Transforming the Practice of Nutrition

Become an Integrative and Functional Nutrition Certified Practitioner™ (IFNCP™)!

100% Online IFN modules and Therapeutic Elimination Diets Track created by experienced Doctorate and Master’s level RDN’s

All 5 IFNA™ Tracks (33 modules) available via a professional online platform for a cohesive, case-based experience

IFN Toolkit including detailed clinical protocols, patient handouts, powerpoint slides and brandable office documents

Certificate of Training/IFNCP™ Advanced Practice Credential available

Accredited Providers of over 234 CPEUs by the Commission on Dietetic Registration

Peer-reviewed, evidence based content presented by IFNA™ Faculty/Advisory Board

IFN Academy™ membership and industry discounts!

Exclusive Q & A Community Cafe Forum

One-on-one Personal Mentoring

Scholarship and Recognition Awards

What is Integrative and Functional Nutrition?

Integrative and Functional Nutrition (IFN) therapy is a leading-edge, evidence-based, and comprehensive approach to patient care that focuses on identifying root causes and system imbalances to significantly improve patient health outcomes. This emerging medical nutrition model combines the very best of modern science, clinical wisdom and critical thinking and is being driven by increasing consumer demand, advancing technology and the changing healthcare landscape.

Acquiring the knowledge, skills and tools in IFN therapy will not only bring you greater satisfaction in your professional practice and those you serve, it will also make you one of the most sought after, advanced practice IFN clinicians in the competitive healthcare marketplace.

Registration Now Open!

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR TRAINING!

What is IFNA™?

The Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy™ (IFNA™) is a clinically oriented online training and mentoring program founded by two of the nation’s premier integrative medicine nutritionists, Dr. Sheila Dean and Kathie Swift. IFNA™’s distinguished faculty and advisory board includes top leaders in integrative and functional medicine– trained allopathic and naturopathic physicians, registered dietitian/nutritionists, nurse practitioners, culinary nutrition experts, holistic health counselors and other allied professionals.

How does the IFNA™ program work?

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.

WANT TO GET STARTED? HERE ARE YOUR NEXT STEPS:

Step 1 – Become an IFNA™ Member!  IFNA™ Membership offers 10% off of all five IFNA™ tracks (that’s 33 modules)! Once you become a member, you will receive a special coupon code for use with each of the five tracks. Click here to become an IFNA™ member: https://www.ifnacademy.com/product/become-an-ifna-member/.

Step 2 – Online Registration: Register anytime! https://www.ifnacademy.com/register-here/ Enjoy IFNA training at your own pace! (Certain restrictions apply for IFNCP™ credential applicants. Click here for details: https://www.ifnacademy.com/ifncp-credential-q-a-handbook/)

Step 3 – Log in. Once you are registered, log in to the course shell at the top right hand corner of your screen and you will be taken to a Welcome Page where you click on the Track you registered for. Once you are there, you will enter the world of IFNA™ training!

HERE’S WHAT’S INCLUDED!

  • Video presentations – Each video presentation is led by an IFNA faculty expert that comes with an information-packed, clinically useful module loaded with clinical pearls! For a description of each module, click here.
  • Beautiful color and information filled powerpoint slides – You will have access to the powerpoint slides both as 1 slide per page and 3 slides per page for optimal note-taking! All powerpoints are downloadable and yours to keep indefinitely.
  • Enjoy your IFNA™ Toolkit and Resources – Every module comes with many carefully selected downloadable scientific papers, handouts, patient questionnaires, web resources, free apps, and full protocols with dietary recommendations, supplement brand names and dosages, conventional, functional and nutrigenetic laboratory test recommendations and mind-body practices! You will also find many brandable office documents for your logo placement.
  • Enjoy 24/7 Access to the IFNA™ Community Cafe Forum – A private forum reserved just for registered IFNA participants, this is an opportunity to receive written, customized answers to your questions about module content.
  • Private Mentoring – Need more one-on-one mentoring? No problem. Just contact us at info@IFNAcademy to make an appointment and click here to register: https://www.ifnacademy.com/product/personal-mentoring/
  • Earn CPEUs, a Certificate of Training or go for the IFNCP™ Credential! 

1. EARN CPEUs. You can matriculate through the various Tracks and earn CPEU’s if that’s all you want. We offer 234 preapproved CPEUs and we are an Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

2. Certificate of Training (COT). You can matriculate through Track 1, Track 2, Track 3 and Track 4 – “TED” Therapeutic Elimination Diets. Upon passing all of the module quizzes, you will be awarded a Certificate of Training from IFNA™.

3. IFNCP™ Credential. You can matriculate through Track 1, Track 2, Track 3, Track 4 – “TED” Therapeutic Elimination Diets and Track 5 – “CSI” Case Study Immersion. Upon passing all of the module quizzes you can apply for the IFNCP™ (Integrative and Functional Nutrition Certified Practitioner™) credential. Once your application is approved, you are eligible to take the IFNCPonline multiple choice credential exam. Effective July 2017, The IFNCP™ Credential Exam will be offered year round.  Click here for the IFNCP Q & A Handbook. Those who successfully pass the IFNA™ credential exam will be awarded the IFNCP™ designation and will be placed in the IFNCP™ Directory of IFN Certified Practitioners. Only qualified health care professionals can apply. IFNA™ does not allow “testing out” of any Tracks. For more details, CLICK HERE. If you are still unsure if you qualify, please email us at info@IFNAcademy.com.

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL!

  • Do you know about the free IFNA™ listserv? If you want to join, just email us at info@IFNAcademy.com and we’ll add you on!
  • Enjoy the free subscription to Natural Medicines Database
  • Enjoy the free digital subscription to Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal
  • Enjoy the free digital subscription to Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine journal
  • Enjoy the free digital subscription to Advances in Mind-Body Medicine journal
  • Enjoy the free subscription to the Natural Medicine Journal
  • Be sure to download your free copy of Kathie Swift’s 3rd edition of My Foundation Diet eBook on the www.IFNAcademy.com home page!
  • Enjoy discounts to:
    • Emerson Ecologics and Natural Partners online dispensary!
    • TAP Integrative with Dr Lise Alschuler
    • Genomics Solutions Now nutrigenetic testing
    • Lord and Bralley’s Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine textbook
    • GreenMedInfo.com
    • KalixHealth.com – a practice management software system
    • MyFoodMyHealth.com
    • ProbioticAdvisor.com
    • Dr Kara Fitzgerald’s eBook: Methylation, Diet and Lifestyle
    • Healthie – an online practice management platform
    • PlateJoy – personalized, on-demand meal plans
    • Doctors Supplement Store
    • Fruit Street Telehealth software

AMAZING AWARDS!

