beginning to lose hope, and she has given me a new quality of life. I am looking forward to many more years of guidance from Sara.

Brieanna Seefeldt, D.O., Family Medicine

I have worked with Sara for the past six years in clinical collaboration. As a holistic physician, I noted on shared cases how Sara has a solid understanding of how biochemistry impacts disease states. I have watched as she creatively helps clients navigate nutrient deficiencies and detox, weight loss and sustained lifestyle changes. In my opinion, Sara is the best nutritionist for individuals and families looking for a truly comprehensive approach.

Bryanna & Bart Spaulding

When our first-born daughter was unable to breastfeed, Sara walked us step-by-step through making homemade baby formula with real food ingredients. Our baby began to thrive and so many of her skin issues also cleared up. Now we are a family of five, and Sara is our “go-to” for everything nutrition-related. Her breadth of knowledge seems to know no boundaries and we credit the health of our entire family to her.

Catherine Clark, BA, BSN, MS, FNP

As a busy family nurse practitioner, I am often asked questions by my patients regarding their specific nutritional needs. Although I have had some training in nutrition, I am limited in my knowledge base as well as not having the time during an office visit to address these needs to the extent they deserve. Sara Peternell has been a great resource to provide this important service to my patients. I have received very positive feedback from my patients about her knowledge, kindness, thoughtfulness and 'customized' approach to helping them make positive lifestyle changes.

Child Advanced Program 4 Months

For a child with complex health issues or behaviors, requiring extra attention to his or her food plan.

Couple & Baby Boot Camp 2 Months

For families with a new baby looking for peace of mind & a solid nutrition plan for baby’s first year.

Couple & Family Nutrition 4 Months

For families young & old who need a fresh start & a customized nutrition plan that works for everyone.

Couple’s Fertility Focus 4 Months

For couples who want to get started on a plan with the best foods and supplements before starting a family.

Danielle & Nate McConnell

Working with Sara has brought new energy and life to our family of three. Sara’s knowledge on the subject of overall health and wellness is not only impressive, it has been life changing. Her suggested modifications to our eating habits and introduction of supplements tailored specifically to our individual needs has resulted in improved energy, better sleep habits and successful avoidance of two surgeries. We highly recommended Sara to anyone looking to take charge of their health and feel better. We can’t thank her enough for changing our lives!

Jennifer Vitaro, ND

Sara Peternell, MNT is my ‘go to’ referral for my patients in need of in-depth nutritional advice. Sara works hard to uncover potential food related and other physiological causes of disease. We share a common understanding that food is medicine and all health begins with our food choices. Her knowledge, experience, and work ethic are irrefutable. People say ‘it takes a village,’ to raise children… well, I have learned that ‘it takes a village’ to guide a patient through their health journey towards optimal health! I’m thankful Sara is part of my village.

Meg & Del De Windt

I cannot say enough good things about Sara and the guidance she has provided for myself, my husband and my two young daughters over the past 4+ years. She has always taken the time to dig deeper into the root of health issues, to thoroughly understand what is going on, and addresses it properly without temporarily masking the problem. I've recommended her to many friends and colleagues, who all have the same feedback. The resource Sara has become for myself and my family is truly invaluable and we look forward to continuing to work with her!

Personalized Pregnancy 4 Months

For women who want to know which foods & supplements are best for mom & baby during each stage of pregnancy.

Rae Rosenberg-Lyon

Sara has been my guiding light since I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease at six months pregnant. Of all the providers I've seen, she has been the most attentive and focused on me as a person. Our goal is to bring me into remission as quickly as possible considering my special circumstances. She has researched the root causes, possible treatments, and various sets of blood results to define a path forward that's personalized and manageable for me in my life right now. I am incredibly grateful for Sara as my most trusted source of care, and deeply value her bank of personal and professional experiences.

Sarah Williams

Working with Sara Peternell has been such a pleasure and so beneficial for my overall health for the past year. She is an expert in dealing with Hashimoto’s and we were able to figure out what works best to benefit my body and what my body specifically needs. Sara tailors your care to you and really cares about healing your body. I feel very lucky to have found her and will continue to go to her for my future needs. Thank you Sara!

Super Girl / Guy 2 Months

A “tune up” for a healthy adult - learn how to feed yourself well & meet your unique nutritional needs.

