About Susan Allen-Evenson

As a recognized Functional Nutrition expert, Susan Allen-Evenson provides a unique and very successful approach to personalized health and wellness as she incorporates an overall focus on the mind-body-spirit connection in her work as a speaker, mentor, author and nutrition consultant. Susan earned her nutrition degree in Medical Dietetics from the University of Illinois and became a Registered Dietitian (RD) in 1991. She subsequently completed post-graduate level training to become a Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN), which designates her specialty in the nutritional aspects of Functional Medicine.

Ms. Allen-Evenson has worked in many settings in addition to her own private practice. She was involved in one of the first free-standing nationally-based Integrative Medicine clinics, American Whole Health. She also consulted for the startup of The Center for Integrative Medicine affiliated with prestigious Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Ms. Allen-Evenson has held board appointments with The International and American Association of Clinical Nutritionists, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ sub-specialty group: Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine (DIFM), on the Nutrition Board of the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) and on the Scientific Advisory Board of Integrative Therapeutics, Inc., one of the largest natural medicine manufacturers in the United States.

With her passion for educating, Ms. Allen-Evenson lectures nation-wide and has been a consultant to the nutraceutical industry. In her more than two decades of practice, Susan has recognized the growing divide between traditional dietetics training and the emerging trends in Integrative and Functional Medicine. Understanding many health care providers, especially dietitians, are missing a key opportunity, she launched a unique national mentoring initiative, Next Level Functional Nutrition, to provide training to registered dietitians and other healthcare professionals wanting to learn this specialty.

Considered an authority, she has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, has been quoted extensively in the press, and is also a published author. She was Chief Nutritional Consultant for the Reader’s Digest book; Food Cures: Breakthrough Nutritional Prescriptions for Everything from Colds to Cancer and she was a contributing author to the first college textbook of its kind, Integrating Therapeutic and Complementary Nutrition, CRC Press 2007. Most recently, Ms. Allen-Evenson authored a chapter in AAPI’s Nutrition Guide To Optimal Health: Using Principles of Functional Medicine and Nutritional Genomics.

While she currently lectures, trains and consults coast-to-coast, Susan is excited about her recent relocation from her native Chicago to the Tampa Bay area of Florida where she enjoys the sun and the sand with her 16 yr old daughter, Nicole.

Meet Our Support Team!

Michelle Dwoskin, RDN, LDN

NFLN Support Team Coordinator

Michelle Dwoskin, RD LDN comes to Integrative and Functional Medicine Nutrition as a second career, having graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies in 1992. A cancer diagnosis in 2010, however, changed her life trajectory in a dramatic way. While attempting to survive a full year of extreme chemotherapies and surgeries, Michelle used her research skills to find solutions to the discomfort and complications produced by the cancer treatment she was receiving. She learned that there is power in nutrition and it can offer the support that our bodies need under stress. She decided at that point, that if she survived the cancer, she would return to school to become a Registered Dietitian. Perhaps in this way, she could “pay it forward” by helping others to prevent, support, and recover from acute/chronic illness.

Michelle began working with Susan Allen and NLFN in early 2017 as a student intern from the Coordinated Dietetics Program at Eastern Michigan University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Second Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics. Immediately upon passing the RD exam, Michelle began working with Susan Allen once again, this time as Intern Coordinator for Next Level Functional Nutrition and provides the team support in any/all manner of required functions.

Michelle’s interests include time with her family and friends, attending concerts, walking/hiking with her boyfriend, and playing with her rescue rabbit, Paul Newman (named for his big blue eyes).


Bonita Davis, RDN

IFMNT Training Course Teaching Assistant

Bonita Davis grew up in central Minnesota on a dairy farm, where ‘whole food and fresh air’ was a way of life. In 1989 she received her BS in Home Economics Education at North Dakota State University. In 1995 she became a Registered Dietitian, as well as completed her Master’s in Adult and Occupational Education at the University of New Hampshire.

Bonita’s career focus has been in pediatrics and community nutrition, where she has worked in various pediatric settings from Head Start, Early Intervention, Preschool Special Education, School Age Special Education, and private practice. In her work she has focused not only on the whole person, but the whole family when working with young children. In addition to assessing and supporting nutrient status of children, addressing family dynamics has been an essential piece of helping children with the ‘how’ of eating. Bonita has received additional training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management through the CDR. She has also been trained in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to eating and feeding challenges through the STAR Institute.

