NTI Faculty and Staff

NTI Faculty

Char Leberer

BA, CN, CMT, ND

Char Leberer began her journey into holistic healing in the mid-eighties when there was only a whisper of knowledge or interest in the subject of prevention. A lifelong learner, she received her BA in 1969 and her ND in 1999. Having both created the curriculum and taught every course, she currently trains and supervises the faculty, acts as Director of the school and creates new programs and courses.

Dianne Koehler

MNT

Dianne Koehler graduated from the Nutrition Therapy Institute in 2007. Since graduating she has become a teacher and active community speaker. She has continued her education through additional training in holistic health, high level wellness, herbal therapeutics, functional blood chemistry analysis and functional endocrinology. She is also a Denver Chapter Leader of the Weston A. Price Foundation and is the local nutrition educator for the group. Additionally, her continuing private practice keeps her up to date on the latest research and allows her to bring current client perspectives into her teaching.

Dr. Diane Mueller

Dr. Diane Mueller is a functional medicine practitioner, naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist. She received both her naturopathic medical degree as well as her acupuncture degree from National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. In September of 2016 she will receive her second doctorate degree, which is in acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

In addition, she has a certification in Applied Kinesiology as well as a certification from the Kalish Institute of Functional Medicine. She is also a certified qi gong teacher and has been practicing various forms of qi gong and meditation for well over a decade. She is currently in the final month of completing her second doctorate, which is in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Teaching is part of Dr. Diane’s mission. In January 2015, she and her business partner created a certification program training other practitioners in Functional Medicine and Mindfulness practices. She continues to be a pioneer in the field, working to bring more awareness to the mind body connection in disease as well as to a root cause approach to healthcare.

Francesca Quinn

ND

Dr. Francesca Quinn’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Biology, a Certificate as a Massage Therapist and a Doctorate in Naturopathy. She is the owner of Vitality Natural Medicine in Cherry Creek where she offers cooking classes and specializes in women’s health, cardiovascular healing, digestion and environmental health. Dr. Quinn is a natural teacher who brings her clinical expertise, in-depth understanding of the human body and sense of compassion to her classes at NTI. She has taught several classes at NTI including: Weight Management, Sports Nutrition, Business I, Digestion and Detoxification and Nutrients: The Building Blocks.

Jess Kelley

MNT

Jess Kelley is a Master Nutrition Therapist (MNT) specializing in Oncology Nutrition. She is the founder and CEO of Remission Nutrition, a global nutrition consulting and education firm that advises cancer patients on personalized, therapeutic diets, supplement protocols, and lifestyle approaches. Jess completed her 2-year MNT degree at NTI in 2010, and has since become certified in Environmental Medicine through the University of Arizona Medical School and Blood Chemistry Analysis, Thyroid Disorder Management, and Endocrinology through Apex Energetics. Jess has been teaching and involved with program development for NTI since 2011. Jess also holds a B.A. in Journalism, and has written health and nutrition articles for a variety of local and national publications and is the co-author of the forthcoming book The Metabolic Approach to Cancer (Chelsea Green Publishing) in spring 2017.

Jessica Lee Paulos

CMNT, RYT

Jessica Lee Paulos graduated from the Nutrition Therapy Institute in 2010 as a Certified Master Nutrition Therapist. Since then, she has continued her education and achieved certifications in Reading Functional Blood Chemistry, Sports Nutrition, and Yoga Instruction. Jessica’s practice Vitalized Body is focused on natural weight loss, food sensitivities, and stress management. She is honored to be a part of the NTI faculty as the Instructor for Nutrition Therapy in Practice and the Internship Program. Jessica looks forward to meeting the students, and supporting their growth and journey towards creating a successful nutrition practice.

Katherine Peterson

ND

Dr. Katherine Peterson is the owner of All Around Health, Impact Health LLC and Mile High Sports Nutrition LLC. She recently relocated to her home state of Colorado. Her practice was as a Primary Care Physician in Vermont where she currently maintains her Naturopathic Medical license. She is a 2009 graduate of National College of Natural Medicine in Portland Oregon with advanced standing in minor surgery and certificate training in Obstetrical care. During her studies, she worked in urgent care, women’s health, pediatrics, minor surgery, and IV therapy. She worked as a primary intern on Dr. Martin Milner’s Cardiovascular and Lung Clinic, spending an entire year working closely with individuals suffering from high blood pressure and advanced COPD. She has had a lifelong interest in medicine and has a diverse background as ski patrol, EMT, chiropractic assistant, hospice worker, personal trainer and yoga instructor.

