I am a Registered Dietitian & Certified Nutrition Specialist. I began my training in conventional dietetics and public health nutrition.  These models provided a basic background in foods and nutrition, but could not address the myriad of issues in chronic disease or complex symptoms.  Since 2000, my patients and loved ones have been my inspiration to pursue advanced scientific training and practice in Functional Medicine and Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy (FMNT). This allows me to delve much further into all aspects of your lifestyle and biochemistry to uncover underlying factors (root causes) that might contribute to your health problems. This is about treating the whole person, not just using protocols to treat a diagnosis, lab values, or statistics. My view is that there is no perfect diet that works for alI people, as every individual has unique requirements.  I truly enjoy the challenges of the detective work of uncovering the root causes of your symptoms and medical conditions, however, the ultimate reward is guiding you towards renewal and optimal health.  

What is Functional Medicine? https://www.functionalmedicine.org/files/library/Intro_Functional_Medicine.pdf

What is Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy?                                                     http://integrativerd.org/ifmnt-radial/

I love REAL FOOD!  My passions include cooking, vegetable gardening, and advocating for an organic, sustainable and humane food supply.  We need to reclaim the right and the access to healthy food.  I am involved in projects to unite farmers, food service purveyors, educators, healthcare professionals, medical institutions and the public to promote a healthy food systems. 

I frequently educate professionals and the public about applying Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy (FMNT) in preventive and clinical practice.  Conventional medical schools and dietetics programs do not require FMNT in their curriculums, however, this is the medicine that is increasingly sought by the public and practiced by advanced professionals.

In Michigan, I played a leading role in the state legislature to prevent the Michigan Dietetic Association from obtaining a monopoly over the nutrition profession. It took 8 years, several testimonies before the House and the Senate.  We built a large coalition of healthcare practitioners from all disciplines, along with public support, to finally succeeded in repealing an exclusive Dietetics Licensure Law.  We reversed a law that would have made it illegal for qualified nutritionists, other than Registered Dietitians, from practicing nutrition. Now the public has access to nutrition practitioners of their choice! 

"Coco Newton brings crucial qualities to her work with people seeking better health. She is grounded in nutrition science, yet is not limited by formulaic approaches to diet and disease. Coco is able to weave progressive concepts from Integrative Medicine into practical strategies for change. And finally, Coco is passionate about helping people find their best health."

— Steve Thiry, MD, Chief of Staff, Family Medicine, St. Joseph Mercy Health System, Ann Arbor, MI

Academic Background

  • University of California, Davis - Bachelor of Science (BS) Dietetics & Community Nutrition

  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis - Masters of Public Health (MPH) Nutrition

  • University of California, San Diego - Dietetic Internship (RD)

  • Board of Certified Nutrition Specialists - Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS)

Professional Associations


Coco Newton, MPH, RD, CCN

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HB 4688 signed july 1, 2014