In February 2017, Bonita began as a student taking the Foundations course in Next Level Functional Nutrition. She has continued through the Certificate of Training and Advance courses; in addition, she has served at a Teaching Assistant in NLFN courses.

Special areas of interest that Bonita incorporates into her nutrition assessment and counseling include environmental health and trauma informed care that builds resilience. She is a member of the Tompkins County Lead Poisoning Prevention Network workgroup.

Bonita and her husband, Ben, live in Ithaca, NY; they have three adult children. When not working, Bonita enjoys spending time with her family, sewing and quilting, trying new recipes, reading, and hiking.


Shannon Gilmore, MS, RDN, FMNS

IFMNT Training Course Teaching Assistant

Shannon has been a dietician since 2009. She attended the University of California, Davis for her undergraduate work and Simmons College in Boston for her graduate work. She completed her dietetic training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She spent 6 years as the Director of Nutrition at a skilled nursing facility where she casually started online classes, dabbling with the functional medicine perspective. It was with Next Level Functional Nutrition that her world and enthusiasm for nutrition completely expanded. Shannon now joyously operates a private practice combining the principles of functional medicine and mindful eating to help those step into their optimal health.


Kathy Boughton, RDN

I have been a Registered Dietitian since 2000 and received my undergraduate degree in Nutrition from Virginia Tech. I currently live in Richmond, Virginia with my husband and five kids. I started my career in the wellness industry as a dietitian and personal trainer at our local YMCA. Since the birth of my first child 14 years ago, I have been a stay at home mom yet have continued to volunteer at schools and swim clubs giving nutrition talks. I counsel neighbors, friends and people in my community on helping them reach their wellness goals. I am a passionate gardener and supporter of our local farms and have very close relationships with the folks that grow my food to help spread the word about local nutrition. My son has a g-tube so I have been in the trenches of weaning him from commercial formulas to finding healthy alternatives that have helped him thrive. I am committed to continuing to study functional nutrition and helping to spread the word to my community.


Alicia Kalinich, MS, RDN

After 20 plus years of practicing nutrition in a varied setting (sports, cardiac, pediatrics, hospital based) I found my niche and my love of functional nutrition via Susan Allen’s Next Level Functional Nutrition foundations course and since have completed the Certificate of Training and Advance study. Presently I am doing consulting work for Julie Burns of Sportfuel, Inc. who is the Nutritionist for the Chicago Blackhawks and other professional athletes.

When not involved in my nutrition work, I love to travel with my Husband of 27 years and 3 kids. As a retired long distance athlete (ironman and bike racing) I know find peace and enjoyment participating in Pilates, yoga, and biking.


Kim Kawa BSc

Kim Kawa BSc, received her Nutrition & Dietetics degree from Northern Illinois University in 2005, and has been applying her knowledge in some unconventional ways – first as assistant manager for a natural grocer, then as a natural product specialist at SPINS (spins.com). She applied her nutrition background and passion for the natural product industry to the ongoing development of the SPINS Product Library. Her focus lied in vitamins and supplements and in identifying industry trends across a wide variety of natural and specialty product segments. Her background in natural and organic retail helped inform SPINS’ stakeholders on industry news and trends. For the past 6 years, she has been on the editorial advisory board for Nutritional Outlook Magazine and has also been published in Natural Products Insider and Herbalgram. Most recently, Kim’s work has been with The Movitz Group (www.movitzgroup.com) as a wellness product specialist, consulting partner. Kim was an intern of Susan’s back in 2007 and is grateful to have her as a mentor.


Elizabeth Rose Berry, MMSC, RDN, LDN

While graduating from Emory University with a Master’s in Medical Science, I worked at Egleston Hospital for Children specializing in G.I., Oncology, T1DM, and parenteral nutrition. Leaving the clinical setting, I moved to Colorado and worked in community nutrition and with several private practice groups as a consultant. Then another turn in the path took me to culinary school in Baltimore, Maryland and County Cavan, Ireland. After several stints as a chef in restaurants, I joined my family’s business in North Carolina for several years. From there, I made the plunge into opening my own restaurant and bakery. I have since owned and operated three restaurants, a bakery and a catering business with the mission of demonstrating nutrious and delicious foods to my clientele. I live and work in rural western North Carolina where I support local and sustainable agriculture. My husband, Marty and I own a cattle farm where we raise South Poll pastured beef cows. Several years ago I enrolled in Susan’s class looking for a deeper knowledge of nutrition that would actually help people achieve optimal health. At this point, I am working to have a immersion into Integrative Nutrition with the possibility of private practice in the future. Susan is a wealth of knowledge and inspiration for me as I move forward in this area.

