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Melissa Starman

Congratulations to Melissa Starman for graduating cum Laude from the Nutrition Consultant certificate program. Melissa has a passion for health and wellness and helping people achieve optimal health through the assessment of their diet and lifestyle. Overcoming her own health issues with panic and anxiety through diet and lifestyle changes, she feels strongly about sharing her knowledge with others. Melissa believes when reliving stress in the body, whether from environmental, diet, emotional and physical stress, thought processes and/or the result of our modern-day habits, that we will see our greatest gains in health. She received her yoga certification from Kripalu School of Yoga and is a Yoga Instructor, Chiropractic Assistant at Thrive Chiropractic, and essential oils Wellness Advocate. At Hawthorn Melissa learned how food, nutrients, environment, and lifestyle impact the systems of the body to create optimal health. Keep up the good work, Melissa!

 Melissa Starman

Melissa Starman, NC Graduate

Alexander Prather

Congratulations to Alexander Prather for graduating cum Laude from the Master of Science in Traditional Nutrition program. Alexander also holds a Bachelor's degree from Georgia College in Exercise Science. After receiving his undergraduate degree, he discovered his passion for nutrition and entered Hawthorn University to focus on the benefits of nourishing fats and real, wholesome food and not on government proposed dietary guidelines. Alexander plans to use his degree to educate others through private practice, participate in research, work with supplement companies, or bring real food to the community. He writes, "I truly believe that following my heart and pursuing a life that involves knowing truth and helping others is a good path. The rest will follow suit. Whatever may come, I will use the great knowledge I gain from this degree to inspire others to live healthier, happier, more vibrant lives." Best of luck to you, Alexander!

 Alex Prather

Alexander Prather, MSTN Graduate

Danielle Savard

Congratulations to Danielle Savard for graduating Magna cum Laude from the Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education program. Danielle has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, and a master’s degree in Public Administration. She learned to cook at the Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Quebec in Montreal and worked as a cook early in her career. When she came to the United States, she worked as a meeting planner for non-profit organizations, and as an educational program manager at African Virtual University. She owned Le Chic Picnic, LLC, a mobile kitchen, that offered gluten-free delight.

She co-owns Le Bleu Ridge Bed and Breakfast, located in Virginia, which features organic beds and bedding, and delicious and nutritious whole food breakfasts. Danielle's goal is to provide clients with educational tools and recipes to help reverse type 2, and gestational diabetes. Her thesis is entitled How to Self-Care with Diabetes. Keep up the great work, Danielle!

 Danielle Savard

Danielle Savard, MHNE Graduate

Mary Egan

Congratulations to Mary Egan for graduating Magna cum Laude from the Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education program.  Mary graduated with honors from the University of Maryland receiving a BS degree. She is a certified holistic​ ​sports and life coach, an athlete, competitive USTA tennis player, USTA captain and head volunteer coach of Special Olympics Tennis. Mary is the founder of Solutions to Wellness, a company devoted to educating individuals, employers and employees, and mature adults to the importance of nutrition in achieving wellness and health. The mission of Solutions to Wellness is to help people achieve their goals through better life style choices while understanding the consequences of poor food choices. Mary writes “I believe strongly that each person is an individual with varying needs. I do not believe in the “one size fits all” approach to wellness and health.” As the Father of Medicine, Hippocrates said; “Let food be they medicine and medicine be thy food”. Her thesis is entitled Peri-Operative Nutritional Protocol for Total Joint Arthroplasty Patients to Optimize Surgery Experience, Recovery, Pain Management and Life Style.  Mary just accepted a position as director of special projects with IRT and will be focusing on the issues facing the health of our food supply chain while also advising Orthopedic practices on Nutritional Protocols for patients. Keep up the good work, Mary!

 Mary Egan

Mary Egan, MHNE Graduate

Bethany Swanquist

Congratulations to Bethany Swanquist for graduating Summa cum Laude from the Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education program. Bethany received her Bachelor's degree in Hospitality Business from Michigan State University and is a Certified Dietary Manager and the founder of Wildflower Wellness, Inc., a whole foods nutrition and health behavioral counseling business. She believes that food is medicine and holistic nutrition focuses on the needs and goals of the individual, while supporting lifestyle and behavioral changes. Her passion for holistic wellness has led to speaking engagements about using nutrition to prevent and fight cancer and minimize side effects associated with cancer treatment. Bethany will be pursuing her Board Certification in Holistic Nutrition and masters’ certificates in aromatherapy and herbalism. Her thesis is entitled, Short Term Fasting to Slow the Growth of Localized Prostate Cancer in Patients in Active Surveillance. You can find Bethany at http://www.wildflowerwellness.net. Keep up the good work, Bethany.

 Bethany Swanquist

Bethany Swanquist, MHNE Graduate

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