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Lynette Pretorius

Congratulations to Lynette Pretorius who has earned the Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education degree, Magna cum Laude. Lynette grew up in South Africa where fruit and vegetables were fresh from the local farmers, beef and lamb were grass-fed, chickens were free range, and pork wasn’t popular. She completed a degree in Food and Nutrition and worked at a couple of hospitals prior to moving to a small town and buying the local pharmacy where she stocked a good variety of natural medicines. When Lynette moved to the USA in 2001 her interest in nutrition grew as she noticed cheese and bread never went stale and fruits and vegetables had little taste. She entered Hawthorn to learn about holistic nutrition and how the body can heal itself and started using organic fruits and vegetables, grass fed meat, and raw milk. Lynette's goal is to teach others to learn about holistic nutrition and to make healthy life style changes. Her thesis is entitled, The Health Effects of Mercury Exposure on a Human Body. Great work, Lynette!

Lynette Pretorius 

Lynette Pretorius, MHNE Graduate

Madison Backer

Congratulations to Madison Backer for graduating Magna cum Laude from the Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education program. Madison also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Manitoba followed by nutrition education through Canadian Fitness Professionals where she obtained her Nutrition and Weight Loss Specialist certification. In her business, called Mind and Body by Mad Back, she works with clients on a daily basis to achieve their health goals. Madison has experience speaking on exercise and nutrition and has given presentations to both children and adults on the importance of nutrition and exercise for optimal and joyous living. As a recent graduate of Hawthorn, Madison continues to share her education with the public through presentations and seminars in her community. Her thesis is entitled, Alzheimer’s Prevention and Slowing Cognitive Decline. Keep up the good work, Madison!

Madison Backer 

Madison Backer, MHNE Graduate

Heather Busby

Congratulations to Heather Busby for graduating Summa cum Laude from the Nutrition Consultant program. Heather loved learning at Hawthorn about the science of the body and its relation to nutrition, as well as holistic and conventional approaches to wellness. She learned to look at the whole-person perspective, which takes into account the many factors involved in wellness, such as lifestyle, diet, learned habits, stress, and environmental factors. She is enthusiastic about food, cooking, and helping people and believes strongly in our connection to food and cooking, as well as the power of the mind and thoughts. She has experienced first-hand and observed in others how these factors can lead to either self-destruction or self-improvement. Heather’s approach to helping people on their wellness journey is individualized, real-life, and sustainable—meaning simple, life-long changes rather than quick fixes. She provides support and strategies for wellness by teaching about whole foods and intuitive cooking, sharing visualization and affirmation exercises, and creating personalized health protocols. You can find her at http://www.heatherbusbync.com/. Best of luck to you, Heather!​

Heather Busby 

Heather Busby, NC Graduate

Anand Patel

Congratulations to Anand Patel for graduating from the Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education program cum Laude. Anand worked in the nutrition industry for the General Nutrition Center and pursued a degree at Hawthorn to ensure a management position within the company. He is a manager at one location. Anand opened himself to a "whole new world" as his education in holistic nutrition allows him to provide his customers with education and research to help them lead healthier lives. He focuses on providing others with information to promote wellness. His thesis, a literature review, entitled Thermogenic Supplements are a Key to Weight Loss, is evidence of his acquired knowledge. Keep up the good work, Anand!

Anand Patel 

Anand Patel, MHNE Graduate

Kira Whitham

Congratulations to Kira Whitham for earning Summa cum Laude upon her graduation from the Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education program. Kira also holds a B.A. in English from Portland State University and an M.A. in Education from George Fox University. After graduating, she taught at the middle school level for 7 years before deciding to pursue a degree with Hawthorn. Having health problems of her own, Kira worked to change her diet and lifestyle. She firmly believes that food has healing qualities and the majority of health problems can be solved through proper nourishment. She enjoys working with clients both one-on-one and in group sessions, educating people about the importance of eating nutrient-dense foods. She is the founder of "A Nourished Life" and her website can be found at http://www.anourishedlifenutrition.com. She is a member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP). Her thesis is entitled, Prenatal Nutrition: The Impact of Diet on Mother and Child During Pregnancy.  Best of luck, Kira!

Kira Whitham 

Kira Whitham, MHNE Graduate

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