Ryan Whitcomb, RD, CDN, CLT started out working in radio but eventually his interests switched to nutrition. He went back to school to become a registered dietitian and afterwards he worked in a cardiac hospital. At the same time, he become interested in immune dysfunction related to food sensitivities and after becoming certified in this area, he opened up a private practice where he treats individuals with digestive disorders.
- Why did you choose UWS? Why did you choose HNFM? I chose UWS because the master’s degree in HNFM is unlike any other in the world. After having worked in a hospital setting and seeing first-hand how ineffective and disjointed conventional nutrition therapy is for the majority of people, I wanted a program that could teach me nutrition from a holistic perspective.
- What has been your favorite class/instructor? Hands down, Gastrointestinal Imbalances with Dr. Jason Hawrelak. He has a vast wealth of knowledge and since I work with individuals with gastrointestinal disorders, this class has really helped to enhance my practice. I learn many new things each week.
- What has been your experience with learning in HNFM’s online environment? It’s different from what I’m used to, but I like being able to work on my schedule. Even though the students and professors are scattered around the globe, help (should I need it) is only one click away.
- What has been the most surprising part of the HNFM program at UWS? How practical the information is. It’s not based on abstract theories – it’s evidence-based nutrition that can be put into a plan of action.
- What do you hope to do after graduation? Continue to grow my private practice and expand the services I offer by hiring integrative and functional medicine clinicians to work alongside me. I’d also like to write a book or two and earn a doctorate in clinical nutrition.
- Favorite way to get some stress out from school? My favorite way to de-stress is restorative yoga. It’s a really great way to unwind.