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Catherine Fitzgerald

Congratulations to Catherine Fitzgerald for graduating Summa Cum Laude from the Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition program. Catherine (Catie) also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from UCLA and a certificate from the Primal Health Coach Institute. She completed the Digestive Intensive certificate program offered by the Functional Nutrition Alliance, and the Plant-based Nutrition certificate offered by eCornell and T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. Catie works in a private practice and specializes in helping women make a graceful transition through menopause offeringone-on-one coaching, group health quests, and public education. She also designs training for businesses seeking to develop their employees’ skills and performance and is a Certified 4MAT Instructional Design Practitioner and a certified facilitator of Achieve Global’s Leadership & Customer Service Training Program. Visit her LinkedIn profile at or visit her website Her thesis is entitled An Educational Program and Ancestral Diet and Lifestyle Action Plan for NA Women in the Menopause Transition. Best of luck in all you do, Catie!

Catie Fitzgerald
Catherine Fitzgerald, MSHN Graduate

DSC Program Tuition Discount!

Hawthorn University is celebrating achieving our goal of national accreditation from the Distance Education Accrediting Commission by offering a 25% tuition discount if you enroll and begin your Doctor of Science in Holistic Nutrition (DSC) program before October 31, 2019. A $6,000 savings! Click Here for more information on the DSC program.

Amy Panetta

Congratulations to Amy Panetta for graduating Summa Cum Laude from the Nutrition Consultant certificate program. Amy has 14 years of experience as an educator in music and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Lebanon Valley College. She also earned a Masters degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of Limerick in Ireland, where she honed her skills in research. She believes that her prior training and education at Hawthorn has taught her how to empower women who are feeling stressed, weighed down, and exhausted to find balance, lose excess weight, and feel vibrant. In her thesis, Amy focused on the connection between chronic stress, allostatic overload, and obesity in women. She currently works with clients individually or in groups to create their own transitional approach towards a diet filled with lots of whole foods, helpful supplementation, and lifestyle changes. She offers nutrition consulting online, as well as outside of Montreal, Quebec and in the Burlington, Vermont area. In addition, Amy provides nutritional education to the community by presenting healthy food demonstrations to all ages at summer camps, schools, workplace wellness programs, churches, and senior citizen centers. For more information, Amy's webpage can be found at Keep up the good work, Amy!

Amy Panetta, NC Graduate

Adelle Trogdon

Congratulations to Adelle Trogdon for graduating Summa Cum Laude from the Nutrition Consultant Certificate program. She also holds a Master of Art degree in counseling from the Dallas Baptist University. Her interests led her to Hawthorn where she learned the important role holistic nutrition plays in overcoming illnesses like depression, anxiety, and chronic digestive issues. Adelle manages the Bile Reflux Support group on Facebook and has helped members find relief from their symptoms through dietary changes and natural supplements. She is also completing training through the Bioindividual Nutrition Institute and plans to use the knowledge to help create individualized diets for her clients. Keep up the good work, Adelle!

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Adelle Trogdon, NC Graduate

Stacey Baganz

Congratulations to Stacey Baganz for graduating Summa Cum Laude from the Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition program and for becoming Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition (Cand.). She previously earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin.  A deep desire to help individuals achieve their maximum potential through diet and supplementation drove Stacey to study holistic nutrition.  After researching many programs, Stacey entered Hawthorn because of the intense clinical nature of the program and because she felt it was the "best fit" for her needs. She started the company, MicroFUEL Nutrition, to help endurance athletes improve performance, recovery and long term health by uncovering and correcting nutritional deficiencies.  Her thesis is entitled Fueling performance: An evaluation of the ergogenic effects of the modified paleo diet's macronutrient composition in endurance sports. Best of luck, Stacey!

Stacey BaganzStacey Baganz, MSHN Graduate