Functional Nutrition Frequently Asked Questions
I am not a medical doctor, I do not claim to diagnose nor treat diseases. I support the whole person with nutrition and lifestyle interventions.
Functional Nutrition is an exciting “new” emerging field in nutrition that is rooted in Functional Medicine. I am a doctor of clinical functional nutrition. Under the guidance and leadership of Dr Liz Lipski, we were a small cohort of 7 actually creating a working definition of Functional Nutrition! Needless to say I was thrilled to be in this pioneering movement. I said “new” just because I have always practiced nutrition according to functional principles. Now it is becoming an official field in nutrition. And much needed too!
Functional Medicine in a paradigm shift in medicine of the 21st century that is client-centered and is much needed, and I am proud to have training in this field as a nutritionist and use the FM tools to help my clients better and faster. Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) is the leader in FM and here is how they describe what FM is, how it is different and why we need it.
If you have Epstein-Barr Virus, I am the expert you want on your team. I also have almost 20 years of clinical experienced and have helped people with various complex health challenges, which really helps me increase success rate working with the EBV community- most of whom ARE struggling with complex issues, not just EBV.
My academic education includes:
- Doctor of Clinical Nutrition Maryland University of Integrative Health, Maryland (2017)
- Masters Degree in Nutrition from Bastyr University, Kenmore WA (2005)
- Masters Degree in English Philology from Poland (1992)
My nutrition credentials:
- Licensed in Washington State as a Certified Nutritionist (CN) since 2005. This is the legal requirement in WA to practice nutrition there and requires Master Degree.
- Licensed Nutritionist (LDN) 2006-2017 in Maryland, in good standing, until I moved to WA. LDN is the required licensed to practice clinical nutrition in Maryland. The only 2 ways to become LDN is as as a dietitian or Certified Nutrition Specialist.
- Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS), which is a stringent board exam that provides an alternative to being a Registered Dietitian and. CNS requires minimum of master degree in nutrition and a clinical board exam. CNS is acknowledged as a requirement for licensure in a number of states in the US and was originally started to give medical doctors accreditation for additional training in nutrition.
- Trained under Dr Liz Lipski, PhD in her Advanced Nutrition Forum for Nutrition Professionals
- Trained with Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM), which is an ongoing process.
I am not a registered dietitian (RD) and never will be out of personal choice and commitment to my belief system. I had that option during my graduate program and I walked away from it because I refused to pay dues to American Dietetic Association as i do not agree with their philosophy. Instead, I chose the best available forward-looking, clinical nutrition training in the country. I also made sure to have all needed licensure as a nutritionist to be legally at least equal to RDs, which took a few extra years of additional focused clinical work and board exams – and as soon as I moved to Maryland, I became a Certified Nutrition Specialist for that reason, still current and in good standing. CNS allowed me to get licensed in Maryland just like a dietitian would. I have also maintained the needed licensure as a Certified Nutritionist in the State of Washington.
My well-rounded approach to wellness stems from the fact that originally I moved to Seattle to become a naturopathic doctor. I switched majors at the last minute, just before I enrolled, and chose Masters program in clinical nutrition instead. My school of choice, Bastyr University, has been a pioneer in natural science-based medicine and has been called “the Harvard of Natural Medicine”. Their graduate clinical nutrition program is the best in the country and is highly regarded. During my schooling at Bastyr University, I had exposure to best science and best long-standing natural medicine traditions such as Integrative Medicine, Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM), Functional Medicine, Food as Medicine, Ayurveda, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. The training included an intensive clinical practice with clients, graduate level nutritional supplements, and hands-on whole food culinary classes, to name the few. None of the above is part of dietetic training.
My business, Holistic Nutrition Naturally LLC, is a registered corporation in Maryland and then moved to Washington, in good standing since inception (Business Entity Search: http://sdat.resiusa.org/ucc-charter/Pages/CharterSearch/default.aspx
Nutritional Services do not allow physical contact and therefore do not require a physical presence. My 1-1 in-person clinic moved to a completely virtual clinic many years ago, long before COVID. I have also closed my clinical 1-1 practice and currently transitioned to being a “coach” and providing education to predominantly the EBV community through various online programs.
I have worked with a LOT of medical conditions. I have a high success rate and my goal is to change lives. In some very complex cases, If I cannot help solve the problem, I can at least improve one’s quality of life. Click here to view the conditions I have work with. Currently, my main focus in people suffering from acute or chronic Epstein-Barr Virus and resulting conditions like autoimmunity (e.g. Hashimoto’s or Lupus). My clinical experience allows me to help people with EBV, which are often complicated cases.
It is physically just not possible for me to answer everyone’s inquiries at this time. I do have a 20-minute Clarity Session that you can reserve.
To learn more about Clarity Session read the page Get Started
All my current programs, consultations, masterclasses and workshops are out of pocket only.
Our programs and services are not enrolled at this time but our Fullscript account for supplements is.
Please review the Fullscript and Nutrametrix pages where I describe some of the important aspects of supplements. For a clinical assessment of your current regimen, if you suffer from EBV, I strongly recommend the www.ebvonlineprogram.com as we have all you need there. If you do not have EBV, you are welcome to sign up for Power Hour.
Suggested websites for your supplement needs and education:
If you want to transform your life, if you want health and wellness, if you want peace of mind, there isn’t a better investment than working with Kasia.~ Beth