NTI Faculty and Staff

NTI Faculty

Char Leberer, Founder & Director

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, Academic Dean

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.

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.

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.

Jessica Lee Reader

CMNT, RYT

Jessica Lee Reader 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.

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 in Colorado, a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture Physician in the state of Florida.  He has undergraduate degrees in Biology and Health Sciences, focusing on nutrition and the prevention of disease.  He has trained in both Eastern and Western nutritional therapies for the promotion of health and the recovery of illness, with an emphasis in immunology and natural medicine. He is an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), personal trainer, tai chi/qigong instructor, and a registered yoga instructor and teacher trainer (E-RYT). Steve is a WMAI Wilderness First Responder, Doctor of Oriental Medicine with Global Outreach Doctors, and the Assistant Unit Coordinator and Training Specialist for the Colorado Acupuncture Medical Reserve Corp (CAMRC). He is a national and International speaker and educator on Humanitarian Acupuncture, Disaster Mental Health, Trauma Recovery, and Traditional Medicine & Nutritional Therapies.

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.

Becky Spacke

DC

Dr Becky Spacke is currently living out her dream working with Nutrition Therapy Institute.  Her love, passion and professional career has always been related to clinical nutrition. She spent many years in private practice, working with patients to regain their health through better nutrition and lifestyle modifications. When in practice in Marathon, Florida, Dr. Becky made regular appearances on Good Morning Florida Keys with Jenna Stauffer, where she discussed current trends in healthcare and nutrition. She also spent time working at Natural Grocers as a Nutrition Educator. Her educational background includes her Bachelor of Science in Human Anatomy and Doctor of Chiropractic from Logan University. Additionally, she has received post-doctorate certifications from Miller School of Medicine in Pain & Inflammation, Bridgeport University in Functional Endocrinology, and Harvard Medical School in Lifestyle Medicine. She currently spends her time between Aurora, Co and Questa, NM with her husband, Jay. 

William Gonglach

MS, FNS

William is a NASM certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist. He holds a master’s degree in Molecular Biology from the University of St. Joseph, a bachelor’s degree in Human Health and Diet Science from Metropolitan State University of Denver, and has additional training in medical intuition, and body constitutions. He has an intense passion for healing the body, mind, and spirit and this is partially derived from his own health challenges that arose as a teenager and into adulthood. Since overcoming most of these initial “incurable” ailments, William continues to pursue true and deep healing. His family and faith are vital aspects of his life and he enjoys discussing and researching mind-body healing and philosophy. As NTI is dedicated to holistic health and healing, William saw this as a perfect fit to come and teach material that aligns with his own. With a love of nature and a sports enthusiast, he enjoys numerous activities like rollerskating and free running.

Priscilla Condon

MSN, MNT

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.

 

Megan Grover

MMEdSci

Megan Grover has travelled and roamed much of the globe where she has explored the healing traditions. She is passionate about educating individuals regarding their health and looking at the body from a holistic approach, understanding that all aspects are integrated. If one part is damaged, the whole is impacted. Megan received a Master of Medical Science in Human Nutrition from the University of Sheffield in England. There she completed extensive research, regarding the health of Burmese refugees, for Action Against Hunger, based in Paris, France. While living in England, she worked as a free-lance nutritionist and writer and more recently for Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, where she nutritionally coached individuals, taught nutrition education and cooking classes and educated and trained store employees. 

Kimsey Self

MNT

Kimsey's passion for health began at an early age and has never waned. In addition to holding a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Fort Lewis College, Kimsey Self has completed the Master’s program from the Nutrition Therapy Institute (NTI) in Denver, Colorado, the nation's leading private nutrition school. This is a 2-year program that consists of over 500 hours of advanced clinical nutrition education courses. Kimsey completed this program in 10 months, while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. In addition, she holds continuing education certifications in Functional Blood Chemistry, Functional Brain Chemistry, Environmental Toxicity and Detoxification, The Intestinal Microbiome, Mastering the Thyroid, and is an AFAA certified personal trainer.

Kimsey strongly believes that education is paramount to success. She now regularly speaks on the Michael Brown KHOW radio show, an “I Heart Radio” top 100 broadcast reaching thousands across the nation. She also holds public seminars, attends medical lectures and conferences, and follows the latest research in order to stay current in this ever-changing field and provide her clients with the best care possible. Teaching people why they are suffering from their health concerns, then explaining how to eat rather than what to eat (in addition to other therapies), ensures long-term, independent success.

