Deanna Minich, PhD, FACN, CNS, RYT is an internationally-recognized lifestyle medicine expert, creative visionary, and author of five books. Her twenty years of experience in the nutrition and Functional Medicine fields led her to develop an integrated, “whole self” approach to nutrition called Food & Spirit, which is the practice of understanding one’s eating and living through seven core symbolic themes. In 2014, she launched the Certified Food & Spirit Practitioner Program to provide health professionals with a practical way to apply the Food & Spirit principles into clinical medicine.
Dr. Minich has had a diverse, well-rounded experience in the field of nutrition including clinical practice, research, product formulation, marketing, writing, and education. She received her nutrition education during her doctoral study at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, where she researched essential fatty acid absorption and metabolism, and during her master’s study at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she focused on carotenoids and oxidative stress. She is a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition (FACN), a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS), Certified Nutritionist (C.N.) by the Washington State Department of Health, a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, and a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). She is the author of six books on health and wellness, including her 2018 release, Rainbow Diet, as well as over fifteen scientific publications. Currently, she is adjunct faculty for the Institute for Functional Medicine and two universities. Her passion is teaching a whole-self approach to nourishment and bridging the gaps between science, spirituality, and art in medicine.