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Meet Your Instructor: Brandy Cummings - Functional Nutrition

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on January 08, 2023

Brandy Cummings, MS, CN, NC, CKNS, BCHN, CGP

Brandy is a graduate of Bauman college, earned her MS in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine, and is a current doctoral student studying Clinical Nutrition at the University of Western States. Additionally, she is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition, a Certified Nutritionist in Washington state, a Certified AIP Coach, a Certified Gluten-free practitioner, a Certified Ketogenic Nutrition Specialist, and has passed her Certified Nutrition Specialist exam. 

Brandy specializes in epigenetics and  environment-rooted disorders and conditions such as mycotoxin and biotoxin illness, parasitic infections, lyme disease and coinfections, and how these can impact a person’s life from preconception to postpartum and beyond. She has coined this phase of one’s life as the Pan-natal® phase and clearly defines an up-to-date, effective, and life-changing health journey and roadmap so that people can not only impact their health and well being, but also their children, and future generations to come. 

Brandy’s mission in life is to improve the health of future generations and believes the ultimate in preventative medicine is to support the lives of parents before their children are born. Brandy is the owner of Pivotal Origins where she supports families 1:1 as well as teaches classes in her local community. Brandy is also the lead Nutritionist with The Self-Esteem Project which focuses on improving the health of communities through animated education nutrition content in K-6 schools. 

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Topics: Healthcare, Meet the IHP Team, Functional Nutrition

Top Herbs for Mental Health

Posted by Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa on November 07, 2022

As our population ages, losing one's mental faculties can take first place on the list of concerns. Alzheimer's disease and other forms of senile dementia affect some 25 percent of all people over 80. Research, though, is revealing natural approaches in treating and preventing mental decline. Not only aging grabs our attention. Many of us deal with mood disorders, including depression and anxiety.

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Topics: Functional Nutrition, Integrative Healthcare, Mental & Behavioral Health, Herbalism

Meet Functional Nutrition Instructor, Tish Campbell, PhD, MScN

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on October 19, 2022

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Topics: Healthcare, Functional Nutrition, Integrative Healthcare

Meet Functional Nutrition Instructor, Melinda Staehling

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on March 29, 2022

Originally from San Diego, Melinda's first career was in the hospitality industry, working in exciting restaurants on the West Coast. A lifelong home cook, she turned to nutrition studies when chronic health issues left her with more questions than answers. 

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Topics: Healthcare, Functional Nutrition, Integrative Healthcare

Meet Functional Nutrition Instructor, Vileka Fisher

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on March 17, 2022

Dr. Vileka Fisher is a licensed Naturopathic Physician, midwife, and an adjunct faculty member at Portland Community College. They graduated from NUNM in 2021 with a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a Certificate in Natural Childbirth. They achieved the state requirements for board certification in natural childbirth/Naturopathic midwifery by completing a rigorous two-year internship in Naturopathic midwifery at a busy primary care and birth center facility located in Portland, Oregon. In addition to her doctorate, Dr. Fisher has a Master of Science in nutrition from NUNM and a Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Corban University. 

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Topics: Healthcare, Functional Nutrition, Integrative Healthcare

Meet Functional Nutrition Instructor, Courtney Cronk

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on November 24, 2021

Courtney is a functional nutritional therapy practitioner and yoga instructor. She earned her master’s degree in applied behavioral science/counseling in 2002 from Bastyr University with the intention of becoming a licensed marriage and family therapist, but instead started a family of her own and stayed home for several years until her youngest started kindergarten. In 2013 she continued her studies at the Nutritional Therapy Association and works in a family functional medicine clinic in Portland, Oregon. In 2017, Courtney rounded out her education by becoming a registered yoga teacher, and currently specializes in teaching yoga to seniors.

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Topics: Healthcare, Functional Nutrition, Integrative Healthcare

Meet Functional Nutrition Instructor, Kira Freed

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on November 24, 2021

Kira Freed, MEd, MScN, is an adjunct faculty member at Portland Community College, teaching in the Functional Nutrition program. She also has several roles at her alma mater, National University of Natural Medicine, as the Teaching Kitchen Coordinator, a Professional Teaching Assistant for the Nutrition program, and as a Food as Medicine Everyday educator. 

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Topics: Healthcare, Functional Nutrition, Integrative Healthcare

Meet Your Instructor: Ann Wagoner

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on July 08, 2021
Ann Wagoner is part of the Institute for Health Professionals team at PCC and an instructor with the Ayurvedic Yoga Health Program, 300hr Yoga and Functional Nutrition programs.
 
by  Ann Wagoner, MA, CAP-NAMA, E-RYT-500, C-IAYT
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Topics: Healthcare, Meet the IHP Team, Functional Nutrition, Stories & News, Ayurveda, Yoga, Herbalism

Meet our instructors: Megan Deras Gardner MS, CNS®, CCN, DCES, CKNS℠, CPT, FNS

Posted by CLIMB Center on June 10, 2021

A graduate of the National University of Natural Medicine with a Master of Science in clinical nutrition, Megan went on to earn the gold standard in nationally recognized certifications. She is credentialed with the Board of Certified Nutrition Specialists (BCNS®), currently one of only a few practicing in Oregon. 

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Topics: Healthcare, Meet the IHP Team, CLIMB Center, Functional Nutrition

Experience + Expertise, Meet Your Instructor: Ian Rubin, MA, CPT, CHC

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on March 18, 2021

Ian Rubin is a wellness coach, founder of Wholeself Wellness LLC, coach educator and adjunct faculty member at the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM). In addition, he teaches Nutritional Counseling Skills within the Functional Nutrition Program at PCC.

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Topics: Healthcare, Meet the IHP Team, Functional Nutrition

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