Meet the Functional Nutrition Alliance team!

The team behind all of our Functional Nutrition Training programs and clinical services is here for you!

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We are a group of compassionate and dedicated clinicians and we can’t wait to support you on your journey towards Functional Nutrition mastery.

– Andrea Nakayama, Functional Medicine Nutritionist and Founder of the Functional Nutrition Alliance

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FOUNDER AND LEAD INSTRUCTOR

Andrea Nakayama.

Functional Nutritionist, educator and thought leader Andrea Nakayama is leading patients and practitioners around the world in a revolution to reclaim ownership over our health. Andrea is the winner of the 2015 National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) Impact award and the 2016 NANP Service Award for her leadership in the field of nutrition and has presented at numerous conferences and online summits. Her passion for food as personalized medicine was born from the loss of her young husband to a brain tumor in 2002. She’s now regularly consulted as the nutrition expert for the toughest clinical cases in the practices of many world-renowned doctors, and she trains thousands of practitioners each year in her methodologies at Functional Nutrition Alliance so that they too can become the last stop for their clients and patients as well as a trusted referral partner for doctors in their area.

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Andrea’s Credentials

Andrea’s teaching style is engaging and informative, backed by research and many years of clinical experience.

– Julie Lavergne, Functional Nutrition Student

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FACULTY INSTRUCTOR | DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION

Caroline Stahlschmidt

Caroline has been on the Functional Nutrition Alliance team since 2014. She has worked as a nutritionist in the FxNA Clinic and is now the Director of Education for the Functional Nutrition Alliance (FxNA). Prior to joining FxNA, Caroline started and ran her own health coaching practice that included one-on-one counseling, creating and running group programs, and private yoga.

“My journey through cancer and Hashimoto’s has taught me that we are all truly bio-individuals when it comes to our health and optimal nutrition. What makes my body sing might make you sick. Looking at the whole person is the key to healing.”

Caroline’s Credentials

Sandra Brougher functional nutrition alliance faculty

FACULTY INSTRUCTOR | LEAD NUTRITIONIST

Sandra Brougher

Sandra has been with the Functional Nutrition Alliance team since 2015. She works as a lead nutritionist in the FxNA Clinic working with clients through various health challenges through the lens of functional nutrition and lifestyle. Prior to joining FxNA, Sandra started her own nutrition business where she worked with individual clients, hosted workshops and lectures.

“By putting into place the knowledge I’ve learned and practicing what I preach, I’ve been able to transform my own health as well as the health of my family. As I’ve found, it can often be a delicate, illuminating and rich journey and I’m prepared to walk by your side as we uncover the nuances that will lead to your desired health goals.”

Sandra’s Credentials

Sarah Lawrence Faculty Instructor | Lead Nutritionist

FACULTY INSTRUCTOR | LEAD NUTRITIONIST

Sarah Lawrence

Sarah has been on the Functional Nutrition Alliance team since 2021. She works as a lead nutritionist in the FxNA Clinic and uses the Functional Nutrition & Lifestyle model to support clients through their health challenges. Prior to joining FxNA, Sarah ran a private nutrition practice specializing in thyroid and autoimmune imbalance, Lyme disease, cancer and chronic pain.

“To get from your breaking point to your balance point is as much about being gentle with yourself as it is about action. It’s about taking the right steps at the right time.”

Sarah’s Credentials

Brandin Roa functional nutrition alliance faculty

FACULTY INSTRUCTOR | INTAKE SPECIALIST

Brandin Roa

Brandin has been on the Functional Nutrition Alliance team since 2017. She works as the Intake Specialist in the FxNA Clinic. Prior to joining FxNA, Brandin started and ran her own nutrition counseling practice that included one-on-one counseling, creating and running group programs, and delivering community outreach workshops. She has also contracted as a nutrition consultant to a large wellness facility as well as with a functional medicine doctor’s oncology practice.

“Each person is unique, and there are subtle clues in each person’s complex history. My mission is to heal the whole person, and it begins by listening. With empathy and gentle encouragement, I help clients tell their stories, which creates a foundation for healing to truly begin.”

Brandin’s Credentials

Amber Robertson functional nutrition alliance instructor

FACULTY INSTRUCTOR | CLINIC CONCIERGE

Amber Robertson

Amber has been on the Functional Nutrition Alliance team since 2019. She works on FxNA’s Clinical Nutrition Team and as Clinic Concierge in the FxNA Clinic. Prior to joining FxNA, Amber started and ran her own health coaching practice that included one-on-one counseling, running group programs, creating and delivering workshops for community and corporate clients, and mentoring new coaches in practice development.

“After spending seven years in private practice, I’m thrilled to now be working on Andrea’s team at the Functional Nutrition Alliance. It’s exciting to connect with people who are invested in their own health and I’m honored to help them determine the next steps in their journey.”

Amber’s Credentials

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Coaches and practitioners coming out of Andrea Nakayama’s program have such a strong grounding in nutrition and clinical skills, as well as deep relational skills.

– Nalini Chilkov, L.Ac., OMD, Integrative Oncology Expert

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