Transform Lives as a Functional Medicine Health Coach

Get the gold standard in health coaching education. Our award-winning hands-on program offers 100% online training in the skills and tools you need to succeed as a Health Coach.

“When you become a Health Coach, you will be saving lives.”

Dr. Sandra Scheinbaum, FMCA Founder and CEO

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02/29/2024

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Get everything you need to hit the ground running as a functional medicine health coach after graduation, all in one-year-long program.

Why Choose FMCA?

  1. The Gold Standard in Health Coaching Certification – Our Health Coach Certification Program the only program designed and delivered in collaboration with The Institute for Functional Medicine and fully approved by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching.
  2. World-Renowned Educators, Comprehensive Curriculum – Dive deep into positive psychology coaching techniques, functional medicine principles, nutrition and food plans, mind-body medicine, and the psychology of eating, with guidance from leaders across these fields.
  3. Unmatched Community And Alumni Support – FMCA offers career guidance, health coaching resources, and community support for students and alums. We don’t just train you to become a great health coach, we set you up to have a career that flourishes.

“You have to choose a program that aligns with you”

Elyse Wagner, FMCA Co-founder

FMCA Health Coach Certification Educators

FMCA students receive instruction from leaders across functional medicine, health coaching, nutrition, and business.

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Deanna Minich

PhD, FACN, CNS, RYT
Functional Nutrition FM: Biotransformation & Elimination The Art and Science of Coaching

Mark Hyman

MD
Functional Nutrition Psychology of Eating

Monique Class

MS, APRN-BC
Functional Nutrition Mind-Body Medicine The Art and Science of Coaching

Sandra Scheinbaum

Ph.D., IFMCP
Psychology of Eating Positive Psychology The Art and Science of Coaching

Jeffrey Bland

PhD, FACN, CNS
FM: Defense & Repair The Art and Science of Coaching
Andre Norman

Andre Norman

FMCA Career Navigator

Terry Wahls

MD
FM: Energy

Margarita Tarragona

PhD
Positive Psychology Mind-Body Medicine The Art and Science of Coaching
Cheng Ruan,

Cheng Ruan

MD
FMCA Career Navigator

Robert Luby

MD
The Art and Science of FM Coaching
James Gordon, MD

James Gordon

MD
Mind-Body Medicine The Art and Science of Coaching
BJ Fogg

BJ Fogg

PhD
The Art and Science of Coaching
David Haase

David Haase

MD
FM: Energy

Joel M. Evans

MD
FM: Assimilation FM: Communication The Art and Science of Coaching
Lesli Bitel

Lesli Bitel

MBA, RDN, LDN
FMCA Career Navigator

Beth Frates

MD
The Art and Science of Coaching FM: Structural Integrity FM: Defense and Repair (CIA)
Kara Fitzgerald, ND

Kara Fitzgerald

ND
FM: Defense & Repair Functional Nutrition The Art and Science of Coaching
Michael Arloski

Michael Arloski

Ph.D., PCC, NBC-HWC
The Art and Science of Coaching

Krisstina Wise

FMCA Career Navigator
Kristi Hughes

Kristi Hughes

ND
Functional Nutrition FM: Biotransformation & Elimination The Art and Science of Coaching
Lisa Fraley

Lisa Fraley

JD
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Robert Rountree

Robert Rountree

MD
FM: Defense & Repair
Sachin Patel

Sachin Patel

MD
FMCA Career Navigator
Joan Borysenko

Joan Borysenko

PhD
Liz Lipski

Liz Lipski

PhD, CNS, BCHN, IFMCP, LDN
Functional Nutrition

Shilpa Saxena

MD
FM: Communication FM: Structural Integrity The Art and Science of Coaching

Lyra Heller

MA
The Art and Science of Coaching
Megan Jordan

Meg Jordan

PhD, RN, CWP
The Art and Science of Coaching Mind-Body Medicine
Pedram Shojai

Pedram Shojai

MD
FMCA Career Navigator
Laura Taylor

Laura Taylor

MAPP

Dan Lukaczer

ND
Functional Nutrition FM: Defense & Repair FM: Assimilation
Patrick Hanaway

Patrick Hanaway

MD
FM: Defense & Repair Mind-Body Medicine
Ryan Niemiec

Ryan Niemiec

Psy.D.
Positive Psychology

All-Inclusive FMCA Health Coach Certification Program

Our Health Coach Certification program fully prepares you with the training, experience, tools, and expertise you need to succeed as a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach (FMCHC).

