World-Class Educators • Excellence in Education
Learn from the leading experts in Functional Medicine, Functional Nutrition and the Psychology of Eating, Positive Psychology, Mind-Body Medicine, the Art and Science of Coaching, and the Business of Coaching.
Michael Arloski, Ph.D., PCC, NBC-HWC is CEO and Founder of Real Balance Global Wellness Services, Inc. His company has trained over 10,000 health & wellness coaches worldwide.
Kara Fitzgerald, ND is an educator at IFM and is an IFM Certified Practitioner. She received her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon.
David Haase, MD is a doctor, teacher, and innovator who is deeply committed to maximizing wellness one unique person at a time. He is an Institute for Functional Medicine faculty member and founder and medical director of the MaxWell Clinic, a Collaborative-Care, Functional Medicine Clinic.
A board-certified Family Practice physician, Shilpa Saxena, MD graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine and completed her Family Practice residency at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida.
For four years, Terry Wahls, MD was confined to a tilt-recline wheelchair with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis. Using a diet and lifestyle program she designed specifically for her brain, she restored her health and has made it her mission to spread the word about her inspirational story of recovery (now she rides her bike to work everyday!).
Lesli Bitel, MBA, RDN, LDN is a business strategist and mentor specializing in helping Functional Nutrition Professionals to overcome the confusion and sense of overwhelm associated with the business side of creating a profitable practice.
PhD, CNS, BCHN, IMFCP, LDN
Dr. Lipski has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of Integrative and Functional Medicine, Liz Lipski, PhD, CNS, BCHN, IMFCP, LDN holds a doctorate in Clinical Nutrition, three board certifications in clinical nutrition, and one in Functional Medicine.
DC, CCN, DABCN, CIFM
Dr. Tom O’Bryan is a recognized world expert on gluten and its impact on health. He is an internationally recognized speaker and workshop leader specializing in the complications of Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity, Celiac Disease, and the development of Autoimmune Diseases, as they occur inside and outside of the intestines.
Krisstina Wise is a real estate mogul, Millionaire Coach, and creator of several multi-million dollar businesses including Goodlife Luxury, The Paperless Agent and most recently, WealthyWellthy.
Dan Lukaczer, ND received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University in 1991. He is past Director of Clinical Research at Metagenics’ Functional Medicine Research Center where he was the principal investigator on various clinical trials.
Sachin Patel founded The Living Proof Institute as part of his own personal transformation. When he couldn’t find answers through conventional medicine he began to explore functional and lifestyle medicine and it dramatically changed his life.
Dr. Pedram Shojai is a man with many titles. He is the founder of bpossible.com, the NYT Best Selling author of The Urban Monk, Rise and Shine, The Art of Stopping Time, Focus and Inner Alchemy.
Senior Content Developer & Lead Faculty
Monique Class, MS, APRN, BC is FMCA’s Senior Content Developer & Lead Faculty, a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner, and a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Holistic Health at The Center for Women’s Health in Stamford, CT.
Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) Pegg Frates, is a physician and certified health and wellness coach. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, with a double major in psychology and biology.
Kristi Hughes, ND founded the Center of Natural Healing Arts over a decade ago with a vision of providing integrated healthcare solutions for the public, as well as healthcare providers both locally in Minnesota and internationally.
Robert Rountree, MD received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill in 1980. He subsequently completed a three-year residency in Family and Community Medicine at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, after which he was certified by the American Board of Family Practice.
Margarita Tarragona, PhD is a psychologist who specializes in personal and relational transformation. As a clinician, coach, and organizational consultant, she incorporates scientific findings on flourishing from positive psychology with collaborative and narrative ways of working with clients to generate dialogue and expand their life stories.
Director of Curriculum Development
Director of Curriculum Development Joel M. Evans, MD is Founder and Director of The Center for Women’s Health, where he practices Integrative Obstetrics and Gynecology. His book on the holistic approach to pregnancy,
PhD, RN, CWP
Meg Jordan, PhD, RN, CWP is Department Chair of Integrative Health Studies and Somatic Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. Her focus there is preparing graduate students as catalysts for positive change in health care, wellness, and health promotion.
Cheng Ruan, M.D. is a board certified internal medicine physician. He is the founder and serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Texas Center for Lifestyle Medicine, a novel approach to primary care focused on coaching, collaboration, and integrative health.
After a successful career as a musical theatre performer and arts educator, Laura completed her Master of Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania in 2014.
In addition to our educators, our curriculum is supported by a variety of guest speakers who present on relevant specialty topics.
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