NTI PodTalk with Dr. Tracy McCubbin, MD of Radiance Functional Medicine

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In today’s episode, Dianne interviews Dr. Tracy McCubbin of Radiance Functional Medicine in Denver, CO. Dr. Tracy employs 2 NTI graduates and 1 NTI student in her business and she talks more about what pushed her to employ nutrition therapists as part of her staff. We also talk more about her experience and background, along with advice she would give other doctors or professionals looking to hire nutrition therapists. 

Dr. Tracy McCubbin is a physician with over 30 years of experience in the medical field. She started her career in Emergency Medicine in Denver, Colorado. After many years of 60-hour work weeks on a shift schedule, increasing responsibility in the hospital, and conducting clinical research and publications, she started to experience many of the same issues as her female patients who were in their 40’s (GERD, IBS, stress, depression, infertility, asthma, insomnia, perimenopause, and weight gain).

She was curious about treatment options to help her patients and herself. She met renowned physician Andrew Weil, M.D., and began to explore the field of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (now called Integrative Medicine). Knowledge of this burgeoning field led her to found Kaiser’s Centers for Complementary Medicine (CCM) in 2003. They opened a pilot site in Aurora, CO two days a week, and eventually grew to five locations in the Denver metro area.

After completing a two-year Fellowship at the University of Arizona School of Medicine (the premier integrative healthcare training program), she officially transitioned from the emergency department after 19 years and moved her clinical practice to CCM. In 2019, she opened her private practice where she sees patients from all over the country with a variety of health concerns including hormone balancing, digestive disorders, fertility, autoimmune conditions, and healthy aging. Dr. McCubbin is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine, Integrative Medicine, and certified in Functional Medicine and uses a combination of her education and experience when treating patients.

In this episode Dr. Tracy and Dianne discuss:

  • 01:38 – Dr. Tracy’s background in traditional allopathic medicine and what made her want to go into more of a functional medicine practice
  • 04:42 – The difference between integrative medicine and functional medicine
  • 09:40 – Traditional, mainstream medical practices are starting to be open to alternative modalities that are beneficial to give people more control over their own health
  • 12:23 – Radiance Functional Medicine’s areas of specialty
  • 15:00 – The reason they chose the name Radiance Functional Medicine
  • 19:40 – What prompted Dr. Tracy to employ two graduates and one student from Nutrition Therapy Institute
  • 22:12 – Students and graduates from NTI have a more in-depth understanding of the pathophysiology of different conditions and fully understand why they are making the recommendations to clients
  • 27:53 – The benefits that Dr. Tracy has found with having trained Nutrition Therapists working in her office
  • 31:50 – “The food industry feeds us but pays no attention to health, and the health care industry heals us but pays no attention to food”
  • 32:26 – What foods and holistically minded things that Dr. Tracy incorporates into her own life for her own health
  • 38:04 – How to find Radiance Functional Medicine


NTI’s PodTalk is available on all major podcast platformsFind us by searching “NTI PodTalk” in your favorite podcast platform or by following any of the links below.

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Other episodes of the NTI PodTalk that feature experts in the health and wellness field:

Instructor, Dr. Meg Hammel, ND

Nutrition Therapist Chat with NTI Instructors

Luke Tera, MTOM Dipl.Ac, L.Ac

NTI PodTalk with Dr. Stephen Hussey MS, DC

About Nutrition Therapy Institute’s Holistic Nutrition Certification

Nutrition Therapy Institute (NTI) is a leader in holistic nutrition education. Since 1999, NTI has provided students with the highest quality in nutrition training by offering comprehensive holistic nutrition courses.  Offering online and in-person nutrition course options to help students achieve thriving careers as holistic nutrition therapists.  Interested in starting our holistic nutrition courses and earning your holistic nutrition certification? Attend an informational webinar to learn more by signing up HERE.

Are you ready to start your journey as a Nutrition Therapist Master or Natural Food Chef?

Learn more about NTI’s Nutrition Therapist Master Certification with program information and application requirements or call 303-284-8361 to speak with our admissions team.

This discussion is not intended to provide Medical Nutrition Therapy, nor in any way imply that Nutrition Therapists who graduate from NTI are qualified to provide Medical Nutrition Therapy. The scope of practice for graduates of NTI is to deliver therapeutic nutrition guidance to our clients which helps support their natural biology to achieve optimal function in whatever wellness path they are on.

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