Reed Davis, Clinical Nutritionist
Reed is a Clinical Nutritionist and Founder of the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® (FDN) Certification Course. He also developed the D. R. E. S. S. for Health Success® program to consolidate the potent, proven, professional protocols that he developed over a 12 year period in collaboration with other leaders in the field. Reed is known as one of the most successful and experienced clinicians in the world today, having provided functional lab assessments to over 11,000 people for hormone levels as well as adrenal, digestition, detoxification, mucosal barrier, pathogenic, bone density and diet related health problems. He served as the Health Director and Case Manager at The Better Health & Wellness Center in Poway, California for over eight years before launching the FDN Certification Course. Reed lives in Southern California teaching the FDN Certification Course and helping his students to build robust, private-pay practices by integrating functional lab work. He is also on the Clinical Advisor staff at BioHealth Diagnostics Laboratory.
Reed loves helping people and developed Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® (FDN), a phrase he coined to describe the investigation of underlying causes and conditions at the root of today’s most common health complaints. FDN is an emerging field and growing body of work that bridges the gap between Clinical Nutrition and Functional Medicine. Reed developed FDN so that it can be used by both doctors and lay-practitioners alike. He is Certified in Nutritional Therapy by the International Federation of Nutrition and Health. Reed is a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer (IFPA) and Certified Advanced Metabolic Typing Advisor (CMTA). He uses only science-based methods to help clients restore and rebuild health including Metabolic Typing®, the only available technology to determine the right diet for each individual.
Reed has appeared on popular radio shows including Underground Wellness, Blog-talk Radio, Hay House, KCBQ’s “Total Health Line-up” and “The Forever Young Show” as an expert on balancing hormones naturally, bone density problems, digestion and detoxification, immune system health and the Metabolic Typing diet. You’ll find Reed is passionate about health & wellness and a great coach for anyone seeking better health and fitness. Reed delivers a variety of presentations and laboratory services to many organizations, including St. Jude’s Hospital in Fullerton, CA and the United States Marine Corp in San Diego, CA.
Reed is considered the “Columbo” of health. Like the wily and venerable detective, Reed seeks clues that reveal the underlying causes of his clients’ health complaints instead of just treating symptoms. By combining the latest technology and scientific methods with a holistic mentality, Reed and his fellow FDNs help people overcome common health complaints and even serious diseases. While they do not diagnose or treat medical conditions, helping people correct malfunctions can lead to vibrant health and vitality, even though that person may have been previously diagnosed with a medical condition.
You should always consult with your personal physician before starting any therapeutic protocol including vigorous exercise, changes in diet and nutritional supplementation.
Dr. William R. Bailey, D.O.
Our medical director is an osteopathic physician, board certified in family practice. He has over 20 years of experience in complementary medicine. Dr. Bailey has extensive experience with the proper use of functional lab testing, and provides ongoing support through recommending and reviewing insightful testing approaches, as well as providing guidance on diagnostic options and treatment protocols for unusual or difficult cases. His expertise and experience is directed towards optimizing self-care and the resultant opportunities for healing as well as identifying and treating medical conditions that hinder that goal. His medical training included a scholarship in clinical nutrition through the University of Missouri, and the physician’s acupuncture program at UCLA. His medical degree is from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He previously trained and practiced with Jonathan Wright, M.D. at a pioneering clinic for the use of functional lab testing.
Dr. Jill Philo ND, FDN Mentor
Jill’s passionate interest in alternative health started almost fifteen years ago because she was suffering from debilitating migraine headaches. Prescription medications had no effect and actually made her feel worse, so she started researching alternative solutions. The more Jill looked into natural alternatives as a way of improving her own health, the more she wanted to learn. So, natural health care quickly became Jill’s new vocation and she now works as a natural health educator and consultant. Jill focuses on helping clients to be proactive in their health rather than reactive.
Jill has extensive experience in a range of health assessment tools including the use of Metabolic Typing®, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition®, LEAP-MRT and the CoRe system. Her consultations are tailored to each client’s individual needs and transformation is facilitated through awareness and motivation for results that will last a lifetime. Jill’s approach with each client is to investigate multiple levels (physical, emotional, informational and energetic) in order to address the root cause of health issues and to educate clients about effective health strategies on each of these levels.
Prior to this new vocation, Jill worked in business, focusing on client training and skills development. In 1994 she studied aromatherapy extensively under Michael Scholes, and in 1997 Jill became state certified in massage therapy, becoming nationally certified (NCTMB) in 2002. Her research and interest in using natural therapies has continued to expand over the years and in 2003 Jill received her Doctorate Degree in Naturopathy. In addition to her extensive experience Jill is also a Certified Metabolic Typing advisor, Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist, NAET Practitioner, Neurogistics provider and certified Inergetix practitioner and massage therapy instructor.
