University of Western States: Masters of Science in Functional Medicine & Nutrition Candidate: Completion in December 2019

  • Certified Nutrition Specialist Candidate
  • A clinically-oriented nutrition program delivered within a context of the functional medicine model of disease causation, assessments, and treatments.
  • An integrative emphasis on nutritional biochemistry, gastrointestinal imbalances, detoxification, hormone imbalances, immune imbalances and inflammation, mind-body medicine and psychology, and clinical research.
  • Certified Nutrition Specialists (CNSs) are advanced nutrition professionals. CNSs engage in science-based advanced medical nutrition therapy, research, education, and more, in settings such as clinics, private practice, hospitals and other institutions, industry, academia, and the community.
  • CNSs have fulfilled the most rigorous advanced-degree, education, experience, examination, and continuing education requirements.

Certified Functional Medicine Health Coach

  • Integrative training in Functional Medicine with positive psychology coaching, functional nutrition and mind-body medicine.
  • Using a science-based, systems-oriented approach, Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease and engages both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It represents an evolution in the practice of medicine and effectively addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, Functional Medicine considers the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional medicine practitioners pay attention to their patients’ unique stories and consider the interactions amongst the genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease.

Certified Gluten Practitioner: July 2017

  • Professional Training & Certification Program
  • The Certified Gluten Practitioner (CGP) Program is taught by Internationally recognized speaker and workshop leader, Dr. Thomas O’Bryan, and is designed to present an in-depth understanding of the causes of Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease to help healthcare practitioners diagnose, treat and educate patients about Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease, as well as related autoimmune conditions.
  • Certified Gluten Practitioners can recognize and test for- Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease.


  • Co-Founder of The Herdell Migraine Institute: 2016
  • Founder of GoodBye Migraine: 2015
  • Founder of The Women’s Migraine Support Group: April 2012
  • Journalist, radio producer, television producer for KBPS & NPR:2006-2010
  • Chronic migraine-sufferer for over 15 years – Now Healed & Migraine-Free!

Professional Memberships

  • National Association of Holistic Nutrition Professionals
  • American College of Nutrition
  • American Nutrition Association
  • Center for Science in the Public Interest