Online learning experience with access to your course materials anywhere, anytime.

Deep dive into positive psychology coaching techniques, functional medicine principles, nutrition and food plans, mind-body medicine, and the psychology of eating.

Individualized attention and feedback from Course Facilitators and leadership team, and regular opportunities to interact with our founders and internationally recognized industry experts.

Our phenomenal group of educators is made up of senior faculty members from our collaboration partner, The Institute for Functional Medicine, and leaders in the fields of positive psychology and health coaching.

Recognized as the Gold Standard in Health Coach Training

The Institute for Functional Medicine

The ONLY Program Designed in Collaboration with the IFM

National Board Certified - Health & Wellness Coach Approved Seal

Approved Program by
National Board for
Health & Wellness Coaching

United States Distance Learning Association’s

Recognized by USDLA – #1 in Online Teaching / Training

Hear From FMCA Alumni

The FMCA Alumni Network continues to grow.

Here are just a few stories of transformation and joy after studying functional medicine health coaching.

Read More Alumni Stories

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My Health Coach Certification experience has been nothing short of transformative. It’s a one-year journey of self-discovery-almost like an ongoing retreat. A fantastic space for self-improvement because FMCA has created a space that allows vulnerability.

Michael

Philippines

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My time with FMCA was truly life-changing. I went into the course thinking I knew most of what there was to know about living well but I soon realized I had so much left to learn. The content was vast, enqaging and presented in easy to digest bite size chunks. My facilitator was amazing and I felt fully supported throughout the process. It has changed the way I approach my health and my interactions with people and feel fully prepared to start life as a FMCA health coach.

Bob

USA

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I came to FMCA hoping to gain some knowledge for my current job working with kids with special needs in a feeding clinic. What I have gained was far beyond I could have imagined. I have become a more self aware person, better listener, better mother, and better friend.

Erin

USA

FMCA’s Health Coach Certification Program reiterated the importance of a holistic approach to health on every level, not just the physical. The program is well-rounded, fit easily into my schedule, and I truly enjoyed it. In addition to the NBHWC-approved curriculum (which allows for board certification from the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching), the most meaningful and enriching aspect of the program is the lifelong friendships I made in my LTS. Before enrolling in FMCA, I knew I had a calling to coach, but I lacked the skill, confidence, and professionalism. I now have what I need!

Tiffany

USA

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“I absolutely loved this program! I felt seen, heard, supported, encouraged and now I have a group of friends and colleagues that I know will do great work in the world of health and wellness. Thank you!”

Kate

USA

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“FMCA is a wonderful wellness coaching program! I already work in the wellness coaching business, and FMCA not only has broadened my knowledge base, but I’ve made so many lifelong connections to support my continued coaching journey. Thank you!”

Maureen

USA

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FMCA has changed my life in a big way. I inhaled the course content and began to understand the deep complexity of the body and systems from a different perspective—from a healthy model, rather than the disease model I learned in nursing school. Initially, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the Live Training Sessions (LTS)…but these brilliantly facilitated video meetings formed an essential core for the program. Practicing coaching skills and receiving feedback helped us grow and develop into confident, client-focused coaches. I learned a lot about myself and I was able to make changes in order to become the coach I wanted to be.