Matt Lovitt

BA, MNT, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®

Matt Lovitt holds a BA from the University of Texas at Austin in Economics and an MNT from NTI. Prior to studying Holistic Nutrition, he worked as a corporate accountant in the fields of healthcare and health food retail. Now, Matt is dedicated to helping individuals in long-term recovery from substance use disorders to develop healthy eating and living habits while sharing his passion for nutrition with online students at NTI.

Nura Loeks

Nura Loeks says that the first Natural Food Chef she ever met and trained with was her grandmother. From the time she was three, her grandmother gave her small tasks to do in the kitchen, and together they made everything from scratch: from grinding the flour to baking the bread; to fermenting the yogurt; to inspecting and chopping vegetables for root soup. Spanning a life that has included living among the world’s native peoples in order to study their cooking and healing methods—in Greece, Turkey, Morocco, Spain, Italy, France, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Sweden, Russia, Mongolia, Thailand, Lao, China and Japan—Nura has dedicated her life to helping people heal through food. She opened her first healing center in California at the age of 22 and soon became the chief cook for a Retreat facility in the Sierras, where she and her staff prepared meals for 150 people daily in three different tracks: vegan, vegetarian and omnivore. She has not stopped cooking for individuals, retreats, and large groups since. Along with her role as the NFC’s director, she trains health professionals internationally and operates a non-profit dedicated to women and children’s health.

Priscilla

Priscilla has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The State University of New York and a Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University. She worked as a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner for 25 years in private practice and as adjunct faculty at Vanderbilt University and The University of Alabama School of Medicine. She was graduated from NTI in 2008 as a Master Nutritionist and started Path to Wellness LLC at that time. She specializes in Diabetes, weight management and Bio-identical hormone replacement. She also works with a board certified chiropractic neurologist treating dementia, Parkinson’s, ADD and traumatic brain injuries. She lectures throughout the USA as part of the Episcopal Church CREDO health faculty. She lives on the Alabama Gulf Coast and enjoys canoeing, kayaking, and all water activities.

Robin Hutchinson

MBA, MNT

Robin Hutchinson graduated from NTI in 2011, and has since become a GAPS Practitioner, a Certified Gluten Practitioner, and a graduate of the Institute of Psychology of Eating’s Transforming Your Relationship with Food Program. She has also completed coursework on the topics of food and how it relates to brain, thyroid, leaky gut(gastrointestinal), and mood balance. Robin is the owner of Healthy Nest Nutrition in Denver CO, where she counsels clients on gastrointestinal health which impacts all kinds of body ailments (autoimmune problems, stubborn weight, focus/clarity issues and so much more). Her practice philosophy is to uncover her client’s BEST diet through food changes and testing so they can rid themselves of their pesky symptoms and lead their best lives. She practices with the philosophy that food is our best medicine. She is thrilled to be teaching the Nutrition Therapy in Practice class at NTI. Her private practice is called Healthy Nest Nutrition: http://healthynestnutrition.com/

Sarah Cook

ND

Dr. Sarah Cook is a Naturopathic Doctor turned Medical Writer. She has been working in the field of naturopathic and integrative medicine since 2004 and as an instructor at NTI since 2006. She has been a clinician, a salesperson for dietary supplements, and now a freelance medical writer. Sarah earned a Naturopathic Doctorate (ND) from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and a Certificate in Biomedical Writing from the University of the Sciences. She completed her undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis. Sarah lives in beautiful Colorado where she loves to run, eat dark chocolate, drink elderberry syrup, and make whatever difference she can make in this world. She enjoys working with online students in Biochemistry, Food Politics, Independent Study, and Senior Seminar.     

