Monday, April 9, 2018

GI Stool Screening & Secretory IgA: Gut Balance and First-Line Immunity with Glen Depke, Traditional Naturopath

Review our 4th webinar of our Functional Lab Testing for Every Practice series and learn how using stool testing for the identification of pathogens and imbalanced flora, combined with simple saliva tests to measure secretory IgA, the primary immune defense, practitioners can establish powerful healing strategies for even the most difficult cases. Imbalances in the gut, as well as compromised immunity, are often the underlying cause of other dysfunctions, such as HPA dysfunction and oxidative stress. The healing opportunities provided by these lab assessments are virtually endless!

Please join us for GI Stool Screening & Secretory IgA: Gut Balance and First-Line Immunity with Glen Depke, Traditional Naturopath.

Please Note: This webinar recording will be available to the public through April 29th, 2018. Students and graduates may view the recording with no expiration date in their student portal webinar archives.

Webinar Objectives:
Appreciate the impact that gut balance has on overall health;
Understand the role of secretory IgA as it relates to intestinal barrier function and illness prevention;
Become familiar with common pathogens and organisms involved in dysbiosis;
Learn a logical sequence of testing to identify specific targets for GI and immunity therapies;
Develop healing opportunities for GI concerns using lifestyle and nutrition.

Glen Depke holds degrees as a Traditional Naturopath, a Bachelor of Science in Natural Health, and a diploma in Professional Holistic Iridology. He has also been trained in the Kalish method of assessing the three main body systems via functional testing, emotional freedom technique (EFT), Metabolic Typing, traditional Chinese assessment tools, and German drainage therapy. Glen has become known as a master in adrenal insufficiency, more appropriately referred to as HPA axis dysfunction, as well as, functional testing protocols, customized nutrition and food sensitivity. He has worked alongside some of the most prominent healers of our time, most notably, Dr. Joseph Mercola and the staff at the Center for Natural Health; where he held the positions of chief nutritionist, EFT therapist, and wellness director. Glen began his education and implementation of functional testing during his years at Dr. Mercola’s clinic and has studied with our world’s leaders in functional medicine over the past 17 years to fine tune this healing approach. His intention is to empower individuals to reach their health and wellness goals by addressing their individual imbalances while releasing any blocks that hinder them from this goal; whether these blocks are physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual.

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.

Glen Depke, Traditional Naturopath
Depke Wellness

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

All About Alumni: Nail Your Niche – How to Build a Wellness Business Around a Single Program with Dawn Viola

Discover how Hawthorn graduate Dawn Viola built a successful wellness business that started with her thesis as she presents Nail Your Niche – How to Build a Wellness Business Around a Single Program, Wednesday April 4, 2018 at 12 PM Pacific.

Dawn’s thesis grew into a kitchen retail store, holistic teaching kitchen, and cookbook. Join us as she shares her marketing insights and techniques that led to opportunities with organizations like Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and Food Network, in addition to building her social media presence and network.


Dawn Viola is a holistic nutrition educator with a Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education from Hawthorn University. She is also a Certified Executive Chef, and founder of This Honest Food, a holistic teaching kitchen and kitchen retail store with a focus on healthy cooking.

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.

Dawn Viola
MHNE Graduate 2018

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

SIBO: Breath Testing for Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Glen Depke, Traditional Naturopath

In the 3rd webinar of our Functional Lab Testing for Every Practice series we learn about SIBO, or Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. SIBO is a condition in which abnormally large numbers of bacteria – the types that are normally found in the large intestine – migrate into the small intestine.

Please join us for SIBO: Breath Testing for Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Glen Depke, Traditional Naturopath.

Please Note: This webinar recording will be available to the public through April 14th, 2018. Hawthorn students and graduates also have access to it in their student portal webinar archives with no expiration.

Webinar Objectives:
Recognize the primary underlying conditions that most often lead to SIBO;
Learn how breath testing measures the gases produced by SIBO;
Be able to interpret the results of breath tests to determine the severity of a person’s SIBO problem;
Develop an approach for incorporating breath testing into the majority of clinical cases;
Learn about diet and supplementation options for helping to resolve SIBO.

