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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

Experience + Expertise, Meet Your Instructor: Karen Davis, MS, CNS®

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on March 17, 2021

Meet Karen Davis, MS, CNS®, a clinical nutritionist who began her career in evidenced-based nutrition when she recognized the key role food choice plays in preventing many diseases.

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Topics: Healthcare, Meet the IHP Team, Functional Nutrition

How to Become a Functional Nutritionist

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on August 31, 2020

Becoming a functional nutritionist is an exciting and rewarding career. Many people look into nutrition as a career path after a passion for health, wellness, and intentional diet choices, but there is so much to learn about how food, exercise, and other elements of our lives impact the health of our bodies. At Portland Community College, you can pursue a year-long preparation program in Functional Nutrition with a cohort of like-minded students who are also studying through live, online classes. This course is approved by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals as preparation for the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board certification exam. 

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Topics: Healthcare, CLIMB Center, Functional Nutrition, Integrative Healthcare, institute for health professionals

What to Expect From Our Functional Nutrition Program for Healthcare Professionals

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on July 24, 2020

More and more people are realizing that nutrition is a key factor in good health, and this is creating a demand for professionals who can provide guidance in how to use it to its fullest. This goes far beyond the idea of using food to control weight. Nutrition has been linked to conditions like heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, digestive concerns, and more. It makes sense that while bad nutrition can increase risks, good nutrition can decrease them and may even help people heal from certain conditions.

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Topics: Healthcare, CLIMB Center, Functional Nutrition, Integrative Healthcare, institute for health professionals

The Importance of Functional Nutrition

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on July 13, 2020

Whether you've been in the field for a while or are just starting your healthcare career in nutrition, the Functional Nutrition Program at the PCC Institute for Health Professionals will provide many benefits to your career development. The program will not only provide you with a solid foundation to develop your professional nutrition career, but it will also prepare you for the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board or HNCB certification exam.

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Topics: Healthcare, CLIMB Center, Functional Nutrition, Integrative Healthcare, Food

Meet Functional Nutrition Instructor, Sarah Molbert

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on March 10, 2020

Sarah Molbert, MScN, is an adjunct faculty member at Portland Community College. She is originally from the southern part of Louisiana and moved to Portland four years ago to pursue a Master of Science in Nutrition and a Master of Science in Global Health from the National University of Natural Medicine.

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Topics: Healthcare, Functional Nutrition, Integrative Healthcare

Meet Your Instructor: Beth Lennon

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on March 04, 2020

Meet Your Instructor: Beth Lennon, Functional Nutrition   

Beth has a Master’s of Science in Nutrition from NUNM in Portland and has worked for the past 5 years as a Health Coach and Nutritionist. With broad experience in healthcare communications, clinical nutrition, classroom and patient education, she currently works full time as a Health Coach and Nutrition Specialist for a digital healthcare startup called Hinge Health.

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Topics: Healthcare, Meet the IHP Team, Functional Nutrition

Meet Functional Nutrition Instructor, Zrinka Glavas

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on March 01, 2020

Zrinka Glavas, MEd, MSc, attained her Master of Education at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. Her passion for evidence-based nutrition and traditional medicine led her to complete a Master of Science in Nutrition at the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in Portland, Oregon. Zrinka’s love of education and functional nutrition is joined in teaching the effects medical nutrition therapy has on health outcomes.

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Topics: Healthcare, Functional Nutrition, Integrative Healthcare

Meet Functional Nutrition Instructor, Julie Marks

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on February 04, 2020

Julie Marks, MScN, is an adjunct faculty member at Portland Community College, teaching in the Functional Nutrition program. She is also the Nutritionist and Coordinator for the Food as Medicine Institute, where she teaches hands-on cooking and nutrition classes. 

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Topics: Healthcare, Functional Nutrition, Integrative Healthcare

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