Steve Shomo L.Ac

DOM, AP, CSCS, E-RYT, WFR

Steve is a licensed and board certified Acupuncturist and Herbalist in Colorado and a Doctor of Oriental Medicine – Acupuncture Physician (primary care) in the state of Florida. He is an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), qigong instructor, functional/tactical movement specialist, and a registered yoga instructor and teacher trainer (E-RYT) with the Yoga Alliance. He has trained as a Wilderness First Responder and is the Assistant Unit Coordinator for the Colorado Acupuncture Medical Reserve Corps (CAMRC), the nation’s first acupuncture based federally approved MRC unit responding to disasters and trauma recovery. He is a volunteer with Global Outreach Doctors providing humanitarian acupuncture and other emergency medical assistance worldwide. In his private practice, he specializes in TCM Sports Medicine, Tuina, Nutrition, Functional Movement, Humanitarian Acupuncture for Disaster Relief, PTSD and Trauma Recovery. After previously working as a Wilderness First Responder for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), he has a passion for providing integrative acupuncture services for First Responders and Emergency Medical Professionals. Steve is currently pursuing his Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, with a focus in Physical and Internal Medicine.

NTI Staff

Anneliese Pyatt

BA, RYT, MNT

Anneliese Pyatt is certified Master Nutrition Therapist and owner of Wildflower Family Wellness. Her nutrition practice, stationed in Boulder, CO, specializes in educating parents who struggle with how and what to feed their kids. As rates of ADD/ADHD, autism and allergies have skyrocketed in the last few decades, Anneliese seeks alternative and non-invasive ways to support physical and psychological balance in children. She also works with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, poor immune function and GI distress.

Anneliese received a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Denver in 2011. She teaches yoga in Boulder and is an avid traveler. She lives with her partner and dog, each of whom has taught her the art of a well-timed hug. Learn more about Anneliese’s practice at http://www.wildflowerfamilywellness.com.

Char Leberer

BA, CN, CMT, ND

Char Leberer began her journey into holistic healing in the mid-eighties when there was only a whisper of knowledge or interest in the subject of prevention. A lifelong learner, she received her BA in 1969 and her ND in 1999. Having both created the curriculum and taught every course, she currently trains and supervises the faculty, acts as Director of the school and creates new programs and courses.

Christine Giuliani

Christine Giuliani grew up in an Air Force family. After living in or visiting more than ten different countries, she decided to make Colorado her home. She has a Business degree from the University of Denver and is currently a student at NTI. Christine’s passion for making the world a better place through nutrition education is what brought her to NTI. Before joining the staff as the Director of Operations, she worked for a number of non-profits and taught preschool for 12 years while her two daughters were young. Nutrition became a passion while helping her family with food allergies and learning to navigate the world of holistic health without guidance. When not at work or studying for class, you will find her reading, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends. Christine is looking forward to changing the world with nutrition education one person at a time. “The journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step.” Lao Tzu

Jeni Rulon

We all have the capacity to accomplish our dreams! Jeni Rulon trusts this is possible for everyone! Providing tools for individuals, businesses, and communities to unleash their inner strengths and move towards their dreams excites her. She is passionate about implementing innovative strategies, facilitating learning and development, growing impactful programs, providing professional coaching, and building meaningful relationships. As the Director of Community Development with NTI and someone who has healed herself through food and supplements, Jeni is on a mission to scatter nutrition. She is able to do just that by utilizing the skills ascertained from prior roles (Caseworker, Program Manager, Director of Outreach, etc). At NTI, she focuses on outreach, growth strategy, marketing, and being healthy! When she isn’t at NTI, one may find her: coaching, training, hiking, listening to music, dancing (please, no parking on the dance floor), watching movies, learning, volunteering, reading, following her wanderlust, and in those rare moments, Jeni isn’t doing or thinking about anything! We are human beings after all…not human doings! Be Joy!

Jolene Kelley

After graduating from the National Institute of Massotherapy in Akron, Ohio in 2004, Jolene moved to Colorado and settled into working for a high volume family chiropractic office for 9 years. This is where she developed a better understanding of how the body works and the interconnectedness of mind, body and spirit. After college, Jolene wrestled with her own digestive issues which led her to NTI. “I truly believe the curriculum here at NTI is second to none. Deep down I always knew our food played a much bigger role in our health and I needed to know why. NTI has helped bridge that gap.”

