Deanna Minich, PhD
Dr. Deanna Minich is an internationally recognized wellness and lifestyle medicine expert, creative visionary, and author. 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 (www.foodandspirit.com), which is the practice of one’s eating and living through seven core symbolic themes. In 2014, she launched the Certified Food & Spirit Practitioner Program (www.foodandspiritprofessional.com) 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 (Ph.D) study at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands where she researched essential fatty acid absorption and metabolism, and from her Master’s Degree (M.S.) at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she studied carotenoids and oxidative stress. She has authored five books on health and wellness, and over fifteen scientific publications. Currently, she is senior advisor to the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute in Seattle, WA, and is adjunct faculty for the Institute for Functional Medicine, the Maryland University of Integrative Health, and the University of Western States. Her passion is teaching a whole-self approach to nourishment and bridging the gaps between science, spirituality, and art in medicine.