Jennifer

Australia

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As a Personal Trainer for the last 21 years, I tried to convince my clients to stick to their goals, and sometimes, pushing them drained me mentally and emotionally. FMCA changed that. Now I walk alongside my clients on the journey and let them take the lead, which gives them the confidence to keep moving forward and also frees me from the feeling of being responsible for their progress. I am so grateful for this program and the change it has made in me. I searched far and wide for a program that aligned with what I believe in, and this was it!

Lisa

USA

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What a year it has been! It surpassed my expectations. I now have the knowledge and gift of using coaching as a healing presence in people’s lives. We, coaches, are there to help our clients find their inner wisdom, to empower them, to renew their hope, to draw on their strengths, to explore their vision, to connect with their values, and to help them achieve lasting lifestyle change. FMCA encourages you to find your unique style, to be optimistic, to listen deeply and to acknowledge what your client is saying. In this way, you can inspire self-discovery. Thank you for an incredible year of learning

Tessa

South Africa

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I have thoroughly enjoyed FMCA. The group coaching sessions were awesome and really prepared me to deal with clients in a confident manner. I would not have thought the changes that took place in each of us would be so dramatic! Amazing coaching program, really.

Shahienaz

USA

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The skills I learned at FMCA fundamentally changed my health coaching for the better. I feel much more in tune and connected with my clients and I have become a much better listener, and therefore more able to support my clients in their healing process. One of the things my clients love the most is when I focus on their Character Strengths, as it gives them the hope and confidence that really helps them move forward.

Jessica

Canada

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I already had a good amount of Functional Medicine knowledge coming into this program and it did a great job of adding to that knowledge while reviewing core principles for those students who may be newer to the topic. The education in coaching and positive psychology principles was excellent. The faculty is top-notch and the hands-on practice prepares you well to start a career in coaching. The workload is manageable and can be balanced with other life/work priorities. I’m very happy with the education I received from FMCA!

Rene

USA

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FMCA’s Health Coach Certification Program is the best thing that I have done for my professional development thus far in my career. As a Wellness Director at a college, I can apply so much of what I’ve learned on a day-to-day basis. I went into the program expecting to gain knowledge around health and nutrition, and I’m graduating with so much more than that. The way I communicate with others, present myself, listen, and ask questions has been transformed, and that’s invaluable. I am so grateful for this experience and would recommend it to anymore!

Kristy

USA

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I absolutely did not expect all this from an online course. There is much more interaction between students than I thought, probably more than I had when I was pursuing my Nutrition Degree. And since English is my second language, I was not comfortable in group discussions when I started, yet I have overcome it with all the courage and support of my cohorts and course facilitator. I can see myself growing, and I really like it. I call this my Functional Medicine Family, because that’s what it really feels like.

Carmen

Malaysia

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I started the program to gain knowledge and vocabulary in nutrition. I had no plans of coaching, I just wanted the credibility that comes with FMCA’s affiliation with the Institute for Functional Medicine. Instead, this program put a spotlight on a natural gift and passion for coaching that I was oblivious to before. I am taking my newfound love of Health Coaching back to the music community I work in, applying the principles I’ve learned to help creatives sustain their biggest crazy dreams.

Lisa

USA

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What Can You Do With Your Health Coach Certification?

There are many paths health coaches can take after graduation to create their own ideal career. Health coaches are making an impact everywhere from living rooms to medical practices. The sky is the limit.

Mission

To fully prepare health coaches by providing them with state-of-the-art learning that encompasses the evidence-based principles of Functional Medicine, positive psychology, functional nutrition, and mind-body medicine, all within a coaching framework; to accommodate diverse cultural backgrounds and learning styles, and to equip graduates to grow successful careers worldwide and become drivers for creating positive changes in the lives of their future clients and their communities-at-large.

Our Values

We commit to uphold the following values: Act as givers; appreciate the goodness of others and express thanks; show humility in our words and actions; embrace activities whole-heartedly, take initiative to ensure goals are met; expect the best and work to achieve it; challenge with compassion; persevere despite obstacles, have fun and bring smiles to everyone.