The Heart and Science of Women’s Healing
A Revolutionary, Innovative, & Interactive Online Program
Because your patients are ready for a change, and so are you.
So often women ask me, “Dr. Romm, can I ever feel like myself again? How can I feel at home in my body?” They are filled with doubt because a doctor told them there is no way to overcome their diagnosis, whether it be of fatigue, overweight, depression, an autoimmune condition, diabetes, PCOS, infertility, or one of the myriad other health problems women face.
Chronic health problems are keeping women from feeling and achieving their best. Indeed, the statistics are daunting:
Autoimmune diseases are now the third most common category of disease in the United States, one of the leading 10 causes of death for women, and at least 78% of autoimmune disease sufferers are women. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is the most prevalent, affecting almost entirely women.
Women in the US are dangerously over medicated
and we are also more likely to experience adverse medication reactions than are men.
Stress, Poor Sleep, Overwhelm
According to the Annual Stress Survey, 75% of women experience moderate to severe stress, 49% report sleep problems, millions take a sleep medication nightly or often, and over 40% of women report physical symptoms as a direct result of stress.
Women’s health in pregnancy can determine
whether the next generation experiences diabetes, allergies, asthma – even autism. For the first time in history, children are expected to have a shorter life-expectancy than their parents and these preventable changes start even before pregnancy.
34% of adults aged 20 years and over are overweight, 34% are obese, and 6% are extremely obese, with a predicted rate of 50% of adults having diabetes by 2030. Women between the ages of 20 and 60 are much more likely to be overweight than men.
Depression and Anxiety
1 in 4 women experiences an extended time of major depression in her life, and one in six women is currently on an antidepressant.
1 in 6 women struggles with fertility problems, over 10% have PCOS, and millions suffer from endometriosis, fibroids, PMS, disruptive menopausal symptoms, and gynecologic cancers.
The top 5 surgeries performed in the US are done for women’s gynecologic and obstetric problems; more than half of these are likely unnecessary.
You dream of helping these women, and, like me, you believe that your patient’s diagnosis does not have to be her destiny.
But where do you start and what information can you really trust?
You’re here because you know there has to a better way. You want to incorporate more of an integrative and functional approach but feel overwhelmed with where to start, the complexity of options, and the increasingly complex health concerns of women seeking your help.
The goal of this program is to give you the tools you need to help women take back their hope, their health and with it, their lives. Women do not have to be relegated to chronic symptoms and conditions that are taking away their health – and their quality of life.
The most comprehensive online course in women’s health that gives you the tools you need to help women take back their health
If you’re ready to help women feel like themselves again – and even better than ever – then this program is for you.
Who should take this course?
This course welcomes women who are health professionals committed to life-long learning, a women’s health revolution, and making the world a better place!
MD’s, DO’s, ND’s, PA’s and DC’s
Nurses, NPs, and Midwives
RD’s, Nutritionists, and Health Coaches
Acupuncturists and Herbalists
By a woman, about women, for women
What You’ll Learn
The Total Ecology of Women’s Health
Health encompasses the totality of a woman’s life – as do the factors that lead to disease. In this course you will learn to understand the factors that need to be addressed to help women regain health, balance, and also happiness.
Unlike many functional medicine programs that are based less on the individual woman and the content of her life, and more on test results and supplements, this program offers a different perspective, uniquely and fully integrating traditional women’s wisdom with the latest critically reviewed scientific evidence for the prevention and treatment of common women’s health concerns.
This course emphasizes a whole-woman approach to most common and complex daily health concerns the modern woman is facing and experiencing, always taking into consideration body, mind, and the whole context of a woman’s life.
It takes you on a journey into the physical, emotional and spiritual influences of wellness – and disease. It gives you the tools to systematically approach complex constellations of women’s health problems and step out of the overwhelm of trying to figure out where to start and what to do, while offering much more than just symptom management.
