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Patricia 'Lynn' Byrd

Congratulations to Patricia 'Lynn' Byrd for successfully completing the Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education degree. Lynn has worn many hats, including personal chef, successful restaurant and jazz club owner, and life-long food connoisseur. As owner of The Byrdfeeder Nutrition Counseling Services, Lynn supports her clients as they acknowledge the past, realistically review the present, and chart a course for a positive, vibrant future. Through her formal education and hands-on experience Lynn helps individuals discover and maintain a consistently high quality of life in an ever-changing environment while teaching them to kick the blues through mindful eating, joyful movement, and gentle reflection techniques. Lynn's thesis, How to Avoid the Food Crisis: Growing Nutrient-Rich Food in a Home Garden, is evidence of her passion for growing clean, safe food in harmony with nature.

Krystle Shapiro

Krystle Shapiro graduated Summa cum Laudefrom the Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition program. Krystle has experienced a variety of different careers in her lifetime including medical massage, sports massage, and oncology massage with emphasis on manual lymph drainage therapy. In 2003 she opened Stepping Stones Wellness Center in Sandpoint, Idaho which, in conjunction with her interest in holistic health care led her to begin the Sandpoint Wellness Council in 2008. Krystle's interaction with cancer clients helped her to better understand their experiences and to offer wisdom about how the body can heal itself through holistic health interventions. She also learned about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and developed a program incorporating massage therapy, energy therapy, and nutrition therapy that coincides with ongoing mental health therapy. All her experiences led to her current passionate career path focused on defining the role of chronic and extreme toxic exposures from many sources in theaters of combat, their negative effects on the human body affecting efficient neurological signaling, and nutrient dense replenishment and remediation to reduce and/or eliminate the incidence of negative behaviors, moods, and the potential of suicide. Her thesis, The War Within: Addressing Veteran Suicide, exemplifies her new knowledge and passion.

Wendy Borden

Wendy Borden graduated from the Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition degree program and attained a Summa cum Laude designation. Wendy holds a Nutrition Education and Nutrition Consultant certificate and has been interesting in helping others achieve optimal wellness since college. She is an outdoor living skills instructor, a First Aid/CPR instructor, an EMT/B National Registry Emergency Medical Technician, and an EMT/W Certified Wildlife Emergency Medical Technician. Her goal is to be an advocate for holistic nutrition through consulting and education. Her thesis, From Junk Food to Whole Food: Improving the Diet of Teens through Community-Based Nutrition Programs is evidence of her desire to expand her personal and professional knowledge for use in improving the well-being of others. Best of luck, Wendy!

Jill Marie Parsh

Congratulations are in order for Jill Marie Parsh for successfully completing the requirements for a degree in the Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education program. Jill's passion for growing, cooking, and eating healthy, whole foods started at an early age when her family became members of a community garden. She is the founder of Food for Health: Nutrition Counseling and Education which can be further examined at

As a nutrition counselor, her philosophy is that no one diet works for everyone since we are all very different when it comes to what our bodies need. Jill guides others to find the food and lifestyle choices that best support them through lifelong changes enabling and empowering them to reach their own health goals. Her thesis, A Nutrition and Garden Education Program to Increase Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Consumption in Middle School Students supports her passion for healthy living.

Rachel Brandl

Congratulations to Rachel Brandl, a Summa cum Laude graduate of the Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition program. Rachel earned her Bachelor's of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. While Rachel was completing her master's at Hawthorn, she was a Mental Health Worker on an in-patient behavioral health unit. There she led individual and group therapy sessions regarding the coping skills and lifestyle modifications necessary to help patients maintain health, flexibility, and balance in their lives. Currently, Rachel works in an Emergency Department learning the ins and outs of emergency medicine. Her next step is to attend medical school and become an Osteopathic physician, using her knowledge of nutrition and mental health to lead a holistic medical practice. Best of luck as you move into the future to attain all your goals.