Monday, November 20, 2017

All About Alumni: Finding My Way in the Functional Medicine Community with Kira Witham, MA, MS

Are you wondering how to start a career in holistic nutrition but aren‘t too savvy with marketing? Listen as Kira Whitham, a graduate of Hawthorn University, shares how she was able to form a mutually beneficial partnership with a functional medicine MD.   

Please join us and Kira for her All About Alumni presentation Finding My Way in the Functional Medicine Community, live and online Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 at 12 PM Pacific.

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In this alumni presentation, Kira will discuss the steps she took to build her practice and share some of the pitfalls and learning experiences she encountered along the way.

Kira Whitham MA, MS, graduated Summa Cum Laude from Hawthorn University’s Master of Science degree in Health and Nutrition Education program. After graduation, she launched her career working independently as a functional nutrition coach, counseling clients on nutrition and lifestyle choices. This past year, Kira has contracted with a local Functional Medicine MD and has expanded her clientele. She is passionate about helping people find wellness and getting to the root cause of their health issues.

Disclaimer: The webinars may present information that does not fully reflect Hawthorn University’s philosophy. Nonetheless, these presentations have been chosen because of their overall quality of information.

Kira Witham, MA, MS
MHNE program graduate

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Review Optimize Your Thyroid and Metabolism: A Functional Medicine Approach with Dr. Kristi Tompkins

Symptoms of fatigue, weight gain or inability to lose weight, hair loss, constipation, dry skin and trouble focusing and concentrating are common.  Although these symptoms can be related to many other hormonal and medical conditions, they are often the result of a sluggish or low functioning thyroid gland. We are pleased to present a comprehensive review of thyroid function and its critical role in health and stabilization of our metabolism.

To learn more about thyroid gland disorders, healing options and other ways to enhance your energy and health, please join us with Dr. Kristi Tompkins, a Naturopathic Medical Doctor specializing in comprehensive hormone support and balance, for Optimize Your Thyroid and Metabolism: A Functional Medicine Approach.

The recording of Dr. Tompkins' webinar is now available to review here:

If left untreated, reduced or irregular thyroid function can worsen especially with advancing age, menopause, increased weight gain, environmental toxins and quite commonly chronic stress and unhealthy lifestyle choices. Fortunately, the thyroid gland can be rebalanced through healthy, nutritional treatments, restoring metabolism.

Dr. Kristi Tompkins is a professionally licensed Naturopathic Doctor practicing in El Dorado County in Northern California with an established practice helping patients using natural, effective and safe therapies that heal illnesses and prevent chronic diseases. She believes in investigating and addressing the root causes of patients’ conditions and symptoms. She embraces the need for every type of medical care, values a collaborative approach to healing and believes every person has the right to choose their own health care path.    

Dr. Tompkins practices family medicine, treats patients of all ages, with an emphasis on endocrinology and women’s health.

Disclaimer: The webinars may present information that does not fully reflect Hawthorn University’s philosophy. Nonetheless, these presentations have been chosen because of their overall quality of information.

Dr. Kristi Tompkins

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

All About Alumni: SOARing Recovery - Driving Change in How We Heal In Allopathic Medicine with Dr. Carolyn Dolan, PT, DPT, MSHN

Hawthorn graduate Dr. Carolyn Dolan knows that a holistic lifestyle and supplementation will reduce pain and promote healing following orthopedic injury/surgery naturally while decreasing the need for opioids. Join Dr. Dolan as shares her experiences as a new graduate from Hawthorn getting started in her career as a Healing Specialist/Physical Therapy Consultant with her presentation SOARing Recovery: Driving Change in How We Heal In Allopathic Medicine, live and online Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 at 12 PM Pacific.

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Carolyn completed Hawthorn’s Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition in June, 2017, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Soon after graduation, she turned her attention to promoting another way to reduce pain and heal from orthopedic injury to reduce the need for opioids and the risk of developing chronic pain conditions following orthopedic injury/surgery.  Carolyn came to our industry through her own healing journey and her desire to improve the healing of her patients in her physical therapy practice. Her mission with her business is two-fold: 1) To serve as a resource for health care providers that seek to offer an alternative to their patients to reduce the need for addictive pain medications, 2) to provide a comprehensive and practical healing plan for patients recovering from painful conditions, injuries, or surgery seeking to avoid pharmaceutical pain medication.

Disclaimer: The webinars may present information that does not fully reflect Hawthorn University’s philosophy. Nonetheless, these presentations have been chosen because of their overall quality of information.

Dr. Carolyn Dolan, PT, DPT, MSHN

Thursday, October 12, 2017

View "Simplify Your Marketing" with Karin Rozell

What's the fastest way to fill your practice without tons of money, complicated web technology or advanced marketing skills? Author Karin Rozell is here to tell us! Join Hawthorn University and Karin Rozell for Simplify Your Marketing: How to Fill Your Practice With Ideal Clients by Giving Great, Little Local Talks. Karin's presentation is now available to review here:


Karin will teach us to get in front of a room of ideal clients and give them a great talk. The kind of great talk that:
Requires low/no technology and minimal financial investment;
Creates clients and opportunities, every single time you speak;
Positions you as an expert in solving a specific problem for a specific group of people;
Calls you to choose a message, get out there and test it right away;
Sets you up to leverage your talk into a webinar, podcast, teleclass or book.

