Testimonials and Reviews for Our Nutritionists


I wanted to write and let you know how much I have enjoyed working with Gretchen Gruender this last year and a half. She has been a tremendous support to me before, during and after my cancer diagnosis. She is extraordinarily kind and compassionate in addition to being professional and knowledgeable. I have benefited greatly from her depth and breadth of experience and expertise in nutrition – especially the ketogenic diet. She has shared some awesome recipes, helped me with research on cholesterol, provided resources for cancer treatment, collaborated with my medical providers, closely monitored my lab tests and supplements and she even likes delving into information related to genetic markers.
She is a remarkable human being and it is a genuine pleasure to work with her. I am grateful that I have access to her services through Starkel Nutrition where Nutritional Counseling is covered by my insurance carrier. Thank you for making all this available to me.



I did the Fall 2021 Cleanse Program and Emmilia was great! So knowledgable, supportive & understanding. Highly recommend.



Awesome team of providers!!! I have been trusting them with my nutritional goals for the past year and have learned so much. Their knowledge and patience are beyond measure. They are an incredible resource!

Tracey M.

Julie has truly improved my life. Though the teamwork with her and my gastroenterologist we got me to a point where my chronic issues were no longer chronic!

When I met her, my gut flora was massively screwed up from getting really sick on my honeymoon in a different country. I was miserable. I was even having a tough time before that, all my life, but I thought that was normal. You get used to feeling bad sometimes.

But turns out I had a pretty nasty case of SIBO! I got on some herbal antibiotics and that plus counseling on how to help the gut flora get better by both diet and lifestyle changes, I am doing a billion times better. She treated me with care, heard all my concerns with sincerity, and always gave me some guidelines. She also responds timely to any questions emailed.

If I ever have kids, I plan on working with her with whatever I eat while pregnant! Then I’ll find out more questions! Julie’s stuck with me! 

Lauren H.

I have been working with Julie on a plan to lower my overall cholesterol level, improve my low energy levels, get a handle on mood swings and help with poor mental clarity (or foggy brain). By identifying food allergies with special blood tests she uses, within five months, my overall cholesterol dropped 26 points (LDL declined by 20%), my energy levels were noticeably better, my mood swings have all but gone away and the foggy brain -gone, and everything is continuing to improve too!!!

Julie is great to work with. I like to think of her as my coach or partner in health. She genuinely cares about your health and really wants to work with you to help you have optimal health and happiness. I have thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated working with her and am looking forward to continuing our path to great health together!!!


Siona has been guiding me along my journey to health for over a year now.  She is kind and patient and as much of a therapist as nutritionist. I came into the process with a lot of knowledge from previous attempts at weight loss, but it was her continuous encouragement and helping me to understand my own sabotages in many cases that really helped me get on the path to wellness. Everyone in the office has been wonderful to interact with and very helpful.

Barry P.

Julie came up with a plan of action for me after reviewing all of my medical records very carefully and interviewing me at length. I started with a cleanse and at times it was difficult for me. I wasn’t sure I could do it after having been so beaten down for so long by my poor health. But Julie was there every step of the way and continues to do so.

In the first few weeks I needed hour by hour help via phone and email, and Julie was always there making me feel like I was her only client. I had complete faith in her knowledge and abilities, and this says a lot given how disillusioned I had become with all health care practitioners.

She gave me the personalized attention that someone like me, who was so sick and had so many complicating factors, needed to start the healing process. I could not have received this kind of help and attention from a lesser person. I literally felt like I had an angel leading me out of my nightmare.

Ellen M.

I love working with Emmilia! If I wasn’t already undergoing a protocol for SIBO, I’d join the Cleanse! Thank you for being you, Emmilia!


I am a BIG fan of Starkel Nutrition. I have had the pleasure of working with Julie Starkel and Shannon Fenster. Their approach is predicated on education and the needs of their clients. I feel taken care of and listened to. They should honestly be called Nutrition Therapists. I have done so many “diet” programs with the typical yo-yo results. It wasn’t until I found Starkel Nutrition that I truly began to reframe my relationship with food. Shannon has been my biggest ally through a rough 2020 that I’m sure everyone has experienced. I can’t thank her or Starkel Nutrition enough.