Tatum Kepler

After the life changing event of becoming a new mother, I found myself like many women struggling to take care of my postpartum self. I am so lucky to have found Sara during that time. I am so grateful for her ability to hear me and share her knowledge in a way that I (sleep deprived and all!) could understand. She educated me to empower myself when discussing my health with medical professionals and through her gift, I have reversed the threat of an autoimmune disease.

The Bone Broth Bible

"The Ultimate Guide to Bone Broth: 25 Experts Weigh In", Kettle and Fire

Fertility Packages

Individual
Testimonial
Family
Fertility
Book

Adult Advanced 4 Months

For an adult with complex health issues or symptoms, and nutritional deficiencies may be at your root cause.

Ashleigh Rankin

When I first started working with Sara, I had been seeing a GI doctor for acid reflux and infrequent stomach pain. I was given a prescription to take Prilosec everyday and received multiple tests; including ultrasounds, blood work, allergy skin testing and an endoscopy. All of these didn't eliminate the acid reflux or the stomach pain. After working with Sara for just a short time, I felt like her approach was genuinely about my body healing itself without drugs or medical interventions. I stopped taking Prilosec, started taking other supplements and eating better foods. Since working with Sara, I rarely, if ever suffer from acid reflux, which used to be a daily problem for me. The stomach pain hasn't been completely alleviated, but Sara has continued to make suggestions that feel healthier and I feel closer to finding a solution.

Barbara Landsbach

As a retired educator, I have found the best way to make an important decision or solve a serious problem in life has been to educate myself by seeking out as much information and opinions as possible. Sara taught me that the only way to truly be healthy was the address the cause rather than the symptoms of my many health issues. Her teaching background has been invaluable; her approach focused on my core health. Her solutions work for me. She is the epitome of the definition of the perfect healthcare professional - well-educated, open-minded, a great listener, and she has a terrific sense of humor! She encouraged and empowered me when I was beginning to lose hope, and she has given me a new quality of life. I am looking forward to many more years of guidance from Sara.

Brieanna Seefeldt, D.O., Family Medicine

I have worked with Sara for the past six years in clinical collaboration. As a holistic physician, I noted on shared cases how Sara has a solid understanding of how biochemistry impacts disease states. I have watched as she creatively helps clients navigate nutrient deficiencies and detox, weight loss and sustained lifestyle changes. In my opinion, Sara is the best nutritionist for individuals and families looking for a truly comprehensive approach.

Bryanna & Bart Spaulding

When our first-born daughter was unable to breastfeed, Sara walked us step-by-step through making homemade baby formula with real food ingredients. Our baby began to thrive and so many of her skin issues also cleared up. Now we are a family of five, and Sara is our “go-to” for everything nutrition-related. Her breadth of knowledge seems to know no boundaries and we credit the health of our entire family to her.

Catherine Clark, BA, BSN, MS, FNP

As a busy family nurse practitioner, I am often asked questions by my patients regarding their specific nutritional needs. Although I have had some training in nutrition, I am limited in my knowledge base as well as not having the time during an office visit to address these needs to the extent they deserve. Sara Peternell has been a great resource to provide this important service to my patients. I have received very positive feedback from my patients about her knowledge, kindness, thoughtfulness and 'customized' approach to helping them make positive lifestyle changes.

Child Advanced Program 4 Months

For a child with complex health issues or behaviors, requiring extra attention to his or her food plan.

Couple & Baby Boot Camp 2 Months

For families with a new baby looking for peace of mind & a solid nutrition plan for baby’s first year.

Couple & Family Nutrition 4 Months

For families young & old who need a fresh start & a customized nutrition plan that works for everyone.

Couple’s Fertility Focus 4 Months

For couples who want to get started on a plan with the best foods and supplements before starting a family.

Danielle & Nate McConnell

Working with Sara has brought new energy and life to our family of three. Sara’s knowledge on the subject of overall health and wellness is not only impressive, it has been life changing. Her suggested modifications to our eating habits and introduction of supplements tailored specifically to our individual needs has resulted in improved energy, better sleep habits and successful avoidance of two surgeries. We highly recommended Sara to anyone looking to take charge of their health and feel better. We can’t thank her enough for changing our lives!

