We Offer Support for You and Your Journey Towards Optimal Health and Well-Being
We at the Holistic Healing Center are committed to looking at the whole person and getting to the root causes of your health concerns. The Doctor, as well as the Lifestyle support team, is here to support patients in moving forward to create better health and well-being. The Doctor creates an integrative treatment plan that often involves other members of the staff including the Dietitian Nutritionist to support patients in reaching their goals.
Support with Implementation of Lifestyle Modifications
Nutritional Counseling and Lifestyle Programs
Both Dr. Bernstein and
Faith Lumpkin RDN, LDN are passionate about food and nutrition. We consider optimal food choices to be a solid foundation for creating and maintaining great health. We often coordinate our treatment as well as work independently. With the support of the Patient Advocate and the staff, we are here to empower patients to implement their individualized tailored treatment plan.
In addition to individual nutrition counseling, Faith offers services to support patients in achieving their optimal health. These include in home meal prep ideas, and kitchen reorganization to support healthier food choices. Faith will also meet you at your grocery store and support you in choosing healthy options and learning how to read labels. Please refer to the Services Page for more details.
ABOUT FAITH LUMPKIN RDN, LDN
Faith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics (Didactic in Dietetics Program) from the University of Delaware and is a Licensed Dietitian-Nutritionist.
She has worked as a Registered Dietitian for the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Hamilton, NJ and as a Cooking Instructor and Nutrition Educator for the Newtown Township Parks and Recreation of Newtown, PA
During her internship, she worked with diverse patient populations with various disease states and dietary needs. Her background as an intern includes patient care at a large teaching hospital Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a smaller community hospital, in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. She spent time at the VA Medical Center, Wilkes Barre, PA where she ran weight loss groups, did nutrition presentations and cooking demonstrations. Faith provided outpatient nutrition counseling using effective education materials, motivational interviewing, and counseling skills to facilitate behavior change
She has a passion for nutrition as well as treating the whole person. Her desire is to provide quality integrative functionally oriented nutritional and lifestyle support to patients to help them to achieve optimal health and well-being. She is a proponent of the “food as medicine” philosophy.
Faith has had her own health issues and has found that working with her own diet by adding and taking away certain foods has made a major difference for her in her own health and well-being.
She believes and is committed to taking an individualized patient centered approach that utilizes her clinical skills as well as her listening and problem solving abilities. Her goal is to create a compassionate partnership with each person to help them achieve their health goals with nutrition, and lifestyle approaches.
Now after returning to Buck County, PA:
In addition to working as an RD she is also working on her Master in Nutrition from Marywood University and has completed a certificate of training program in Integrative and Functional Nutrition through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Faith studies, attends trainings and conferences within the functional medicine model to further her knowledge.
In her free time, Faith enjoys various forms of exercise, cooking and spending time with family and friends.
Most traditionally trained dietitians and nutritionists are not educated on supplements, on how to interpret specialty labs used in functional medicine, nor receive any formal training on some health problems such as hormonal imbalances, adrenal fatigue, the microbiome and leaky gut, autoimmune conditions, and mental health. They are taught how to implement therapeutic diets which often do not address the root cause of why disease and dysfunction occurs. For this reason, we highly encourage you to work with Faith and receive nutrition education within the functional medicine framework put forth by Dr. Bernstein.
Due to her being a Registered Dietitian, Faith works with many insurance plans. She is in network with a good number of insurance carriers including Aetna, Personal Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Horizon, United Healthcare, Cigna, Medicare and others. Most of these plans offer partial or more often full coverage for visits with her. Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans unfortunately offer very limited coverage for Nutrition. For more information about Faith please feel free to call us @ 215-794-7880. If we have not already, we will be happy to check your benefits for nutrition for you!
ABOUT DEBBIE GARLITS
The role of the Patient Advocate is to provide education and support to the patients as they go through their individual journey towards optimal health and well-being.
Debbie is the perfect person for this role because of her own prior health challenges and how she learned to support herself with natural healing, her BS in Alternative Medicine, and her desire to serve. She is a great listener, has a wonderful sense of humor, is compassionate and loves to educate and support patients.
Debbie is a mother of two children and has worked in the field of education and teaching for the last several years. She, at the same time, completed her Bachelors.
Her desire to pursue further education in the field of holistic health was inspired by her own personal journey of healing. She felt empowered by her ability to regain her health using holistic and natural means. This then motivated her to apply herself to learning more so that she could better support herself, her children's health and others.
The combination of her love for learning about holistic health and her love of people and teaching others gives her the perfect background for her position of Patient Advocate.
Debbie looks forward to being of service to you in reaching your goals of improved health and wellness.