Meet Our Providers
Stephanie Poppe APRN, FNP-BC, MSN, BSN, MT
Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner,
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse & Massage Therapist
Stephanie Poppe is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with many years of experience in General and Orthopedic Surgery First Assisting, Surgical Department management, Advanced Tissue Closure techniques, Wound Care, as well as further training in Functional Medicine through both the Institute of Functional Medicine and Functional Medicine University. She has had a passion for holistic care since her journey as a nurse began in 2004. Stephanie understands that your overall wellness is multifaceted and includes your body, mind, and spirit and these three must be aligned in order for you to live your best life.
Stephanie's Personal Testimony
My story begins after having my third beautiful baby boy. I was 26 years old and in school for my Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree. I had just had my 3rd baby in 3.5 years, I was working part time, breast feeding, going to school full time, managing a huge garden, trying to be more than I should have! And I was exhausted... But! This is normal right? We are supposed to do all of these things in our 20's. We can do anything we put our minds to and more. Isn't this what we are told? While I agree with this to an extent, what we aren't told is how to manage it all. How to make sure we are eating right, getting enough personal time, taking time to settle our souls each day so we can move forward with the next day refreshed, fueled, and encouraged.
Fast forward about 9 years and I had yet again gone back to school for my Masters of Science in Nursing, moved to North Dakota, was working in a busy Orthopedic Surgery practice in Fargo and I was spent. I dealt with "Brain Fog" every day. I had headaches at least 5 days a week. I was eating hospital cafeteria food on the go because of my busy schedule, and I was on the road commuting 2 hours each day. My emotions were everywhere, I was exhausted every day and my marriage to my amazingly supportive husband was suffering.
I made an appointment with my Primary Care Provider who ran the "normal" bloodwork and told me everything was great. "Maybe you have depression".... I have been told this before and I knew this wasn't the problem. I loved my life! I seriously have the best kids, my husband is always there for me, and we were living "the dream life" with our careers. I wasn't buying this answer.
I got online and did some searching and began to look into functional medicine (FM). This was my answer! I found a FM provider in Fargo and began my own healing journey. I found out some important genetic, hormonal, and dietary information about myself and began to finally heal. I didn't need a prescription medication. I needed to know how to properly fuel my body, how to rest my body, and how to encourage my soul again.
This started me on my path to be a Functional Medicine Provider for YOU! I want everyone else to be able to feel good, have great health, and do the things they want to be able to do without their physical health holding them back. You don't have to be tired all of the time, we can work on that weight gain that is plaguing you, those hormones can be regulated better, and we can find a way to balance your emotions. And guess what? You are in control of it! And I want to be here to help you.
Megan Fragodt is a Certified Health Coach who is passionate about supporting people in transforming their mind, body, and spirit. She supports you in creating action steps, building self-awareness, staying on track, developing boundaries, and prioritizing your health. Bringing these skills into your life is no quick fix- it’s about taking sustainable steps to create long lasting habits so that you can show up for yourself and create a more meaningful life.
My story begins around when I was 10 years old. Picture a little girl running around her home out in the county. She does a couple laps and then she runs in the house, grabs her tape measure, and throws it around her tummy. Taking a mental note of the number, she then goes back outside and runs some more before coming in and once again, measuring herself. She was hoping her tummy shrunk. And to her, it did. So- she continued.
Fast forward several years into high school and you had a girl who was active in sports, participated in extracurricular activities, and you could find helping on the farm. The average person looking at her wouldn’t know that she was addicted to sugar. They didn’t know that if there was a pan of desert in the kitchen, she would eat several pieces of it. When (and if) her parents found out, they would scoff at her and she would play it off as an “oops!”. After she felt like she ate too much she would usually try to run it off on the treadmill or run down the gravel road.
College was a different picture. While this girl was finding herself and passionate about learning, she had some challenging things going on behind the scenes. She turned a curve where binge eating sweets and salty foods gave her the “hit” nothing else could. Pizza, ice cream, Oreos, deserts, bag of chips, etc. They all presented a calming effect in the middle of chaos and uncertainty. Because of how much she hid this, you could call her a high functioning sugar addict. She would go on to have terrible PMS symptoms, acne that would swell her face, gain weight, and have a high level of insecurity.
My journey to healing has come with a lot of time spent educating myself. Listening to podcasts, reading books, and following certain people on social media. I would then take my learnings and experiment with it in my own life. These experiments included saying no to restricting what I ate, setting boundaries in my relationships, trying new things that scared me, implementing movement that I actually enjoyed, and forgiving myself in ways I never knew I needed to. It was then that I decided to take the leap to get my Health Coach Certification to be able to help others like me. Through getting my certification, things started to make more sense. I was suddenly painting the picture of my life with a brand-new brush.
I had to acknowledge that I had more healing to be done. After spending my whole life thinking I wasn’t good enough, it was going to take more support than what I could give myself and ask of my personal relationships. So, I began seeing a therapist and really excelled my healing.
I will stop here and tell you; life is too short to not tell yourself the truth about what you want. Even more so, to consistently treat others with more importance than yourself. When you feel like you were born to serve others, one of the most challenging things to believe is that you are just as important and will at times need support too.
My job as a Health Coach is to guide you in showing up for yourself, support your vision of the human you wish to be, and cultivate the skills that you already hold within. This is not an easy path to walk alone and that’s why I will walk it with you. I look forward to being a part of your journey.