Jennifer Vitaro, ND

Sara Peternell, MNT is my ‘go to’ referral for my patients in need of in-depth nutritional advice. Sara works hard to uncover potential food related and other physiological causes of disease. We share a common understanding that food is medicine and all health begins with our food choices. Her knowledge, experience, and work ethic are irrefutable. People say ‘it takes a village,’ to raise children… well, I have learned that ‘it takes a village’ to guide a patient through their health journey towards optimal health! I’m thankful Sara is part of my village.

Meg & Del De Windt

I cannot say enough good things about Sara and the guidance she has provided for myself, my husband and my two young daughters over the past 4+ years. She has always taken the time to dig deeper into the root of health issues, to thoroughly understand what is going on, and addresses it properly without temporarily masking the problem. I've recommended her to many friends and colleagues, who all have the same feedback. The resource Sara has become for myself and my family is truly invaluable and we look forward to continuing to work with her!

Personalized Pregnancy 4 Months

For women who want to know which foods & supplements are best for mom & baby during each stage of pregnancy.

Rae Rosenberg-Lyon

Sara has been my guiding light since I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease at six months pregnant. Of all the providers I've seen, she has been the most attentive and focused on me as a person. Our goal is to bring me into remission as quickly as possible considering my special circumstances. She has researched the root causes, possible treatments, and various sets of blood results to define a path forward that's personalized and manageable for me in my life right now. I am incredibly grateful for Sara as my most trusted source of care, and deeply value her bank of personal and professional experiences.

Sarah Williams

Working with Sara Peternell has been such a pleasure and so beneficial for my overall health for the past year. She is an expert in dealing with Hashimoto’s and we were able to figure out what works best to benefit my body and what my body specifically needs. Sara tailors your care to you and really cares about healing your body. I feel very lucky to have found her and will continue to go to her for my future needs. Thank you Sara!

Super Girl / Guy 2 Months

A “tune up” for a healthy adult - learn how to feed yourself well & meet your unique nutritional needs.

Tatum Kepler

After the life changing event of becoming a new mother, I found myself like many women struggling to take care of my postpartum self. I am so lucky to have found Sara during that time. I am so grateful for her ability to hear me and share her knowledge in a way that I (sleep deprived and all!) could understand. She educated me to empower myself when discussing my health with medical professionals and through her gift, I have reversed the threat of an autoimmune disease.

The Bone Broth Bible

"The Ultimate Guide to Bone Broth: 25 Experts Weigh In", Kettle and Fire

Individual Packages

Individual
Testimonial
Family
Fertility
Book

Adult Advanced 4 Months

For an adult with complex health issues or symptoms, and nutritional deficiencies may be at your root cause.

Ashleigh Rankin

When I first started working with Sara, I had been seeing a GI doctor for acid reflux and infrequent stomach pain. I was given a prescription to take Prilosec everyday and received multiple tests; including ultrasounds, blood work, allergy skin testing and an endoscopy. All of these didn't eliminate the acid reflux or the stomach pain. After working with Sara for just a short time, I felt like her approach was genuinely about my body healing itself without drugs or medical interventions. I stopped taking Prilosec, started taking other supplements and eating better foods. Since working with Sara, I rarely, if ever suffer from acid reflux, which used to be a daily problem for me. The stomach pain hasn't been completely alleviated, but Sara has continued to make suggestions that feel healthier and I feel closer to finding a solution.

Barbara Landsbach

As a retired educator, I have found the best way to make an important decision or solve a serious problem in life has been to educate myself by seeking out as much information and opinions as possible. Sara taught me that the only way to truly be healthy was the address the cause rather than the symptoms of my many health issues. Her teaching background has been invaluable; her approach focused on my core health. Her solutions work for me. She is the epitome of the definition of the perfect healthcare professional - well-educated, open-minded, a great listener, and she has a terrific sense of humor! She encouraged and empowered me when I was beginning to lose hope, and she has given me a new quality of life. I am looking forward to many more years of guidance from Sara.

Brieanna Seefeldt, D.O., Family Medicine

I have worked with Sara for the past six years in clinical collaboration. As a holistic physician, I noted on shared cases how Sara has a solid understanding of how biochemistry impacts disease states. I have watched as she creatively helps clients navigate nutrient deficiencies and detox, weight loss and sustained lifestyle changes. In my opinion, Sara is the best nutritionist for individuals and families looking for a truly comprehensive approach.