  • Do you know about the IFNA™ James Joseph, PhD Scholarship Award? This scholarship award, generously provided by Integrative Therapeutics, is designed to fund IFNA™ training for those individuals with significant financial hardship. (IFNA™ Faculty not eligible to apply. Please email info@IFNAcademy.com for an application)
  • Do you know about the Jeffrey Bland, PhD, Rising Star Recognition Award? This award is designed to recognize IFNCP™ participants who have graduated from all IFNA™ tracks and immersions and have demonstrated superior retention, excellence in clinical practice and/or academic proficiency in integrative and functional nutrition.

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?

Send us a message at https://www.ifnacademy.com/contact-us/. We’d love to hear from you!

Why now?

At the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy, you will acquire the knowledge, skills and tools in IFN therapy that will not only bring you greater satisfaction in your professional practice and those you serve, it distinguishes you from your peers to make you one of the most sought after clinicians in the competitive healthcare marketplace.

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How do I know if this program is for me?

Whether you are a novice or a proficient nutrition practitioner, IFN Academy™ offers something for everyone. Based on your incoming level of expertise and credentials, we will help get you started on the right Track to meet your professional career needs.

 

MULTI-TRACK MODULES (Online)

Just getting started? We’ll walk you through the basics in our Track 1 (Get Ready.. Just the Foundations™ ) and make sure you are thoroughly prepared to dive into higher level training in Track 2 (Get Set…Putting it All Together™ ) and eventually Track 3 (Go…Practice Now!™). By the time you’ve completed the IFN Academy’s training program, we guarantee you’ll look, feel and practice like an IFN pro!

Already have a baseline understanding? Great! We’ll focus on higher level clinical biochemistry, conventional and functional diagnostic lab interpretation, supplements and work through more complex cases together in Track 2 (Get Set…Putting it All Together™) with our amazing interdisciplinary faculty speakers.

Feeling proficient and want to take your hard-earned knowledge into an integrative and functional nutrition clinical practice right now? You’ve got it. The IFN Academy Track 3 (Go…Practice Now!™) features the top experts to share their clinical pearls and educate you on the more advanced areas of Integrative and Functional Nutrition in practice.

 

THERAPEUTIC ELIMINATION DIETS TRACK (Online)

If you’re interested in a more in-depth understanding of therapeutic elimination diets for clinical nutrition practice, this Track is just for you!  We’ll explore the evidence base and the clinical application of “whole food as medicine” dietary therapies such as gluten and casein free, FODMAPs, ketogenic, histamine restricted, vegan, paleo, and several other health supportive therapeutic elimination diets.  You will learn the “ins and outs” of each dietary therapy and increase your skills in the art and science of therapeutic clinical nutrition.

 

CASE STUDY IMMERSION (“CSI”) TRACK (Online)

The Case Study Immersion orCSI Track” designed to give you even more case-based opportunities to immerse, investigate and integrate the functional nutrition care process into your own practices!

 

CULINARY NUTRITION IMMERSION (Onsite)

IFNA™’s Culinary Nutrition Immersion extends this CPEU offering into the kitchen where training expands to a multi-sensory hands-on ‘food as medicine’ experience.  This one of a kind opportunity allows the learner to directly translate evidence-based clinical nutrition guidelines for therapeutic elimination diets including: FODMAPs, SCD/SIBO, and the Six Food Elimination Diet.  Knowing how to cook is one thing, understanding how to make therapeutic diets enticing is another skill set.   You will receive a comprehensive culinary nutrition toolkit that contains recipes and menus created and sampled by all participants.  Sunday will offer an exceptional guided culinary tour in the Atlanta area. An invigorating weekend of bonding and mind body practices with your colleagues will round out this integrative experience.

Total CPEUs – 13.0

Onsite Location – Life University; Atlanta, Georgia

Date: Friday, May 5th – Sunday, May 7th 2017

Registration is now open! Register soon as class size is limited!

Tuition does NOT include room, board or travel expenses.

 

 

PERSONAL MENTORING

While we try to make personal connections with all students during the online tracks, if you feel you need some additional one-on-one attention for more customized assistance, we offer Personal Mentoring as an option.  Personal Mentoring is offered in one hour blocks of time.  When you purchase a block of 3 hours, we offer a discount on our hourly rate. Click here for registration and rates: https://www.ifnacademy.com/product/personal-mentoring/

 

IFNA MEMBERSHIP

IFNA membership is for anyone matriculating through the IFNA program and/or for those who have graduated. IFNA membership offers an opportunity to continue to connect with like-minded functional nutrition oriented practitioners to share information and ask questions about important IFN related work.

For more information regarding fees and discounts, please click here: Fee Schedule

Want to know more? Click here: IFNA TRAINING INTEREST FORM

What content areas does the IFN Academy™ cover?

What content areas does the IFN Academy cover?

At the IFN Academy, you will acquire the knowledge, skills and tools in IFN therapy (such as IFN clinical protocols, dietary supplements, therapeutic elimination diets, conventional and functional labs and mind-body practices) that will not only bring you greater satisfaction in your professional practice and those you serve, it will also make you one of the most sought after clinicians in the competitive healthcare marketplace.

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The IFN Academy uses a research oriented, evidence-based, systematic yet personalized “case based” approach in teaching health care practitioners how to use IFN for the core clinical imbalances that lie at the root of most chronic health conditions including:

  • Gastrointestinal related disorders
  • Detoxification/Biotransformation
  • Energy/mitochondrial related disorders including neurodegenerative diseases
  • Cardiometabolic conditions
  • Immune disorders, including autoimmunity
  • Endocrine – including thyroid, adrenals, sex hormones
  • Structural Imbalances

 

