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Rajesh Kumari

Congratulations to Rajesh Kumari for graduating Magna cum Laude from the Doctor of Science in Holistic Nutrition program. Rajesh is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) who has worked in the field of nutrition in health care for the past twenty years. She received her Master’s of Science degree in Nutrition from CCS Haryana Agricultural University in India and then completed her dietetic internship and graduate training at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, New Jersey. Her studies and extensive clinical nutrition experience, primarily practicing medical nutrition therapy for the management of chronic conditions including stroke and other neurological conditions, sparked her interest in the pursuit of an advanced degree. Another motivation to advance in holistic nutrition was the experience and exposure to integrative and functional medicine grand rounds at Atlantic Health System, which focused on alternative and complementary therapies - particularly diet and lifestyle modifications for the treatment and prevention of various chronic conditions. As an advocate of nutrition for healing and wellness, Rajesh has implemented several programs in which she developed a nutritional support delivery guideline for nursing and also participated in a multidisciplinary team for nutrition management of trauma and critical care patients. Her dissertation is entitled Multimodal Dietary Treatment in Tourette's Syndrome. Best of luck to you, Dr. Kumari!


Raj Kumari

Rajesh Kumari, DSc Graduate

Eileen Joyce

Congratulations to Eileen Joyce for receiving the Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition degree with a Summa cum Laude designation. Eileen also holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California, and worked as an avionics system’s engineer with defense contractors and the US department of defense.

She decided to pursue a master’s degree in Holistic Nutrition from Hawthorn University when her family moved, after living for several years in Europe, back to the convenient fast foods in North America. Eileen saw gradual yet devastating changes in her children’s health. Not knowing what to do with these changes, she decided to get back to basics and cook homemade meals like she used to serve her family. She was amazed at the profound effect that food had  on her family’s health and happiness.

At the time of choosing a thesis topic, Eileen encountered a number of women with a myriad of health problems while taking hormonal contraception. These women were prescribed antidepressants and anti-anxiety pills to alleviate their symptoms. There seemed to be no understanding between the side effects of hormonal contraception and symptoms women were experiencing. To find out whether or not there were negative health effects for women as a result of taking hormonal contraception she did extensive research and submitted her thesis entitled Hormonal Contraception and Women’s Health. Good work, Eileen!

Eileen Joyce

Eileen Joyce, MSHN Graduate

Walter Chavez

Walter Chavez is to be congratulated for graduating from the Wise Traditions Nutrition certificate program with the Magna cum Laude designation. Walter also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York in Multidisciplinary Studies. After joining the Weston A. Price Foundation, enjoying the recipes in Sally Fallon's cookbook, and realizing his passion for nutrient-dense food he chose Hawthorn to further his knowledge of food preparation, exercise, and nutrition. In addition, Walter wanted to gain a clearer and deeper understanding of traditional diets to teach others of the health benefits of traditional diets. Best of luck, Walter!


Walter Chavez

Walter Chavez, WTNC Graduate

Michelle Hare

Congratulations to Michelle Hare for graduating with the Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition degree with the Summa cum Laude designation. Michelle also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Ball State University in Indiana. For most of her career, she observed the allopathic medical model overlooking patients’ comprehensive wellness needs. Along with her lifelong passion and belief that nutrition plays a vital role in healing, Michelle entered Hawthorn to learn more. She is a healthcare administrator for the St. Joseph’s Heart Institute in Tampa, Florida. She began her healthcare career working through college in Dietary Services calculating diabetic exchange diets for patients with renal disease and continued to work with patients with diabetes and renal disease until she broadened her experience by working in critical care units. She went on to specialize in cardiovascular medicine She is also adept at program development and implementation. Her goal is to help individuals take an active role in achieving their wellness objectives by addressing active health conditions but also through the prevention of disease; doing this by incorporating nutritional principles as well the emotional and spiritual aspects. She believes that healing and wholeness are matters of body, mind, and spirit. Her thesis is entitled Nutritional Intervention can Reduce Hospital Readmission in Elderly Patients Hospitalized with Congestive Heart Failure. Keep up the good work, Michelle!

Michelle Hare

Michelle Hare, MSHN Graduate

Katherine Wilson

Congratulations to Katherine Wilson for attaining Summa cum Laude upon graduating from the Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition program. Katherine has a B.A. from Colorado College in Gender Studies, is a certified Integrative Health Coach, a certified Natural Chef, and is trained in interventions for eating disorders, and is a Certified Tobacco Cessation Specialist. At Hawthorn she focused on transitioning people to a whole food diet by utilizing person-centered planning and experiential education to navigate the food system. Katherine’s area of focus is in the connection between the gut and physical and mental well-being, medication optimization, nutritional supplementation, and the correlation between inflammation, food sensitivities, food allergies and illness. She is currently the Integrative Health Director at CooperRiis, a residential therapeutic mental health community, where she provides individual nutrition consultation, coaching, and education. She also practices as a private nutrition consultant in the Asheville, NC community. She believes that incorporating nutrition education into primary care creates sustainable outcomes and long-term lifestyle changes for patients and that by implementing these nutritional, wellness, and lifestyle changes people can become active participants in changing the course of their individual health and the health of the community. Her thesis is entitled The Role of Fiber and Healthy Gut Bacteria in Preventing Inflammation. Keep up the good work, Katherine!

Katherine Wilson NEWS

Katherine Wilson, MSHN Graduate