Credentials and Expertise

Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition ®
National Association of Nutrition Professionals

The NANP is the only professional business league, wholly dedicated to furthering the cause, education and standards of the holistic nutrition industry. They have developed a rigorous set of Educational Standards for Nutrition Consultants.

By becoming Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®, Denise demonstrates that she has achieved the highest level of professional recognition and validation of her knowledge and experience in the holistic nutrition industry.  To earn this valuable designation, Denise sat through and passed NANP’s rigorous board exam.

Oncology Nutrition Therapist – Presently Enrolled
Nutrition Therapy Institute (NTI)

NTI’s Oncology Nutrition Program is the first of its kind providing rigorous training based on the most up to date and comprehensive research in the field of Oncology Nutrition.  As a member of the first graduating class, Denise will obtain an extensive knowledge of nutrition related to the different types of cancer, food-based preventative approaches, therapeutic diet design, mechanisms of anticancer foods, supplements and interactions, laboratory assessments, conventional treatment approaches, and the management of side effects. It stresses a therapeutic approach to managing and preventing cancer through the use of a specifically designed diet, lifestyle, and supplement protocol that is created, monitored, and adapted based on the changing requirements of the client.

The nutrition teachings and philosophy of this program are centered on bio-individuality, with emphasis on whole foods that are genetically appropriate, anti-inflammatory, immune boosting, non-toxic, and low glycemic. The program is 500 hours and is approved by the State of Colorado. Graduates of the full program receive a diploma as a Certified Oncology Nutrition Practitioner (CONP).

The program was reviewed and approved by NTI’s Founding Oncology Nutrition Advisory Board, comprised of some of the nation’s leading Naturopathic Oncology Physicians, and MD’s specializing in the field.  These include:  Jorg Dietrich, MMSc, MD, PhD;  Nasha Winters, ND, LAc, FABNODIPLOM; Kirsten West, ND, LAc; Jeanne Wallace, PhD, CNC; and Jess Kelley, MNT.

Master Nutrition Therapist (MNT)
Nutrition Therapy Institute

The Nutrition Therapy Institute offers a cutting edge professional level program in nutrition sciences. Courses are based on holistic, naturopathic, and traditional Western scientific principles. They are intensive, integrated, and comprehensive.  The goal of the program is to equip students with a foundation of skills and knowledge in the field of holistic nutrition.

Denise was awarded a diploma as a Master Nutrition Therapist (MNT) after completing a total of 644 hours of training in Anatomy & Physiology for the Nutritionist, Biochemical Foundations of Nutrition, Nutrients: the Building Blocks, Nutrition Therapy in Practice, Digestion and Detoxification, Weight Management, Food Quality in America 1 and 2, Life Cycle & Healthy Aging Nutrition, Clinical Nutrition, Reproductive Nutrition, Supplements, Food Politics, and a Senior Seminar.  Denise presented her master’s thesis on “How Different Therapeutic Diets Affect the Outcome of Treatment or Recurrence in Cancer Patients.”  Additionally, she participated in two Intensive Learning Workshop weekends; the first was on The Personal Relationship with Food and the second was on Detoxification.

Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis Training
Blood Chemistry University

Presented by Dr. Dicken Weatherby
12 week training course.

Foundations of Functional Medicine & Laboratory Testing
Nutri-West

Presented by Dr. Brandon Lundell
6 intensive weekend seminar series.

Functional Blood Chemistry
Apex Energetics

Created by Dr. Datis Kharrazian. Presented by Dr. Shane Steadman
1 day intensive seminar

Natural Oncology Masterclass 1
Health Masters Live

Presented by Dr. Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO and leading cancer specialists.
15 hour education series.

Natural Oncology Masterclass 2
Health Masters Live

Presented by Dr. Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO and leading cancer specialists.
15 hour education series.

Keto for Cancer Masterclass
Ketogenic Diet for Cancer

Presented by Patricia Daly
6 module intensive course.

Certified Holistic Health Coach (CHC)
Institute for Integrative Nutrition

Certified Full Body Systems
Holistic Nutrition Lab

Created and presented by Andrea Nakayama, BFA, MSN, CNE, CNC, CHHC.

A ten month online program covering the science of nutrition. The curriculum includes seven intensives: Digestive Health, Immune Function, the Urinary System, Cardiovascular Health, the Endocrine System, Brain Health, and the Reproductive System. Each intensive devles into the anatomy, function, and physiology of each system as well as its interconnections with the other systems.

GI Mastery Course
Integrative Medicine Academy

Presented by Dr. Kurt Woeller
18 hour education series.

Ongoing Continuing Education for Nutrition Therapy

Certifications from:
Apex Energetics, Biogenetix, Designs for Health, Metagenics, Neuroscience, and Xymogen,

  • Personalized Cancer Risk Reduction: Biomarkers & Lab Assays
  • The Gluten, Leaky Gut, & Autoimmune Connection
  • Breaking the Complex Web of Leaky Gut
  • Early Signs of Brain Degeneration
  • The Gut Brain Connection
  • The Evolution of Nutrition
  • Solutions for Women’s Wellness: A Functional Approach
  • The Neuroendocrine Immunology of Exercise
  • Detox 360° Integrative Systems 
  • Detoxification and Nutrition
  • The Belly Effect
  • SHEICON 2015

Bachelor of Science (BS), Business Administration & Information Systems
University of Colorado
Graduated Magna Cum Laude

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