Jolene is a recent graduate of the CNTP program at NTI and currently working towards completing her MNT.

In her spare time she enjoys hiking, camping, yoga, Pilates, spending time with family, site seeing in the beautiful state of Colorado. She has a new found interest in organic and biodynamic gardening with hopes in having her own thriving garden one day.

Kelly Pender

RYT

Kelly Pender received her B.S. in Business at Millersville University. She was drawn to Colorado to pursue her passion for holistic health. Kelly is a yoga instructor at Denver University as well as a holistic health coach. Outside of NTI, she likes to go on hikes, get creative in the kitchen, and enjoys working on challenging yoga poses. Kelly likes to express her creativity by working on NTI’s social media accounts as well as her own.

Mallory I. Quillen

Mallory I. Quillen graduated from Wichita State University with a focus in Psychology, and minors in Sociology and Women Studies, and immediately began working as a Chiropractic Assistant. She was then faced with a number of personal health issues that the medical community was unable to resolve, so she decided to take her health into her own hands. Mallory moved to Arizona where she continued working in Chiropractic and holistic pain rehab centers, while researching the best way to positively affect her own health. She discovered NTI, and took an online class working toward her CNTP. One class is all it took - Mallory found her calling. She moved to Denver and continued at NTI while working in the office. Her passion is to help others understand nutrition and holistic health so they can experience the same positive results she has by embracing these lifestyle principles and enjoying an active life.

Rebecca Lederman

Rebecca Lederman graduated with a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts. Her passion for holistic nutrition began with studying food production and politics in the United States. With a concentration in animal agriculture studies she went on to work for the Humane Society in Massachusetts State Affairs department, helping to pass legislation that improved animal welfare standards. She is passionate about living a sustainable, compassionate and healthy lifestyle and hopes to inspire the same passion in others.

Rosanne Hudson

Rosanne Hudson has had a long career in business with 18 years as a Systems Analyst, 8 years as the Office Manager for a small company, and various other “duties-as-required” jobs in-between. Her flexibility, business experience, and natural passion for health and nutrition made NTI the perfect place to be at this time in her life. Rosanne is happiest viewing the world from the back of a horse…or a bike…or out in nature on her own two feet. Other interests are learning something new, reading, theater, and travel.

NFC Faculty

Nura Loeks

Nura Loeks says that the first Natural Food Chef she ever met and trained with was her grandmother. From the time she was three, her grandmother gave her small tasks to do in the kitchen, and together they made everything from scratch: from grinding the flour to baking the bread; to fermenting the yogurt; to inspecting and chopping vegetables for root soup. Spanning a life that has included living among the world’s native peoples in order to study their cooking and healing methods—in Greece, Turkey, Morocco, Spain, Italy, France, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Sweden, Russia, Mongolia, Thailand, Lao, China and Japan—Nura has dedicated her life to helping people heal through food. She opened her first healing center in California at the age of 22 and soon became the chief cook for a Retreat facility in the Sierras, where she and her staff prepared meals for 150 people daily in three different tracks: vegan, vegetarian and omnivore. She has not stopped cooking for individuals, retreats, and large groups since. Along with her role as NFC’s director, she trains health professionals internationally and operates a non-profit dedicated to women and children’s health.

Tracy Spalding

From the time she was a teenager, Tracy Spalding had a natural understanding and love for cooking, and she was inspired to prepare elaborate meals for her family and their friends. This culinary passion, in combination with extensive travels, exposed her to the world’s cuisines. As an adult, she has tested recipes for a variety of cookbooks. She has studied with master teachers in Spain, Zanzibar, China and Italy, was a 2014 graduate of NTI’s Natural Food Chef program, and was quickly hired to lead cooking demonstrations, classes, and weekend workshops. Along with her role as NFC’s chief chef, Tracy maintains a private business, in which she caters for groups, cooks for individual clients, and teaches menu planning and kitchen arrangement. She has had a longstanding commitment to cooking for those in greatest need and is actively involved in a number of non-profit and community cooking organizations.

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