Dr. Deborah Renee’ Hutchinson is a Functional Medicine trained Doctor of Clinical Nutrition. A nationally licensed Board-Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LDN), she loves learning and taking this knowledge back to her clinical practice and classroom. She goes beyond her academic training to learn more to stay on top of cutting-edge research and gain clinical pearls from her mentors. She is also an academic professor at the Huntington University of Health Sciences, where she teaches various nutrition, psychology, and business courses at the bachelor, master, and doctorate levels. Her interest is to help her clients optimize a personalized nutrition and lifestyle plan for recovery.
Her focus through academics as it allowed was to research brain health and addictions to support her clients in optimizing a personalized nutrition and lifestyle-focused recovery plan. She quickly discovered that brain health was a multifactorial body system problem, thus allowing her to dive deeper into all the possible pathways that may lead to probable root causes.
She graduated from the Maryland University of Integrative Health with a Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition centered on a functional medicine approach. Debbie graduated with a Master of Science in human nutrition with honors through the prestigious University of Bridgeport, where her course work was heavily centered on biochemistry and how micronutrients & cofactors impact critical metabolic pathways, which are known to influence behavior and drive addictions, brain problems, emotional struggles, and many chronic health concerns we see so prevalent today. She graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in addiction through Regent University.
She is a candidate for the Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner exam and case report, which is considered the Gold Standard of Functional Medicine training. It is a rigorous course of 7 modules, plus a screening process to be accepted to sit for the board exam. The board exam includes seven modules, a case report, and a 200-question written exam. Current annual membership and another written exam are required every ten years.
Her academic and extra training includes functional neurology, functional immunology, functional endocrinology, cardiometabolic, Functional gastrointestinal, hormones, bioenergetics, environmental, genetics, epigenetics, and nutrigenomics, among others.
She is a three time peer-reviewed published author and actively working on several papers to be submitted for publication with her colleagues and one of her own.
Her work is centered on an evidence-based approach that utilizes conventional and functional medicine labs and tools to help locate root causes influencing one’s ability to heal. Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) is at the forefront of some of these important tools. Her work with her clients is comprehensive, and she highly recommends social support from families, loved ones, and the client’s medical support team.
She volunteers as a facilitator for the monthly Grand Rounds through The American Nutrition Association.
Founder of a non-profit: Astounding Victory Over Intoxicating Drugs
She is currently the secretary on the board of a non-profit supporting a functional medicine approach called True Paleo, Inc.
She is honored to be chosen as one of the Functional Medicine doctors to participate on the #Samehere Global Mental Health Movement website.
Dr. Hutch’s goals for the coming year are to obtain her certification through Dr. Dale Bredesen’s ReCODE and Dr. Shoemaker’s certification for biotoxin illness. Both areas have been a great interest of Dr. Hutchinson and ones she has taken classes for, researched, and worked with clients over the past several years.
For a comprehensive view of Dr. Hutchinson’s career, academics, and continued education, please click here for her CV.