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Why Learn Functional Nutrition Coaching?

America's doctors, nurses and medical researchers are the best in the world, but our health care system is broken.”

60% of adults in the U.S. have a chronic condition, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or arthritis, that might lead to disability or death.

Without action, almost 400 million people will die from chronic diseases in the next 10 years. Many of these deaths will occur prematurely, affecting families, communities and countries alike."

Prescription drug use increased by over 80% in the last 20 years, yet the prevalence of chronic diseases and deaths due to chronic diseases increases.

A Better Future Through Educated Nutrition & Lifestyle Changes

“Approximately 80% of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes, and 40% of cancer could be avoided through healthy diet, regular physical activity and avoidance of tobacco use.”

– Dr Robert Beaglehole, Director of Chronic Diseases and Health Promotion at World Health Organization

Functional Nutrition coaches guide themselves, their families, and their clients (in person or virtually) toward better health, reduction in risk of chronic diseases, inflammation, and pain, and create a better future through nutritional, herbal, and lifestyle changes.

This program is online and self-pace (no need to travel!) and you will learn about nutritional medicine, metabolism and absorption, gut microbiome and function in health and disease, herbal medicine (how to use herbs and nutritional supplements) for chronic diseases, how to coach clients to achieve maximum results, and marketing (how to get new clients and establish your practice).

As a Certified Functional Nutrition Coach, You Will:

Create Lasting Strategies

Learn how to improve your and your family’s quality of life by making simple and long-lasting changes to your diet and lifestyle.


Help clients and your community to regain their health and transform their lives

Enjoy the Satisfaction

of working in a growing industry, in clinics, medical centers, or your own practice, and make an impact on other people’s lives.


"You can get the biggest change in someone's health by working with them on their diet, lifestyle, and targeted supplements"

Dr. Liz Lipski, PhD, CNS, FACN, IFMCP, BCHN, LDN
An author, researcher, and professor of Clinical Nutrition

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Functional Nutrition

Our Course is Designed For

Five Steps to Reducing Inflammation & Improving Your Health

One of the great fears we face is that our body might slow us down or fail us. While many doctors don’t talk about it, inflammation plays a role in many chronic diseases and is influenced by the food that you eat. This book gives you the tools to remove the foods that might cause more inflammation and simple steps to improve your health.

Here is a Sample of What You Will Learn in This Training

Learn the science and clinical application of Functional and nutritional medicine from clinical experts

Discover the hidden triggers of inflammation and chronic diseases, as well as a comprehensive review of the effect of diet, lifestyle, and our environment on our health

Help your clients to transform their health with evidence-based treatment protocols from integrative, nutritional, and herbal medicine

How to establish or grow your practice, get more clients, and increase your revenue with our coaching, marketing, and sales training

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Nutrition Coach

Discover many of the factors that lead to chronic diseases - and strategies to address them!

If you are viewing this page, it means that you are probably interested in nutrition and better health for yourself, your family, and for patients or people in your community.
But why use nutrition and lifestyle to get there?
When you look at the medical field, we have advance technology, smart drugs, and highly trained medical professionals. Yet, statistics show that chronic diseases continue to increase in the U.S and worldwide. Diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and arthritis, are among the leading cause of disability and death.
When you go to the doctor, prescription medication is the first line of therapy for
chronic diseases. However, as the number of prescriptions keeps increasing in the last 20 years, so does the prevalence of death from chronic disease.
So why are we failing to address chronic diseases?
According to clinical studies and the World Health Organization, healthy nutrition
and lifestyle can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2
diabetes, joint pain, arthritis, several types of cancer, and many other chronic

This is why the role of the nutritional health coach is so important! In our training, you will learn about nutritional medicine, metabolism, using herbs and supplements, and coaching to guide yourself, your family, and your clients towards better health in a natural way! Imagine working with clients and seeing them getting healthier and better. Imagine them thanking you for helping them to have more energy and experience less pain. Imagine them paying you for something that your enjoy doing.

One of the most important factors of going through our training is that you will learn
a satisfying and rewarding profession that will help others to transform their lives.

A Comprehensive Training That Prepares You to become a Nutritional Health coach

Meet the Presenters

Jessica Knese | MS, CNS

Jess graduated from University of Colorado with dual degrees in Integrative Physiology and Psychology. She decided to pursue a graduate degree in nutrition after working with a Primary Care Provider who implemented nutrition into her practice. She graduated with her MS in Clinical Nutrition and Integrative Health from Maryland University of Integrative Health and has completed the requirements for her Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) certification.