Ask yourself–

  1. Do you want to learn about NUTRITION ASSESSMENT and..
    • what questions to ask and what forms to use when trying to use an integrative and functional nutrition approach to patient care?
    • what to look for in a food record?
    • what signs and symptoms to look for in a nutrition focused physical?
    • what functional diagnostic labs to order/request and when?
    • how to interpret traditional blood chemistries from the integrative and functional nutrition lens?
    • what is a static assay versus a functional assay and when and why might it be more useful to use one over the other?
    • how to identify the seven core imbalances in your patient and understand how are they interrelated?
    • how and when to use the various functional assessment tools such as the IFM Matrix™, the IFMNT Radial and others?
    • how to know if your patient needs a dietary supplement? And assess what they may be already taking?
    • how to assess your patient’s readiness to change?
    • how to integrate empowering mind body practices in your care plan?
  2. Do you want to learn about NUTRITION DIAGNOSIS and…
    • how to tease out the patients signs, symptoms and labs in order to make a nutrition diagnosis and/or how to understand and treat the diagnosis from an integrative and functional nutrition perspective? A few examples may include:
      • How to identify (and treat accordingly) celiac versus non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) and other gluten related disorders (GRD)?
      • How to handle thyroid cases versus autoimmune thyroiditis issues?
      • How to identify which stage of adrenal fatigue your patient may be in?
      • How should dental/oral health issues be addressed?
      • When to order/request a fasting insulin versus a blood glucose or A1C level?
    • how to create a functional nutrition based PES (problem, etiology, signs/symptoms) statement if necessary in your clinical setting?
    • understand the 2/5/7 algorithm and how it can be used as a clinical map for solving the puzzle of chronic illness?
  3. Do you want to learn the A to Z’s about NUTRITION INTERVENTION and…
    • how to create a customized healing foods meal plan for your patient?
    • when to use an elimination diet? Gluten free? Vegan? Paleo? FODMAPS?
    • traditional recommendations such as low salt? Low cholesterol diets? High protein? Carb counts? Calorie levels?
    • the role of diet and specialty nutrients in mental health and mood disorders including depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbances?
    • the unique nutritional needs of children with mental health and neurobiologic issues such as ADHD, Asperger’s or autism?
    • how to safely recommend detox diets? cleanses? fasting protocols?
    • what is the most recent evidence re: organics and genetically modified organisms (GMOs)?
    • how to assess the supplements your patients may already be taking?
    • how to know what supplements to recommend – i.e. everything from probiotics, digestive enzymes, HCL, botanicals, vitamins, minerals, herbs, medical foods, functional foods, antimicrobials, etc.
    • how to dose supplements properly using an individualized approach?
    • how to evaluate drug-induced nutrient depletions and what to do about it?
    • how to identify potential nutrient – drug interactions?
    • how to know what forms of nutrients are most appropriate for your patient based on the most recent evidence?
    • where to get access to the best dietary supplements?
    • how to interpret the lab information your patients already have?
    • what labs to order/request next?
    • when it’s time to order functional diagnostic labs and if so what to ORDER/request?
    • how to incorporate genetic testing (also referred to as nutrigenetic testing)? and by what lab?
    • how to interpret nutrigenetic results into useful IFN recommendations?
    • how to get one-on-one assistance with functional diagnostic lab interpretation?
    • how to translate biochemical and metabolic pathways based on lab results into clinical recommendations?
    • how to tailor your intervention and recommendations to the patient’s starting place?
    • the role of biofilm, chronic bacterial, yeast or parasitic infection, and heavy metal toxicity, how this may be impacting the patient’s health and how to safely and successfully treat with IFN?
    • how to know when to refer to other health care professionals?
    • how to effectively incorporate mind-body modalities with limited time?
    • how to prioritize and triage your patient recommendations to improve patient outcomes?
  4. Do you want to learn about NUTRITION MONITORING and EVALUATION and…
    • how to get your patient to come back for important follow up visits
    • how to determine what the next step is based on patient results
    • when it’s time to refer out and to whom?
  5. Do you want to learn what the best RESOURCES for continuous improvement are?
    • Where do you go to for the most up to date resources?
    • How do you know what resources/organizations/”experts” you can trust?
    • Do you need help translating research into clinical recommendations?
    • Do you want to learn how to apply your IFN training and start your own successful private practice?

Why Choose the IFN Academy™?

Why train with the IFN Academy?

The IFN Academy is the only training program created by advanced degree RDN’s who have successfully designed and operated a science-based, evidence-informed, thriving private practice.

IFNA™ Distinguishing Features:

  • We have pioneered and implemented this approach at numerous, leading healthcare organizations!
  • Our modules are taught by a multi-disciplinary “all-star cast” of the nations top experts in a systematic and cohesive manner to give you hundreds of combined years of teaching experience!
  • Our training incorporates years of experience of business practices with details that range from managing an in-office dispensary and online dietary supplement formulary, robust conventional and functional diagnostic lab testing, and a culinary nutrition, “food as medicine” immersion all in one.
  • Most competitively priced online IFN training program
  • Peer-reviewed content by Industry Leaders/Multi-disciplinary Advisory Board
  • Integrative and Functional Nutrition Certified Practitioner (IFNCP™) Credential available
  • Upon completion, get listed in the directory of IFNCP™s
  • Professional Learning Management System for an organized, timely, seamless educational and interactive experience
  • 234 preapproved CPEUs and accredited by the Commission on Dietetic Registration
  • Affordable, online single track or multi-track module training
  • Online Therapeutic Elimination Diets Track
  • One-on-one Personal Mentoring available
  • Detailed protocols with numerous clinical pearls
  • Certificate of Training offered
  • Scholarship and Recognition Awards
  • Free access to the IFNA Google group electronic mailing list
  • IFNA membership

Our goal is to help you filter through the flood of information in this emerging field and teach you the art and science of systematic, critical thinking and clinical application. We are committed to educating, inspiring and empowering you to help relieve the suffering of your patients and turn the rising tide on chronic disease.

What are the learning outcomes?

At the IFN Academy, we use a strong, user-friendly academic and clinically relevant approach to your learning process. You can feel confident about your IFN training with your patients in practice and with inquiring colleagues who may question your IFN-based recommendations. The IFN Academy has created important learning outcomes (statements that describe significant and essential learning that participants have achieved and can reliably demonstrate at the end of each track) that identify what you will know and be able to do by the end of a course or program. They provide evidence that learning took place.

Each participant will be able to demonstrate the ability to use the nutrition care process (ADIME) using the IFNA Nutrition Care Plan, the Integrative and Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy (IFMNT) Radial and/or the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) Matrix in order to provide high quality care using both the science and art of personalized nutrition therapy.