The Heart Framework
It can be overwhelming to where to start with patients, what testing to use, and what nutritional plans and dietary and herbal supplements to incorporate. In this course I work with you to at once have a systematic approach that you can then individualize in your own practice.
In this course I share my unique approach called the HEART Framework. Through this model you’ll learn how to elicit your patient’s story, really hear her, and treat her – not just her disease – and to create a truly effective personalized plan.
- Hear each woman’s story and Hold space for her.
- Explore underlying contributors to symptoms/conditions with the right intake questions, food journal review, clinical diagnostic tests, and more.
- Add in missing elements.
- Remove & Replace triggers, Restore balance.
- Support Transformation.
Women’s Root Cause Medicine
The human body is not a collection of separate parts. It is a whole organism. What happens in one organ or ‘part’ impacts the whole. Root Cause Medicine recognizes that being healthy is multifactorial, as is the development of imbalance that leads to dysfunction, syndromes, and eventually disease. With expertise in psychoneuroimmunology and endocrinology, Dr. Romm teaches you how to always take a Root Cause perspective in your approach to women’s health.
You’ll learn to assess for Root Cause factors, and using the Whole 5R system of Rebooting, Reframing, Repairing, and Recharging, you will help women on their way to becoming Replenished. The Root Causes include:
Food Triggers & Nutritional Imbalances
Stress, Trauma & HPA Axis Dysregulation
Toxin Exposure & Detoxification Overload
Inflammation & Immune Dysregulation
Shift the way health care is practiced.
In only 10 months you will gain new insights into how the total health ecology of women shape our lives.
This course is divided into 2 parts
Each clinical lesson contains:
If you’re ready to be part of the solution, this program is for you. Your patient’s diagnosis does not have to be her destiny.
This curriculum dives deeply into:
This is all in the context of the factors that shape a woman’s health or as I call it, the Total Ecology of Women’s Health. In this course I work with you to at once have a systematic approach that you can then individualize in your own practice. You’ll also learn the heart of healing – the nuances of working with real women who aren’t feeling their best.
By learning to address the Root Causes of women’s health, and through learning specific protocols, you will be able to help women with the following concerns to improve their wellness:
Bloating and Gas
Brain Fog and Brainflammation
Cyclic breast pain and lumps
Depression and Anxiety
High Blood Pressure
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Irregular or painful periods
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Migraines and Headaches
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Post-pill hormonal problems
Pre-Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes
Sexual health & Low Libido
Small Intestinal Bacterial
Urinary Tract infections
Weight & Body Image Issues
Each clinical lesson teaches step-by-step approaches and protocols that you can incorporate into your practice, whether implementing them from the perspective of a licensed medical/health professional, or supporting your client as a nutritionist or health coach. This course will give you the breakthroughs you’re looking for to expand your practice to include integrative and functional medicine.
Be part of the change for women.
Learn to incorporate a deeper practice of integrative and functional medicine, reclaim your curiosity and your love of what you’re doing.
