DR. SHEILA DEAN, DSc,RD,LD,CCN,CDE is a registered and licensed dietitian, board certified clinical nutritionist, certified diabetes educator and exercise physiologist. She received her undergraduate training through Rutgers University, completed her internship and graduate training with University of Rhode Island and Brown University’s teaching hospitals, received doctoral training in nutritional genomics and pharmacology through the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) and completed her Doctorate of Science degree through Hawthorn University. Dr. Dean is a graduate of the Institute for Functional Medicine where she received advanced training in functional medicine and nutritional biochemistry. She has also worked with the Duke University Medical Center’s Endocrinology and Metabolism Disorders Clinic and the Joslin Center for Diabetes as a certified diabetes educator.
Currently, Dr. Dean is the owner of Palm Harbor Center for Health & Healing, an integrative medicine based nutrition private practice and wellness center in Palm Harbor, Florida. An educator at heart, she has taught for 16 years as adjunct nutrition science professor at the University of Tampa and currently serves as a doctoral research advisor and content expert on integrative and functional medicine and nutrition at Saybrook University. She has conducted dozens of local and national public presentations, has written continuing education credit functional medicine modules for both nutritionists and nurses, has authored book reviews and articles for The St. Petersburg Times, Ms. Fitness magazine, Ironmanlive.com website and has appeared on NBC – News Channel 8, NBC-Daytime, CBS-News Channel 10, ABC-News Channel 28, WTVT-TV Fox13-Good Day Tampa Bay, Natural Living-KONK 1500 AM radio, WFTW 1260 am radio, WDBO 580 am radio for dozens of interviews. Dr Dean currently appears regularly on WTSP 10 News for her segment entitled “Take 5 with Dr Dean”.
An experienced scientific and technical writer, Dr. Dean is a contributing author of the medical textbook Integrative Gastroenterology published by Oxford University Press and has authored the chapter on Medical Nutrition Therapy for Thyroid Disorders in the clinical nutrition textbook, Krause’s Food & Nutrition Therapy, 13th ed. She is also a contributing editor of the upcoming 4th edition of The Health Professional’s Guide to Popular Dietary Supplements. Dr. Dean currently serves on the advisory board for the nationally acclaimed Center For Mind-Body Medicine’s Food As Medicine professional education course and was the Professional Advancement Director for the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine dietetic practice group of the American Dietetic Association as well as the recipient of their 2010-2011 “Excellence in Practice” Award. She’s served as the consulting sports nutritionist for the Philadelphia Phillies, has consulted for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was the media spokesperson and columnist for the Ironman Institute.
Dr. Dean is the author of Nutrition & Endurance: Where Do I Begin?, (Meyer & Meyer Publishing) and is a certified health and fitness instructor with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), and the YMCA of America.