Expert Guest Instructors

Dr. Yael Joffe, RD, PhD, FACN

In her role as 3X4 co-founder and Chief Science Officer, Dr Yael Joffe brings over 20 years of experience in nutrigenomics, nutrition, genetics, sound research, clinical practice and scientific integrity to 3X4.

In the rapidly-evolving discipline of nutrigenomics, Yael is globally acknowledged as a leading expert in the field. She is a highly sought-after speaker, has co-authored two books, ‘It’s Not Just Your Genes’ and ‘Genes To Plate’, and has been published in multiple peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Yael is at the forefront of nutrigenomic education and has helped develop and supervise nutrigenomics courses around the world, including her own Manuka courses, which have trained hundreds of healthcare practitioners globally. She is currently an Adjunct Professor, teaching Nutrigenomics at Rutgers University and MUIH.

Karen Wright, MS, CN

Karen started her career as a research analyst at ABC News.

Currently, Karen is a NY state licensed nutritionist using a Functional Nutrition approach, public speaker, and author of the book: Is it Mold? A Holistic Approach to Managing a Commonly Overlooked Condition.

She is on the adjunct faculty of professional and continuing education for the Maryland University of Integrative Health, for Karen sees many clients with mold illness and Lyme.

She uses her journalist skills to keep abreast of Biotoxin resource and building remediation practices to help her clients experience better nutritional health outcomes.

Dale White LAc, M.S., D.N.B.A.O.

Dale White is a California State licensed acupuncturist in clinical practice since 1990.  He has served diverse patient populations of the San Francisco and North Bay areas including HIV + patients during the AIDS epidemic.  He practiced extensively with neurological rehabilitation and chronic pain patients both privately and in a medical hospital.  In the last several years, his clinical focus has shifted to the epidemics of Lyme Disease, Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome and Autoimmune Disorders.

He did his undergraduate studies in Pre-Med and mathematics at The Evergreen State College and Seattle Central Community College in Washington State.

He attained his Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of TCM in San Francisco in 1990 and Diplomate status with the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics in 1991.

He has certifications in Japanese Classical Meridian Therapy and Toyo Hari and studied with Japanese Masters such as Kobayahi Shoji, Ikeada, Koei Kuwahara and others.

He has additional certifications in Western Herbal Studies and Biological Detoxification.  He has studied Homotoxicology, European Drainage Homeopathy, Darkfield Microscopy and German Biological Medicine in the tradition of Gunther Enerderlien.

In 2001 he began studies in Functional Medicine including blood chemistry, endocrinology, detoxification and brain chemistry.

In 2015 all aspects of a varied and eclectic training and clinical practice came into simple clarity and focus when Dale met Dr. Christopher Shade, founder and chief scientist of Quicksilver Scientific.  Since then he has been a Clinical Consultant for Quicksilver Scientific providing physician education on test interpretation, products and protocols.

Diane Parks NP

Diane Parks is a nurse practitioner and founder of The Well for Health in Davidson, North Carolina, who has more than 35 years of experience providing health care services. She holds an MSc in nursing and certification as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, a Sexuality Counselor, and a Nurse Midwife. With her team of medical and health care specialists at The Well for Health, Diane is passionate about offering the most advanced treatment options to her patients, striving to optimize their wellness by taking a holistic approach that encompasses both conventional and complementary techniques.

Diane understands how important it is for health care providers to continually update their skills and keep abreast of developments in research that could offer solutions to her patients’ health issues. She is a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, having completed a two-year course in this exciting approach to diagnosis and treatment. Diane has advanced training in First Line Therapy–Lifestyle Medicine, Neurotransmitter Evaluation and Treatment, and is certified as a practitioner in the Bredesen Protocol for reversing cognitive decline and the Shoemaker protocol for treating biotoxin illnesses.