Upon completion of the MultiTrack Modules, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe an integrative and functional nutrition perspective to clinical decision making.
  2. Identify and describe the basic underlying physiological and pathophysiological principles based on the individual case study.
  3. Find and utilize practice-informed and/or evidence-based research and/or resources to justify nutrition intervention.
  4. Utilize a multi-dimensional framework that takes into account the patients’ lifestyle factors (including emotional state, financial and socioeconomic influences and readiness-to-change assessment), physiological systems, signs and symptoms, sources of stress, nutrition focused physical findings, core clinical imbalances, labs, and dietary patterns in the assessment and planning of the nutrition care process.
  5. Identify the most appropriate assessment tools based on the individual case study.
  6. Identify the most appropriate dietary recommendations based on the individual case study.
  7. Identify the most appropriate supplementation recommendations based on the individual case study.
  8. Identify the most appropriate labs to order/request based on the individual case study.
  9. Identify the most appropriate exercise recommendations based on the individual case study.
  10. Identify other appropriate lifestyle considerations (mind body practices, stress resiliency, sleep hygiene, etc.) based on the individual case study.
  11. Create or utilize appropriate patient education handouts.
  12. Identify potential drug-nutrient interactions including drug-induced nutrient depletions.
  13. Describe basic medications that are used in the allopathic management of chronic disease.
  14. Generate nutrition care plans that are practical based on the individual case study and create realistic expectations for patients.
  15. Demonstrate safe and ethical clinical practice within the student’s scope of practice, identifying “red flags” for serious or potentially serious medical conditions that may require referring out as necessary.
  16. Demonstrate critical thinking of short-term and long-term approaches and patient goals that embrace the integrative and functional medicine model of addressing the root cause of disease, including preventive health care.
  17. Make the necessary adjustments in patient care if the patient expresses dissatisfaction or lack of compliance for any reason.

We’ll not only guide you throughout the training, we’ll also show you HOW to think like a competent IFN expert so you can eventually learn how to do your own nutritional investigative work to successfully manage those complicated cases that will continue to keep coming your way!

Track and Module Descriptions

The following outline is a BRIEF description of what you’ll receive when matriculating through the IFN Academy modules. All modules include an opportunity for case based learning and clinical application.

MULTI TRACK MODULES

Track 1 – Get Ready…Just the Foundations™

Module 1 – An Introduction to Integrative and Functional Nutrition (IFN) – Part 1 with IFNA co-founder Kathie Swift, MS, RDN, FAND, EBQ
Module 2 – An Introduction to Integrative and Functional Nutrition (IFN) – Part 2 with IFNA co-founder Sheila Dean, DSc, RDN, LDN, CCN, CDE, IFMCP
Module 3 – Food as Medicine: Origins, Healing Foods and Dietary Therapies with special guest faculty, John Bagnulo, PhD, MPH
Module 4 – Conventional Labs and Functional Blood Chemistry Interpretation with special guest faculty, Liz Boham, MD, RDN
Module 5 – Functional Diagnostic Labs and Interpretation: An Orientation with special guest faculty, Betsy Redmond, PhD, RDN
Module 6 – Dietary Supplements: Science, Art, Practice and Principles with special guest faculty, Kelly Morrow, MS, RDN

Track 2 – Get Set… Putting it All Together™

All modules include whole foods nutrition, laboratory evaluation and dietary supplement and mind-body practice recommendations.

Module 1 – GI Part 1 – Gut Related Disorders with special guest faculty, Tracy Konoske, MS, RDN, LDN (includes bonus video!)
Module 2 – GI Part 2 – The Spectrum of Gluten Related Disorders with special guest faculty, Tom O’Bryan, DC, CCN, DABCN
Module 3 – An Integrativen and Functional Nutrition Approach to Brain Related Disorders with special guest faculty, Jay Lombard, DO
Module 4 – CardioMetabolic Disease, Inflammation and Insulin Dysregulation with special guest faculty, Cynthia Geyer, MD
Module 5 – An Integrative and Functional Nutrition Approach to Obesity and Weight Management with special guest faculty, Mark Pettus, MD
Module 6 – Detoxification: The Role of Toxicity in Chronic Disease with special guest faculty, Deanna Minich, PhD, FACN, CNS, IFMCP
Module 7 – An Integrative and Functional Nutrition Approach to Cancer Therapies with special guest faculty, Dr Lisa Alschuler, ND, FABNO
Module 8 – Adrenal, Thyroid and Hormonal Dysfunction with special guest faculty Joel Evans, MD
Module 9 – Energy and Pain Disorders/Mitochondropathy with special guest faculty Robin Foroutan, MS, RDN, HHC

Track 3 – Go…Practice Now!™

Module 1 – Advanced Culinary Nutritional Medicine with special guest faculty, Denise Pickett-Bernard, PhD, RDN
Module 2 – Body Talk: The Nutrition Focused Physical with special guest faculty, Coco Newton, MPH, RD, CCN
Module 3 – Nutraceuticals – An Advanced Approach to Using Dietary Supplements in Clinical Practice with special guest faculty, Kelly Morrow, MS, RDN, CD
Module 4 – Advanced Functional Diagnostic Labs and Methylation – with special guest faculty, Kara Fitzgerald, ND (includes bonus video!)
Module 5 – The Nutrigenomics Knowledge Gap with special guest faculty, Yael Joffe, PhD, RD
Module 6 – Nutrigenetic Testing and the Clinical Implementation of Translational Nutrigenomics with special guest faculty, Yael Joffe, PhD, RD
Module 7 – Build, Grow, Thrive… Your IFN Practice with special guest faculty, Lesli Bitel, MBS, RDN (includes bonus video!)

Track 4 – “TED” Therapeutic Elimination Diets

If you’re interested in a more in-depth understanding of therapeutic diets for clinical nutrition practice, this 6-module track is just for you! We’ll explore the evidence base and the clinical application of “whole food as medicine” dietary therapies such as gluten and casein free, FODMAPs, ketogenic, histamine restricted, veganism, paleo, and several other health supportive therapeutic elimination diets. You will learn the “ins and outs” of each dietary therapy and increase your skills in the art and science of therapeutic clinical nutrition.

Module 1 – Therapeutic Diets – with Kathie Swift, MS, RDN, FAND 
The Therapeutic Elimination Diet: A Closer Look

Module 2 – Therapeutic Diets – with Brenda Davis, RDN
Vegan
Vegetarian

Module 3 – Therapeutic Diets – with Mary Purdy, MS, RDN
Gluten/Casein Free
Grain Free
Specific Carbohydrate Diet
Paleo

Module 4 – Therapeutic Diets – with Lisa Powell, MS, RDN
FODMAP (Fermentable Oligo-Di-Monosaccharides and Polyols) diet
Candida diet/Body Ecology Diet

Module 5 – Therapeutic Diets – with Heidi Turner, MS, RDN
Low salicylates, amines, glutamates (Failsafe diet)
Low phenols and salicylates (Feingold diet)
Low oxalates
Low histamine
Low nitrates

Module 6 – Therapeutic Diets – Beth Zupec-Kania, RDN, CD
Ketogenic Diet

Track 5 – “CSI” Case Study Immersion 

The Case Study Immersion orCSI Track” is designed to give you even more case-based opportunities to immerse, investigate and integrate the functional nutrition care process into your own practices!

