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.


Theresa Romano-Ross, RDN

Theresa Romano-Ross, RDN has been in the field of nutrition for over 20 years. She received her B.S. in Nutrition with a double minor in Biology and Psychology from Long Island University/Post. Upon completion of the Dietetic Internship she was hired as Coordinator of the Internship and became a Clinical Instructor of Family Medicine serving in capacity of preceptor, grant writer/manager and worked in the outpatient capacity. She got her first taste of Functional Medicine while at Stony Brook University and fell in love with the principles of finding the root cause of illness and optimizing nutrition to obtain optimal wellness. While at Stony Brook, Theresa was hired as the Collegiate and Sports Nutritionist where she educated the general population and the Division I and II Sports Programs. She then founded her own business Next Level Nutrition, INC and began consulting for the New York Jets Football Team as the Team Nutritionist and working in Worksite Wellness in the Greater New York area. She has worked closely with Renal, Gastroenterology and Endocrinology departments. Theresa felt the need to gain business experience and made the bold switch from nutrition to working for Corporate America at WFAN Sports Radio NY. She became an Account Executive and worked with multimillion dollar budgets, managed high-profile accounts and was responsible for new business development.  Her and husband Kevin live in Long Island, NY and have four kids, Kate, Shea, Gavin and Keegan.  She began taking courses in functional and integrative medicine/nutrition to continually update her knowledge on the subject. Theresa has served on the LIAND board as well as holding numerous positions with the Woman’s Health Dietetic Practice Group. She has been a member of SCAN, DIFM, NE DPGs, as well as membership with the International Society of Sport Nutrition and Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association.


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.


Yael Rubinoff, RDN

I have been practicing as a Registered Dietitian for 12 years in long term care setting. Since relocating to Canada, I began pursuing a career in a one on one counseling setting. I oversee creating a nutrition program that will be replicated throughout many medical clinics in Canada. Since I first became a Registered Dietitian I have been searching for more answers. It was clear to me that there was a lot more to nutrition therapy than I have been taught. I have been ecstatic since I found and enrolled in Susan Allen’s Next Level Functional Nutrition foundations course because I finally felt that I found the missing link. I am currently working on my Certificate of Training in Functional Medical Nutrition and already applying the knowledge I’m gaining in my practice.