Patient Advocacy Private Consulting with Martine

Expert navigator, patient advocate, researcher, and patient/family/caregiver educator.
When you need a knowledgeable healthcare professional who is completely on your side.


Your New Diagnosis

Faced with a new diagnosis? Not sure what to do next?  You had eight minutes with your physician and you still have questions. You might be feeling overwhelmed, knowing you need to participate in your treatment choices, but are unsure where to turn for help.

If you are faced with the news of a serious illness or condition, you’ll need a knowledgeable expert who can guide you through the your healthcare journey.

Becoming well informed about your diagnosis and treatment options is essential so you can make the best choices for you.

I’m Martine Ehrenclou, patient advocate, healthcare navigator, healthcare coach and patient/family/caregiver educator. I’ve written two award-winning books, The Take-Charge Patient: How You Can Get The Best Medical Care and Critical Conditions: The Essential Hospital Guide to Get Your Loved One Out Alive.

I give lectures to the general public on the basics of navigating our healthcare system, patient engagement, and how to take charge of you as a patient.

My private consulting is on your time when you need it, tailored specifically to your needs, and very supportive.

When you’ve received a new diagnosis, whether serious or not, the last thing you want is to go the journey alone.

Our healthcare system is complex, confusing, and can be overwhelming to patients, their families and caregivers. Allow me to do the heavy lifting for you.

I can help you with the following:

  • Prepare for your doctor’s appointments.
  • Create a list of specific questions for your medical providers, created with you, specifically for your next medical encounter.  
  • Gather credible information on your diagnosis so you become well informed.
  • Research evidence-based treatment options specific to your disease or condition.
  • Research the most experienced specialists in treating your illness or condition, so you make the best choice. Even if you cannot travel, I offer strategies for your own physicians to coordinate treatment.
  • Create your patient’s toolkit to make it easier for you and your medical providers.
  • A roadmap for what to do next, including personalized checklists.
  • Give you strategies to enhance communication with your doctors and nurses.
  • Show you how to engage in shared decision-making so you receive the treatment you want and that is the best choice for you.
  • Offer you resources such as credible books, websites, published articles, medical journal articles, and further information on your diagnosis and treatment options.
  • Provide you with online or in-person support groups with people who share your diagnosis.
  • Managing your health insurance so you can help avoid surprise medical bills and medical debt.
“Martine Ehrenclou is a fabulous advocate for people trying to make their way through the unfamiliar and terrifying world of medical diagnosis. Until you or a loved one are sick, it's unknown territory. When my husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer, we scrambled to sort through what the doctors were telling us and to figure out the best treatment for him, and Martine's assistance was invaluable. She researched the treatments, and the best doctors specializing in each treatment option, so that we felt we had thoroughly and thoughtfully considered the best course of treatment for him. She literally might have saved his life.”  

L.E., Pasadena, CA



“After seeing countless doctors and specialists who could not diagnose the cause of my 3-month-long rash, Martine Ehrenclou suggested that I research whether the generic medicine I took daily had changed. Although the pharmacy said no, they were using the same manufacturer, I realized that the capsules looked different from when I first started taking the medicine. One week after I stopped taking the medicine the rash began healing, and is now completely gone. She was able to sort through all of the symptoms and descriptions of the rash and come to a logical conclusion, something 5 different physicians and many costly medical tests had been unable to find. She is an amazing medical advocate!”

Anonymous, Los Angeles, CA

You Have No Diagnosis, Misdiagnosis, or are Seeking a Diagnosis

It can be very challenging to suffer with ongoing symptoms or pain. Perhaps you have seen doctors who performed exams and did tests but they have not come up with the right diagnosis for you. Maybe you aren’t getting better with the treatment you’ve been prescribed, or maybe the diagnosis you’ve been offered by your doctor just doesn’t seem right.

I’ve been there. For 16 months I suffered with a chronic pain condition. No doctor could find out what was wrong. I received 10 misdiagnoses from 11 physicians. I found my own diagnosis and the hernia specialist/surgeon to accurately diagnose and treat me. I have pain free for 3 ½ years.

I specialize in helping patients with undiagnosed symptoms. I am not a doctor or nurse but I am an excellent researcher and healthcare detective, and can provide you with medical information that can help lead you to the right diagnosis or the right doctor. I am persistent, attentive to detail and I am a good listener.

