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Dr. Hedberg created the Hedberg Institute after realizing that high quality functional medicine education that teaches doctors what actually works in practice was sorely missing. His goal is to provide a comprehensive functional medicine education program so practitioners can significantly improve their patient outcomes and grow a successful practice.

Many practitioners are struggling to find out the best way to approach their patient’s health concerns jumping from one model to the next always ending up frustrated and confused. This is a testament to the current state of functional medicine education which is built on the latest and greatest laboratory test or supplement.

The Hedberg Institute will teach you exactly how to properly assess a patient so you know exactly where to start and successfully guide the patient back to optimal health. You’ll learn the best laboratory tests that give you clinically-relevant information so you’re not wasting your patients time or money.

Confused about nutrition and supplementation? Our courses will show you simple and practical methods to get your patients on the best treatment plan, nutrition and supplements for the best possible outcomes. No more costly travel expenses while you learn in the comfort of your own home.

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Nikolas Hedberg, D.C., D.A.B.C.I., D.A.C.B.N.
Nikolas Hedberg, D.C., D.A.B.C.I., D.A.C.B.N.

Founder

Nikolas R. Hedberg, D.C., D.A.B.C.I., D.A.C.B.N. is a Chiropractic Physician, Board Certified Chiropractic Internist, and Board Certified in Nutrition by the American Clinical Board of Nutrition practicing functional medicine in Asheville, NC. Dr. Hedberg has been a speaker for many years in the functional medicine arena presenting on autoimmune disease and the connection between infections and chronic illness.

Dr. Hedberg is the author of the book “The Complete Thyroid Health & Diet Guide” which is a comprehensive guide to understanding thyroid disorders from a functional medicine perspective and how to diagnose and manage autoimmune thyroid disease.

 


Jeffrey Moss, DDS, CNS, DACBN
Jeffrey Moss, DDS, CNS, DACBN

Advisor

Dr. Moss graduated from the University of Michigan Dental School in 1974 and practiced dentistry in Grand Rapids, Michigan up to 1985. Having employed clinical nutrition in his practice for six years, he decided to use this experience and enter the professional supplement industry. For the last 24 years he has operated Moss Nutrition Products which supplies the Moss Nutrition Professional Line of supplements to practitioners.

Since 2000, he has served as adjunct faculty at the University of Bridgeport Nutrition Institute, starting with the Vitamins and Minerals class and, most recently, adding the Assessment in Nutrition class to his teaching responsibilities. He also co-authored the text, Textbook of Nutritional Medicine with Mel Werbach, M.D. Finally, Dr. Moss was president of the International and American Association of Clinical Nutritionists (IAACN) from August, 2000 to June 2001. mossnutrition.com

 


Izabella Wentz, PharmD
Izabella Wentz, PharmD

Advisor

Dr. Izabella Wentz, PharmD, FASCP is a pharmacist who has dedicated herself to addressing the root causes of autoimmune thyroid disease after being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis in 2009.

She is the author of the New York Times best-selling patient guide “Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis” Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause” and is an ardent champion of incorporating lifestyle change and functional medicine into the treatment of autoimmune disease. thyroidpharmacist.com

 


Bill Beakey, O.M.D.
Bill Beakey, O.M.D.

Advisor

J. William Beakey, a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, graduated from Rider University in 1972, attended a two year resident program at the American School of Oriental Therapy in Miami graduating in 1986, and completed further studies for a doctorate at University of Science, Arts and Technology (USAT, Olveston, Montserrat. He is a Licensed Doctor of Oriental Medicine.

Dr. Beakey is certified in Acupoint Injection Therapy through University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He has established himself as an expert in lab assessment and is a successful entrepreneur in the area of clinical laboratory testing. In 2001, Dr. Beakey established Professional Co-op Services, Inc. which opened the door for all appropriately licensed physicians to order laboratory testing at fair and reasonable cost. He has presented numerous lectures at professional conferences and seminars. professionalco-op.com/

 


Susie Gronski, D.P.T.

Advisor

Dr. Susie Gronski is a licensed doctor of physical therapy and a board certified pelvic rehabilitation practitioner. In addition to knowing a lot about your private parts, she’s also a certified health coach.

Her passion is to make you feel comfortable about taboo subjects like sex and private parts.  Dr. Susie is the author of Pelvic Pain: The Ultimate Cock Block and the creator of a unique hands-on training program helping men with pelvic pain become experts in treating themselves.

Dr. Susie is currently in private practice in Asheville, North Carolina specializing in holistic men’s pelvic health. Learn more by visiting www.drsusieg.com.

 


Michael Trayford, D.C., D.A.B.C.N.

Advisor

Dr. Michael Trayford is a Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist and Founder | Director of Innovation at APEX Brain Centers in Asheville, NC. APEX specializes in intensive rehabilitation programs for brain injury and addiction recovery. He is a clinician, published journal author, international speaker, corporate consultant, educator and lifelong learner. Dr. Trayford currently sits on the board of advisors for the Dementia Society of America.

Visit his website at http://apexbraincenters.com

 


Cass Nelson-Dooley, M.S.

Advisor

Cass Nelson-Dooley, MS, studied medicinal plants in the rain forests of Panama, in 2003 as a Fulbright Scholar, and then launched a career in science and natural medicine. At the University of Georgia, she completed a Bachelor of Science in Ethnobotany and a Master of Science in Ethnopharmacology. She then joined the innovators at Metametrix Clinical Laboratory and Genova Diagnostics.

