During your time with Kale Diagnostics, you are paired with experienced nutritional practitioner Kellie Bernardi and a naturopathic doctor, who will thoroughly address labs, nutrition, and lifestyle factors with you in a hands-on setting. In addition, the rest of our wellness practitioners support you, where all protocols pass through and are reviewed.
When you work with Kale Diagnostics, you receive extensive education that will serve as a core foundation for your wellness success. This is typically accomplished through live or recorded educational training and handouts that you will have access to throughout
our time together.
Data + Support
I will meet with you on live calls to support you through the entire 1:1 process, including your comprehensive initial intake, and functional lab testing results. I will bring your complex health case to the drawing board to the rest of the Kale Diagnostics team, where the best solutions and action steps are thoughtfully selected for you.
Your protocol will include detailed lab interpretation and findings,
and a strategic, fully custom meal plan, along with intentional supplement and lifestyle suggestions based on your health data. We support you through your healing journey, while tracking progress, making adjustments, and running lab re-tests and comparative analyses when needed.
Meet The Team
What Sets Us Apart
At Kale Diagnostics, our top priority is to assist you in attaining your best possible health and well-being by utilizing an evidence-based approach. Our main objective is to discover and manage the underlying causes of your symptoms by utilizing advanced functional lab testing, providing personalized one-on-one support, individualized nutrition and equipping you with educational resources to guide you on your path to better health. In addition to personalized 1:1 support, the entire team at Kale Diagnostics is dedicated to supporting you in confirming and reviewing the most appropriate course of action for your health through our holistic methods. We work collaboratively to ensure that you receive the best possible care and achieve your health goals.
Kale Diagnostics has helped women confidently navigate...
PCOS & Endometriosis
Hashimoto’s & Grave’s Disease
SIBO and Gut Issues
Thyroid & Hormonal Struggles
Infertility & Pre-Conception
Adrenal & Cortisol Dysfunction
Metabolic Health and Weight Management
Food Allergies and Unique Restrictions
Unexplained Health Struggles
Meet Your Practitioner
NTP, CHC, CPT
As your practitioner at Kale Diagnostics, I prioritize an evidence-based approach to support you in achieving your optimal state of health and well-being. My primary goal is to identify and address the root causes of your symptoms by utilizing advanced functional lab testing, individualized nutrition, offering personalized one-on-one support, and providing you with educational resources to guide you through your health journey.
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Our Innovative Approach
Discover your body's full potential with Kale Diagnostics. Our innovative approach with our clients focuses on identifying and addressing the root causes of your symptoms through advanced functional lab testing, personalized 1:1 support, individualized nutrition and educational resources. With the guidance of your practitioner, Kellie Bernardi, and a naturopathic doctor, you will receive a tailored protocol to help you achieve optimal health and balance. At Kale Diagnostics, we are committed to empowering you with the knowledge and tools you need to unlock your body's true potential.
Functional Lab Testing
At Kale Diagnostics, we understand that every individual is unique, and so are their health struggles. That's why we use functional lab testing as the foundation of all our services. By basing our approach on data and science, we eliminate the guesswork and gain a clear understanding of your health. With accurate and detailed lab results, we can create a personalized plan of action tailored to your specific needs and goals.
Comprehensive 1:1 Consultations
You will be working closely with Kellie Bernardi and a licensed naturopathic doctor to address any lab results, nutrition concerns, and lifestyle factors in a personalized and hands-on manner. Our naturopathic doctor works closely with Kellie Bernardi in a collaborative effort to address the root causes of health struggles from a data-driven perspective. By combining their expertise and perspectives, they provide a holistic approach that takes into account all available data to form the most effective plan of action.
Personalized Protocols: Lab Interpretation, Meal Plans, and More.
Because there is no "one-size-fits-all" when it comes to your health. Your protocol will include detailed lab interpretation and findings, and a strategic, fully custom meal plan, along with intentional supplement and lifestyle suggestions based on your health data.
When you work with Kale Diagnostics, you receive extensive education that will serve as a core foundation for your wellness success. This is typically accomplished through live or recorded educational training and handouts that you will have access to throughout our time together.