Module 1:  Introduction to IFN Case Based Approach:  Science, Story, Strategy with Kathie Madonna Swift, MS RDN LDN FAND

Module 2:  Case Studies:  Obesity & Neurological Health with Deborah (“Deb”) Phillips, MS LDN

Module 3:  Case Studies:  Hormones & Fibromyalgia with Dr. Jaime Schehr, ND, RDN

Module 4:  Case Studies:  Cancer & Pediatrics (ASD) with Margaret (“Maggie”) Ward, MS RDN LDN

Module 5:  Case Studies:  Detox, CardioMetabolic Syndrome & Wrap-Up with Dr. Sheila Dean DSc, RDN, LDN, CCN, CDE, IFMCP

 

Can I apply my training toward CPEU requirements?

Yes! The IFN Academy is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). CPEUs are approved through the Commission of Dietetic Registration and are available for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs). Other health care professionals may be able to apply training hours as well. Be sure to check with your licensing/credentialing agency.

Any membership discounts?

Yes!  Become a member of IFNA™ (only $79/year) and receive discounts to:

  • IFNA online immersion programs* – 10% off of all 5 Tracks
  • Lise Alschuler, ND – TAP Integrative (see www.TAPIntegrative.org) membership. Normally priced at $150 – only $99 for IFNA members. Contact us at info@IFNAcademy.com for your promo code.
  • Emerson Ecologics and Natural Partners – Receive 20% off your first order when you open a new account!
  • Genomics Solutions Now (GSN) nutrigenetic testing
  • Lord and Bralley’s Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine textbook
  • GreenMedInfo.com
  • KalixHealth.com – a practice management software system
  • MyFoodMyHealth.com
  • ProbioticAdvisor.com
  • Dr Kara Fitzgerald’s eBook: Methylation, Diet and Lifestyle
  • Healthie – an online practice management platform
  • PlateJoy – personalized, on-demand meal plans
  • Doctors Supplement Store
  • Victus Health – Menu Planning Software and Real Food Recipe Database
  • Fruit Street Telehealth software

* Please note: Discounts do not apply to the Personal Mentoring program, the Culinary Nutrition Immersion or the IFNCP Review Course.

Members should contact us for promo codes.

Do you know about the free IFNA listserv? If you want to join, just email us at info@IFNAcademy.com and we’ll add you on!

Be sure to download your free copy of Kathie Swift’s 3rd edition of My Foundation Diet eBook on the www.IFNAcademy.com home page!

Frequently Asked Questions

REGISTRATION AND FEES

Q – Is there a specific time frame in which I need to register for IFNA™ Tracks or can I register at any time?

A –  We recommend that you begin with Track 1, however, you can register for any IFNA Track at any time. Click here to register now! https://www.ifnacademy.com/register-here/

Q – Can I matriculate through the IFNA™ Tracks at my own pace?

A – Yes, you can enjoy IFNA training at your own pace! (Certain restrictions apply for IFNCP™ credential applicants. Click here for details: https://www.ifnacademy.com/ifncp-credential-q-a-handbook/)

Q – If I pay for one track, multiple tracks, or the IFNCP™ Review Course and for some reason I am not able to proceed with the training, what is IFNA™’s refund policy?

A – Once you enroll in any of the IFNA Tracks or the IFNCP Review Course, you will have immediate access, and therefore, refunds are not permitted.

Q – Are any group discounts offered?

A – Yes! IFNA offers group discounts for 5 or more people matriculating through our program.  Please contact our office for special discounts that would apply for your group.

Q – Does IFNA™ allow payment plans or deposits?

A – We currently do not offer payment plans or take deposits. Full payment is due upon registration for each track. However, we do offer Paypal as a payment option which may offer you deferred payment for up to 6 months with no interest.

Q – Do full time students receive discounts?

A – Student discounts only apply to Track 1 – Get Ready…Just the Foundations™. Please refer to our Fee Schedule for more information.

 

PRACTITIONERS WITH PRIOR EXPERIENCE

Q – I recently took the first course of another online functional nutrition mentoring program for RDN’s.  If I sign up with IFNA™, would I have to start at the beginning or could I start with Track 2?

A – One of IFNA’s guiding principles is “inquiry” – the desire for learning new concepts and deepening one’s knowledge in a spirit of intellectual curiosity and open-mindedness. In keeping with “a beginners mind”, we recommend that you start with our first track (Track 1…Get Ready…Just the Foundations).  There may be new information that we present in Track 1 that would benefit you as a practitioner.  Also, this learning should reinforce and enrich the information you learned in another program.  To help with having to pay twice for similar information, we offer a 25% discount for students that have taken another online, functional nutrition program. Just provide us with a written copy of your receipt or CPEU certificate and we will provide you with a one-time discount code for 25% off Track 1. Please note: this discount ONLY applies to Track 1 and can NOT be combined with any other discount or coupon code.

Q – What if I feel that I have a very solid foundation in Integrative and Functional Nutrition?  Can I choose to start with Track 2?

A –  Yes, you can start with Track 2. However, we strongly recommend that you start with our first track (Track 1). There will be new proprietary information that we present in Track 1 that would benefit you as a practitioner. Furthermore, you will get more out of Tracks 2 and 3 if you have had Track 1 first. You can also start with Track 4 – the Therapeutic Elimination Diets Track then complete Tracks 1, 2 and 3.

Please note: IFNA offers the “IFN Certified Practitioner” credential.  Upon successfully completing all 5 IFNA Tracks and passing all of the open-book quizzes, you can apply for the IFNCP™ (Integrative and Functional Nutrition Certified Practitioner™) credential. Click here for more details. IFNA™ does not permit skipping or “testing out” of any Tracks. Only qualified health care professionals can apply. If you are still unsure if you qualify, please email us at info@IFNAcademy.com.

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS/CREDITS

Q – Are Continuing Professional Education Units (CPEUs) offered for RDN’s?

A – Yes!  Currently, CPEUs are offered for all of the modules in each of the 5 online Tracks, onsite Culinary Nutrition Immersion, and the IFNCP Review Course. You can earn even more CPEUs if you choose to purchase mentoring hours. RDNs in the United States applying for CPEUs with the CDR must apply for each module separately.

 

QUALIFICATIONS FOR ENROLLING IN IFNA ONLINE COURSES

Q – What are the qualifications for taking IFNA™ programs? 

A – Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible to take the online IFNA Tracks or Culinary Nutrition Immersion which leads to the Certificate of Training (COT).  However, the application for the IFNCP credential are limited to health care practitioners or masters level university students in the health science/nutrition field. Health coaches, massage therapists, personal trainers, nutrition consultants and/or those with a high level of interest but no formal training are not eligible for the IFNCP credential unless they hold a minimum of a bachelors of science in nutrition PLUS 1000 hours of clinical practice within a 5 year period. If you have questions about eligibility, feel free to contact us at info@IFNAcademy.com.

