About - Lauren Sambataro

meet lauren

I’m a Functional Health Coach, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and Broadway Performer living in New York City

I’ve spent my entire life trying to determine the best way to nourish my body for optimal wellness, while maintaining the visual aesthetic of a Broadway performer. I tried every nutritional approach and fad under the sun and committed myself to consistently challenging and persistent workouts.

And then, I crashed and burned. I started experiencing major fatigue, I wasn’t recovering from workouts or performances, and I was getting sick every other week. Getting through the day without someone worrying about me became rare, my brain couldn’t focus for more than 30 minutes at a time, and all I ever wanted to do was sleep. I didn’t know why I was feeling this way, but I knew I didn’t want to continue to feeling it. I requested a short leave of absence from my fitness job and decided that rest was probably my best bet.

My type A personality of course wanted to fill my free daytime hours with “something else”. So I enrolled in a functional health course, called Functional Diagnostic Nutrition, that had popped up in my email. I studied incessantly while locked in a sedentary position all day long in my apartment, with bottomless coffees and the same protein shake every-single-day. I laugh at myself now when I look back at how I chose to “heal” myself. But what did come out of this experience was some invaluable information, almost seemingly by accident!

Part of the course required that I run lab tests on myself, which low and behold led me to the answer to all my problems! I was experiencing what then was called “adrenal fatigue”, or HPA axis dysregulation. My daily cortisol (stress hormone) output was all over the map, which meant my fundamental regulatory systems were burnt out and chronically stressed! No wonder I was catching every cold and flu that came my way.

I was exercising way too much, not breathing, not listening to my body, and eating every trendy “health food” out there, regardless of how my body reacted. WAKE UP CALL. I finally realized that the only way I could heal was by starting from the inside out.

Personal health is extremely intimate. It doesn’t come from a best-selling nutrition book, or from your friend’s own success story. It comes from within you! The only way to true wellness is to be your own health detective. Yes it takes work, and intense commitment; but once you find it, it’s yours forever.


As a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), Lauren has been working as a fitness professional since 2006. Exercise specialties include Neuromuscular Stretching, Corrective Exercise, Pre/Post-Natal Training, and is a certified instructor of KettleBell Concepts®.

Lauren studied through the C.H.E.K. Institute in Carlsbad, CA. As a certified Exercise Coach, she specializes in corrective exercise through anatomical and functional assessments, primal movement patterns and scientific program design.

Also a C.H.E.K. Level II Holistic Lifestyle Coach, she wholly believes in biochemical and chemical individuality, and the importance of finding what works for each individual.

She coaches through the D.R.E.S.S. protocol, influencing healthy lifestyle principles through clean, high-quality nutrition, proper sleep patterning, stress reduction, and intelligent movement integration.

Lauren is a certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® and Metabolic Typing Advisor®, Holistic Lifestyle & Exercise Coach, Certified Metabolic Typing Advisor, Certified Personal Trainer, and Functional Health Coach. 

“life changing as a coach & trainer”

She is like a one stop shop for all of your needs when it comes to health and wellness. Where else can you find someone who looks at you from EVERY aspect, helps you manage it ALL and become healthier?

Besides having an incredible heart and genuine spirit, she is incredibly knowledgable in fitness and training as well as being able to diagnose and treat numerous illnesses, ailments and diseases. She uses a whole body approach to assess, train, and coach you into becoming the best possible you. She just gets it!

What I appreciated when I started working with her was realizing that it isn’t just about one area, and easily being able to trust her. When I first started out, my journey of health and wellness only took into consideration one aspect. I have learned through working with Lauren and the years I have spent healing that until you look at your body as a whole, treating everything from fitness to the food you eat and the inner workings of your body, you will never get the results you want.

She inspired me, during my own health struggles and overcoming a lot with her help, to become a health coach myself. But, if I hadn’t worked with Lauren I never would have had the knowledge, the guts, and the healthy mindset to go for it.

Health and wellness is a daily journey of searching for what balance means to you. Having Lauren at the head of your team will certainly make that journey easier, stronger and leave you feeling fulfilled, driven and healthier than you have ever been!

Thank you Lauren for taking such good care of me, and being such an incredible support. I hope anyone reading this will realize what a gift she is and sign on!!




“a keen eye for imbalances”

Lauren is more than a trainer.  I was fortunate to have her as my nutritionist when I was looking to shed some post-baby fat. Coming from a healthcare background, I may have been skeptical about her methods, but they worked! With a fitness regimen, I lost 10 lbs and reshaped my body. Fitness is truly her passion and it shows in how she approaches her clients. She has a keen eye for imbalances and has helped me tremendously on some specific functional goals I’ve been working on such as my posture and push ups. She has been trained in many methods and can provide variety so that you don’t get bored. Most of all, she has a beautiful heart and will take your goals seriously!!




“quite literally changed my life”

My 13-week program with Lauren has quite literally changed my entire life and there are not enough words of gratitude to fully express what that means to me. This program has served me the biggest slice of humble pie I have ever needed. Never in my life did I think I would get to a point where I legitimately needed help with my health. The filters were peeled back from my eyes and I was given a chance to really take control and do something about it. A true lifestyle change. Not yo-yo dieting. Diets don’t work. The diet mindset is temporary. Connecting with Lauren showed me that. Yes, I was feeling awful about myself and then jealous and angry that I was sitting around talking to this healthy, and seemingly effortlessly fit woman. She talked me through and showed me, it’s NOT effortless. Not even for a health coach. And even health coaches (and anyone else who is incredibly fit) have days where they simply DON’T enjoy the amount of effort it takes to maintain that level of health and that lifestyle. Which for someone like me, hearing that was a HUGE relief.




“she is fully invested”

Lauren is a well versed fitness and functional nutritionist that truly creates custom plans of actions to produce the results each of her clients desire. She’s not only a picture of motivation but she is fully invested in the success of her clients and her skills and character place her at the top of her field.


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