Track and Module Descriptions


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Track 1 – Get Ready…Just the Foundations™

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!

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
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™

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.

All modules include whole foods nutrition, laboratory evaluation, 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 Integrative 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, Lise 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!™

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.

Module 1 – Advanced Culinary Nutritional Medicine with special guest faculty, Denise Pickett-Bernard, PhD, RDN, LDN, IFNCP
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
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, MBA, RDN (includes bonus video!)


Track 4 – “TED” Therapeutic Elimination Diets

If you’re interested in a more in-depth understanding of therapeutic elimination 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, 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.

Module 1 – Therapeutic Diets – Part 1 with Kathie Swift, MS, RDN, FAND, EBQ 
The Therapeutic Elimination Diet: An Overview

Module 2 – Therapeutic Diets – Part 2 with Brenda Davis, RDN

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

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

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

Module 6 – Therapeutic Diets – Part 6 with Beth Zupec-Kania, RDN, CD
Ketogenic diet


Track 5 – “CSI” Case Study Immersion

IFNA’s 5th Track entitled 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, IFMCP