Friday, February 17, 2012

A Few Recent Hawthorn Graduates

Congratulations to all the Hawthorn Graduates. We delight in your successes!

Michelle Fletchall

Michelle Fletchall graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition program. She has been studying nutrition and its impact on the health of the body, mind, and spirit since 1996. Michelle shares her yoga training and Hawthorn degree with others as a food psychology coach, certified by Marc David and the Spencer Institute. She combines all three disciplines in her clinical practice. Michelle is honored to have the opportunity to assist clients as they discover a balanced relationship with food and movement firmly anchored in a positive sense of self.

Paula Martinac

Paula Martinac graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education program. Paula spent the first 20 years of her career as a writer, editor, and journalist, until a cancer diagnosis forever changed the way she viewed health and wellness. Although she survived cancer through conventional surgery and medicine, she thrived thanks to nutritional healing and complementary treatments. She recently launched her practice as a nutrition coach at The Nuin Wellness Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., and she also writes regularly for, the Lance Armstrong Foundation website, on nutrition and health topics. Her special research and coaching interests include stress-busting, cancer prevention and survival, healthy aging, and women’s health issues. Paula's website is , and she blogs at .

Kathy Conery
Kathy Conery received her Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition with the distinction of Magna Cum Laude. She has been practicing acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for several years in a private practice as well as in two community acupuncture clinics in Princeville, Kauai. Kathy's thesis, Immune System Modulation as a Primary Treatment Focus for Auto Immune Disorders and Allergies, is evidence of her knowledge and belief that food is the best and first medicine.  Her website is . Keep up the good work Kathy!

Amanda Codd
Amanda Codd received her Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition with the distinction of Magna Cum Laude. Amanda has been formally trained as a research neuroscientist. She received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001, and an M.Phil. from Trinity College at the University of Cambridge, England, in 2003. Since then, she has worked in many scientific capacities, including a cognitive neuroscience research lab studying the effects of meditation on the brain. Amanda is currently working as a clinical writer for a non-profit healthcare research institution, ECRI Institute, in Plymouth Meeting, PA. In this role, she analyzes evidence on emerging healthcare technologies. Her interests in holistic nutrition stem from her interests in neuroscience and involve the effects of food on the brain, and the effects of the brain on food choices.

Tracey Fox
Tracey Fox has a background in commercial interior design and has worked for one of the top firms in the country.  She has a family and despite all her activities managed to successfully complete the Nutrition Consultant Certificate program with highest honors (summa cum laude).  Tracey is passionate about holistic nutrition and the power food and lifestyle have of the wellbeing of individuals.

Neal Caldwell graduated from the Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education program to achieve his goal of guiding "each individual through the world of holistic nutrition, functional exercise, and lifestyle changes." Neal graduated from San Diego State University with a B.S. in Kinesiology and began his career in the health, exercise, and teaching industry. He launched Dunamis Fitness to help educate and guide people through the world of nutrition and exercise and takes the time to listen and encourage each individual to meet their goals and to start the healing process in their body from the inside-out. In addition to all of Neal's accomplishments and affiliations, he is to be applauded for over 13 years as a physical education teacher.
Visit Neal online at and .

Danielle Ryan
Danielle Ryan graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition program.  Her business, Samana Wellness is centered around improving clients' physical digestion of nutrients and their mental, emotional, and spiritual digestion of life experiences into grater levels of consciousness. Danielle blends her studies of yoga, Ayurveda, holistic nutrition, psychology, anthropology, and adventure therapy into her work as a wellness coach and transformational retreat leader on the island of Maui. She leads cleanses, teaches classes and facilitates workshops throughout the US, empowering her clients to discover and maintain Whole Life Health based on their own unique needs. Her guided meditations, nutrition consultations, wellness challenges, and other services are available both in person and from a distance via Skype or telephone. More information about Danielle's practice is available online at

Kathie O'Connell is a Nutrition Consultant certificate program graduate.  Kathie has worked for many years in the health food industry.  She believes strongly in personal wellness and helping others develop individualized eating protocols and exercise plans to support a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle.  As a nutritional consultant and culinary professional, Kathie plans to use her Hawthorn education to work as a Nutrition Consultant within her local community, partnering with health food stores, food co-ops, chiropractors, physicians and her Village Health Dept.

View other Hawthorn alumni online at