The Curriculum at a Glance
The Curriculum in Detail
Module 1 Introduction
The Medicalization of Women’s Lives and The New Medicine for Women
- A Cut Above the Rest: The Price We Pay for Conventional Medicine
- Pills, Surgery, and Reductionism: The Trouble with Modern Medicine for Women
- De-Medicalize Your Life: Health Care in Your Own Hands
- Watch Your Language: Word, Sound and Power in Women’s Health
- The Visionary Path
- Your Body is Your Business: Making Your Health a Priority
- Our Bodies are Not Lemons
- Where Women’s Health Has Come from, and Where it can go
- The 8 Myths of Medicine
- Revolution – When Sleeping Women Wake
- New Health Partnerships
The New Medicine for Women
- The Exposome: The Total Ecology of Women’s Health:
- The Root Cause Imbalances
- Inner Ecology
- Our World, Our Health
- The Whole 5R
- Change Your Mind, Change Your Health – Tools for Transformational Healing
- How Do You Want to Feel? Engaging Healing and Transformation in Your Client/Patient
- Tools for Transformation
- Meditation, Gratitude and Ritual
- Body Speak: Listening to and Understanding the Wisdom of the Body
- (Re)writing Your Story, Authoring Your Life
- The Willpower Myth
- The Happiness Factor
Module 2 Food as Medicine
- The Spectrum of Food as Pleasure, Nourishment, Information, and Medicine
- Women and Our Food Relationship with Food
- Cutting through the noise about nutrition, diets, and supplements – What really works
- Food as a Trigger, Food Intolerances, and Food Allergies
- The Root Causes of Food Cravings
- Therapeutic Food Strategies
- Mindful Eating
- Reviewing a Food Journal
- Assessing for Nutrient Deficiency and Insufficiency
- When Food is Not Enough: Principles of Using Supplements for Daily Use and Therapeutics
- Principles of Using Herbal Medicines
Module 3 Gut Health and Imbalances
- The Microbiome
- The Gut Lining
- The Roots of Gut Imbalances
- Testing for Gut Imbalances
- Intestinal Hyperpermeabilty
- Celiac Disease
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis)
- Histamine Intolerance
- Healing the Gut with Herbs and Supplements
Module 4 Mind, Mood, and Sleep
- The Roots of Sleep Disruption:
- HPA Axis and Circadian Dysregulation
- Blood Sugar Imbalances and Other Nutritional Causes
- Stress and Anxiety
- Hormonal Imbalances
- Sleep Hygiene
- Supporting Sleep with Supplements and Herbs
The Roots of Anxiety and Depression
- The Gut Brain Connection
- Depression and Inflammation
- Diet, Food Triggers, and Blood Sugar Imbalances
- Environmental Triggers
- Trauma and HPA Axis Disruption
Module 5 Inflammation and Immunity
- Chronic Inflammation: The Fuel that Fires Chronic Disease
Module 6 Stress and HPA Axis Dysregulation
- Stress, Resilience, and Reserve
- Survival Overdrive Syndrome: Allostatic Load and The Evolutionary Mismatch of Modern Living
- The Impact of Cortisol and Adrenaline on Women’s Health
- The Downstream Impact of HPA Axis Dysregulation
- SOS-with Overdrive
- SOS-with Exhaustion
- Measuring Allostatic Load and Cortisol
Module 7 Body Burden and Detoxification
- The World We Live In
- Toxin-Free Eating
- Toxin-Free Living
- The Next Gen – Toxins and Preconception Care
- The Physiology of Detoxification
- MTHFR and Other Detox SNPs
- Supporting Detoxification Naturally
- Testing and Treating for Body Burden
Module 8 Metabolism and Blood Sugar I
- The Weight We Bear – Women, Health, Food, and Body Image
- Talking with Women About Food and Diet
- Metabolism – What is it, Really
- Too Much, Too Little, Just Right – What Is Blood Sugar Balance?
- Women Who Skip Meals
- Disordered Eating and Night Eating Syndrome
- Testing for Blood Sugar Problems
- Nutrients and Blood Sugar Balance
- The Mediterranean Diet, Ancestral Eating, Fasting and Other Approaches to Blood Sugar Balance
Module 9 Women and Thyroid Health
- Thyroid Physiology Review
- The Energy Crisis, Survival Mode, and the Thyroid
- What’s Going Wrong and Why? Thyroid Root Causes
- Testing for Thyroid Problems: What’s the Truth?
