Amy Spindel, MSHN, MSSW, BCHN, AFMC

Functional Holistic Nutritionist
Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition
Applied Functional Medicine Certification
Certified Gluten-Free Practitioner
Founder, Food With Thought Nutrition

Amy is a functional holistic nutritionist that uses food and lifestyle changes to help you feel happier, calmer, and more energetic so you can get back to enjoying life.

After practicing for years as an outpatient therapist treating clients with mental health issues and trauma histories, Amy became disillusioned with the talk therapy model. Despite clients’ hard work in therapy, symptom relief was inadequate and she suspected there was something more to their symptoms. She just didn’t understand what. In 2011, Amy took a mental health break from counseling and went to culinary school. Having grown up eating whole foods, she was surprised to learn how much processed, sugary foods Americans were consuming daily and wondered how this impacted their health.

Soon after becoming a pastry chef, Amy’s son was born. As an infant he was diagnosed with failure to thrive, multiple food allergies, and reflux. He woke up 6-8 times on any given night. Despite two years of working with several providers, his health wasn’t adequately improving. Amy enrolled in nutrition school, determined to learn enough to help him. She not only discovered what had contributed to her son’s poor health, but has also come to understand why talk therapy often isn’t enough. Her son is currently thriving and her own health has improved significantly as well.

Amy is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition, having completed over 500 practice hours plus passing a comprehensive exam. She is also certified in Applied Functional Medicine, having completed over 620 training hours in this area and passing a clinical case study submission. She has additional coursework in hormones, digestive health, metabolic function, functional lab testing, and more. She is trauma-informed, airway-informed, and mental health-informed as well.

When not meeting with clients, Amy serves on the clinical education team at the School of Applied Functional Medicine (SAFM), supporting other students in learning how to understand and practice through a functional medicine lens. She additionally participates in SAFM’s invitation-only advanced education group. She serves as the Nutrition Expert for Phoebe, a comprehensive support program for new moms, consults for functional medicine practices, and speaks in and writes for the community on a variety of health related topics. She presented a paper at the HealCon 2021 annual conference and is a speaker at the Lactation OT 2021 Virtual Summit.

In her spare time Amy enjoys experimenting with new recipes, gardening with her son, hiking with her family, traveling, reading, performing in her community band, and taking her macaw for walks.

To learn more about functional medicine and holistic nutrition and how it can change your life, please click here.

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Education

Hawthorn University, MSHN, Holistic Nutrition, Summa cum laude
Thesis: Supporting Postpartum Mental Health Through Nutrition and Lifestyle Interventions During the Prenatal Period
School of Applied Functional Medicine, Core 101, Core 202, Incubator Program, Platinum Inner Circle
Collin County Community College, Certificates in Culinary & Pastry Arts
Columbia University School of Social Work, MSSW, Heath, Mental Health, and Disabilities in Clinical Practice  
Tufts University, BA, Clinical Psychology, Magna cum laude

Affiliations, Certifications, & Activities

Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition (BCHN)
Applied Functional Medicine Certification (AFMC)
Certified Gluten-Free Practitioner
National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP), Professional Member 
Weston A. Price Foundation, Member
Certified Food Safety Manager
American Red Cross, CPR Certified
Homeopathy study group leader

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