Ryan Whitcomb, MS, RD, CLT graduated from the University of Western States in 2017 with a master’s degree in human nutrition and functional medicine. Shortly thereafter, he joined the team at UWS as an adjunct professor teaching the course Meal Planning in Health and Illness.
In addition to teaching, Ryan also owns a private practice where he offers various nutrition-based therapies for individuals with digestive disorders. He also works with companies of all sizes to design and develop employee-centered wellness programs.
Ryan is the former treasurer for Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine (DIFM), a practice group of over 4,700 dietitians within the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Further, he is also a member of Nutrition Entrepreneurs (NE) and the New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (NYSAND).
Ryan is a graduate of Ithaca College, where he earned his bachelor’s in television-radio. As a second career dietitian, Ryan completed his didactic program in dietetics at Queens College in Flushing, NY before going on to complete his dietetic internship at Baylor University Medical Center (now Baylor Scott & White) in Dallas, TX.
In his spare time, he enjoys weight training, eating chocolate, learning Afrikaans and relaxing at Korean jjimjilbangs.
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.