Q – Who is eligible to submit an application for the IFNCP™ credential?

A – Eligible persons are:

  1. Health care practitioners (i.e. Registered Dietitian Nutritionists, Registered Nurses, etc.)
  2. Masters or Doctorate level university students in the health science/nutrition field
  3. Health coaches, massage therapists, personal trainers and nutrition consultants who have:
    1. a minimum of a Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition from an accredited university AND
    2. acquired a minimum of 1000 hours in clinical practice within a 5 year period.

Those with a high level of interest but no formal training are not eligible to apply for the IFNCP credential. In cases where eligibility is uncertain, the credential board will determine on a case by case basis. If you have questions about eligibility, feel free to contact us at info@IFNAcademy.com.

 

EXAMS AND QUIZZES

Q – Do IFNA™’s Tracks have quizzes?  If so, are these quizzes open book?

A – Yes! Each module has an end-of-module quiz that must be taken before moving on to the next module. We encourage students to make use of all of their resources when taking our online quizzes.

Q – Do I have to pass the quizzes with a minimum grade to be able to move on to the next module?

A – Yes, students need to score a minimum score of 80% or better before  proceeding to the next module. Students can retake the online quiz until they score 80% or better.

 

CERTIFICATE OF TRAINING versus CREDENTIAL/IFN CERTIFIED PRACTITIONER™ REQUIREMENTS

Q – What are the requirements for the IFNA™ Certificate of Training?

A – In order to receive the IFNA Certificate of Training, students Tracks 1, 2, 3 and 4 and all module quizzes. For a description of each module within each Track, click here. 

Q – What are the requirements for the “IFN Certified Practitioner™” credential?

A – Credential applicants have 24 months to:

  • complete all 5 IFNA Tracks (For a description of each module within each Track, click here.)
  • pass all of the module quizzes
  • submit an application (upon completion of the entire program) and a one time application fee of $149

Once an application is submitted, applicants have a maximum of 12 months to take the IFNCP credential exam. Upon completion, they will be awarded the IFN Certified Practitioner™ designation (IFNCP™) and placed in our directory of IFN certified practitioners.

Please note – The Certificate of Training and the IFN Certified Practitioner™ programs are both optional. CPEUs are earned regardless.

 

CONTENT OF MODULES AND TRACKS

Q – Will the modules offer any handouts, protocols, and/or instructional and clinical tools?

A – Yes! The modules in our learning management system will offer a variety of robust instructional tools including downloadable powerpoint presentations, customizable educational tools, a plethora of patient handouts, clinical protocols, seminal journal articles, audio and video recordings and so much more!

Q – Am I allowed to distribute IFNA™ or IFM tools?

A – You may use any IFNA or IFM proprietary tool with your patients. You may not distribute any IFNA or IFM proprietary tools to other health care professionals. You are welcome to present IFNA ideas and concepts to any group. If you are unsure, please email us at info@IFNAcademy.com.

Q – How much time can I expect each module to take me to complete?

A – We estimate you’ll need approximately 7 hours to complete each module, however, this will depend on how many times you choose to review the materials included in each module. We offer 33 “fully-loaded” modules divided into 5 Tracks spread out over the course of a year. Click here for a description of each module. There are many components to each module, including a 90-120 minute video presentation led by special guest faculty, a comprehensive toolkit, many resources and the end-of-module quiz. There are also many tools, handouts, protocols, brandable documents, resources, research papers, patient questionnaires, downloadable powerpoints and so much more that we load each module with!

 

STUDENT COLLABORATION

Q – Are students encouraged/expected to work together?  If so, how will students communicate with each other?

A – Every module within each track has a private, online discussion forum integrated into learning management system reserved strictly for paid IFNA™ students.  This is where students are encouraged to share comments and ask questions about the topics in each module.  Outside of the discussion forum, there is also the free IFNA Google group listserv (electronic mailing list) open to any health care professional to ask and share information about a variety of healthcare topics.

 

IFNA MEMBERSHIP

Q – What do I get for being an IFNA™ member?

A – For only $79/year, IFNA™ members receive discounts to:

  • IFNA online immersion programs* – 10% off of all 5 Tracks
  • Lise Alschuler, ND – TAP Integrative (see www.TAPIntegrative.org) membership. Normally priced at $150 – only $99 for IFNA members. Contact us at info@IFNAcademy.com for your promo code.
  • Emerson Ecologics and Natural Partners – Receive 20% off your first order when you open a new account!
  • Genomics Solutions Now (GSN) nutrigenetic testing
  • Lord and Bralley’s Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine textbook
  • GreenMedInfo.com
  • KalixHealth.com – a practice management software system
  • MyFoodMyHealth.com
  • ProbioticAdvisor.com
  • Dr Kara Fitzgerald’s eBook: Methylation, Diet and Lifestyle
  • Healthie – an online practice management platform
  • PlateJoy – personalized, on-demand meal plans
  • Doctors Supplement Store
  • Victus Health – Menu Planning Software and Real Food Recipe Database
  • Fruit Street Telehealth software

*The membership discounts do not apply for Personal Mentoring, Onsite Culinary Nutrition Immersion or the optional IFNCP Review Course.

Members should contact us for promo codes.

Q – Can I become an IFNA™ member without going through any of IFNA™ training programs?

A – Yes! We welcome any health care professional to become an IFNA member and enjoy all the member benefits.

 

ONLINE CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS vs TRADITIONAL DEGREES

Q – This course looks like a Master’s level education in IFN.  For the student that does not actually “need” a master’s degree, will the course be a good substitute at much less cost?

A – In developing the IFNA curriculum, we have attempted to take the best of what academic settings offer while balancing that with the time constraints that most working healthcare professionals are managing on a daily basis. IFNA™ programs are not academic degrees, however, we feel that the IFNA program offers the most cutting edge, online/distance learning, scientifically oriented, peer-reviewed, Integrative and Functional Nutrition program on the market today. Given the attractive pricing per track, we feel that the IFNA program offers considerable “education density” per dollar and time.