In this webinar, you’ll learn the essentials of what makes giving local talks work to fill your practice. You’ll leave this class with a very good idea of how this marketing strategy works for small practices, what common mistakes to avoid and what is essential for making this work for you, your practice and your family.   

Karin Rozell is the author of two small business books, a 17-year marketing mentor and creator of the Happy Little Practice Method. She specializes in working with family oriented practitioners to simplify their message and marketing so that their practice does what it needs to do: make a great income, make a difference and make their family happy too.  Learn more about Karin at KarinRozell.com, Bookin90Days.com and GreatLittleTalks.com.

Disclaimer: The webinars may present information that does not fully reflect Hawthorn University’s philosophy. Nonetheless, these presentations have been chosen because of their overall quality of information.

Karin Rozell

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

All About Alumni: Conscious Playful Food - A Holistic Approach to Cooking Professionally with Kyra Bramble

Kyra Bramble is a “health food ninja”!   A private chef with a catering business centering around special needs diets including raw, vegan, gluten-free, paleo, and traditional, diets. Now she travels the world cooking for retreats, leading workshops, and continuing her education.

Kyra credits her Hawthorn education as giving her an edge over other chefs and caterers and allows her to compete and thrive in a niche market. Tune in to hear more from Kyra Bramble as she presents Conscious Playful Food: A Holistic Approach to Cooking Professionally, live and online Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 at 12 PM Pacific.

For more information and to RSVP please visit: 
http://hawthornuniversity.org/WEBINARS/All-About-Alumni-Archives/

Kyra Bramble is a plant-based chef, wild crafter, holistic nutritionist in training, and all around lover of all things edible. She sees food as a way to share her soul with the world as she believes that through food we learn about science, history, spirituality, and our own unique bodies. Her goal is to inspire others to respect and LOVE the food they put inside of themselves, and to diminish the dogmatic judgement attached to health food advocates. Her workshops present and break down original recipes that ANYONE — regardless of culinary experience and dietary habits — can make at home and enjoy. She is the owner and founder of More Pleaze and works as a holistic natural food chef food chef, yoga teacher, and special events caterer. She currently lives in the jungle on Maui. She has a Le Cordon Bleu degree from California Culinary Academy, a 1000+ hour SFHN certification from Hawthorn University, and a Wildcrafter Certification from Earth Medicine Institute.

Disclaimer: The webinars may present information that does not fully reflect Hawthorn University’s philosophy. Nonetheless, these presentations have been chosen because of their overall quality of information.

Kyra Bramble, Le Cordon Bleu Chef, SFHN, RYT
SFHN program graduate, 2016

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Revisit Combining Essential Oils and Herbs with David Crow, L.Ac.

Certain essential oils can be combined with herbs for specific therapeutic benefits. In this presentation, David Crow returns and explores how essential oils and aromatherapy can be integrated with herbal treatments. The presentation will explore which essential oils can be safely combined, and how, with herbs according to therapeutic functions.  The recording of David's presentation is now available here: http://hawthornuniversity.org/WEBINARS/Webinar-Archives/.

David will help us to understand when and how essential oils and aromatherapy are a primary, adjunct or contraindicated treatment, to understand the compatibility or lack of compatibility of specific groups and species of essential oils and specific groups and species of herbs, and simple combinations of herbs and essential oils for specific therapeutic benefits.

David Crow is an acupuncturist and herbalist with over thirty years experience. He is the author of several books, including In Search of the Medicine Buddha, a book about his studies of Tibetan and Ayurvedic medicine in the Himalayas. A well-known lecturer in the field of natural medicine, Mr. Crow’s work is largely focused on the synthesis of botanical medicine, ecology and spirituality. He is the founder of Floracopeia, a company that supports ecologically sustainable agriculture through the production of essential oils and aromatic treasures. For more information about David or Floracopeia visit their website: http://www.floracopeia.com.

Disclaimer: The webinars may present information that does not fully reflect Hawthorn University’s philosophy. Nonetheless, these presentations have been chosen because of their overall quality of information.

David Crow, L.Ac.




Thursday, August 31, 2017

All About Alumni: Holistic Health Journey - From Family to Patients with Dr. Melissa Peters

We are all interested in “creating a silver lining amidst the clouds”. That’s the heart of the story Dr. Melissa Peters weaves of transitioning from her Hawthorn University studies to private practice, and how a dream job offer that ultimately was not led her to creatively developing her own niche in gut/brain, sports nutrition and epigenetics.

Join Melissa Peters as she presents Holistic Health Journey: From Family to Patients, live and online Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 at 12 PM Pacific.

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Melissa will discuss her continued education, how she established accounts with supplement and labs testing services, her genomics work, and how she does it all while staying out of the limelight!

Dr. Melissa Peters is a Certified Holistic Nutrition Practitioner. She is a member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals & the American Holistic Health Association. She focuses on increasing “gut-brain” function as well as power, strength and endurance among individuals  and athletes. 

Dr. Peters has created individualized athletic optimization programs and detoxification protocols for environmental toxins, bowel function, weight loss, stress reduction, memory improvement, and overall gut-brain health programs. She works with a broad range of clients, including children and adults. Her practice focuses on supporting optimal health through individual biochemical needs based on nutrient and metabolic testing. She offers individual as well as group consultations and seminars.

Disclaimer: The webinars may present information that does not fully reflect Hawthorn University’s philosophy. Nonetheless, these presentations have been chosen because of their overall quality of information.

Melissa Peters
MHNE Graduate 2013