I am a former Assistant Professor of Exercise Science at Georgia Gwinnett College and hold a PhD in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise from Virginia Tech as well as a BS in Exercise, Sport, and Health Education from Radford University. I entered the fitness industry as a Renaissance Periodization Nutrition Coach in 2017, then chose to resign from academia one year later to pursue coaching full-time. I am an ACE-certified Health Coach with both Monash Low-FODMAP and ISSN Sport Nutritionist certifications. As a board member of both the Nutrition Coaching Global Mastermind (NCGM) and the Sports Nutrition Association (SNA), I collaborate with a selection of colleagues to guide discussions and change toward best practices in the online nutrition coaching industry. 

Education

PhD – Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, Virginia Tech (2014)

Dissertation Topic: Effects of Probiotic Supplementation on Metabolic Dysregulation During High-Fat Feeding

Graduate Certificate—Preparing the Future Professoriate, Virginia Tech (2014)

Graduate Teaching Scholars Fellowship, Virginia Tech (2012-2014)

BS – Exercise, Sport, and Health Education, Radford Virginia (2009)

Professional Experience

Owner, Vitamin PhD Nutrition LLC (2018-Current)

Verified Pro Reviewer, LVL Health (2021-Current)

Nutrition Coach, Renaissance Periodization (2017-2021)

Assistant Professor, Exercise Science, Georgia Gwinnett College (2014-2018)

Co-Chair, School of Science and Technology Curriculum Committee (2017-2018)

Assessment Coordinator, Exercise Science (2016-2018)

Faculty Co-Chair, Exercise Science (2015-2018)

Faculty Advisor, Kappa Omicron Nu and GGC Lifting (2015-2018)

Instructor, Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, Virginia Tech (2013)

Certifications & Memberships

Sports Nutrition Association, Advisory Board Member (2020-Current)

Nutrition Coaching Global Mastermind, Board Member (2020-Current)

Foundational Motivational Interviewing (2020)

Monash Low-FODMAP Certified (2019)

Certified Health Coach, American Council on Exercise (2018)

Certified Sports Nutritionist, International Society of Sports Nutrition (2017)

Publications

Mendoza, G & Fundaro, G. (Expected April 2021) Chapter: Helping People Change. Advanced Personal Training: Science to Practice (2nd Edition). Routledge Publishing.

Griffin LE, Witrick KA, Klotz C, Dorenkott MR, Goodrich KM, Fundaro G, McMillan RP, Hulver MW, Ponder MA, Neilson AP. Alterations to metabolically active bacteria in the mucosa of the small intestine predict anti-obesity and anti-diabetic activities of grape seed extract in mice. Food Funct. 2017 Oct 18;8(10):3510-3522. doi: 10.1039/c7fo01236e. PMID: 28875188.

McMillan, R. P., Wu, Y., Voelker, K., Fundaro, G., Kavanaugh, J., Stevens, J. R., Shabrokh, E., Ali, M., Harvey, M., Anderson, A. S., Boutagy, N. E., Mynatt, R. L., Frisard, M. I., & Hulver, M. W. (2015). Selective overexpression of Toll-like receptor-4 in skeletal muscle impairs metabolic adaptation to high-fat feeding. American journal of physiology. Regulatory, integrative and comparative physiology, 309(3), R304–R313. https://doi.org/10.1152/ajpregu.00139.2015

Dorenkott MR, Griffin LE, Goodrich KM, Thompson-Witrick KA, Fundaro G, Ye L, Stevens JR, Ali M, O'Keefe SF, Hulver MW, Neilson AP. Oligomeric cocoa procyanidins possess enhanced bioactivity compared to monomeric and polymeric cocoa procyanidins for preventing the development of obesity, insulin resistance, and impaired glucose tolerance during high-fat feeding. J Agric Food Chem. 2014 Mar 12;62(10):2216-27. doi: 10.1021/jf500333y. Epub 2014 Mar 3. PMID: 24559282.

Goodrich KM, Fundaro G, Griffin LE, Grant A, Hulver MW, Ponder MA, Neilson AP. Chronic administration of dietary grape seed extract increases colonic expression of gut tight junction protein occludin and reduces fecal calprotectin: a secondary analysis of healthy Wistar Furth rats. Nutr Res. 2012 Oct;32(10):787-94. doi: 10.1016/j.nutres.2012.09.004. Epub 2012 Oct 15. PMID: 23146776.

Speaking Engagements

2nd Annual Bridging the Gap with Comprehensive Coaching Seminar (April 2021)

Kabuki Education Week (February 2021)

JPS Education Female Fitness Summit (November 2020)

Institut Moderni Vyzivy Evidence-Based Conference (November 2020)

Bridging the Gap with Comprehensive Coaching (September-October 2020)

UEBC Wireless (May 2020)

CO-FIT 19 (March 2020)

Muscle & Diet MBA (September 2019 & January 2020)

Train8Nine Diet Rumors and Resolutions, Miami, Florida (November 2019)

Renaissance Periodization Summit, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (November 2019)

SDSC Dublin Seminar, Dublin, Ireland (October 2019)

Train True Official Renaissance Periodization Seminar, Seoul, South Korea (September 2019)

European Powerlifting Conference, London, England (August 2019)

Ultimate Evidence-Based Conference (UEBC), Melbourne, Australia (June 2019)

Physique Code Renaissance Periodization Seminar, Perth, Australia (June 2019)

JPS Education Seminar, Melbourne, Australia (June 2019)

Warrior Performance Renaissance Periodization Seminar, Sydney, Australia (June 2019)

Valhalla Strength Renaissance Periodization Seminar, Brisbane, Australia (June 2019)

Anytime Fitness Enoggera Renaissance Periodization Seminar, Brisbane, Australia (June 2019)

Revive Stronger & Renaissance Periodization Seminar, London, England (May 2019)

Stronger Experts Series, New York, New York (April 2019)

Kentucky NSCA Strength & Conditioning Conference, Standford, Kentucky (April 2019)

Evidence-Based Personal Training Summit, Helsinki, Finland (March 2019)

Renaissance Periodization Israel Seminar: Program Design and Nutrition, Tel Aviv, Israel (January 2019)

Juggernaut Training Systems Seminar, Newport Beach, California (October 2018)

Teaching Experience

Nutrition in Health and Exercise

Human Anatomy & Physiology

Introduction to Exercise Science

Introduction to Foods, Nutrition and Exercise

Metabolic Nutrition

Training Experience

3rd place, 57kg (Raw Open), USAPL Georgia State Championships (2018)

Best Female Lifter, USAPL Atlanta Winter Smash (2018)

5th Place, 63kg (Raw LW), USAPL 5 Bar Showdown (2017)

1st Place, Open Class A, Women’s Physique, Lee Haney Games (2015)

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