Nathan G.

This was my first time ever seeing a nutritionist and let me tell you- they are wonderful! Starkel care team (especially Aster) are present, caring, and in no way too clinical (I really needed the compassion during ED recovery). They are also excellent with collaborative care to ensure that all of your doctors, therapists, etc are kept in the loop and being consistent on all fronts. Although this is a Starkel review, shoutout to Aster, who is 10/10 amazing!

Mary H.

I feel that I’ve come a long way, and I’m confident that I can take the things I’ve learned and give it a go on my own. I want to say thank you, sincerely, for the help provided. I feel like a different person. My outlook on food and myself has completely changed, and I’m sure I wouldn’t have gotten to this place without Starkel Nutrition and my provider’s care and guidance. Thank you for helping me right a lifetime of wrongs and for helping me see my own value. 


I can not even begin to express my gratitude for the existence of this clinic! The nutritionists at Starkel Nutrition are incredibly intelligent and at times I have felt that I receive better care and more quality information here than I have working with many different primary care doctors. The office is comfortable and one on one hour long meetings make for a true connection with nutritionist. If your insurance covers nutrition visits I would 10 out of 10 recommend scheduling an appointment at Starkel Nutrition. My health has drastically improved since I started going here. Let food be thy medicine!


I have had an absolutely wonderful experience at Starkel Nutrition! I have worked with Julie for several years and she is incredibly knowledgeable, kind and genuinely wants to help you reach your goals. She is always up to date with the latest nutrition research and helps you understand the reasoning behind certain food choices. I have seen huge improvements in my health while working with her. I highly recommend Julie and her team!

Michaela M.

In my 40s and 50s, I experienced some weight loss – but each time I quickly regained the weight. At 61, I decided to try to drop sixty pounds, but this time with the assistance of Siona, a professional nutritionist. I arrived a little skeptical due to prior experiences with nutritionists, but found it to be a complete joy working with both Siona and the Starkel Nutrition front desk staff. Siona showed no interest in suggesting the latest diet fad. Before she gave advice, she conducted a complete review of my medical history and asked questions about my eating habits and lifestyle. Within a couple of weeks of following her suggestions, the pounds started to drop. 

By the sixth month of my plan, I had lost forty pounds and even my lab work had improved. I am well on my way to obtaining my goal. The summer and Thanksgiving have passed, and I have not regained any weight. In fact, I have continued to lose. Most importantly, I am healthier, and I feel great. Thank you Starkel Nutrition and Siona for sharing your knowledge. Your professional excellence has helped to change my life. 

Lafvonne G.

When I came to see Julie, I was angry. You might say I went to see her for couples counseling. My body and I were not getting along. I didn’t trust my body or understand it at all. Everything I did seemed to be the wrong thing. Finally, Julie Starkel dropped it on me…I was a genetic pre-diabetic. I had a healthy history of diabetes Type II in my family and I was starting to show the first symptoms of lethargic metabolism, easy weight gain and difficulty losing weight. She introduced me to an eating program that restricted so many of the foods most people eat…grains, dairy, carbs.

The transition was difficult. There have been adjustments though for the good. I learned not to listen to what everyone else is doing, but rather what has worked for my body as a pre-diabetic. Instead of bemoaning what I can’t have, I take in all the ingredients on the menu and order from the ingredients rather than their pre-packaged meal designs in a restaurant. 

Don’t get me wrong, I have my moments, I splurge or fall off the wagon. What is interesting is I now desire mentally to return to the foods that make my body run well. I am not at the end of my journey because only time will grant me the gift of stability of my weight, but I will tell you my confidence to shape my destiny is much higher than I have experienced on any other program. I hope you will experience the peace I have found with my body. We are in love again.”

Julie S.

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