Deanna Minich, PhD, MS, CNS, RYT

Body-Mind-Spirit Nutritionist, Author, Artist, Yoga Practitioner

Dr. Deanna Minich is an internationally-recognized lifestyle medicine expert, creative visionary, and author of five books. Her twenty years of experience in the nutrition and functional medicine fields led her to develop an integrated, “whole self” approach to nutrition called Food & Spirit, which is the practice of understanding one’s eating and living through the seven core symbolic themes. In 2014, she launched the Certified Food & Spirit Practitioner Program ( to provide health professionals with a practical way to apply the Food & Spirit principles into clinical medicine. Dr. Minich has had a diverse, well-rounded


 experience in the field of nutrition including clinical practice, research, product formulation, marketing, writing, and education. She received her nutrition education during her Doctoral (Ph.D.) study at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands where she researched essential fatty acid absorption and metabolism, and from her Master’s Degree (M.S.) at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she focused on carotenoids and oxidative stress. She is a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition (F.A.C.N.), a Certified Nutrition Specialist (C.N.S.), Certified Nutritionist (C.N.) by the Washington State Department of Health, and a Registered Yoga Teacher (R.Y.T.). She is the author of five books on health and wellness, and over fifteen scientific publications. Currently, she is senior advisor to the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute in Seattle, WA, and is adjunct faculty for the Institute for Functional Medicine and two universities. Her passion is teaching a whole-self approach to nourishment and bridging the gaps between science, spirituality, and art in medicine.                                                                                                                                                                               


She is an author of four books, with three books on food and spirituality:

She has also written a practical guide to deciphering food additives: An A to Z Guide to Food Additives: Never Eat What You Can’t Pronounce (Conari Press, 2009).

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Dr. Deanna Minich has given her inspiring talks in person and on radio and television shows throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Dr. Minich has presented at multiple conferences, speaking engagements and brings an infusion of intellect and inspiration to every engagement! She is passionate and committed in assisting others on their path to good health and balanced living.

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Dr. Deanna Minich is a wonderful teacher and addition to this school.  I would love to take more classes from her. She is able to blend science and spirituality, left and right brain!
Student at the Maryland University of Integrative Health

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An original and outstanding work of art and science. Dr. Minich’s refreshing approach to energetic and nutritional health reminds us that the food we eat must be viewed with timeless, universal eyes, swallowed with more than just our throats, and assimilated with and into our entire being.
Kenneth Fine, M.D., founder and director of the Intestinal Health Institute and Reference Laboratory