 

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS? Feel free to:

  • Contact us at Info@IFNAcademy.com
  • Call us at 727-781-0571

Meet the Founders of the IFN AcademyTM

Dr. Sheila Dean, DSc,RDN,LDN,CCN,CDE

Dr Sheila Dean is a registered and licensed dietitian, board certified clinical nutritionist, certified diabetes educator and exercise physiologist. She received her undergraduate training through Rutgers University

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Kathie M Swift, MS,RDN,LDN,FAND,EBQ

Kathie Swift is a registered dietitian nutritionist who has been dubbed “the mother of integrative and functional nutrition” by thought leaders in the field. Awarded the first ever Visionary Leadership Award by the Dietitians

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Praise

  • What matters most to us at IFN Academy?  Our students’ experience!  We are delighted to share what our students are saying about their IFNA training. We hope you’ll join us in Track 1 and fast forward your integrative and functional nutrition career! ...
    Sheila & Kathie
  • I want to thank Dr. Sheila Dean for her guidance, training and mentorship to get me started on my journey to my dream of owning my own functional nutrition based private practice. When I first started researching the process, I ...
    Rajesh Kumari, DSc RDN CNCD
  • The two of you should be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – because both of you do …. rock! This program was all that I had hoped. So many of us are indebted to you both ...
    Anonymous – from Track 3 Survey
  • Excellent Program! I love each second of the learning MODE!
    Anonymous – from Track 1 survey
  • This note is to let you know how much I appreciate all the help provided during the courses. You have put together an amazing curriculum. The information provided in the classes was vast but at the same time specific and ...
    Carmen Dragen, RDN, LDN
  • I was ready to take my nutrition knowledge to the next level and did not know where to turn.  The concept of integrative and functional nutrition has always been attractive to me, but I often felt skeptical of the information ...
    Meredith Liss, MA, RDN, CDE
  • This has been the best continuing education I have done in all the years I have been a dietitian!
    Patty Guay-Berry, RDN
  • Thank you so much for putting together such a stunning distillation of years of experience from you and your guest instructors, so people like me can more forward with more confidence in this new paradigm.
    Christine Passen, MPH, RDN
  • Thank goodness for IFNA! I’ve been blown away by the experience and I’m only at Track 1! Would highly recommend to anyone. 6 months ago I left a big corporate pharma job knowing I wanted to make this happen but ...
    Alexis Penney, MS, RDN
  • I have completed the program!! Yeah!! It has been incredibly educational and a wonderful experience! You have both done a magnificent job of creating an exceptional program and I am so happy and proud to be a member of the ...
    Pam Mathis, MEd, RDN, LD, CWC, CLT
  • I am blown away by the amount of material and quality of education that this Track provided. Best investment of my time and money that I have made so far in continuing education. This will significantly impact how I treat ...
    Anonymous – from Track 2 Survey
  • I commend you on the work you [Sheila] and Kathie have done. Your website is beautiful and the organization and thoroughness is admirable. You are ​truly an exceptional model of knowledge, execution and expertise for our profession and I am thankful ...
    Monique Richards, MS, RD, LD
  • The IFNA course has been outstanding so far….way beyond my expectations.  Each week is like reading a new chapter in a book that you can’t put down 🙂  I spent 20 years as head of communications and marketing. I have ...
    Amanda Turton, RDN
  • I just started with course one with a goal to become certified. I am loving it! It’s professional, well organized and full of useful (and interesting) information. Your hard work and passion for a high quality education product definitely shines ...
    Janine Henkel
  • I learned an enormous amount of information from the training and have already incorporated some educational handouts into my private practice. Thank you for helping bring RDNs to the forefront of integrative and functional nutrition.
    Lorri B. Katz, MA, RDN
  • I’m brand new to functional medicine so these tracks have been amazing. IFNA has been a blessing and I love our smart, kind, helpful and overall fantastic community!
    Jillian Ondreyka, RDN
  •  I love your program. This is the kind of nutrition that I’ve wanted to practice for my whole career – you’ve given us the platform to do that from through the IFNA program.
    Shauna Prouten, RD
  • I just wanted to send a quick note to let you know how much I’m enjoying the [IFNA] Track’s. They are well organized, clear, and packed with information and resources that I’ve found invaluable in my practice. I’ve trained for ...
    Ayla Withee Barmmer, RD
  • THANK YOU SO MUCH for this training! This is exactly what I have been looking for. I have immersed myself in Functional Medicine/Nutrition since graduating with my RDN almost 4 years ago. It had been difficult to find a program ...
    Brittany Miller, RDN
  • The CSI track has been incredible so far!! Love seeing how all the information gets pulled together, in real life patient situations. It’s like “reality tv” for the functional dietitian. So grateful to you both.
    Alexandra Gardner Fern MS, RDN
  • I can’t thank you enough for such an informative and truly life changing program. Thank you for the generous amount of time that you gave us to complete the program. I can’t express enough gratitude for all your work into IFNA.  It has ...
    Christine McKinney, MS, RD, LDN, CDE
  • THANK YOU both for all you do – this is such impressive work and material…very very grateful that you both cared enough to try and help all of us learn how to advance our practice. We all “owe” you both ...
    Kate Yonke RDN, CD
  • Thank you for offering such a fantastic program for us.  It’s really been a saving grace for me –  thank you for your contribution to my education and teaching!
    Kylie Fagnano, MS, RDN, LDN
  • I think your program setup is perfect. Love this website. Appreciate reminder emails. Joining webinars are easy. Really like the forum idea and way they are setup. I haven’t had any tech issues at all. Well done!!
    Christina Toner Desjardins, RD
  • Thank you for creating this Academy, and for all the hard work you did in delivering the information in integrative and functional nutrition! I’ve learned so much, and am eager to continue with my studies.
    Eileen Boté, RDN
  • Thank you for the very informative, updated and practical course. I have taken/learned a lot from track 1, 2 and 3.  I am very satisfied with the knowledge acquired. Even more, I am very happy and proud of being able to translate it into my daily ...
    Janet Diaz Martinez MS, RD, LD/N
  • Have you ever felt like you were in over your head, trying to learn all you can, and still not feel quite ready to step out of your comfort zone? I highly suggest reaching out to Dr. Sheila Dean. I ...
    Maggie Danforth, RDN, LD, CLT
  • The IFNA program has offered me more training and tools to increase my skills with hard patients than I’ve found almost anywhere else. I reference my training and tools daily!
    Frances Arnold, RDN, CLT, ERYT
  • Thank you so much for IFNA. The Therapeutic Diets Track and Track 3 were my favorites. Absolutely phenomenal! These tracks have really motivated me and given me resources to learn more.
    Naomi May, RDN
  • The IFNA program will be an invaluable asset as I begin private practice. Many thanks for your hard work and dedication to the field!