Bryanna & Bart Spaulding

When our first-born daughter was unable to breastfeed, Sara walked us step-by-step through making homemade baby formula with real food ingredients. Our baby began to thrive and so many of her skin issues also cleared up. Now we are a family of five, and Sara is our “go-to” for everything nutrition-related. Her breadth of knowledge seems to know no boundaries and we credit the health of our entire family to her.

Catherine Clark, BA, BSN, MS, FNP

As a busy family nurse practitioner, I am often asked questions by my patients regarding their specific nutritional needs. Although I have had some training in nutrition, I am limited in my knowledge base as well as not having the time during an office visit to address these needs to the extent they deserve. Sara Peternell has been a great resource to provide this important service to my patients. I have received very positive feedback from my patients about her knowledge, kindness, thoughtfulness and 'customized' approach to helping them make positive lifestyle changes.

Child Advanced Program 4 Months

For a child with complex health issues or behaviors, requiring extra attention to his or her food plan.

Couple & Baby Boot Camp 2 Months

For families with a new baby looking for peace of mind & a solid nutrition plan for baby’s first year.

Couple & Family Nutrition 4 Months

For families young & old who need a fresh start & a customized nutrition plan that works for everyone.

Couple’s Fertility Focus 4 Months

For couples who want to get started on a plan with the best foods and supplements before starting a family.

Danielle & Nate McConnell

Working with Sara has brought new energy and life to our family of three. Sara’s knowledge on the subject of overall health and wellness is not only impressive, it has been life changing. Her suggested modifications to our eating habits and introduction of supplements tailored specifically to our individual needs has resulted in improved energy, better sleep habits and successful avoidance of two surgeries. We highly recommended Sara to anyone looking to take charge of their health and feel better. We can’t thank her enough for changing our lives!

Jennifer Vitaro, ND

Sara Peternell, MNT is my ‘go to’ referral for my patients in need of in-depth nutritional advice. Sara works hard to uncover potential food related and other physiological causes of disease. We share a common understanding that food is medicine and all health begins with our food choices. Her knowledge, experience, and work ethic are irrefutable. People say ‘it takes a village,’ to raise children… well, I have learned that ‘it takes a village’ to guide a patient through their health journey towards optimal health! I’m thankful Sara is part of my village.

Meg & Del De Windt

I cannot say enough good things about Sara and the guidance she has provided for myself, my husband and my two young daughters over the past 4+ years. She has always taken the time to dig deeper into the root of health issues, to thoroughly understand what is going on, and addresses it properly without temporarily masking the problem. I've recommended her to many friends and colleagues, who all have the same feedback. The resource Sara has become for myself and my family is truly invaluable and we look forward to continuing to work with her!

Personalized Pregnancy 4 Months

For women who want to know which foods & supplements are best for mom & baby during each stage of pregnancy.

Rae Rosenberg-Lyon

Sara has been my guiding light since I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease at six months pregnant. Of all the providers I've seen, she has been the most attentive and focused on me as a person. Our goal is to bring me into remission as quickly as possible considering my special circumstances. She has researched the root causes, possible treatments, and various sets of blood results to define a path forward that's personalized and manageable for me in my life right now. I am incredibly grateful for Sara as my most trusted source of care, and deeply value her bank of personal and professional experiences.

Sarah Williams

Working with Sara Peternell has been such a pleasure and so beneficial for my overall health for the past year. She is an expert in dealing with Hashimoto’s and we were able to figure out what works best to benefit my body and what my body specifically needs. Sara tailors your care to you and really cares about healing your body. I feel very lucky to have found her and will continue to go to her for my future needs. Thank you Sara!

Super Girl / Guy 2 Months

A “tune up” for a healthy adult - learn how to feed yourself well & meet your unique nutritional needs.

Tatum Kepler

After the life changing event of becoming a new mother, I found myself like many women struggling to take care of my postpartum self. I am so lucky to have found Sara during that time. I am so grateful for her ability to hear me and share her knowledge in a way that I (sleep deprived and all!) could understand. She educated me to empower myself when discussing my health with medical professionals and through her gift, I have reversed the threat of an autoimmune disease.

The Bone Broth Bible

"The Ultimate Guide to Bone Broth: 25 Experts Weigh In", Kettle and Fire