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Credentials & Labs

Professional Credentials

  • Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition ®, National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP)

  • Master Nutrition Therapist (MNT), Nutrition Therapy Institute

  • Eating Psychology Coach  The Institute for the Psychology of Eating

  • FirstLine Therapy ® Certification for Cardio-Metabolic Syndrome, Metagenics

  • Bachelor’s in Business Administration, Finance Concentration, Colorado State University

  • Master’s in Business Administration, Colorado State University

  • Founder and Owner of Health Strong, LLC

Continuing Education

  • The Neuroendocrine Immunology of Exercise (APEX Energetics)   

  • Anxiety: A Comprehensive Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment  (Standard Process) 

  • Brain-Gut-Immune Axis (APEX Energetics/Dr. Shane Steadman)

  • Metabolic Syndrome Reversal Program (Standard Process)

  • First Line Therapy Cardio-Metabolic Syndrome Certification (Metagenics)

  • What is MTHFR?   (Coleen Walsh, MNT, Harvesting Nutrition)

  • MTHFR & Methylation Practitioner Training (Coleen Walsh, MNT, Harvesting Nutrition)

  • Nutritional Analysis of Blood Chemistry (Francesca Quinn. N.D.; Dr. Diane Meuller N.D.)

  • Fundamentals of Functional Blood Chemistry                    (APEX Energetics/Dr. Shane Steadman)           

  • The Gut Check: Exploring your Microbiome (University of Colorado, Boulder, CO; Dr. Rob Knight)

  • The Microbiome Medicine Summit2 (Kellman Center and Health Links)

  • Gluten Summit (Dr. Tom O'Bryan) 

  • SIBO Symposium (SIBO Center for Digestive Health at the National College of Natural Medicine/various presenters)

  • Cooking (IT University)

Functional Blood Chemistry

​Julie is trained in Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis.

There are two main types of ranges in the field of blood chemistry analysis:

  1. a pathological range and

  2. a functional range


The pathological range is used to diagnose disease; the functional range is used to assess risk for disease before disease develops.  The difference is the what is allowed in 'normal' ranges.  


For Example, the functional range for glucose may be 85-100 mg/dl, but the pathological range may be 65 -110 mg/dl. Levels above the pathological range may indicate diabetes. Levels above the functional range (just before they reach the higher pathological range) may indicate the risk of developing diabetes in the future, called insulin resistance.  This may explain why you may still feel awful, experiencing real symptoms like fatigue, digestive distress or your hair falling out  when your doctor has told you everything is normal, for example.

Why are values between pathological and functional ranges different?

Conventional medical training is concerned with the diagnosis of disease and rarely preventative medicine. Health care providers that practice preventive medicine are those most likely to use functional ranges.  The idea is, if bio-markers can be managed before they fall within the pathological range, prevention and re-balancing the body to health is attainable. This is our goal for all our clients and program participants.

Some of the key tests we like to use include: hormone, glucose, HgA B1C,  mineral and vitamin levels. I address what the conventional medicine calls a “low normal” or a “high normal” in order to bring the body and health back in balance.

Functional Testing Labs

​We offer a variety of functional lab tests with a variety of partner labs depending on your needs and symptoms, ranging from:

  • Nutrient deficiencies

  • Routine blood work

  • Genetics

  • Weight loss based on DNA

  • Food allergies and sensitivities

  • Hormone

  • Digestion/Gastrointestinal Health

  • Healthy Aging

  • Cardiometabolic syndrome

  • Metabolic function

  • Autoimmune reactions

Nutrition Therapy & Lifestyle Solutions

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