Deanna Minich, PhD, CNS, IFM Certified Practitioner, is a Functional Medicine nutritionist, researcher, and author. Her twenty years of experience in the nutrition field led her to develop an integrated approach to nutrition called Food & Spirit, a framework that integrates the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of health. She is the author of five books on wellness and over fifteen scientific publications. She has trained in Functional Medicine for the past decade with the “father of Functional Medicine,” Dr. Jeffrey Bland, as her mentor and has served on the Nutrition Advisory Board for The Institute of Functional Medicine. Currently, she teaches as part of the Detox Advanced Practice Module, with a focus on food and lifestyle approaches to whole-self detox. Her academic background is in nutritional science, including a master’s degree in human nutrition and dietetics from the University of Illinois at Chicago (1995) and a PhD in medical sciences (nutrition) from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands (1999). In conjunction with her academic degrees and extensive teaching experience at the university level, she is both a fellow (FACN) and a certified nutrition specialist (CNS) through the American College of Nutrition and has also received education in Functional Medicine through The Institute of Functional Medicine. Dr. Minich has over ten years of experience working in both the food and dietary supplement industries, with her last position as vice president of scientific affairs at Metagenics, Inc. She is passionate about helping others to live well using therapeutic lifestyle changes.