- Helping Women Understand their Thyroid
- Thyroid Nutritrion
- Hypothyroidism from Hashimoto’s to Peripheral Resistance
- Hashimoto’s and Hypothyroidism Therapeutics Level 1: Medications, Nutrients, Herbs
- Hyperthyroidism – What is It and What You Can Do
Module 10 Women’s Hormones
- Overview of Women’s Hormones
- Supporting Hormone Health
- The Root Causes of Hormonal Imbalances
- Hormones and the Estrabolome
- Hormones and Detoxification
- Hormones and the HPA Axis
- Testing for Hormone Imbalances
Module 11 Principles, Practice, and Labs
- Core Healing Principles
- Hearing the Story – Patient/Client Intake
- Add and Remove
- Functional vs Conventional Medicine Labs Deep Dive
- Communication & The Heart of Practice
- The Matrix and Time Line in Practice
- The Role of the Physical Exam
- Creating Plans, Meeting Patients/Clients Where They Are
- When Patients/Clients “Aren’t Getting Better” and Other Challenging Clinical Situations
Module 12 Common Conditions in Primary Care
- Functional/integrative primary care on the front lines
- Headaches and Migraines
- Colds and Respiratory Infection
- Chronic Vaginal Infections
- Anxiety and Depression
Module 13 Protocols in Inflammation, Autoimmunity, and Stealth Infections
- Epstein Barr Virus and Other Stealth Infections
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
Module 14 Gynecological Protocols I
- Premenstrual Syndrome
- Cyclic Mastalgia, Breast Lumps, and Breast Health
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS): The Metabolic and Gynecologic Impact and Approach
- Issues in Contraceptive Health: The Pill and Post-Pill Syndrome
Module 15 Gynecological Protocols II
- Uterine Fibroids
- Cervical Changes
- Fertility Challenges
- Preconception and Pregnancy 101
- Challenges in Menopause
Module 16 HPA Axis and Thyroid Protocols
- HPA Axis Therapeutics 2
- Stress Reduction and The You Zone
- Re-Setting Circadian and Ultradian Rhythms
- Carb Cycling and Blood Sugar Balance
- Healing Trauma
- Herbs and Supplements for HPA Axis Health
- Thyroid Therapeutics Level 2
- Non-Autoimmune Hypothyroidism
- Peripheral Resistance
- T4 to T3 Conversion
Module 17 Weight, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Protocols II
- More on Orthorexia, Disordered Eating, and Night Eating Syndrome
- Helping Patients Lose Weight Sustainably
- High Cholesterol and Dyslipidemia
Module 18 Bringing it All together
- Course Review
- Final Exam Overview and Preparation
- What’s Next!
Preview this complimentary course
Enjoy this complimentary 1 hour and 45 min talk on Resilience, the HPA Axis, and the Evolutionary Role of The Stress Response from the recent Adrenal Thyroid Revolution Pro Mini Course – a taste of what’s to come in the Women’s Integrative and Functional Medicine Professional Training Program.
Busy? Don’t worry,
I’ve got your back.
The structure of this program is based on the knowledge that you are a busy woman making a commitment to expand your knowledge. As such, the materials roll out in a way that is easy to follow, accessible, and in manageable pieces.
Bringing Decades of Experience to You
Dr. Aviva Romm is an internationally respected and loved women’s health practitioner with over 30 years of combined practice as a midwife, herbalist, and Yale trained MD. She has over 20 years of experience developing medical and natural health curricula, 10 years of delivering high level online educational experiences working with over 1,500 women from over 20 countries in her women’s herbal medicine course, and has taught tens of thousands of women in programs, at conferences, in medical practice, and through her online reach. With a strong commitment to democratizing women’s health information, she is proud to be pioneering a new experience in women’s health through integrative and functional medicine, with the hope of changing the face of how women experience health care through those who experience this training.
Not only is Dr. Romm a seasoned practitioner – but she is a masterful teacher, known for making difficult concepts not only easy, but for creating those “lightbulb” moments that deepen her students’ understanding of health, the human body, and healing, in a way that allows you to put it into practice. She’s one of the most respected women in herbal medicine, and is the author of numerous books including the award winning textbook Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health found in in midwifery, medical, and herbal training programs around the country.