When my mom got diagnosed with breast cancer when I was younger, it was the first experience that made me start to question traditional healthcare. Getting to the root cause and addressing dysfunction from a whole-body approach was such a "new" concept back then that not many people were talking about it yet, but I always believed there was another way to support the body and focus on a root-cause, preventative approach than what Western medicine was providing. As I started to deal with my own personal struggles - specifically hormonal acne, digestive issues, fatigue & estrogen dominance - I just kept getting frustrated with being asked very few questions and always being prescribed another "quick-fix" or band-aid solution before sending me on my way, that I knew it was time to take matters into my own hands. I started diving deeper into functional nutrition & lab testing and it has been the best decision I could have ever made for my health. I finally learned how my body worked, how best to support it on a deeper level and it even led me to unlearn some things that I thought were "healthy" but were actually making things worse. I finally discovered answers to the hormone, digestive, metabolic & mineral imbalances that I was struggling with for many years and my goal is to help you do the same. I want to help you reach your health potential by learning how to work with your body, not be at war with it. I know that our bodies are capable of healing and restoring optimal health and I am here to help you find the answers that you have been looking for! I want you to feel empowered & educated about stepping into your most vital self, take charge of your health and learn how to honor your body the way it was designed. Whether you're wanting to restore your metabolism & thyroid health, tackle your digestive issues, balance your hormones or optimize your fertility - I am here for you!
"I know that our bodies are capable of healing and restoring optimal health and I am here to help you find the answers that you have been looking for! I want you to feel empowered & educated about stepping into your most vital self, take charge of your health and learn how to honor your body the way it was designed. Whether you're wanting to restore your metabolism & thyroid health, tackle your digestive issues, balance your hormones or optimize your fertility - I am here for you!"
An accomplished functional nutritionist (NTP, CHC, CPT), Kellie espouses a deep-seated passion for an integrative, whole-body approach to wellness. Her pathway into functional medicine was paved by her mother's diagnosis of breast cancer, an experience which revealed the gaps within Western medical paradigms. Facing her own health quandaries, she found profound insights and personalized care in functional nutrition and diagnostic lab testing. Now, Kellie strives to embolden others to achieve their optimal health by acknowledging their unique health profiles and bolstering their inherent healing mechanisms.
Dr. LuLu Shimek
Dr. LuLu Shimek is a distinguished alumna of the esteemed Bastyr University, who has since become a pioneering expert in the fields of women’s health, biohacking, and genetic analysis. As a naturopathic doctor, Dr. LuLu works with patients experiencing chronic diseases such as hormonal imbalance, thyroid disorders, gastrointestinal dysfunction, depression, anxiety, and fatigue. Her philosophy is centered around uncovering the root cause of illness and igniting the body's innate ability to heal, resulting in life-changing transformations.
Introducing Courtney (MS, RDN, LDN, CSCS, CLT), a seasoned Registered Dietitian and Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist. Recognizing the shortcomings of conventional health approaches, Courtney chose to pioneer in the realm of functional nutrition. Her specialization lies in empowering women to rejuvenate their bodies through profound nutritional practices, insightful functional lab testing, intentional exercise, and precise supplementation.
Kourtney Simmang (BS, CNC, FDNP) is the founder of Kale Diagnostics and is widely esteemed as a leading functional diagnostic nutritionist within the field of functional medicine. She overcame chronic health struggles through functional nutrition, lab testing, and extensive research, finding lasting solutions to hormonal, gut, and immune issues. With her distinctive expertise and unwavering dedication, she has proficiently guided women towards sustainable wellness by leveraging personalized nutrition plans and supplemental strategies.
Sarah (BS, CHC, NTP) is an experienced nutritional practitioner with education from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Nutritional Therapy Association, and a masters in nutrition and functional medicine from University of Western States. Sarah's personal journey led her to overcome various health problems, including acne, bloat, PMS, PCOS, fatigue, and headaches. Using lab data for tailored care and personalized nutritional modification, Sarah methodically healed herself. Now, she aids other women in their health challenges using the same approach.
Maddy (NTP) is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner specializing in helping individuals pinpoint the root causes of chronic health conditions. In 2009, Maddy found herself bedridden with Lyme disease, a condition that only exacerbated under conventional allopathic treatments. Upon exploring alternative medicine, she realized the pivotal role nutrition plays in overall health. This personal experience kindled a burning passion within Maddy to assist others along their health journeys. After a decade of meticulous research, experimentation, and self-healing, Maddy is now adept at facilitating transformative healing for others.
Mikaela (RHNC) is a certified Holistic Health and Nutrition Coach. She transformed her personal struggles with health and emotional issues into a holistic healing journey. Confronted by the challenging reality of debilitating menstrual cramps, persistent anxiety, and ongoing digestive discomfort, Mikaela embarked on a purpose-driven exploration into the world of health and wellness. Through extensive research, she adeptly navigated various therapeutic modalities, targeting solutions to transform her personal health and to bring effective wellness strategies into the market.
