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Master's Degree in Clinical Nutrition

The University of Bridgeport

Graduated with Honors: summa cum laude, May 2022

  • The University of Bridgeport's Master of Science in Nutrition distinguishes itself from other master’s programs in its focus on functional medicine and its growing value in the prevention and management of disease. Embedded in the curriculum is the concept of bio-individuality which enables clinicians to be able to provide customized diet and nutrient recommendations that will be effective. This is provided with an evidence-based scientific approach.

  • The Human Nutrition Program provides a biochemical and physiological study of nutrition and its role in health and disease. Students gain counseling skills in alternative and complementary medicine using nutritional strategies. The program further explores the role of nutrition as a preventive, adjunctive, alternative strategy for the prevention and amelioration of specific health conditions.

  • Originally established in 1977, this Master of Science in Nutrition program is fully accredited by the ACNPE, and provides immersion in the biochemical and physiological study of nutrition and its role in health and disease. Using an evidence-based, functional medicine approach, this program provides me with the concepts of biochemical individuality and personalized care so that I can provide effective, customized nutritional recommendations.

  • The Human Nutrition Program consists of foundational courses in human physiology and biochemistry which expand into in-depth learnings on macro and micronutrients, biochemical individuality, human development, functional assessment, and nutritional therapeutics. An integrative and holistic perspective is interwoven with an evidence-based approach to assessing and counseling a client.


BioIndividual Nutrition Institute: August 2015

  • Certified in BioIndividual Nutrition

  • Professional Training & Certification Program

  • Comprehensive Training in the Nutrition Science and Clinical Practice of Individualized Diet and Nutrition Intervention.

  • Evidenced based diet and nutrition training that considers multiple individual variables such as underlying imbalances in immune, digestive, cellular and detoxification function.

  • Specialized training in nutrition for children, Autism, ADHD and other Special Needs.

  • Cloud-based software program that enables practitioners to easily design and deliver individualized digital nutrition programs, including recipes, meal plans, and food lists filtered to the exact needs of each client.

  • Software program that provides a web based portal through which clients can access their nutrition plans, upload their health tracking records and gain access to meal plans and recipes specific to their needs and goals.

Certified Gluten Practitioner: July 2013

  • Professional Training & Certification Program

  • The Certified Gluten Practitioner (CGP) Program is taught by Internationally recognized speaker and workshop leader, Dr. Thomas O'Bryan, and is designed to present an in-depth understanding of the causes of Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease to help healthcare practitioners diagnose, treat and educate patients about Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease.

  • Certified Gluten Practitioners have been through a rigorous training process. They have attended in person, or via self-study review of the DVDs, Dr. O'Bryan's full-day educational workshop on Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease.  They have passed a challenging examination, and only then can they be listed as CGPs on website.  Thus, they should know how to accurately recognize, test for, and differentiate the two - Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease.

The Institute for Integrative Nutrition: (New York, NY)  May 2012 - April 2013

  • Certified Holistic Health Coach

  • Board Certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners

  • Professional Training & Certification Program

  • I received my training as a Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition's cutting-edge Health Coach Training Program. During my training, I studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with many of the world’s top health and wellness experts. My teachers included Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Dr. Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine; Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University; Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating; and many other leading researchers and nutrition authorities.

  • Immersion Program: Business Development & Marketing, Coaching and the Science and Art of Personal Transformation

  • Interested in becoming a Health Coach? Click here for more information.

The University of Iowa: (Iowa City, IA)  August 1994 - May 1998

B.A. Communication Studies, with a Minor in Marketing & Journalism

Continuing Education, Graduate Coursework, Certifications, and Accreditations:

  • Master's Degree in Clinical Nutrition - The University of Bridgeport - May 2022

    • Graduated with Honors: summa cum laude

    • Comprehensive Exams: Spring 2022

    • Virtual Clinic: Fall 2021

    • Botanical Medicine: Summer 2021

    • Nutritional Therapeutics: Spring 2021

    • Functional Medicine Nutrition: Summer 2020

    • Developmental Nutrition: Spring 2020

    • Clinical Biochemistry & Advanced Assessment: Spring 2020

    • Lifelong Healing with Food: Fall 2019

    • Vitamins & Minerals: Fall 2019

    • Assessment of Nutritional Status: Summer 2019

    • Biochemistry of Nutrition: Summer 2019

    • Evidence-based Nutrition: Spring 2019

    • Pathophysiology of Metabolic Diseases: Spring 2019

    • Nutrition Fundamentals: Fall 2018

    • Introductory Biochemistry for the Clinical Nutritionist: Fall 2018

    • Anatomy & Physiology​ for the Clinical Nutritionist: Fall 2018

  • Microbiome Labs Keynote Conference: September 2019

  • GI Dysfunction - A Functional Medicine Guide to GI and Immune System Management by Evexia Diagnostics: November 2018

  • The Institute for Functional Medicine: 2018 Annual International Conference (17.75 CME credits)

  • The Institute for Functional Medicine: Member Since 2015

  • Certified in BioIndividual Nutrition: August 2015

  • American Association of Drugless Practitioners (A.A.D.P.): Board Certified & Accredited Member Since 2013

  • Certified Gluten-free Practitioner: September 2013

  • International Association of Health Coaches: Member Since 2013

  • Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach: April 2013

  • Founder of My Nutritious Life, LLC: October 2012

  • Johnson & Johnson/Janssen product training in fields of Gastroenterology, Neurology, Psychiatry and Pediatrics: January 2002-2010

  • University of Iowa - Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies, with a Minor in Marketing & Journalism: May 1998


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