I can help you with:

  • Finding second opinions from the most experienced specialists
  • Create questions specific for each medical encounter.
  • Creating a symptom diary to share with your doctor or nurse.
  • Create your patient toolkit so make your life as a patient much easier.
  • Prepare for medical appointments to maximize time, quality and safety.
  • Research medical journals, other medical information, gather information from patients with similar symptoms, and provide you with brainstorming sessions to boost your chances of getting the right diagnosis.
  • Research the most experienced and respect physicians.
  • A roadmap we create together for what to do next.

Caregivers (spouses, parents, adult children, other loved ones, and caregivers)

A loved one cares for the patient more than anyone. You are the patient’s best advocate. 

One day you wake up and your life has changed drastically. Your loved one is hospitalized, or has a serious diagnosis. Where do you go from here? 

You accompanied your loved one to the first doctor’s appointment, maybe the second, but you are left feeling overwhelmed, with unanswered questions, and unsure about what to do next. All of a sudden you have become a caregiver or advocate for someone you love and you don’t know the first thing about how to do it. 

You need guidance and support quickly. Perhaps you haven’t had experience with the healthcare system, and your loved one needs your support. Allow me to guide you, offer credible information so you become well informed about diagnosis, treatment options, resources, how to navigate the healthcare system, and much more. 

I’ve been there. My mother was hospitalized for five months and died there. Shortly thereafter, my godmother (who I was very close to) was hospitalized for seven months. She died in the hospital. I understand the overwhelm, the confusion, and wishing there was someone who could simply tell me what to do. 

I can help you. I’ve written two award-winning books about how to be your own advocate to get the best medical care and how to be an effective advocate for a hospitalized loved one. I lecture to the general public on the topics of patient advocacy, patient safety, patient empowerment, patient engagement, advocating for loved ones, elder care, health literacy, and more. 

I give you credible information, effective strategies, discuss the choices with you, and you make the decisions. 

If you are a spouse, adult child, parent, other loved one, or caregiver, I provide private consulting on how to navigate the healthcare system to maximize the time, quality, safety and efficiency of the medical encounters that involve the patient. 

I can help you with:

  • Strategies to become your loved one’s best advocate/caregiver. 
  • Strategies and education on how to advocate for a hospitalized loved one. 
  • Preparing for medical appointments with questions tailored to specific needs and specific medical encounters.
  • Creating the patient’s toolkit so make your lives much easier during this process. 
  • Preventing fragmented care such as when doctors don’t talk to one another or don't hare the patient’s information. 
  • Preventing medical errors to ensure the patient’s safety. 
  • Resources for advocates/caregivers that provide support and comfort. 
  • Research, information, and consulting on assisted living facilities, long term care, caregiving resources. 
  • Brainstorming sessions with you, you and the patient, with the patient’s needs at the forefront. 
  • A roadmap we create together for what to do next. 
  • And much more. 

Consultation fees

The first 20 minutes of a video or phone conversation is free of charge. Consultations can be in-person, by phone, by video conferencing, or by email. Fee structure: by the hour, by the scope of plan, or by the month. I accept Pay Pal (online payments).

Contact me for more information and/or a qoute at:
mge(at) or call 310-471-1740


Martine Ehrenclou M.A., award winning author, her new book is The Take Charge Patient.About Martine Ehrenclou, M.A.
With a masters degree in psychology from Pepperdine University and a graduate certificate in patient advocacy from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), I help patients and their families and caregivers navigate the healthcare system, create patient toolkits, specific questions for medical providers, copies of medical records, guidance with health insurance issues, communication strategies, assistance with misdiagnosis or no diagnosis, and coach patients and their caregivers on how to maximize time, quality and safety with medical providers, and much more.

I am an award-winning author of two books, The Take-Charge Patient: How You Can Get the Best Medical Care and Critical Conditions: The Essential Hospital Guide To Get Your Loved One Out Alive. I interviewed over 400 physicians, nurses, pharmacists, other medical providers and patients for both books. I also lecture to the general public on patient engagement, patient empowerment, health literacy, communication strategies, patient safety, and more. I write healthcare articles for publication and write a blog at

I am a member of the board for The Red Cross, Santa Monica Bay chapter and belong to the following organizations: The Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants, The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine, Society for Participatory Medicine, and Association of Health Care Journalists.

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