Julie Herbel, CN, FDN Mentor
Julie started as a semi-professional athlete 1980s. Her healthcare career began with certification as an Emergency Medical Technician in the mid-90s. She then worked for several years as the top female resident Structural Fire-fighter, First Responder, Engineer, High-angle Rescue and Swift Water Tech for a fire department in Oregon. Julie has certification in Colon Hydrotherapy and Lymphatic Drainage, and has attended the number one rated nursing school at Carroll College in Helena, Montana. During and after her formal education she provided in home healthcare for the elderly, mentally and physically challenged. She is highly experienced in counseling persons with substance abuse and eating disorder issues, and is certified in both Functional Diagnostic Nutrition and Metabolic Typing. Julie currently works as a Lab Assistant for Reed Davis, Founder of the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® training center, and for FoodPharmacy® Software. She travels throughout the country and abroad representing them both. Her personal goal and motto is: Health Within, Freedom Throughout, and Joy in Being.
Gavin Heward, CMTA, FDN, CHEK, FDN Mentor
Gavin has worked Internationally in the fields of health, performance and wellbeing for over 8 years. He currently advises clients in 6 different countries. His qualifications were gained in Australia, the USA, and the UK, and in addition to continual professional growth, he consistently maintains his core value of helping others on their path to achieving their dreams. Physical therapy, massage, acupuncture, sports coaching, Metabolic Typing®, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® and life counseling are his primary tools. Whether working with professional athletes, presenting to medical and health professionals, helping people address disease or illness, or coaching an individual to a pain free lifestyle and happiness, his integrated approach is successful in any environment.
Gavinʼs background and current skills encompass a wide scope of practice which allows him to take a multi-disciplinary approach to any of his varied clients but also allows him to fulfill varied roles.
A speaker at conferences and seminars, Gavin practices his holistic approach to health and performance in his own life. So you can be assured that you will benefit from his humanist
approach which engages not only knowledge but the wisdom that comes with truly living oneʼs philosophy!
Heidi is a licensed Naturopathic doctor in the state of California. She graduated in 2005 from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon, where she earned a certificate in Classical Homeopathy. Heidi specializes in treating adults and children with allergies, digestive disorders, hormonal imbalances, anxiety and depression, hypertension and cardiovascular disease, menopause, PMS, fatigue, fibromyalgia, and diabetes, among other conditions. Heidi truly enjoys her role in the FDN Program as well as working with her own patients.
Sean Croxton, CMTA, FDN, FDN Workshop Instructor
Founder of Underground Wellness. Sean’s passion comes from a lifelong love of fitness and health and a dream to revolutionize the way the world thinks about health. Sean promotes the concept of self care in order to regain and/or maintain superb health. He has a BS in Kinesiology from San Diego State University and worked as a personal trainer for several years. He is also a certified Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist (FDN), Certified Metabolic Typing Advisor (CMTA), and currently enrolled in the Functional Medicine University program.
Sean is also a leader in the area of video blogging and internet marketing. His Underground Wellness channel on Youtube is the Most Subscribed Health and Wellness channel in the world with over 25,000 subscribers and growing fast. In addition to the UW video channel, Sean hosts one of the most downloaded health radio shows on the Internet. On UW Radio, he has interviewed a who’s-who of the health and fitness industry, including Sally Fallon, Paul Chek, Reed Davis, William Wolcott, Nina Plank, Mark Sisson, Dr. Robert Lustig, and Julia Ross.
Sean is an instructor for the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition LIVE Course. He teaches and mentors students from all over the country on how to integrate FDN into their practices and how to build their businesses through internet marketing.
Leigh Brandon, CMTA, FDN, CHEK IV, FDN Workshop Instructor
Leigh’s career in health and fitness began in 1996 as a personal trainer in London. Today, Leigh combines many skills including exercise, dietary and lifestyle change, sports massage and energy medicine to help his clients reach their potential. He is a graduate of the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Course and employs functional lab testing in his holistic approach to health. His outstanding grasp of the details and superb client education skills promted FDN Founder, Reed Davis, to ask Leigh to help teach FDN in the UK.
Leigh has had great success helping people overcome back, neck, shoulder and knee pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, gastro-intestinal problems, skin complaints, achieve their ideal weight and has helped athletes both amateur and professional improve performance, win medals and eliminate recurring injuries. Leigh’s clients have included British and European champions and record holders and Olympic athletes.
In addition to his practitioner skills, Leigh is the author of “Anatomy of Strength and Fitness Training for Speed and Sport” and “Anatomy of Yoga for Posture and Health”. Leigh also presented at The International CHEK conference in 2008, and presents workshops and courses to exercise professionals. Paul Chek, the founder of the CHEK Institute said, “I’ve personally been involved in much of Leigh’s training as he passed through CHEK Level 1 all the way to CHEK Level 4. His own transformation is evident in what he now offers his clients as a highly skilled therapist, and what he offers all of us as an astute educator”.
When Leigh manages to get some down time, he enjoys getting out on the tennis court and showing the youngsters what’s possible in a 40 something year-old body. He prides himself on his speed and agility around the court and wishes he could hit the ball as well as he moves.
Vin Miller, MS, Webmaster
Vin is the webmaster for the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition program. He has 13 years of experience as a software engineer, is a certified health and fitness professional, and is currently completing a master’s degree in nutrition. Vin is a graduate of the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition program and is also a Certified Metabolic Typing Advisor (Level 2), a CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach (Level 2), and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Through his experience overcoming chronic fatigue syndrome, Vin has become extremely passionate about helping people learn and implement the healthy lifestyle habits that can reverse and prevent many of the chronic conditions that have become so common today. For more information, visit his blog at NaturalBias.com.