What do IFNA™ Graduates Say?

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! Register here today!  https://www.ifnacademy.com/product/track-1/

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 was very overwhelmed and anxious about transitioning from in-patient clinical nutrition services to a functional nutrition based private practice. Dr. Dean walked me through, step-by-step and with incredible detail as to how she established her own successful functional nutrition based private practice while tailoring her advice to my particular needs and situation. There are many out there who teach integrative and functional medical nutrition therapy but Sheila Dean has actually done it! She was very generous to share many of her forms and essential tools to give me an incredible head start. Her experience and practical tips offered real take home value. I highly recommend her as an integrative and functional nutrition teacher, mentor and expert in the field.

With Best Wishes!

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 for the enormous amount of energy, enthusiasm, emotion and intellectual grit it took to pull something like this off.
xoxo

Anonymous – from Track 3 Survey

Excellent Program! I love each second of the learning MODE!

Anonymous – from Track 1 survey

With all sincerity it is the most exceptional work I have ever seen. My expectations were already high but they are exceeded beyond my imagination. You and Kathie make a great team, with your innovative approach to teaching and the phenomenal scope of instructional material. The tools are beautifully intuitive. I feel as if I’m on a journey where each practice paper informs the next, and together they weave a comprehensive historical foundation of today’s healthcare model.  I am already changed by a deeper understanding.

Joy A. Rupe, RD, LD, CDM, CFPP

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 pertinent. I can only imagine your efforts and dedication in assembling the class materials. From the bottom of my heart I would like to express my gratitude to each and every one of you. Furthermore, I want to let you know that the knowledge I’ve acquired will greatly benefit me, my family and consequently my future clients. Thank you IFNA.

Carmen Dragan, proud recent IFNCP graduate

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 I had access to.  I knew there was more to it.  I started exploring the IFNA website and finally found the trust-worthy, evidenced based curriculum I was seeking.

I was eager to get started and decided to launch my IFNA journey with the Therapeutic Elimination Diets Track last Spring. This course far exceeded my expectations. Sheila and Kathie are putting their heart and soul into this program and go above and beyond the call of duty. Emails are answered immediately and comprehensively. The course was dynamic and cutting-edge. They ran it like a well-oiled machine.

Sheila has been an unbelievable resource to me. I was overwhelmed with new information and she really took the time to mentor me and answer countless questions.  She was so generous with both her time and knowledge, and because I craved more and more, I decided to book an official mentoring session. It was money well-spent.

I am grateful to have found this program!

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 no clue how and IFNA helped me make it a reality. Would not have had the courage or the know how to make it happen without all of you so THANK YOU!
Alexis Penney, MS, RDN

The Culinary Immersion was just that, a true “immersion” on so many levels.  Thank you for providing such a rich experience.  Denise’s training was A-plus.  I so enjoyed the venue, the pace, time with colleagues and a chance to meet and collaborate with you.  For me the entire IFNA program is a  a personal and professional catalyst.  I entered not sure how I would proceed with the training, and now, after completing 4 tracks and the immersion, I feel confident transforming in my practice and excited for Track 5.  Wow!!  Thank you for sharing your expertise.  Your contribution is so generous and phenomenal.

Susan McCandless, RD, LD

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 inaugural class! I know this course and credential will change my practice and has already improved my skills as a RDN. I have been so impressed with the faculty and am blown away by the depth of these people’s knowledge and passion for their area of expertise. I applaud you and thank you for all of the heart and soul you put into the program’s creation. You have advanced the profession with this course! I wish you both much success with it and I am confident it will continue to grow.

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 clients in my practice. Thank you!!!!

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 for you and all you do.

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 a penchant for communications quality (materials, message, consistency etc). This course hits every point.  Thank you.

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 through. I am extremely impressed and excited to continue through to my certification. Thank you again.

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 years now in integrative and functional medicine, and admittedly, I initially questioned whether I would find value in the program, but it has been a great investment in terms of both time and money -and I have to be wise with both as a new mom and business owner! One of my favorite aspects of the program is that you have brought in experts in each of the different subject areas to dive deep into the subject and provide real case studies and offer in-depth Q&A with students. The content is a nice balance between the science/theory and real-world application. It just is clear that the program is put together by people who really use this stuff in practice regularly. Great work! Looking forward to continuing on with it!

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 that is affordable and covers everything I feel is need to practice as a functional RDN. And it is very time consuming to do all the research and learning on my own! It’s so nice to have it all in one place. Again thank you, thank you, thank you!
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 been so amazing to be part of this training.  Thank you both so very much!
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 quite a bit for putting all of this together and then sharing your knowledge on top of it!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

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 practice.
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 messaged her on a Sunday night, where I was engulfed in webinars and research and looking for a hand to help me with the application part. After a prompt reply from Dr. Dean, I had a mentoring session scheduled for the next day. Dr. Dean has this authentic personality and magnetic energy that made me laugh and feel super comfortable, which embodies the best kind of learning environment. She gave me several tools I can use in my practice comfortably TODAY, and this was so invaluable to me. I can’t wait to go through IFNA and continue to learn from her.

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 relevant. Her ability to seamlessly blend hard science with the healing art of nurturing the patient will make you a better practitioner.

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 knowledgeable about treating chronic conditions and preventive care. God bless you as you continue to lead the way in this life changing area!

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 inspirational leaders in the field of dietetics.

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 am hanging on for every next word 🙂

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 back & find everything that I need.. The speakers were really great.. I especially loved yours and Kathie’s.. It’s a lot to learn but quite exciting!! Anyway congratulations again on a TOP NOTCH program!

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 overabundance of research articles and scientific studies. WOW! You and Kathie have created quite a top notch program. I am planning to stay the entire course and hope to obtain my IFNA board certification.

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 help others.

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 your belly breathing pause! Not only was it really needed, it was so very simple and strengthened my conviction that I need to be showing and practicing this with my patients during session.
My very best regards and gratitude, Julie

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. I am really impressed!  Melinda Dennis

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 by her compassion.

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 Bosselman

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 learned what tests to order, how to fix my diet, and what supplements to take so I’m happy to say I feel like a whole new person.  It’s incredible this n=1 nutritional medicine! So thank you for helping me to learn how to regain my own health! 🙂  Anonymous

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 to really get to the root of someone’s problem. I can’t wait for what’s next.

 

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 rewarding because she is passionate, caring, giving, hardworking with a beautiful, blossoming heart that is focused on helping others succeed. She is a pioneer and because of her dedication and brilliant teaching, she has made a major impact in how our profession is viewed in the integrative and functional medicine communities.

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. The weekly case studies were a big help in understanding the material of the week and a learning experience to apply it clinically.

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 got a chance to take it.

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. She consistently stretched me to think with a functional medicine mindset, while also acknowledging me in terms of the quality of professional I was in the process of becoming. You will learn and grow in ways you never imagined learning from Dr. Dean!

Lori Graham, OTR MS-Exercise Science