Micaela (LFN, CHN, CPT) is a seasoned nutritional practitioner and fervent health advocate. Encountering a multitude of health challenges in her early twenties, from PCOS to Hashimoto's, hypothyroidism, and chronic bloating, Micaela navigated her way to wellness. Leveraging functional lab testing and embracing holistic healing methods, she successfully reversed her symptoms, uncovering a newfound sense of joy and freedom within her own body. This remarkable transformation ignited a deep-seated desire within her to guide other women towards similar outcomes through the power of functional medicine.
Sydney (M. Ed, NTP), a distinguished Nutritional Practitioner, transformed her personal health struggles into professional purpose. Her encounters with unresolved health issues ignited a quest for solutions, leading her to a comprehensive study of nutrition. Now, she merges personal passion with her profession, advocating for women's health empowerment. Sydney is dedicated to promoting an understanding of wellness through a functional health approach, ensuring her clients feel supported and understood on their path to well-being.
Integrative Health Researcher
Amber, a Registered Nurse and nutrition student, discovered the healing power of nutrition following a personal health diagnosis. Formerly a marathon runner and cyclist, she shifted her belief from exercise being the key to health to recognizing the critical role of nutrition. As a member of the Kale Diagnostics team, Amber's full commitment to research underpins the company's science-backed ideologies. She explores the broad spectrum of health and wellness, ensuring that Kale Diagnostics' contributions remain relevant and grounded in the latest scientific understanding.
Claire plays a pivotal role at Kale Diagnostics, acting as the essential link between clients and practitioners. As the head of client hospitality, her expertise lies in her exceptional interpersonal skills, ensuring every client feels heard, understood, and valued. Claire expertly facilitates communication between clients and the team, conveying clients' concerns and practitioners' responses effectively. Through her commitment to seamless service, Claire enhances the overall client experience, contributing significantly to the supportive and empowering environment at Kale Diagnostics.
Meet the Kale Diagnostics Team
Through 1:1 support with your holistically-minded doctor and nutritional practitioner via private calls, functional lab testing, individualized nutrition, and comprehensive education, the Kale Diagnostics team leads your health journey in a highly supportive setting. Kale Diagnostics can directly accept HSA and FSA payments. We are not in-network with any health insurance providers, so we do not accept insurance directly, but we can facilitate health insurance reimbursement at no additional cost.
A comprehensive program that includes in-depth health analysis, private 1:1 appointments, portal support messaging, advanced functional lab testing, and strategic health protocol creation. In addition, Kale Diagnostics Education provides the tools you need to develop lifelong skills that preserve health. Program support begins at $989 for high-level, all-inclusive support. Monthly installments potentially as low as $62/month. HSA/FSA accepted, and insurance reimbursement support is provided.
Do you accept insurance, HSA, or FSA?
Kale Diagnostics can directly accept HSA and FSA payment for full coverage. We are not in-network with any health insurance providers, so we do not accept insurance directly, but we are able to facilitate health insurance reimbursement at no additional cost. Many of our clients get partial reimbursement from insurance. Another avenue for our clients to afford our services is through Affirm. With this option, manageable monthly installments can start as low as $62 per month.
What is the basis for the cost of your services?
While the average primary care doctor in America spends a mere 20 minutes per year with each patient, we at Kale Diagnostics prioritize investing quality time in understanding your unique health profile. Our comprehensive services, including lab tests and personalized nutritional support, reflect the additional time and attention we devote to each client, which often proves to be a transformative investment in their long-term health. Although our detailed approach might mean higher upfront costs, we strive to make it as accessible as possible. Not only do we accept HSA and FSA and provide insurance superbills for potential reimbursement, but we've also partnered with Affirm to offer flexible financing. With monthly installments potentially as low as $62, we ensure our dedicated, in-depth care is within your reach, regardless of immediate financial constraints.
What results can I expect to see when working with Kale Diagnostics?
For some, their journey with Kale Diagnostics is a 180-degree, life-changing experience that provides relief from a laundry list of symptoms and years of struggle. For others, we are a helpful stop in their continued journey. The majority of our clients (83%) do see symptom reduction within the first three months, and while we cannot guarantee results, we are always committed to providing the very best and most comprehensive care.
Do you diagnose or treat?
