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Stephanie Altermatt

Congratulations to Stephanie Altermatt for graduating cum Laude from the Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education degree program.  Stephanie also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Cross-Cultural Studies from Bethany Global University in Bloomington, MN. When her three children were diagnosed with severe food allergies, she realized it was time to make changes in her family’s dietary choices. After successfully improving her children’s health through diet and nutrition, she decided to deepen her knowledge in holistic health and nutrition so she could go on to inspire others to lead healthy lives. Her goal is to help other parents learn how to instill healthy eating habits in their children at a young age. Health and nutrition education are her passion and she loves inspiring others to lead healthy lives. Her thesis is entitled Childhood Obesity: Confronting the Growing Problem in Low Income Hispanic Children with Cooking Component. Keep spreading your knowledge to increase wellness in others!

Stephanie Altermatt 

Stephanie Altermatt, MHNE Graduate

Toby Ford

Toby Ford is to be congratulated for receiving the Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education degree, Magna cum Laude. Toby also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from California State University, Long Beach. She has been coaching friends and family for three years and has recently begun to coach professionally nationwide. She focuses on what foods can cause inflammation in the body and works with clients to reduce that inflammation. She educates others about foods that help the body to heal, shed excess weight, increase energy levels and mood, and decrease aches and pains. Learn more about Toby at her website http://www.mindyourplate.com and learn more about her life's mission as she personifies the saying "education not medication". Her thesis is entitled Food Is Personal: Food Sensitivities and Nutrition to Reduce Inflammation and Weight Gain. Keep up the good work, Toby!

Toby Ford 

Toby Ford, MHNE Graduate

Deborah McTaggart

Deborah McTaggart is to be congratulated for receiving a Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition degree, Magna cum Laude. Deborah also earned a degree from the University of London, and completed 2 years at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in London where she received clinical experience in dealing with clients. She moved to California and began her studies at Hawthorn to advance her education and reach her goal of working in a private practice. Now residing in London, she aims to work in general practice with a keen interest in energy related issues and sports nutrition. Her thesis, Is Supplementation Necessary to Support Endurance Athletic Performance?, is evidence of her growth and sets the stage for continued success. Best of luck, Deborah!

Deborah McTaggart 

Deborah McTaggart, MHSN Graduate

Kate Williams

Congratulations to Kate Williams for graduating from the Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education program, Magna cum Laude. Kate also earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Clemson University with a concentration in health sciences. She has long had a passion for helping others achieve health and happiness in their daily lives. Kate has been a fitness instructor since 2010, a physical educator for elementary school students since 2013, and is currently pursuing creative ways to teach others all about holistic living and balance. Kate and her husband, Matt, are foster parents and find fulfillment in helping children find love, stability, and healthy habits so they can thrive. Keep up the wonderful work, Kate!

Kate Williams

Kate Williams, MHNE Graduate

Tami Chu

Tami Chu is to be congratulated for receiving the Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition degree, Summa cum Laude. Before pursuing nutrition, Tami was a special education teacher with a Master’s degree in Deaf Education. She left teaching to raise and home school her four children who, along with their flock of backyard chickens, keep her pretty busy. She spent the last four years as a chapter co-leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation, promoting healthful living in her community. She currently runs a local food buyer’s club to encourage discounted purchases of organic products and teaches nutrition classes in a local church. Her journey into real food and holistic wellness began in childhood with homemade everything and a focus on natural products. The path was solidified when her fourth child, a twin, was born with multiple allergies that had him covered in rashes from 3 weeks old. When doctors couldn’t provide answers she went searching on her own. Her current interests lie in unifying microbial and nutritional research to make the highest impact on the most people. Her thesis is entitled Ancestral Fiber and the Gut Microbiome. Keep up the good work with your community, children, and chickens!

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