Glen Depke holds degrees as a Traditional Naturopath, a Bachelor of Science in Natural Health, and a diploma in Professional Holistic Iridology. He has also been trained in the Kalish method of assessing the three main body systems via functional testing, emotional freedom technique (EFT), Metabolic Typing, traditional Chinese assessment tools, and German drainage therapy. Glen has become known as a master in adrenal insufficiency, more appropriately referred to as HPA axis dysfunction, as well as, functional testing protocols, customized nutrition and food sensitivity. He has worked alongside some of the most prominent healers of our time, most notably, Dr. Joseph Mercola and the staff at the Center for Natural Health; where he held the positions of chief nutritionist, EFT therapist, and wellness director. Glen began his education and implementation of functional testing during his years at Dr. Mercola’s clinic and has studied with our world’s leaders in functional medicine over the past 17 years to fine tune this healing approach. His intention is to empower individuals to reach their health and wellness goals by addressing their individual imbalances while releasing any blocks that hinder them from this goal; whether these blocks are physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual.

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.

Glen Depke, Traditional Naturopath
Depke Wellness

Monday, March 12, 2018

Review Female Hormones: Balance and Restoration with Glen Depke, Traditional Naturopath

On this 2nd webinar of our Functional Lab Testing for Every Practice series, you will learn about a significant aspect of our practice- assessing and helping women with hormone imbalances. With saliva hormone testing and proper intake, healing opportunities become available for restoring homeostasis. Glen Depke's webinar will be available for review on the Hawthorn website until April 1st, 2018: http://hawthornuniversity.org/WEBINARS/Webinar-Archives/

Functional laboratory testing provides a means to accurately establish the underlying causes of health problems and monitor the effectiveness of supportive health protocols. You will learn to select appropriate lab tests, confidently interpret the results, and establish valuable resources for guiding woman to recovery.

Whether in her pre-menopausal cycling stage of life, transitioning to or experiencing menopause, or in the years after menopause, a woman’s hormone balance plays a powerful and influential role on her wellbeing.  In this webinar the lab testing strategies for each phase of life, as well as approaches to balancing hormones through lifestyle and natural therapies will be emphasized.

Webinar Objectives:
1. Understand which lab tests to run for a woman’s unique circumstances;
2. Recognize the underlying lifestyle triggers that lead to female hormone imbalances;  
3. Receive guidance in interpreting the pre-menopause saliva test panel using month-long collection routines;
4. Identify healing opportunities by reviewing lab data and health histories;
5. Learn valuable concepts for accelerating healing through hormone balancing.

Glen Depke holds degrees as a Traditional Naturopath, a Bachelor of Science in Natural Health, and a diploma in Professional Holistic Iridology. He has also been trained in the Kalish method of assessing the three main body systems via functional testing, emotional freedom technique (EFT), Metabolic Typing, traditional Chinese assessment tools, and German drainage therapy. Glen has become known as a master in adrenal insufficiency, more appropriately referred to as HPA axis dysfunction, as well as, functional testing protocols, customized nutrition and food sensitivity. He has worked alongside some of the most prominent healers of our time, most notably, Dr. Joseph Mercola and the staff at the Center for Natural Health; where he held the positions of chief nutritionist, EFT therapist, and wellness director. Glen began his education and implementation of functional testing during his years at Dr. Mercola’s clinic and has studied with our world’s leaders in functional medicine over the past 17 years to fine tune this healing approach. His intention is to empower individuals to reach their health and wellness goals by addressing their individual imbalances while releasing any blocks that hinder them from this goal; whether these blocks are physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual.

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.

Glen Depke, Traditional Naturopath
Depke Wellness

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Assessing the HPA Axis: Chronic Stress and Strategies for Healing with Glen Depke, Traditional Naturopath

On this kick-off webinar for our Functional Lab Testing for Every Practice Webinar Series, you will be welcomed to the 6-part webinar series with a brief overview of the topics to come, while also receiving education in one of the most important aspects of clinical practice – assessing and helping a person’s ability to resist and respond to stress. Stress comes in a myriad of forms. With saliva hormone testing and proper intake, healing opportunities become available for reversing dysfunction and restoring an optimal stress response.      

Please join us for Assessing the HPA Axis: Chronic Stress and Strategies for Healing with Glen Depke, Traditional Naturopath, Tuesday March 6, 2018 at 4 PM Pacific / 7 PM Eastern.


Webinar Objectives:
i. Learn how the body’s stress response is the cause of numerous health problems and what can be done to optimize it;
ii. Understand the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis’ role in regulating homeostasis;  
iii. Learn hormone testing methods and intake approaches for identifying a person’s state of HPA dysfunction; 
iv. Develop a strategy for helping every person who comes to you for help, by fine tuning their stress response and developing ongoing prevention habits.

