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.

Functional Medicine Coaching Academy Candidate: Completion in January 2018

  • Professional Training & Certification Program
  • Candidate for certification in Functional Medicine Coaching in February 2018
  • 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.

Integrative & Functional Nutrition Practitioner Candidate: Completion in December 2019

  • Professional Training & Certification Program
  • IFN training includes skill-building in key clinical areas including: nutrition-focused physical assessment, therapeutic elimination diets, conventional and functional labs and diagnostics including nutrigenetic testing, mind-body modalities such as meditation, yoga, breathing techniques, art and science of dietary supplements and other lifestyle-oriented practices. A “whole food as medicine” approach is central to IFN therapy, thus an understanding and application of culinary nutrition concepts, condition-specific healing foods and bioactive compounds in the “food farmacy” is also included.

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