Health and Wellness Disclaimer.

The information, material, and content on this website is strictly the opinion of the Maggie Ruszczyk, FNTP, NBC-HWC/ Coach Maggie Kim (Sole Proprietor) and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. All readers and viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Maggie Ruszczyk, FNTP, NBC-HWC/ Coach Maggie Kim does not take responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. None of the opinions, recommendations, or information contained on this site have been independently evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. No information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease or condition under any circumstances. Maggie Ruszczyk, FNTP, NBC-HWC/ Coach Maggie Kim is not doctor or registered dietitian and should not be construed as one. Always consult with a qualified medical professional before engaging in any dietary, exercise or lifestyle changes.


A Functional Nutritional Therapist is not licensed or certified by any state. However, a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner ™ is trained by the Nutritional Therapy Association, Inc.® which provides a diploma to students who have successfully met all course requirements, including a written and practical exam. A license to practice Nutritional Therapy is not required in some states and/or countries. Laws and regulations regarding certification and licensure requirements differ from state to state, country to country.

National Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coaches (NBC-HWCs) have met training and education requirements, thereby demonstrating command of the coaching competencies that serve as the field’s national standards. Additionally, NBC-HWCs adhere to ethical guidelines as part of the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching’s drive to advance the health & wellness coaching industry.

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Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner™ Scope of Practice.

A Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner™ (FNTP) is a paraprofessional certified by the Nutritional Therapy Association, Inc.® trained to evaluate a client’s nutritional needs and make recommendations of dietary change and nutritional supplementation based on the following:

  • Client Interview
  • Analysis of Client’s Food Journal 
  • Nutritional Assessment Questionnaire
  • Functional Evaluation
  • Lingual-Neuro Testing

An FNTP™ is not trained to provide medical diagnosis or treatment of any medical or pathological condition, illness, injury or disease. No recommendation or comment made by a FNTP™ should be construed as being medical advice or diagnosis.

NBC-HWC Scope of Practice.

Health and wellness coaches engage individuals and groups in evidence-based, client-centered processes that facilitate and empower clients to develop and achieve self-determined, health and wellness goals. Coaches assist clients to use their own insight, personal strengths, and resources to set goals, commit to action steps, and establish accountability in building an envisioned healthy lifestyle. In this way, coaches empower clients through encouragement, exploration, the mobilization of internal strengths, the identification and utilization of external resources, and through the support and development of self-management strategies for executing sustainable, healthy lifestyle changes.

The coach’s role is one of accountability partner, not director, in navigating behavioral change and exploring opportunities for growth and development. As facilitators of the behavior change process, health and wellness coaches support clients to achieve self-directed goals and behavioral changes consistent with the client’s vision for health and wellbeing, informed by any treatment plans prescribed by the client’s professional healthcare team. When appropriate, health and wellness coaches may offer evidence-based resources or information from nationally recognized authorities. Additionally, when working under the license of a qualified medical or allied health professional (e.g., physician, psychologist, physical therapist), health and wellness coaches may support the implementation of those professionals’ treatment plans. On their own, however, coaches themselves do not diagnose, interpret medical data, prescribe or de-prescribe, recommend supplements, provide nutrition consultation or create meal plans, provide exercise prescription or instruction, consult and advise, or provide psychological therapeutic interventions* or treatment.

Health and wellness coaches who hold additional, active, national or state-recognized credentials may provide expert support and guidance within their professional scope for that credential; however, disclosure of the professional role and potential conflicts of interest must be discussed with the client and documented from the onset of a professional relationship. Health and wellness coaches should only function in dual roles with conscious intention and by clearly outlining both professional capacities, through discussion and documentation, as well as defining the boundaries of each. Further, health and wellness coaches must be well-versed in the professional capacity of each role, including the limits of knowledge and skills respective to each role, understand and demonstrate how to work within the limits of each professional role, and comply with all guiding ethical principles to ensure client interests and needs are at the forefront of the coach-client partnership.

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No guarantees.

My role as an FNTP & NBC-HWC is to support and coach you in reaching your own goals, but your success depends primarily on your own effort, motivation, commitment and follow-through. I do not guarantee that you will attain a particular result, and you accept and understand that results differ for everyone. Everyone’s results depend on his or her dedication, desire, motivation, and actions. Your results will be based on many different variables, many of which are out of my control, and therefore I do not make any guarantees as to your outcome.

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