    Heather Lujan, MS, RDN
  • Kathie Swift is a rare gem in the integrative/functional nutrition community and among my nutrition heroes. Whether she’s talking about published clinical data, teaching dietary protocols or offering clinical pearls, the information is always understandable, useful, and most of all ...
    Robin Foroutan, MS RDN HHC
  • This webinar with Dr Kara Fitzgerald was fabulous! I have been using Organic Acids, NutrEval and GI Effects for several years now with my patients. Her explanation of the Organic acids was clear, concise, organized and over the top with useful information.
    Sally Berry MA RD CSSD CLT
  • Sheila, What a great job you did tonight presenting the patient case and touching on all of the systems with so much insight, and also tweaking our curiosity to delve deeper. Truly amazing job.
    Sally Wallace Lynch, MS, CD-N
  • Dear Dr Dean, I want to tell you how much I appreciate all you have done to educate RDNs. Your enthusiasm is contagious and not only am I impressed with your passion, but it’s obvious that you are very compassionate and ...
    Sue Kidd RDN
  • As a dietitian in midcareer, I can’t thank both of you enough for offering such a comprehensive and invigorating training. I have been contemplating various certifications for years and am so pleased with the quality and depth of your program. Both of you are ...
    Kimberly Plessel, MS, RDN, LD
  • I listened to the Q&A and the first session live last night and it was awesome. I AM SO EXCITED to be starting this journey. There is something so comforting and reassuring about how you speak to us. I feel like I ...
    Pamela Malo, RDN
  • Anyway I did want to tell you how much I LOVE(d) Track 1!  You & Kathie have done an incredible job in creating such a thorough & organized program! I LOVE the course shell.. It’s so easy for me to go ...
    Michele Tasker, RDN
  • Thank you so much for attaching those resources and always being so prompt in responses. Their awesome and much appreciated. I LOVE this program- it’s exceeded my expectations with  top notch speakers, excellent program organization, wealth of information and resources, and ...
    Allyson Almeida, RDN
  • I’ve been growing leaps and bounds but have been salivating over the IFNA program. This has motivated me to take the plunge!
    Erin Gussler, RDN LD CLT
  • I am so enjoying these webinars and discussions! There is so much for me to immediately apply to myself as well as to my immediate family. I feel greatly blessed to be given not only the information, but the clinical tools to ...
    Jennifer Fisher, MPH, RDN
  • Wow, what an outstanding program! I’m so sad that its over. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
    Mary Pat Lynch, RDN, RN
  • Just when I think I’ve heard my favorite presentation another one comes along and blows me away in terms of it’s scope and depth of research and experience backed information and immediate usefulness. I also want to thank you for ...
    Julie Hayes-Nadler, RDN
  • I want to express my gratitude to Sheila and Kathie for their outstanding IFNA program. I’ve just been through the Therapeutic Diets module and benefitted from mentoring sessions w/ Sheila and Kathie. I can immediately apply what I am learning. ...
    Melinda Dennis, MS, RDN, LDN
  • Just a thank you for such an informative discussion session–You Rock! Again, love your teaching style.  You and Kathie are providing the direction that our profession must take–it is such a welcome.  Cindy Carroll
    Cindy Carroll MS, RDN, LDN, RN
  • SO … SO … SO very impressed….this whole program is just remarkable. What a reflection on you both.  
    Beth Reardon MS RDN
  • Kathie is an authority on integrative and functional nutrition through her extensive years of practice and continued self-learning. Moreover, Kathie nurtures and encourages medical professionals, such as myself.  Most importantly, she maintains integrity throughout her professional career and is motivated ...
    Irina Lisker, MD
  • I am really enjoying the program.  It’s groundbreaking really, at least for a traditionally trained R.D. (that I am). Laura Fogleman
    Laura Fogleman, MS, RDN
  • I would like to share with you both how timely and incredibly beneficial Track 2 has been for me as a professional.  I can’t share with you emphatically enough how much I am learning from each and every speaker. Dana ...
    Dana Bosselman, RDN
  • First, I just have to say a huge thank you. It is overwhelming how much you are doing and how wonderful your IFNA program has been for me. Words really cannot express the gratitude I feel.  Dina Ranade
    Dina Rinade, RDN
  • I’d like to share with you a personal testimonial that what I learned in this course helped me to finally identify and seek medical care for some health issues I’d been dealing with for some time. Through this training, I’ve ...
    Anonymous
  • I just want to thank Sheila and Kathie for all this great info! Last night’s module was so packed with valuable information! Each slide was so rich and informative. Such important background info for us to know if we want ...
    Dianne Rishikof, MS, RDN, LDN
  • Kathie’s inspirational guidance helped me navigate the roadmap of my professional career which lead me to my current position as Director of Nutrition for 6 offices. Having a nutrition mentor like Kathie made my experience in the field seamless and ...
    Erica Kasuli, MS RDN CDN
  • Dr Sheila Dean is a a phenomenal dietitian. The amount of knowledge she has in integrative and functional nutrition is incredible. She has truly inspired me to become a better nutrition professional. Dr Dean is amazing.
    Sakita N. Sistrun, MS RDN CCRP
  • Dr Sheila Dean is an amazing teacher and went above and beyond to help us understand the material and answer our questions. She is so smart, so dedicated and so enthusiastic about the material. She really made this course outstanding. ...
    Daniele Merlis, MD
  • Dr Dean was extraordinary. She was very knowledgeable, accessible and pleasant to work with She challenged me in ways I did not know I could be challenged. I have learned so much in this course. I am thankful that I ...
    Lisa Ford, PT (physical therapist)
  • Dr. Dean taught one of my nutrition and functional medicine courses at MUIH. She had a wealth of information to share, and is so entirely passionate about what she does that it is inspiring to be one of her students. ...
    Lori Graham, OTR MS-Exercise Science

IFN Academy™ is pleased to announce their Scholarship Awards!

James Joseph, PhD Scholarship Award

This scholarship award, generously provided by Integrative Therapeutics, is designed to fund IFNA™ training for those individuals with significant financial hardship.
(* IFNA™ Faculty and Advisory Board members are not eligible to apply. Please email info@IFNAcademy.com for more information.)

Jeffrey Bland, PhD “Rising Star” Recognition Award

This award is designed to recognize IFNCP™ participants who have graduated from all IFNA™ tracks and immersions and have demonstrated superior retention, excellence in clinical practice and/or academic proficiency in integrative and functional nutrition.

The Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy™ is proud to present a special message by
Dr. Jeffrey Bland, PhD, FACN, FACB, CNS
Founder and President, Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute

Learn the Art, Translate the Science, Transform the Practice

Learn the most effective diagnostic and treatment protocols for preventing and reversing chronic illness! If you’re ready to propel your integrative and functional nutrition education, passion and commitment forward, we guarantee you’ve come to the right the place.

 

Don’t delay another day!!  Integrative and Functional Nutrition is here to stay!

 

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