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"The Value of Lab Testing for Holistic Nutrition Professionals" with Melissa Dengler, ND


Laboratory tests are procedures that involve testing samples of blood, urine, saliva or other tissues or substances in the body. While a physician utilizes lab tests to diagnose a disease or condition, there is also a non-diagnostic use of testing that can be utilized in the nutrition practice. As a nutrition consultant, you can teach your clients how to consider their lab test results from a nutritional perspective and to help answer questions such as, "Is my body functioning optimally?" or "What organs or systems need nutritional support?" Laboratory values can help the nutrition professional to tailor their nutritional protocols to the unique individual needs and biochemistry of their clients. Utilizing lab values in practice can assist the practitioner and client to identify which nutritional goals to prioritize, plan the nutritional protocol, evaluate the response to a healing plan and monitor the progress in reaching those goals. In this webinar, you will learn which laboratory tests can be useful in the nutrition practice and where your clients can order these tests using client-direct lab testing services. Dr. Melissa Dengler, ND received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania, in 2001. She received her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2005 and then completed a one year residency in family medicine at the Southwest Naturopathic Medical Center in Scottsdale, AZ with a special focus in homeopathy, environmental medicine and clinical nutrition. In addition her other interests include botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, and preventive medicine. While completing her residency in Arizona, Dr. Dengler supervised many student clinical rotations and also served as an adjunct professor of homeopathy and environmental medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. Upon completion of her residency she returned to her home state of Pennsylvania and is now in private practice, is on faculty at Hawthorn University, and teaches holistic nutrition and courses in health and wellness for several institutions. Dr. Dengler is pleased to offer natural health care for the whole family by taking an individualized approach to health and taking quality time to get to know her patients and examine their lifestyles and habits. She is committed to supporting the body's inherent ability to heal using natural therapies to restore health.