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Rachel Ochoa Segura

Rachel Ochoa Segura is to be congratulated for earning the Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition degree with the Summa cum Laude designation. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology from the University of California San Diego. After receiving her BS degree, she worked as a researcher in different academic laboratories for nearly 10 years. Feeling that she was missing something, Rachel decided to enroll in Hawthorn University. Her education at Hawthorn has allowed her to combine her science background, love for cooking and backyard gardening to develop a new career. Rachel plans to open a holistic nutrition practice specializing in using food as medicine. Her thesis is entitled, Anxiety and Genetics: Understanding How a Defective Methylation Cycle Can Lead to an Imbalance of Serotonin and Dopamine. All the best to you, Rachel!

Rachel Segura 

Rachel Ochoa Segura, MSHN Graduate

Jan Robbins

Congratulations to Jan Robbins for earning a certificate in Scientific Foundations of Holistic Nutrition, Summa cum Laude. Jan holds certifications as a diet counselor and nutrition educator and entered Hawthorn to learn the newest nutrition information to advance and sharpen her skills. Her interest lies in helping and teaching others learn how to take care of themselves with holistic nutrition. Jan faced many challenges in her life and re-created her future by beginning a business called Healthy Notions,, where she provides a web site as an online health and nutrition coach. Moving forward, Jan hopes to provide nutritional consulting to her community and to clients in person or on-line and to make a career out of helping people heal their bodies and to assist them in finding peace and balance in this life. Best of luck, Jan!

Jan Robbins 

Jan Robbins, SFHN Graduate

Megan Ulrichs

Megan Ulrichs received her undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Exercise Science and worked as a personal trainer developing individual exercise and nutrition plans until she began her career as a full time mom. While staying home and raising her three boisterous boys, she began to turn her nutrition skills into useful tools. It wasn't until her middle son was four years old, and his teachers began saying that he needed to be on medication for Attention Deficit Disorder that she knew things needed to change. Megan devoured holistic nutritional healing; and over the course of a few years completely changed the diet of her family and in turn had teachers and fellow moms asking, “what have you done? My how calm your son has become!”; “Do you have him on medication now? He is a different child!” Megan saw such dramatic changes in not only her son but also her own health which lead her to the decision to pursue a masters degree in holistic nutrition from Hawthorn University. Her 4 years at Hawthorn University played an integral role in attaining invaluable knowledge in healing through food.

Since starting with Hawthorn University, has worked at Spring Integrative Health in Bozeman, MT ( Her clients run the gamut of individuals with digestive issues, children with learning or behavioral challenges, to endurance athletes, pregnant women, diabetics, weight loss/gain, and pre or post surgery nutrition planning. It is her goal and passion to educate individuals on the theory and practice of food as medicine.

In working with individuals on improving their health through diet, Megan saw a need for a focus on addressing chronic skin disorders both internally and topically. Her passion to help others lead to the development of a Holistic Skincare Program and an Organic Skincare line that is safe and natural for use on all skin types. Glo Luxury Oils, LLC ( now sells throughout Montana and Nationwide on the internet due to word of mouth in its healing qualities. Her skin and health care packages educate clients on attaining optimal health that is reflected in their energy, clarity and healthy skin.

Megan Ulrichs 

Megan Ulrichs, MSHN Graduate

Allesia Rausch

Allesia Rausch graduated from the Master of Science in Traditional Nutrition (MSTN) program. She also holds a bachelor's degree in dietetics from the University of Wisconsin. Many years ago Allesia presented a lecture on nutrition to a community plagued by poverty in Puerto Plata. As she concluded the presentation, she was overwhelmed with the sense of satisfaction she received by possibly helping others realize the importance of good nutrition. Allesia was recommended to Hawthorn by a former graduate whose success convinced her that by completing the MSTN program she would be able to provide nutrition counseling with a holistic approach. It is her mission to encourage others to achieve optimal health by adjusting lifestyles, renewing minds, and embracing spirits. Keep up the relentless determination, passion to learn, and eagerness to lead with your newly acquired knowledge. Allesia writes, "Every person has the ability to be in good health, and it is my purpose to help them find it." Congratulations!

Allesia Rausch 

Allesia Rausch MSTN Graduate

Michelle (Mulreaney) Herrmann

Congratulations to Michelle (Mulreaney) Herrmann for graduating Summa cum Laude from the Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition program.  Michelle began her holistic lifestyle education in her undergraduate education at Goucher College, studying the art of dance.  Dance kept her active physically and allowed her to grow emotionally and creatively.  While studying dance, she began cross-training with the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning through private apparatus instruction and mat classes.  Developing a deeper understanding of anatomy, kinesiology, and correct body mechanics, Michelle decided to become certified in the method.  Teaching Pilates to the public brought her a greater appreciation for physical health through all life’s stages.  When her mom was diagnosed with an unknown cancer, Michelle's interest in holistic health care and nutrition was peaked and she entered Hawthorn to further her education.  Her thesis, The MTHFR Polymorphism supported her premise that "women who are trying to get pregnant and have the MTHFR C677T gene mutation should supplement with L-methyltetrahydrofolate instead of folic acid” and is a reflection of her interest.  She plans to learn more about the field of epigenetics to provide her future clients a better picture of their own biochemical individuality. Best of luck, Michelle!

Michelle Mulreaney Herrmann 

Michelle (Mulreaney) Herrmann, MSHN Graduate