The Food With Thought Team

Silvia Graber, RHN, AFMC

Registered Holistic Nutritionist
Applied Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach

Silvia is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Certified Functional Medicine Health Practitioner. She is also certified in Therapeutic Touch and Energy Healing. She is a graduate of the School of Applied Functional Medicine, and the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.

Silvia incorporates Functional Medicine principles when working with clients, working with a root-cause approach for all issues. Her ultimate goal is to help her clients become self-empowered and take charge of their own health and wellness, by educating them about how their body works, as well as offering insight and open discussion on mind-sets that may be hindering their progress. Her focus in her practice is gut health and digestive wellness as well as emotional wellness, helping her clients bridge that communication between their body and mind, to achieve lasting wellness and balance. Silvia also has a special interest in blood sugar imbalances, autoimmune diseases, hormone imbalances, allergies and eating disorder recovery. She provides no-nonsense assistance in your quest for wellness, offered with compassion and patience.

When she is not researching and consulting with her mentorship group and clients, she can be found spending time in nature, reading, and singing with her partner.

Cheryl Paswater, MFA, MS, CHC, AADP

Certified Health Coach
Functional Medicine Health Coach
Group Programs

Cheryl is a Functional Medicine Health Coach and fermentationist as well as an educator, sous chef, artist, and writer. Cheryl’s own healing journey led her to fermentation and that journey led her to health coaching and then to Functional Medicine. Her own healing journey led her to help people reclaim their health, happiness, vitality, and become their strongest selves.

Alongside being a health coach, Cheryl co-hosts the Peeling the Onion Podcast on health and wellness and previously co-organized the NYC Ferments Meetup and NYC Fermentation Festival. She has been a contributing writer for Edible Magazine as well as a contributor to the book “Miso, Tempeh, Natto” and is currently working on her first book on fermentation due out sometime in the near-not so near future. You can find her teaching workshops and speaking on fermentation and health at in person workshops, online classes, and at festivals both regionally and internationally. She splits her time living in Brooklyn, NY and Richmond, VA with her partner, cat named Koji (which means “moldy rice”) and all of her cultures as pets (aka: bacteria, yeast, and mold). 

Rachel Rotabi, AFMC

Applied Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach
Certified Personal Fitness Trainer
Sports Nutrition Coach

Rachel is a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer, Sports Nutrition Coach, and functional medicine health coach certified in Applied Functional Medicine.  She is passionate about helping busy women uncover what holds them back from losing weight, and as such, enjoys helping them with tackling stress, gut health, metabolic dysfunction, and more. 

After more than 10 years working in the cardiovascular medical device field, Rachel pivoted to focus on preventive health, with the goal of helping people use food and movement as medicine to reverse dysfunction within their bodies. Dealing with her young daughter’s food allergies and severe eczema opened Rachel to the world of functional medicine and how we can help get the immune system back into balance, potentially alleviating symptoms of these and other conditions. 

Beyond coaching and training, Rachel enjoys helping busy moms find easier ways to get food on the table. An avid cook, she co-led a monthly workshop in a teaching kitchen, taught MMA and interval training classes, and founded the FUEL nutrition coaching program at Afterburn Fitness in Manhattan Beach, CA. 

Rachel recently relocated to Laguna Beach, CA with her family.  When she’s not running her two young daughters around, she enjoys hiking, kickboxing, meditating (she’s a big Gabby Bernstein fan), squeezing in a date night with her husband, and spending time with girlfriends.  

Heather Tesch, MS, AFMC

Applied Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach
Virtual Assistant, Client Support

Heather had symptoms since she was 2 years old, but thought they were part of the normal human experience. It wasn’t until she became severely sick in her early 30s that she gained deep insights into messages her body was sending her. She dove head first into a variety of healing modalities, just to find herself always coming back to Functional Medicine. After feeling heard and validated, as well as enjoying the comprehensive approach FM practitioners took, Heather decided to become formally educated in the FM principles as well. Heather now coaches clients in her 1:1 practice and also supports other functional medicine practitioners to run their practices with greater ease.

Heather has a BS in interior design, and ironically her favorite aspect of design was mapping out the most functional use of space (similar to client mapping in Functional Medicine)! She has a MS in Change Leadership and certifications through the Coaches Training Institute and Institute for Integrative Nutrition, is a Reiki practitioner (Level 1 certification), and is Applied Functional Medicine Certified.

Heather will be supporting all clients in the practice through health coaching and administrative capacities.

Marigold, Blue & Gold Macaw

Office Manager
Professional Bowl Banger

Marigold, based in the Plano virtual office, works closely with Amy to ensure that nearly every functional coaching call has a little noisy humor and subsequent apology embedded in it, whether it’s from squeaking her toy to banging her metal food bowl repeatedly. She does not like to be left out of the conversation. Occasionally, though, she decides that session time is the perfect time for a cozy quiet nap, and so no noisy humor is required.

Other pastimes include going for walks, sitting in the crepe myrtle tree, eating nuts, hiding under the bed, shredding toilet paper, and generally making a mess that only a parrot could make.