In her spare time, Kimsey loves running with her dog, hiking, yoga, and spending time with friends and family.

Christa Bitner

MS, CN

Christa holds a Master’s Degree in Holistic Nutrition and Clinical Health Psychology from Bastyr University and is passionate about translating evidence-based nutrition to simple strategies that are accessible to everyone. In her private practice specializes in helping busy, ambitious women reclaim their energy and confidence so they have time for the things that matter most in their personal and professional lives. Combining evidence-based nutrition with stress management and intuitive eating, she addresses the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of nourishment for sustainable results. She is committed to creating a world where every woman feels healthy, beautiful, and empowered to live a nourished life. Christa loves playing outside, finding new ways to move her body, and crafting herbal concoctions in her kitchen!

Ashlie Klavon

BA, MS, LAc

Ashlie’s educational background includes a BA in Psychology and Integrative Therapeutic Practices from Metropolitan State University, a Masters degree in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture from Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine and she is finishing up her final months at Palmer College where she will receive her Doctorate in Chiropractic. She has additional training in fertility, nutritional endocrinology, treatment of musculoskeletal conditions and herbology. While pursuing her education, Ashlie worked at Natural Grocers as the Vitamins and Supplements Assistant Manager. She also had the opportunity to work with the University of Colorado School of Medicine on a research project that focused on weight management strategies and nutritional education for low-income families.  Ashlie currently works at Integrated Functional Health in Bettendorf Iowa providing Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine services.  Ashlie has a passion for teaching individuals about nutrition and holistic health and a desire to empower individuals on their own journey of self-healing. Ashlie has worked at NTI for 2 years helping with curriculum development and currently teaches Weight Management and Sports Nutrition and Life Cycles and Healthy Aging online.

NTI Staff

Jaryd Krisher

LMT

Jaryd Krisher is a BCMT graduate and has been practicing as a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2013. After taking his first course at NTI, he felt right at home in the school and grateful to have found a like-minded community. He anticipates resuming his studies in 2018 to pursue his Nutrition Therapy Practitioner certification. With a long history of employment in the food industry and a vast amount of personal research into wellness and nutrition, Jaryd’s passion for driving change from a nutritional standpoint and educating others on the flaws in the current food system have positioned him for success in his role as Director of Admissions at NTI. He takes great pride in his work of guiding and supporting people considering joining the school; as NTI’s amazing graduates go on to have such a powerful  impact within their communities and on the way the world is eating.

Jaryd is a Colorado native who enjoys spending time exploring and playing in his wonderful state with family and friends. Hobbies include cooking, reading, organizing, pool, and various creative pursuits.

Kristen Pilkington

Kristen Pilkington received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Photography at California State University Sacramento, which included a year spent studying abroad in France. Her passion for the arts and the outdoors lead her to Colorado, where she now happily resides. After immense personal wellness research and working towards healing through food and supplements, Kristen has become very passionate about holistic health and plans to begin her studies with NTI, where she currently thrives in the role of Administration Manager. Outside of NTI, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, being outside, hiking, camping, reading and taking photos.

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!

Kelsey Huckle

CNTP

Kelsey received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology and her Master of Arts in Physical Education/Athletic Administration. After working with her own nutritionist, a graduate from NTI, she realized her true passion is to study nutrition. She finished the CNTP program in December 2017 and is always looking for ways to further her nutrition education. Kelsey loves speaking with students and helping them navigate through their curriculum at NTI. Kelsey is also seeing clients as a nutritionist for her own practice, "Huckleberry Healing." On her free time, you will find Kelsey enjoying the mountains rock climbing, hiking, rafting, and mountain biking.

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.

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.

NFC Faculty

Nura Loeks, NFC Director

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.

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.

Lynda Lacher

Chef Lynda Lacher's specialty is teaching people the vital skill of cooking while creating confidence in the kitchen!

Chef Lynda is a graduate of, and former chef instructor at, Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Program, Brown College, MN. After moving to Denver, she was the founding Head Chef for the Natural Chef Program at the Nutrition Therapy Institute. Chef Lynda's recipes were published in the magazines, Indulge in Denver and Indulge in Boulder.

Chef Lynda is committed to empowering people with the idea that what we put on our plates can provide quality of life, deep nourishment and a sense of community.

Dianne Koehler, Academic Dean

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.

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!

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