Matthew Cavaiola, ND, MS

Dr. Matthew Cavaiola is a naturopathic physician with 14 years of clinical experience in the field of integrative, nutritional, and herbal medicine. He specializes in men’s health, endocrine function, and human nutrition. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Delaware, a Master's Degree in Acupuncture, and a Doctorate Degree in Naturopathic Medicine. He practiced as an integrative medicine physician for over a decade and was also an adjunct professor in several colleges, such as Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, and assistant professor in Bastyr University.

Judith Boice, ND, LAc, FABNO

Dr. Judith Boice has more than 27 years of clinical experience as an integrative medicine provider and 37 years of teaching in the field of integrative and nutritional medicine. She has experience working as a primary care provider, working with cancer and HIV+ patients and she delivered over 1000 talks nationally on women's health. She is a Naturopathic Physician, Acupuncturist, Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology, Senior Vitalist, Writer, Speaker, Teacher, Health Coach. She is the author of the books: But My Doctor Never Told Me That!": Secrets for Creating Lifelong Health, The Pocket Guide to Naturopathic Medicine, The Green Medicine Chest: Healthy Treasures for the Whole Family, and Soul Medicine: A Physician’s Reflections on Life, Love, Death and Healing.


Professor Liz Lipski is an author, researcher, and clinician with 30 years’ experience in the field of digestion-related conditions and clinical nutrition. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Nutrition and hold certifications in clinical nutrition (CNS, and BCHN) and Functional Medicine. She is a faculty member for our Functional Medicine Training Certification, The Institute for Functional Medicine, and the Metabolic Medicine Institute fellowship program. She is also on the advisory boards for the Accreditation Council for professional Nutrition Education (ACNPE), the American Nutrition Association, the Certified International Health Coaches, and the Autism Hope Alliance.

Tal Cohen | DAOM, MS-HNFM

Tal Cohen, DAOM, MS-HNFM is an author, presenter and a healthcare provider with 16 years of clinical experience. He is the author of several books and patient guides, including “Treating Pain and Inflammation with Functional Medicine: The Complete Clinical Guide” and “The Complete Guide to Removing Toxins & Improving Your Health.” Tal completed and holds a Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine and a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Allison Merkey, ND, MS

Dr. Allison Merkey received a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and a master’s degree in Biology from the University of Nevada and a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Merkey has been teaching for 15 years at Maricopa Community Colleges, Yavapai College, and SCNM. She is teaching biomedical science and botanicals and phytonutrients courses.

Jonathan Nadal | ND, MSAOM

Dr. Jonathan Nadal earned a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the National University of Natural Medicine. Dr. Nadal specializes in nutritional and integrative medicine and advanced lab testing for the treatment of chronic and inflammatory conditions.

How to get certified


Register for the course


Watch the lectures and review the handouts


Complete and pass the short quizzes to assess your knowledge and the final exam (open book)


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Course and Institutional Accreditation

The American Association of Natural Wellness Practitioners (AAANWP) is a private organization that monitors educational programs in the field of holistic nutrition. The AANWP's Academic Advisory Committee monitors educational standards and student success rates. 

The American Association of Drugless Practitioners Certification and Accreditation Board was established in 1990 with a national and international membership body of over 21,000 of MDs, NDs, DCs, OMDs, PhDs, RNs, Health Coaches, and other “drugless” practitioners. Graduates of the American Academy of Functional Health may apply for a Board Certification in Holistic Health.

Frequently Asked Questions

Surveys show that chronic diseases are on the rise. Many of these diseases, such as heart conditions, diabetes type 2, and arthritis, might lead to disability, amputation, or death. 

Studies show that many chronic diseases might be caused or aggravated by diet, lifestyle, and environmental exposure. Maintaining healthy nutrition, lifestyle, and detoxification are the key to obtaining or regaining our health.  

Using the knowledge you learn in the training, you will know how to guide clients to transform their health in a natural, safe, and effective way.

The program is self-paced and on-demand, which means that you can access it 24/7 and study as much as you want. It is set to be completed within 6 to 12 months and most students complete one module per week. 

While most students will finish within 6 to 8 months, we provide access for 3 years to allow you extra time if you need it.