Dr. Romm is committed to being a voice you can trust and is one of the original voices in the health and wellness space – she began practicing as a homebirth midwife and herbalist in 1986, and has continued her practice since, adding on her training as a physician at Yale School of Medicine, with an internship in Internal Medicine (Yale) and residency in Family Medicine (Tufts) so she could bring together the best in chronic disease care while bridging her work in women and children’s health with obstetrics, gynecology, and pediatrics.
She’s also highly qualified to understand the complexities of working within organizations, as well as being a woman in leadership, having served as the President of the American Herbalists Guild for over a decade. She serves as the Medical Director for the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia, is on numerous scientific and advisory boards including The American Botanical Council, Prevention Magazine, The Botanical Safety Handbook Committee, Nature’s Bounty, and Yale Integrative Medicine. She has been a faculty, curriculum advisor, or teacher at numerous conferences and universities, and is a widely-sought speaker and guest writer.
As a mother of four and grandmother of two children, she understands the challenges of being a professional woman. She also walks her talk, having personally explored and experienced nutrition, natural healing, yoga, and meditation for now 35 years. She’s an avid natural foods cook, gardener, and crafts woman, and an ecologist with a deep love of learning and insatiable curiosity about health, the natural world, and the connection between us and our planet.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Going to medical school as a mom of four, I totally get how intense it can be to fit study into an already full life. Please know that this is a rigorous course intended to put real-life actionable skills in your hands and to help you approach peeling back the onion on even the most complex cases in your practice. It will take your time, attention, and commitment.
However, skills will be presented gently, and will build incrementally and naturally over time, starting with foundations and working our way together through the language and options of integrative and functional medicine for women’s health. I know, with careful planning and a commitment, it can be done.
That said, you are also welcome to work at your own pace. You have lifelong access to all of the study materials and 6 months after the end of the program to complete the quizzes and final exam. The live Q&A sessions are recorded and the audio is also posted to the website. If you know in advance that you will be unable to attend a live call but still have a question, there will always be a way to submit your question in advance.
Online learning is such an effective educational model that even major universities incorporate it into their programs. It’s a particularly excellent option for busy women, allowing you to learn in the comfort of your home or favorite study space, at your own pace, with a cup of tea (or glass of wine!) in hand, in large time periods, or smaller chunks. Online learning models offer multimedia personal touches like video and audio that you can download whenever you have the chance and access permanently. It allows you to drop those old-school academic anxieties and finally learn what and how you want to – with no pressure!
Sometimes life happens and it becomes difficult to keep up with something we enroll in. If you fall behind, don’t worry – you have access to the program for 6 months beyond the end of our time together. While you may miss live Q&A and Case Review sessions, these will be recorded so you can listen to them at your convenience.
The amount of food information out there is mind-boggling. On any given day you can get as many opinions on what’s best to eat as there are experts. Even health professionals can find it overwhelming. But there are some very clear threads of truth that leading health scientists have been able to extract from all of the food noise out there.
In this course, we will uncover those core truths, while also exploring the pros, cons, and actual science on the various therapeutic diets you might consider. Importantly, this program is based on the premises of replenishment and nourishment, time-tested information, and Dr. Romm’s unique vantage point of having personal and collegial relationships with some of the leading voices in the food and health movement including Dr. David Katz, Dr. Boyd Eaton, Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, and many others.
Gone are the days when any of us can do it all alone. We need teams and our patients and clients do, too. Most doctors, for example, don’t have time to help patients make the critical behavioral changes needed for effectively implementing their programs – and patients often get stuck in old habits, patterns, and self-sabotage.Enter the nutritionists and health coaches.
To be effective in this new model, we need to learn to speak a common language, understand the goals and protocols, and support each other in helping our patients and clients reach their health goals. A fully integrated professional team supporting women would ideally include a medical or licensed health practitioner, a nurse practitioner, a nutritionist, and a health coach, even if not all in the same office or practice. Therefore, my goal is to provide training that brings together these various members of the team in a collaborative learning space.
