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Amy Spindel (MSHN Graduate 2020)

Congratulations to Amy Spindel for graduating Summa Cum Laude from the Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition program.  Amy also earned a Master of Science in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University, a Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Tufts University and culinary certificates from Collin College.  She is a certified gluten-free practitioner and teaching chef.  After practicing for years as an outpatient mental health therapist, she became disillusioned with talk therapy’s inability to fully address clients’ presenting symptoms.  She took a mental health break from mental health and immersed herself in the culinary world, becoming a pastry chef. But then her son was born and he was soon diagnosed with failure to thrive, multiple food allergies and reflux.  Frustrated with the care he received, she researched holistic nutrition and enrolled in Hawthorn to learn how to help him.  Amy not only discovered what contributed to her son’s issues but has also come to understand why talk therapy often isn’t enough.  Her son is currently thriving and her own health has improved significantly as well.  Amy owns Food With Thought Nutrition (, providing one-on-one nutrition counseling, group programs and cooking workshops in person and online, as well as wellness-related talks in the community.  Her thesis is entitled Supporting Postpartum Mental Health through Nutrition and Lifestyle Interventions during the Prenatal Period.  Keep up the good work, Amy!