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Patricia Rynearson

Patricia Rynearson is to be congratulated for graduating Magna Cum Laude from the Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition degree program. Patricia is a lifelong learner who also holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Minnesota and a M.A. in Education with specialties in English and French from St Thomas University in St Paul. She taught English, French, German and Spanish and studied French Literature through the University of Wisconsin at Madison by correspondence completing all the required courses for a M.A. in French Literature. She has had several children’s books published and continued to teach until developing a strong interest in nutrition. After 10 years of self-study, she entered Hawthorn and learned how to heal with food and supplements with the same passion she brought to learning languages. Now retired from teaching, she counsels people on nutrition through her business, Sage-nutrition.com. Her writing now consists of health blogs on her website, where she remains committed to helping others heal. Her thesis is entitled Interstitial Cystitis as a Comorbidity of Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. Great work, Patricia!

 Pat Rynearson

Patricia Rynearson, MSHN Graduate

Katie Miller

Congratulations to Katie Miller for graduating Summa Cum Laude from the Nutrition Consultant certificate program. Katie believes that attaining peak health takes time and effort since most individuals aren’t aware of their current state of health, and aren’t aware of how poor their health really is. She is passionate to provide the necessary building blocks, motivation, and education to guide individuals towards optimal health.

 Katie Miller

Katie Miller, NC Graduate

Alison Riddiford

Congratulations to Alison Riddiford for graduating Summa Cum Laude from the Nutrition Consultant certificate program. Alison holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is a CPA with a background in public and private accounting but her true passion is holistic based health and wellness with a focus on nutrition. After struggling for years with intestinal disorders and inflammation, Alison reached out to the medical community for help but was only offered symptom management through medication. At that point, she sought to find the “why” behind her symptoms and discovered holistic medicine. This experience motivated her to enter Hawthorn to learn more. Alison is well versed in all areas of holistic nutrition, and holds a special interest in both prediabetes and food sensitivities. Her focus is on helping her clients find the balance of diet and lifestyle which best supports their individual needs. She is currently busy launching Serenity Nutrition & Wellness based in Scottsdale, AZ. Visit Alison's website (coming soon!) for more information:  http://www.SerenityNutritionAndWellness.com. Best of luck, Alison!

 Alison Riddiford

Alison Riddiford, NC Graduate

Adrienne Berkman

Congratulations to Adrienne Berkman for graduating Summa Cum Laude from the Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition program. Adrienne earned a Bachelor of Arts from Queens College in New York and is a life-long learner. She returned to further her education and study nutrition at the Integrative Institute of Nutrition in Manhattan where she received a certification in Holistic Health Coaching. She enrolled in Hawthorn University to advance her knowledge in holistic nutrition and has led numerous workshops and classes in nutrition at several venues. Her thesis included a twelve week educational program designed to provide alternative options to people with ADHD.  The protocol utilizes diet, supplements, probiotics, exercise, removal of toxins from the environment and the body, as well as biofeedback, neurofeedback, and homeopathy. Her thesis is entitled Holistic Alternatives to Stimulate Medications for ADHD. Best of luck, Adrienne!

 Adrienne Berkman

Adrienne Berkman, MSHN Graduate

Margo Volftsun

Congratulations to Margo Volftsun for graduating Summa Cum Laude from the Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition program. After receiving certification as a health coach from the Institute of Integrated Nutrition, she decided to pursue additional education and enrolled at Hawthorn. Margo has her own practice - Wellness2Gether (www.wellness2gether.com) and has been a part of Teri Cochrane's integrative nutrition office since February, 2015. She has studied with multiple functional medicine teachers and graduated from Full Body Systems – a functional nutrition program from the Holistic Nutrition Lab. Currently, she is pursuing certification through the School for Applied Functional Medicine. She also holds the First Line Therapy certification through Metagenics. Margo has taken multiple courses through the Institute of Functional Medicine and is a frequent attendee at integrative health and nutrition conferences. She is familiar with many high-quality supplement lines and has experience in interpretation of functional medicine testing. Margo’s goal is to transition to corporate and/or group nutrition and lifestyle education. She has developed a five session health and wellness curriculum which she teaches to small groups. In addition, Margo just completed certification as a Workplace Wellness professional and is about to start her first corporate engagement delivering workshops at a law firm in the Washington, DC area. Her thesis is entitled Gastrointestinal Microbiome Manipulation as an Adjunctive Intervention in the Treatment of Obesity. Keep up the good work, Margo!

 Margo Volftsun

Margo Volftsun, MSHN Graduate

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