No, we do not diagnose or treat diseases, but you can work with us if you have one or multiple conditions, and we can share alternative treatment options that can be approved by your doctor. It’s important to note that Kale Diagnostics is not intended to replace an individual relationship with a qualified healthcare professional and is not intended as medical advice. Kale Diagnostics encourages you to continue visiting and being treated by your primary care physician or healthcare provider.
How does my relationship with my doctor play into my work with Kale Diagnostics?
We encourage you to meet regularly with your doctor, and if needed, we can provide resources that support your doctor-patient relationship while you work with the Kale Diagnostics team to support your desired health outcomes.
Our Innovative Approach
Research proves that intentional nutritional strategies can dramatically improve health symptoms. While a western model relies on medication to manage and mask symptoms, we acknowledge evidence that shows us that this might not always be the best for long-term health.
Our patient care model is based upon a root-cause, nutrition first approach. Your root-cause treatment plan is individually tailored for your needs using the most irrefutable evidence: your advanced functional lab testing results.
Unlike general blood work, which is primarily used to monitor disease progression alone, we use advanced biometrics to help you understand the deeper issues that cause health symptoms.
Instead of throwing pharmaceuticals at your health symptoms, we work as a team of advanced practitioners to bring maximum resolution to your symptoms. We thoroughly explain what is contributing to symptoms on a cellular level.
Evidence and analysis are the foundation of our nutrition-first approach. We don’t diagnose or prescribe, but instead view your health through a data-driven lens. We take this approach because the name of a condition does not define your individualistic needs as well as a biometric-based investigation.
Nutrition Should Be The Foundation
Nutrition is the crucial factor that plays a significant role in our overall health and well-being. Extensive research demonstrates that unhealthy eating habits and poor dietary choices significantly contribute to the incidence of numerous chronic diseases and health conditions. In addition, research also proves the efficacy of intentional nutritional strategies on chronic health conditions.
Medical professionals who have received education from renowned institutions are given minimal instruction in nutrition, as compared to extensive training in pharmacology, amounting to over 500 hours. On average, medical schools in the U.S. provide only 19.6 hours of nutrition education during the four-year course of medical studies. Consequently, the majority of doctors do not feel they possess adequate knowledge to provide nutritional recommendations, and a mere 6 percent of typical physician appointments address issues related to diet and nutrition. More research has revealed that despite the well-established correlation between poor dietary choices and a range of preventable diseases, merely 20% of medical schools in the United States require their students to undertake a nutrition course. Consequently, 71.9% of doctor's visits in the United States result in a prescription drug being prescribed, leading to over 1 billion prescriptions being filled by US pharmacies each year.
At Kale Diagnostics, we are dedicated to helping you achieve optimal health and longevity by focusing on the cornerstone of good health - nutrition. Our primary aim is to alleviate your symptoms, and in doing so, minimize the need for medications. By prioritizing your nutritional health, we strive to prevent and minimize your reliance on medications, thereby enhancing your overall well-being.
Functional Lab Testing
Functional lab testing can play a crucial role in identifying underlying causes of health issues and developing personalized treatment plans that address the root causes of chronic diseases. Research has shown that functional lab testing can be highly effective in identifying nutritional deficiencies, food sensitivities, hormonal imbalances, and many other underlying factors that contribute to health issues. For example, the Dutch test, a type of functional lab testing that we include in our program, can measure levels of androgens, estrogens, progesterone, and cortisol throughout the day, providing a more comprehensive understanding of hormone imbalances in women with PCOS.
We believe in using data and science to create a personalized approach to optimizing your health. Our use of accurate and detailed lab results enables us to gain a clear understanding of your health status and develop a tailored plan of action to meet your specific needs and goals. Additionally, our program includes the cost of lab testing, which typically ranges from $1k to $4k in value. By offering this service as part of our program, we make it a more affordable option than purchasing individual lab tests at retail pricing. This helps to eliminate financial barriers and ensures that our patients have access to advanced diagnostic testing to optimize their health.
Comprehensive 1:1 Support
The mainstream medical approach centers on delivering a quick-fix solution to patients' issues and expeditiously completing their appointments (typically, the average primary care doctor in the US only spends 20 minutes per patient per year), rather than adopting a comprehensive approach to identify the underlying cause of the problem, which necessitates more time.
The lack of time provided in a traditional care model prevents patients from being able to access a truly comprehensive health approach. This is a night and day experience that our patients experience at Kale Diagnostics, with hours of practitioner support being dedicated to the complexities of an individual’s symptoms and lab-result specific nutritional needs.