Diane is passionate about sexual wellness and provides a range of services at The Well for Health, addressing both the physical and psychological aspects of sexuality. She is the only health care provider in the Davidson area who has dual certification as a women’s health nurse practitioner and a sexual counselor, and this combination enables her to help patients with every aspect of their sexual concerns.

Diane is also an advocate for the benefits of bioidentical hormone therapy and has extensive experience helping people with thyroid and adrenal dysfunction and optimizing gastrointestinal health. At The Well for Health, you can be sure of the highest standards of care delivered in a warm and welcoming environment by professionals who are outstanding in their field.

Elizabeth (Liz) Rose MMSc, RDN

Liz is in Private Practice specializing in Health and Wellness through a Culinary application.  Her path to get to this point began first at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, with her degree in Food, Nutrition and Institution Management, then at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. where she received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition as well as a job at Egleston Hospital for Children.  After several years in Atlanta, practicing pediatric nutrition, she moved to rural Colorado and practiced with several physician groups as a nutrition consultant for their patients as well as the WIC  and American Heart Association programs.

After years of practicing clinical nutrition and frustration with the “traditional medical system,” Liz decided to pursue culinary training in the US and Europe.  In 1999, she opened a restaurant in Western North Carolina which turned into three restaurants and an artisan bakery.  Liz has a passion for delicious food prepared with great ingredients that feed the body, soul and spirit.  Her goal is to promote her nutrition knowledge through food and all it encompasses..the farms and gardens, local producers, culinary skills, techniques and equipment.  The restaurants have been a great place to educate staff and customers and help provide a platform to move into her private practice.  In addition to the restaurants, Liz enjoys conducting culinary and wellness classes for her community.

Liz started training with Susan Allen and NLFN way back when she enrolled in the first course offered.  This was the beginning of her functional nutrition training.  After several years and a desire to move closer to her goal of a private nutrition practice, she enrolled again in NLFN classes only to become part of the research team.  Susan is a wealth of knowledge through her experiences and functional nutrition knowledge.  I enjoy being part of the team!

She is married and lives on a small farm in Western North Carolina raising South Poll cattle.

Susan Drake, M.S., R.D.

Susan Drake, a Colorado native, is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist holding a Certification in Weight Management through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  She graduated from Colorado State University with her Bachelor of Science in 1991 and received her Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics from Eastern Illinois University in 1994.  She has been a Registered Dietitian since 1994.

During her 25-year career, she has had a vast array of experiences in the nutrition field.  She coached thousands of clients on their journey to weight loss, weight maintenance and functional nutrition.  Her philosophy is to eat clean search for any “root cause”.

Currently, she is a Clinical Laboratory Consultant for several laboratories and assisting practitioners establish the best solutions for their patients.  In addition, she is involved with Freedom Practice Coaching which is an organization that teaches and coaches practitioners to create thriving practices.

In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her labradoodle – Allie, traveling, cooking, skiing and mountain biking.  Any activity, summer or winter, as long as it’s outside, is where she likes to be.

Coco Newton, MPH, RD, CNS

Coco Newton is owner of Lifetime Nutrition, LLC, a private practice in Maple City, Michigan.  She has expertise in Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy (FMNT) for prevention and treatment of chronic diseases and syndromes. Currently she is devoted to helping patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) throughout the world via her virtual clinical practice and educational programs for patients and professionals.

Coco received her Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Dietetics/Community Nutrition from the University of California (Davis) and her Masters of Public Health (MPH) in Nutrition from the University of Minnesota.  She completed her dietetic internship at the University of California (San Diego) and is a registered dietitian (RD) through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  She is a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) through the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists.

Coco co-founded and served on the Institute for Functional Medicine’s Nutrition Advisory Board from 2007-2010. In 2010, she co-founded the University of Kansas’ Nutrition Fellowship Program, a collaborative program through the University’s departments of Integrative Medicine and Dietetics & Nutrition.

Coco served on the state of Michigan Board of Dietetics and Nutrition from 2007 to 2013, and championed the successful repeal of the anti-competitive and discriminatory Dietetics/Nutrition Licensure Law on July 1, 2014, the first repeal in the United States.

Coco authored the chapter: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS): The Application of Integrative & Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy (IFMNT) published April 2020 by Springer in the textbook: Integrative and Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy: Principles & Practices.

Coco received the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award from Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine (DIFM), a practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.