Dr. Deanna Minich

About Me
Bio Summary

Dr. Deanna Minich is an internationally-recognized teacher, author, scientist, speaker, and artist. She has more than 20 years of diverse, well-rounded experience in the fields of nutrition and functional medicine, including clinical practice, research, product formulation, writing, and education. Her Doctoral (Ph.D.) research focused on essential fatty acid absorption and metabolism, and her Master’s degree (M.S.) allowed her to explore the health benefits of the colorful, plant-based carotenoids. She has authored five books on health and wellness and over fifteen scientific publications. 


Currently, she is Faculty for the Institute for Functional Medicine and the University of Western States. She has developed an online certification program for health professionals so that they can apply the color-coded 7 Systems of Full-Spectrum Health in their practice. Her lectures are heard by patients and practitioners throughout the world. Dr. Minich’s passion is teaching a whole-self approach to nourishment and bridging the gaps between science, spirituality, and art in medicine.



Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D., 1999) in Medical Sciences (Human Nutrition and Metabolism); University of Groningen, The Netherlands (Read dissertation here)

Master of Science (M.S., 1995) in Human Nutrition and Dietetics; University of Illinois of Chicago

Bachelor of Arts (B.A., 1992) Biology Major, English Minor; Augustana College, Rock Island, IL


Dr. Minich has experience as a clinical educator within both the university and corporate sectors.

Teaching Clinician, Certified Food & Spirit Practitioner Program and Food & Spirit, LLC, 2002–present

Faculty, Institute of Functional Medicine, 2013–present

Faculty, University of Western States, 2013–present

Adjunct Faculty, Maryland University of Integrative Health, 2013–2015

Adjunct Faculty, Bastyr University, 2013

Vice President, Education, Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute 2012–2014

Vice President, Scientific Affairs, Metagenics, Inc. 2009–2012


Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner (IFM), 2015–present

Fellow of the American College of Nutrition (FACN), 2004–present

Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS), 2004–present

Certified Nutritionist by the Washington State Department of Health, 2004–present

Registered Yoga Teacher by Yoga Alliance, 2009–present


20+ years in the nutrition and health fields

Leader of one of the largest online events on detoxification known as The Detox Summit™

Leader of The Detox Challenge, a 3000-person online detox program, in collaboration with the Institute for Functional Medicine

Founder of the Certified Food & Spirit Practitioner Program™, providing health practitioners with learning and application of the 7 Systems of Full-Spectrum Health

Tailored expertise in nutrition, phytonutrients, detoxification, lifestyle medicine, functional medicine, brain health, whole-self nourishment, cardiovascular nutrition, personalized nutrition, cancer, mind-body medicine, and women’s health

Nutrition advocate to a large spectrum of the market, from the patient to the practitioner

Author of five books on health and over twenty scientific publications

Visionary for an integrated approach to nutrition, spanning the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of one’s being

Experience in nutritional global product technology integration, technology transfer, preclinical and clinical research, product development, management, marketing, writing, clinical duties and education