What is a health coach?

Health Coaching

The role of a health coach is complementary to your doctor’s role in helping you live your best life by working with you on the things that nourish you both on and off the plate.

At Companion Health, our providers and health coaches work hand-in-hand to help guide you on a transformative health journey. Frequent, regular  coaching sessions allow us to really get to know you as a client, and to meet you where your needs are. Our health coaches are agents of accountability and behavior modification. And they have helped our clients make life-changing improvements to their overall well-being.

At Companion Health, our health coaches are trained in over 100 different dietary theories, so they can help guide you to figure out which foods work best for you.

Contrary to popular belief – there is no one-size-fits all diet—because all of our bodies are different.

What works for you one day may not work for you the next. Our bodies are always changing, so our nutritional requirements change over time too. Our health coaches work closely with you and your medical provider to determine which foods best support your body’s unique needs. Spoiler alert: your recommended diet won’t have a label, such as some of the popular ones (think vegan, keto or Whole30), because it will be unique to YOU.

And although the food on our plate is definitely important to achieving optimal health—yes, we all need to drink lots of water and eat lots of fruits & veggies—there are other things in our lives that nourish us, including our:

  • Relationships
  • Careers
  • Physical activity
  • Spirituality

When any of these areas are out of whack, our bodies let us know in all kinds of ways. Stress and poor sleep can be particularly problematic.

What do health coaches do?

Personalized Care

Health coaches are experts on human behavior, motivation and health. They are more than just a liaison between you and your doctor. They are agents of change who help you set and achieve your health goals, including building new habits. How do they do this?

  • Coaches help you prioritize your desired health outcomes and discover the “why” behind them

  • They provide non-judgemental support and ongoing accountability

  • By asking high mileage questions, they empower you to dig deep—you are the main expert of your body, mind, and circumstances

  • Health coaches help you identify challenges and tough spots that are preventing change, and then collaborate with you and your medical provider to troubleshoot

Health coaches take a holistic approach.
They ask questions to help you look inside yourself.
They then help you make the changes necessary to become your best self.
All while staying right by your side.

No other health profession has this unique skill set.

Our health coaches have helped clients:

  • Improve their sleep

  • Begin a mindfulness practice

  • Make a career transition

  • Expand the variety and nutrient density of their diets

  • Understand which foods best nourish their bodies

  • Lose weight in a sustainable, healthy way

  • Explore how their relationships are impacting their health

  • Understand and incorporate regular self-care into their busy lives, including enjoyable physical activity

  • And much more!

How do they do this? And why are some people successful with health coaches when they haven’t been on their own?

Maybe it’s the extra accountability health coaches provide. Perhaps it’s because it’s someone who deeply listens, who cares about your success. Or just understands you. It’s a collaborative relationship that works—a partnership built on trust and respect.

Most of our clients have grown to immensely value their relationships with their health coaches. And that’s how we know, it’s a winning combination.


“Dr. Carlos Jorge is totally committed to providing the very best patient care, first and foremost. Dr. Jorge listens to your issues and concerns and works with you to resolve them. Dr. Jorge doesn’t brush you off like experiences I’ve had with other doctors.”


“Dr. Jorge is the only doctor I have ever had that actually listened to me and didn’t just look at lab numbers and whip out a script pad.”


“In one year, my physical fitness, mental/emotional health and social relationships all improved in significant ways. I sincerely appreciate your leadership, work and companionship in this journey. Most certainly could not have achieved what I did without each of you.”

Bill M.

“The entire experience has been great. Effective guidance. Positive results. Gave me a great foundation with which to launch from. I’m in better control of my health now than I have been my entire life. Thanks to Companion Health and the great people there.”


“If you are anywhere like I was, listen up. Feeling old, tired, achy, overweight … the list goes on. I was referred to Dr. Jorge by a friend that had her life changed, too! This practice takes such care in your whole life – health balance. The one-on-one time devoted to one is unparalleled. The diagnostics reveal so much about your overall health I never knew before. They have changed my life! They can change yours too. But you have to be ready to change. I don’t feel like the same person I did 6 months ago!”


“I saw Dr. Jorge for injury recovery and also because I wanted to improve my athletic performance.  I had seen other doctors before Dr. Jorge but was not satisfied with their approach.  Dr. Jorge is very knowledgeable about functional medicine.  With his help, I have been able to recover from surgery and try out for the NBA again.”


“Working with Nathalie Jorge at Companion Health was a game changer for me. I had been yo-yo dieting for years with no sustainable success. Nathalie helped me look at things more holistically and beyond just food. She helped me figure out how to address my overall lack of energy. By making some reasonable changes to my diet, increasing my physical activity, and focusing more on my family, I’ve gotten to a better place than I’ve been to in years.”


Meet Our Health Coaches

Nathalie Simmons Jorge

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Kiran Dodeja Smith

Kiran Dodeja Smith

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Katie Valentiner

Katie Valentiner

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Stevie Jane Bruce

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Elizabeth Kraft Jones

Elizabeth Kraft Jones

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Liz Vander Leeuw

Liz Vander Leeuw

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Niki Hitch

Niki Hitch

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Rosy Crumpton

Rosy Crumpton

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Lisa Kaplan

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