Hawthorn University is a leader in online holistic nutrition education.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Congratulations Hawthorn Graduates
is celebrating a milestone of over 110 graduates. We are proud of all of them.
Here are a few recent achievers.
to Hawthorn Graduate Wendy Borden! Wendy graduated Summa cum Laude from the
Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition program. Wendy also holds a Nutrition
Education certificate and a Master’s degree in Recreation Administration. Her
goal is to be an advocate for holistic nutrition through consulting and
community education programs. Her experience in youth development and passion
for nutrition will be a good match for Wendy’s interest in gardening, cooking
and nutrition education programs for children preschool through high school.
Her thesis, From Junk Food to Whole Food: Improving the Diet of Teens
through Community-Based Nutrition Programs is evidence of her desire to
expand her personal and professional knowledge for use in improving the
well-being of others. Best of luck, Wendy!
are in order for Jill Marie Parsh for successfully completing the requirements
for a degree in the Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education
program. Jill’s mission is to empower people to feel confident about making
healthy lifestyle choices. Jill is also a Certified Master Gardener, a
Certified Holistic Health Coach, and a yoga instructor. Jill turned her passion
for healthy, whole foods into a career, when she founded Food for Health, www.foodforhealth.net . As a
nutrition educator, her philosophy is that no one diet works for everyone since
we are all very different when it comes to what our bodies need. Jill guides
others to find the food and lifestyle choices that best support them through
lifelong changes enabling and empowering them to reach their own health goals.
Jill plans to implement her thesis project, Diggin It: a Nutrition and
Garden Education Program at an area middle school.
to Rachel Brandl, a Summa cum Laude graduate of the Master of Science in
Holistic Nutrition program. While completing her master's, Rachel was a
Mental Health Worker on an in-patient behavioral health unit. She led
individual and group therapy sessions regarding the coping skills and lifestyle
modifications necessary to help patients maintain health and balance in their
lives. Rachel’s experience taught her that the human mind is not only
incredibly powerful but also an essential component of attaining optimal
health. Thus, she chose to complete her master’s thesis on the topic of
behavior change. Her thesis, Facilitating Behavior Change and Optimizing
Adherence, will prove invaluable to her future patients. Rachel’s next
step is to attend medical school and become an Osteopathic physician, using her
knowledge of nutrition and mental health to lead a holistic medical
practice. Best of luck as you move into the future to attain all your
to Patricia "Lynn" Byrd for successfully completing the Master of
Science in Health and Nutrition Education degree. Lynn has worn many hats, including
personal chef, successful restaurant and jazz club owner, and life-long food
connoisseur. As owner of The Byrdfeeder Nutrition Counseling Services, Lynn supports her
clients as they acknowledge the past, realistically review the present, and
chart a course for a positive, vibrant future. Through her formal education and
hands-on experience Lynn helps
individuals discover and maintain a consistently high quality of life in an
ever-changing environment while teaching them to kick the blues through mindful
eating, joyful movement, and gentle reflection techniques. Lynn's
thesis, How to Avoid the Food Crisis: Growing Nutrient-Rich Food in
a Home Garden, is evidence of her passion for growing clean, safe food in
harmony with nature.
to Krystle Shapiro who graduated Summa cum Laude from the Master of Science in
Holistic Nutrition program. Krystle has experienced a variety of different careers
in her lifetime including medical massage, sports massage, and oncology massage
with emphasis on manual lymph drainage therapy. In 2003 she opened SteppingStonesWellnessCenter in Sandpoint, Idaho
which, in conjunction with her interest in holistic health care led her to
begin the Sandpoint Wellness Council in 2008. Krystle's interaction with
cancer clients helped her to better understand their experiences and to offer
wisdom about how the body can heal itself through holistic health interventions.
She also learned about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and developed a
program incorporating massage therapy, energy therapy, and nutrition therapy
that coincides with ongoing mental health therapy. All her experiences led to
her current passionate career path focused on defining the role of chronic and
extreme toxic exposures from many sources in theaters of combat, their negative
effects on the human body affecting efficient neurological signaling, and
nutrient dense replenishment and remediation to reduce and/or eliminate the
incidence of negative behaviors, moods, and the potential of suicide. Her
thesis, The War Within: Addressing Veteran Suicide, exemplifies her
new knowledge and passion.
(Katie) Carter received her Nutrition Consultant certificate with the
distinction of Summa cum Laude. Katie is a yoga teacher and founder of WildMountainYogaCenter
in Nevada City, CA. She teaches yoga, healthy cooking, and
conducts nutrition workshops. Her interest in nutrition and yoga started in her
teens and continues to this day as she continually seeks to educate others
while improving physical energy, mental clarity, and peace of mind. As a
holistic nutrition consultant Katie's focus is helping menopausal women achieve
optimal health while navigating changes during this transitional time in life. Her
links to her blog "5 Bad Mood Foods". Keep up the good work,
Elgeskog-Chamness graduated Summa cum Laude from the Nutrition Consultant
certificate program. Tove is a registered yoga teacher and works from a
holistic perspective to form an individualized program to help individuals
reach their health and wellness goals through healing foods, supplements,
lifestyle changes, and yoga practice. She creates supportive protocols for
individuals with specific health concerns, aids in weight loss or weight gain,
educates mothers-to-be about eating habits before, during, and after pregnancy,
and teaches health educating classes throughout the area. Visit Tove's
website www.theswedishyogi.com to
read more about her accomplishments and services.