This course can be used solely as a self-study program and at your own pace without fulfilling any specific requirements. However, to receive the Certificate of Completion as well as CMEs, and to be able to say you completed this program with Dr. Aviva Romm, you must successfully complete a short, automatically graded 10-question quiz at the end of each module, and successfully complete a final exam that is also submitted electronically. The final exam is a closed book, no-surprise, no-trick-question test based upon the quizzes. You have 6 months from the end of the program to complete all modules, quizzes, and the final exam.
For now this is a women-only course. My experience with over 30 years of teaching is that this allows for a uniquely embracing and relaxed experience for students, a high level of openness in the course dialogue and forums, and eliminates politics that have been shown to negatively impact group and individual learning and sharing dynamics for women.
Completing this course does not provide certification nor does it in any way substitute for clinical experience under the supervision and guidance of an experienced herbal practitioner.
Completion of this program in no way confers the right or ability to practice any form of health care. Graduates will receive a Certificate of Completion and are welcome to advertise that they have completed this training program
This program is designed for health professionals and presupposes basic science and health knowledge – the Case Review and Q&A sessions will reflect this. However, you do not need medical training or prior functional medicine training to be successful and make use of the program. Dr. Romm is well known for her accessible teaching style and ability to make complex concepts understandable and applicable. A list of adjunct textbooks and resources will be provided should you feel you need basic functional and integrative medicine references.
You may withdraw your enrollment up until 21 days prior to the start date of the program. If you withdraw you will be given a refund of any amount you’ve paid minus your deposit of $2,000, which is non-refundable. After this time, no refunds will be issued.
We understand that personal and family emergencies can occur during a student’s time of enrollment that might prevent completion of the course within the allotted 16 months. Requests for deferment will be considered on an individual basis, by petition to the Course Director. Deferment is available only for the next two academic years of the program. The cost for deferment to the following class is $2,500; the cost for a deferment to a second year is $3,500. Any student granted a deferment must retake the entire program from the beginning.
If you withdraw at any time during the program, full payment is still due, as once registration closes, we cannot give your spot to another student.
Hopefully you will not have to withdraw from the program. That said, life happens, and if, for any reason you anticipate that you will not be able to complete the program during the allotted time, you can simply download all of the materials before the expiration of your access to the course website (16 months from the date of your first class). That way you will have everything you need to continue your studies when you are able.
Please note that no refunds are available outside of the refund policy and, if you are on a payment plan, you are still expected to make all of your monthly tuition payments until you have met your full financial commitment.
The concepts and model of functional and integrative medicine for women that I am teaching are relevant to practitioners globally, and in fact, are important as chronic disease is escalating around the world. I am accustomed to teaching students from all over the world—my Herbal Medicine for Women program has students from over 20 countries—and we welcome your participation and unique experiences based on your country’s health care system.
However, some of the specific tests and supplements I recommend may not be available in every country. In addition, in evaluating lab tests, I will be using US lab values and ranges.
Up to 36 Continuing Medical Education credits are available for the case-based learning sessions.
The Women’s Function and Integrative Medicine Professional Training is an educational program that aims to provide students a comprehensive foundation in the emerging functional and integrative medicine paradigms. Aviva Romm Enterprises (provider #1044, 413-591-0543) has been approved by the California Acupuncture Board to grant up to 50 Category 1 CE credits for this course. The live program begins each September but students have through December to complete graduation requirements. Our policy on refunds can be found in the FAQ section at the bottom of this page. No products are offered for sale during or after completion of this program.
Commission on Dietetic Registration: up to 151.5 credits
Approved for up to 36 continuing education units by the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) – Provider #CE-000040-1.
Naturopathic Physicians: Approved for up to 130 CE units, 30 of which can be used for Pharmacy, by the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Examiners (Provider #22-083)
Upon successful completion of required online quizzes and evaluation forms, you may request a Certificate of Continuing Education Credits.
Be part of the change for women.
Learn to incorporate a deeper practice of integrative and functional medicine, reclaim your curiosity and your love of what you’re doing.