Glen Depke holds degrees as a Traditional Naturopath, a Bachelor of Science in Natural Health, and a diploma in Professional Holistic Iridology. He has also been trained in the Kalish method of assessing the three main body systems via functional testing, emotional freedom technique (EFT), Metabolic Typing, traditional Chinese assessment tools, and German drainage therapy. Glen has become known as a master in adrenal insufficiency, more appropriately referred to as HPA axis dysfunction, as well as, functional testing protocols, customized nutrition and food sensitivity. He has worked alongside some of the most prominent healers of our time, most notably, Dr. Joseph Mercola and the staff at the Center for Natural Health; where he held the positions of chief nutritionist, EFT therapist, and wellness director. Glen began his education and implementation of functional testing during his years at Dr. Mercola’s clinic and has studied with our world’s leaders in functional medicine over the past 17 years to fine tune this healing approach. His intention is to empower individuals to reach their health and wellness goals by addressing their individual imbalances while releasing any blocks that hinder them from this goal; whether these blocks are physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual.

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.

Glen Depke, Tradition Naturopath
Depke Wellness



More information on the Functional Lab Testing for Every Practice: Improve Health Outcomes with Science-Based Assessments Webinar Series:

Hawthorn University is pleased to announce the special 6-partwebinar series: Functional Lab Testing for Every Practice: Improve Health Outcomes with Science-Based Assessments.

Functional laboratory testing provides a means to accurately establish the underlying causes of health problems and monitor the effectiveness of supportive treatment/health protocols. You will learn to select lab tests appropriate to your clients/patients, confidently interpret the results, and establish valuable resources for guiding your clients/patients to recovery.

Each 90 minute webinar reviews a specific lab in depth, with case studies to get a feel for the sort of conditions that can be assessed using specific profiles, follow-up testing that may be necessary, and what outcomes can be expected, as well as the healing options that are often applied. This series is appropriate for Hawthorn University students, alumni, all healthcare practitioners, and the interested public.

Here's the flow of the series with a brief description of each webinar.

3/6/18: Assessing the HPA Axis: Chronic Stress and Strategies for Healing
Assessing and helping a person’s ability to resist and respond to stress is one of the most important aspects of our practices. Learn about the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis’ role in regulating homeostasis, hormone testing methods and intake approaches for identifying a person’s state of HPA dysfunction and how to resolve it.

3/20/18: Female Hormones: Balance and Restoration
The lab testing strategies for each phase of life, as well as approaches to balancing hormones through lifestyle and natural therapies will be emphasized. Understand which lab tests to run for a woman’s unique circumstances and recognize the underlying lifestyle triggers that lead to female hormone imbalances.

4/3/18: SIBO: Breath Testing for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) is a condition in which abnormally large numbers of bacteria – the types that are normally found in the large intestine – migrate into the small intestine. Learn to interpret the results of breath tests to determine the severity of a person’s SIBO problem and develop an approach for recovering healthy function.

4/17/18: GI Stool Screening & Secretory IgA: Gut Balance and First-Line Immunity
By using stool testing for the identification of pathogens and imbalanced flora, combined with simple saliva tests to measure secretory IgA, the primary immune defense, practitioners can establish powerful healing strategies for even the most difficult cases. Understand the role of secretory IgA as it relates to intestinal barrier function and illness prevention, become familiar with common pathogens and organisms involved in dysbiosis, and learn a logical sequence of testing to identify specific targets for GI and immunity therapies.

5/1/18: Leaky Gut Syndrome: Assessment and Repair
Leaky gut – also known as intestinal permeability – is the byproduct of such increasingly common factors as poor diet choices, chronic stress, toxic overload and bacterial imbalance. Learn how intestinal permeability increases the risk for developing chronic illness and serious diseases and identify the underlying triggers that lead to leaky gut and how to restore homeostasis.

5/15/18: A Logical Sequence of Lab Testing
In the final webinar of the series, we develop strategies for prioritizing the ordering of specific lab tests that will work effectively with most people, and understand the options available to you for ongoing assistance and training in functional lab testing.

These webinars will be available to the public for 10 days following each live event.  Student and graduates may find the recordings on their Student Portal under Webinar Archives with no expiration.

