Tonight, 20 students from 10 different states will be the first to graduate from the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy. “We are thrilled and filled with gratitude to have had the opportunity to work with such a dedicated, passionate group of students,” says program founder and CEO, Sandra Scheinbaum, Ph.D.
Demand for health coaches is exploding, and FMCA is positioned to be at the forefront of this movement. “Not only are we giving students the training they need to be effective coaches, but our collaboration with The Institute for Functional Medicine also enables us to connect our graduates with doctors who want to work with coaches,” she says.
Medicine is changing, thanks to a revolution in genomics and personalized, patient-centered care, and the Functional Medicine movement is key to that change. Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine currently has a waiting list of 2,600. “Health coaches are going to be in demand and at the forefront of community medicine,” says Scheinbaum. “Members of the graduating class will be at the vanguard of this transformation,” she says.
FMCA continues to grow, as well. By the end of 2017, the program will have graduated nearly 350 Functional Medicine Certified Health Coaches.
FMCA will honor the inaugural class of coaches tonight with a reception and dinner at Chicago’s Hyatt Regency Hotel.