Cass co-authored, “Nutrient and Toxic Elements” in Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine and authored case studies in Case Studies in Integrative and Functional Medicine. She has presented to both national and international audiences on the topics of nutrition, laboratory tests, disease prevention, drug discovery research, and obesity and osteoporosis. She has over a decade of experience teaching doctors about integrative and functional laboratory results and is now turning her attention to patients, who can transform their health with lab testing.

Visit her website at www.healthfirstconsulting.com


Dr. Michael Ruscio
Michael Ruscio, D.C.

Advisor

Michael Ruscio is a doctor, clinical researcher and best-selling author whose practical ideas on healing chronic illness have made him an influential voice in functional and alternative medicine. His work has been published in peer-reviewed medical journals and he speaks at integrative medical conferences across the globe. Dr. Ruscio also runs an influential website and podcast at DrRusio.com, in addition to his clinical practice located in northern California.

Visit his website at https://drruscio.com/


Dr. Carrie Jones Hormone Balancing
Carrie Jones, N.D., M.P.H.

Advisor

Dr. Carrie Jones is an internationally recognized speaker, consultant, and educator on the topic of women’s health and hormones. She graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM), School of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon where she also completed her 2-year residency in women’s health, hormones and endocrinology. Later she graduated from Grand Canyon University’s Master of Public Health program with a goal of doing more international education. She was adjunct faculty for many years teaching gynecology and advanced endocrinology/fertility and has been the Medical Director for 2 large integrative clinics in Portland. She is the Medical Director for Precision Analytical, Inc, creators of the DUTCH hormone test.

Visit her website at https://dutchtest.com/meet_our_experts/


Dr. David Brady
David Brady, N.D., D.C.

Advisor

Dr. Brady has 28 years of experience as an integrative practitioner and over 24 years in health sciences academia. He is a licensed naturopathic medical physician in Connecticut and Vermont, is board certified in functional medicine and clinical nutrition, a fellow of the American College of Nutrition, and completed his initial clinical training as a doctor of chiropractic. Dr. Brady has been the chief medical officer of Designs for Health, Inc. and also currently serves as the chief medical officer for Diagnostic Solutions Labs. He is the long-time director of the Human Nutrition Institute, and associate professor of clinical sciences at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. He has appeared on the plenary speaking panel of some of the largest and most prestigious conferences in the field including; IFM, ACAM, A4M, ACN, IHS, AANP and many more. He is in clinical practice at Whole Body Medicine in Fairfield, CT, specializing in functional, nutritional and metabolic medicine.

Visit his website at https://drdavidbrady.com/


Ron Parks, MD
Ron Parks, M.D.

Advisor

Ronald R. Parks, MD is a consultant and specialist in Integrative Psychiatry and Holistic Medicine in Asheville, North Carolina. He does consults, personal mentoring, writing, and teaching. He is the medical director and psychiatrist for the Center for Spiritual Emergence and Katharos Sanctuary in Asheville, NC – programs for the treatment of resistant depression and substance use disorders. Dr. Parks is a well-trained and a diversified physician, specialty-trained in psychiatry, internal medicine, nutrition, preventive medicine, and is Board Certified in Psychiatry. In the past, he has directed both inpatient and outpatient treatment programs. Dr. Parks is well respected for his talents and abilities in the understanding and working with the   most complex psychiatric and medical issues from an integrative and enlightened point of view.

Visit his website at https://parksmd.com


Joe Mather, MD
Joe Mather, M.D.

Advisor

Joe Mather, MD, MPH&TM, is a board certified Family Practice physician. He graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine and Tulane University School of Public Health in 2011 and completed his Family Medicine Residency in 2014. While completing his Master’s degree he traveled to Malaysia to do infectious disease research and became interested in the role of intestinal infections and their impact on health. He has a variety of clinical experience which includes working in a rural New Zealand clinic, being Medical Director of an Urgent Care and working as a Concierge Physician at the Center for Longevity and Wellness.

Dr. Mather strives to deliver evidence-based, individualized medicine to his patients. He practices Functional Medicine in his medical practice in Metairie, Louisiana where he works with a wide variety of patients. He has specific interests in helping patients recover from complex chronic disease as well as helping patients to optimize their health and longevity.

Visit his website at www.doctormather.com


Tracey Long
Tracey Long, MPH, RDN

Advisor

Tracey is a registered dietitian with specialty training in integrative and functional nutrition and The Bredesen Protocol to End Alzheimer’s. She owns a private practice, Big Picture Health LLC , in Hendersonville, NC, where she sees clients in person and using video and phone consultations. She takes a holistic and individualized approach to client care. Another aspect of her practice is providing community education and education for other healthcare providers. Tracey is a teacher for The Kresser Institute ADAPT Health Coach Training program. She recently co-authored a chapter on Therapeutic Diets for a textbook, “Integrative and Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy: Principles and Practices.”

 

Tracey’s education includes a Master of Public Health; emphasis Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, B.S. Dietetics, ACSM-certified Exercise Physiologist and Cancer Exercise Trainer and Registered yoga teacher.

Visit her website at http://www.bigpicturehealth.com/


“Dr. Hedberg has an amazing program with strong fundamentals, the application of the information is patient focused and very provider friendly. Thorough patient assessment tools and treatment plans that work extremely effective at getting results. The bonus I feel in this program is all the clinical pearls that are shared throughout each module. I thank you and my patients thank you! Keep sharing!”

—Dr. Raymond Higby

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