All About Alumni: Growing Forward: Combining Landscape Design with a Holistic Nutrition Consultant Certification with Nysha Arden

After a long and fruitful career in landscape design, Nysha Arden decided to go back to Hawthorn University to obtain a Nutrition consultant certification.  Learn how she has combined two of her greatest loves—gorgeous design and helping people feel their best through nutrition.

Join us with graduate Nysha Arden for the All About Alumni presentation Growing Forward: Combining Landscape Design with a Holistic Nutrition Consultant Certification, live and online Wednesday March 7, 2018 at 12 PM Pacific.

To RSVP for this webinar, please visit:

Nysha Arden spent 20 years working as a landscape designer. Her past accomplishments include working for Universal Studios Japan, Walt Disney Imagineering, working abroad in Hong Kong China for two years and finally settling in at her own landscape design firm. Nysha also owned a small boutique edibles nursery (Ardenwoods Edibles)—which is what originally spurred her to become a Nutrition Consultant. Combining her love of design and helping people feel their best is always on the forefront of her mind and she is doing so in Historic Pasadena, California. You can find more about her nutrition practice at http://www.integrativebellyhealth.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.

Nysha Arden
(Nutrition Consultant Program Graduate 2016)

Monday, February 26, 2018

Functional Lab Testing for Every Practice: Improve Health Outcomes with Science-Based Assessments Webinar Series

Hawthorn University is pleased to announce the special 6-part webinar series: Functional Lab Testing for Every Practice: Improve Health Outcomes with Science-Based Assessments.

Functional laboratory testing provides a means to accurately establish the underlying causes of health problems and monitor the effectiveness of supportive treatment/health protocols. You will learn to select lab tests appropriate to your clients/patients, confidently interpret the results, and establish valuable resources for guiding your clients/patients to recovery.

Each 90 minute webinar reviews a specific lab in depth, with case studies to get a feel for the sort of conditions that can be assessed using specific profiles, follow-up testing that may be necessary, and what outcomes can be expected, as well as the healing options that are often applied. This series is appropriate for Hawthorn University students, alumni, all healthcare practitioners, and the interested public.

Here's the flow of the series with a brief description of each webinar. 

3/6/18: Assessing the HPA Axis: Chronic Stress and Strategies for Healing
Assessing and helping a person’s ability to resist and respond to stress is one of the most important aspects of our practices. Learn about the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis’ role in regulating homeostasis, hormone testing methods and intake approaches for identifying a person’s state of HPA dysfunction and how to resolve it.

3/20/18: Female Hormones: Balance and Restoration
The lab testing strategies for each phase of life, as well as approaches to balancing hormones through lifestyle and natural therapies will be emphasized. Understand which lab tests to run for a woman’s unique circumstances and recognize the underlying lifestyle triggers that lead to female hormone imbalances.

4/3/18: SIBO: Breath Testing for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) is a condition in which abnormally large numbers of bacteria – the types that are normally found in the large intestine – migrate into the small intestine. Learn to interpret the results of breath tests to determine the severity of a person’s SIBO problem and develop an approach for recovering healthy function.

4/17/18: GI Stool Screening & Secretory IgA: Gut Balance and First-Line Immunity
By using stool testing for the identification of pathogens and imbalanced flora, combined with simple saliva tests to measure secretory IgA, the primary immune defense, practitioners can establish powerful healing strategies for even the most difficult cases. Understand the role of secretory IgA as it relates to intestinal barrier function and illness prevention, become familiar with common pathogens and organisms involved in dysbiosis, and learn a logical sequence of testing to identify specific targets for GI and immunity therapies.

5/1/18: Leaky Gut Syndrome: Assessment and Repair
Leaky gut – also known as intestinal permeability – is the byproduct of such increasingly common factors as poor diet choices, chronic stress, toxic overload and bacterial imbalance. Learn how intestinal permeability increases the risk for developing chronic illness and serious diseases and identify the underlying triggers that lead to leaky gut and how to restore homeostasis.

5/15/18: A Logical Sequence of Lab Testing
In the final webinar of the series, we develop strategies for prioritizing the ordering of specific lab tests that will work effectively with most people, and understand the options available to you for ongoing assistance and training in functional lab testing.

For a PDF of the schedule, click here.

These webinars will be available to the public for 10 days following each live event.  Student and graduates may find the recordings on their Student Portal under Webinar Archives with no expiration.

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.