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: Dietitian’s 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.