You will learn about many of the factors that cause dysfunction and sickness and how to guide patients towards better health.

The program also includes Functional Medicine topics, such as the connection between nutrition, environmental chemicals, stress, lifestyle, and the development of inflammatory and chronic conditions, such as chronic pain, weight gain, digestion, neurological, and hormonal imblanace.  

This program also includes the following:

  • Evidence-based treatment protocols
  • Review of digestion-related conditions (such as intestinal permeability, gut bacteria, and infections)
  • Stress management and lifestyle changes
  • Herbal medicine and how and recommend the use of nutritional supplements
  • Coaching strategies to increase clients/patients’ compliance
  • How to establish or grow your practice
  • How to get clients (for free or minimum investment) and how to increase your revenue

This information in this training is very different from the information that is taught in other coaching programs, or in medical, nursing, acupuncture, or chiropractic schools. 

In most medical programs, nutritional training is very minimal and typically restricted to learning about nutrients and their clinical importance. 

As a healthcare provider, this comprehensive training program will significantly expand your knowledge and understanding of the connection between diet, lifestyle, and environmental exposure and inflammation or chronic diseases. 

This program also includes the following:

  • Evidence-based treatment protocols
  • Review of digestion related conditions (such as intestinal permeability, gut bacteria, infections)
  • Herbal medicine
  • Coaching strategies to increase patient compliance
  • Sales and marketing to increase revenue

This program does not focus on psychological coaching. We focus on the ‘root causes’ of dysfunction and chronic diseases. 

If you are interested in learning clinical nutrition, herbal medicine protocols, and lifestyle medicine – then this is the program for you. 

We take a simple and straightforward approach to nutritional and herbal medicine and we believe that everybody should have access to affordable training. 

The reason we believe that this program is unique is because it provides comprehensive learning, based on clinical studies, of nutritional, herbal, and environmental medicine in an organized way from the comfort of your home.  

Another advantage of this program is that it is self-paced and affordable.

There are 3 significant differences. 

  1. The Program focused on the clinical application of nutritional and herbal medicine – while most coaching programs focus on the psychology of coaching.
  2. This program is built upon the fundamentals of Functional medicine and the ‘root cause’ approach – while other programs only include nutrition and discussion on diets. 
  3. We include practice building and ongoing support with one-on-one coaching.

If you are interested in learning about the ‘root cause’ of dysfunction (Functional Medicine approach) and in clinical nutrition, herbal medicine protocols, and lifestyle medicine – then this is the program for you. 

It is designed for the general public, health coaches, and healthcare providers, such as medical and osteopathic doctors, naturopaths, chiropractors, pharmacists, acupuncturists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and nurses, and nutritionists. 

No experience or previous knowledge is needed.

This program is NOT for you if you are looking to focus on health psychology and patient encouragement (most health coaching programs).

This program is focused on clinical nutrition, herbal medicine protocols, and lifestyle medicine. 

If you are interested in learning about the ‘root cause’ of dysfunction (Functional Medicine approach) and in clinical nutrition, herbal medicine protocols, and lifestyle medicine – then this is the program for you. 

The Functional Nutrition Coach Program is a unique program that combines clinical nutrition and herbal medicine with the principles of Functional Medicine. 

Most nutritional programs cost between $3,000 to $10,000. Our mission is to heal chronic patients around the world, so we decided to make our certification program more affordable at a low cost of $3,600. 

We also include practice-building classes, evaluation forms, and clinical guides for your practice.  

It took a lot of time and resources to build each part of this course. Each of the presenters brings years of clinical experience and took hours to build, modify, and present each module to make sure that you’ll have a great experience.

Based on our existing members who have already joined and taken the course, we think you are going to learn so much and love what we’ve created! But of course, we realize it can’t be a perfect fit for everyone. At the American Academy of Functional Health, we believe you should only pay for the things that actually help you gain valuable knowledge, evolve your skills, and get you better results. So, if you log in to the course and do not like what you get, email us within 30 days of signing up and we will refund you your payment in full.

Yes. Functional Nutrition Coaches are an important part of healthcare and can be found in private clinics working side-by-side with chiropractors, medical doctors, naturopaths, and nurses, as well as in fitness centers, nursing homes, corporate wellness departments, and health food stores. 

Although regulations are different from state to state, many nutritional health coaches have their own practice and see clients in person or virtually from home. Health Coaches can be found everywhere.

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