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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

Gail Kincaid

Congratulations to Gail Kincaid for graduating Summa Cum Laude from the Nutrition Consultant program. Gail's passion for a whole food diet and nutrition education led her to Hawthorn. She believes that the approach to nutrition and health differs based on her client. Hawthorn University emphasizes the biochemical uniqueness of people and includes courses where students learn to develop individual health protocols. Gail's education will assist her in using diet, lifestyle and supplementation to lead her clients to wellness. Her food philosophy aligns with Benjamin Franklin’s quote; “Eat to live, don’t live to eat”. She believes that eating a healthy diet and adding physical activity to a daily routine impacts one's hormones, digestive system, and mind. Gail's short-term goal is to donate her services to clients that are underserved, sharing with them the benefits of eating a nutritious well-balanced diet. Best of luck, Gail!

 Gail Kincaid

Gail Kincaid, NC Graduate

Caroline Aslanian

Congratulations to Caroline Aslanian for completing the Scientific Foundations of Holistic Nutrition certificate program. Caroline also holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California State University, Northridge. She has been conscious about how food and nutrition plays an important role in people’s health. She has been backing her intuition with years of research and experiential traveling around the world studying different cultures and ancient wisdom. What is interesting is that in the process of helping others, like so many other busy moms, she stopped taking care of herself. It wasn’t until she healed her own son against sugar addiction that she realized she was battling the same condition. Surprisingly, she cleared her hypoglycemia condition that plagued her since her teens. Caroline often hears from moms who are incredibly busy and overwhelmed that it is impossible to eat healthfully all the time and do it in a way that is affordable, simple and practical. She wishes to inspire and empower other busy moms to make educated decisions about nutrition and health by offering realistic solutions. Through online courses and workshops, she is reaching beyond her community. It is her plan to return to Hawthorn to continue her education and receive her masters in Holistic Nutrition. Hawthorn looks forward to welcoming you back to your studies in the near future!

 Caroline Aslanian

Caroline Aslanian, SFHN Graduate

Dennis Petrick

Congratulations to Dennis Petrick for graduating Magna Cum Laude from the Master of Science in Traditional Nutrition program. Dennis also holds a Bachelor of Science in Technology from Kent State University and a Master of Business Administration from Mount St. Mary's University. He chose Hawthorn University because of his interest and commitment to learning and teaching holistic traditional nutrition and personal wellness.  Dennis enjoys feeding nutritious meals, made with organic whole foods, to family, friends and faith community. He recently retired from the United States government as a financial analyst.  Dennis is the proud owner of the brand-new Mali Otok Organics, an edible lawn / permaculture design landscaping business.  He is a member of the Weston A. Price Foundation and Slow Food International and joined Hawthorn to study in the MSTN program, which combines holistic nutrition and the principles of WAPF. Best of luck moving forward, Dennis!

 Dennis Petrick

Dennis Petrick, MSTN Graduate, and his wife Suzanne

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