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Viktoriya Buttar

Congratulations to Viktoriya Buttar for graduating Cum Laude from the Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education program. Viktoriya also holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from her native Ukraine. She has been interested in holistic nutrition, yoga, exercise, and meditation for many years, which motivated her to enroll at Hawthorn University and gain a better understanding about nutrition and health. She plans to focus on weight management, children’s health, gut health, and disease prevention by creating customized wellness programs with the application of whole foods diet and lifestyle modifications. Viktoriya is dedicated to educating people about the strong relationship between nutrition and health and to assist individuals in developing lifelong eating patterns and wellness strategies to optimize health and prevent disease. Viktoriya recently spoke at a local country club about the benefits of whole foods diet. She also enjoys participating in community services such as planting school gardens, providing educational resources in schools on subjects of children’s obesity and whole food diets and volunteering in various local organizations, such as the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. Keep up the good work, Viktoriya!

Viktoriya ButtarViktoriya Buttar, MHNE Graduate

Sudee Borhan

Congratulations to Sudee Borhan for graduating Magna Cum Laude from the Nutrition Consultant program. Sudee has a Bachelor of Natural Health Sciences (Suma Cum Laude) from University of Natural Medicine, Associates in Arts degree from Saddleback College, and Certificates of Achievement in Electrocardiography and Cardiovascular Technology from Orange Coast College. She began studying nutrition at Saddleback College and her passion to learn more led her to Hawthorn to deepen her knowledge of holistic nutrition. Prior to pursuing her career in the health and nutrition field, she worked as a cardiovascular technician performing stress echo and echocardiograms. Sudee helps her clients by developing individualized programs to address client health concerns while considering their biochemical individuality. She uses education and collaborative involvement to help others make life changing improvements to enjoy a healthier future. Best of luck, Sudee!

Sudee Borhan
Sudee Borhan, NC Graduate

Opal Rockport

Congratulations to Opal Rockport for graduating Cum Laude from the Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education program. Opal holds a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Psychology with a minor in Human Sexuality from California State University, Northridge. She is a former presenter and counselor for JADE (Joint Advocates on Disordered Eating) where she created presentations on the importance of healthy eating patterns, the signs of disordered eating, and provided resources aimed at college-aged students in her community. She is the Co-Creator/Writer for, a lifestyle blog featuring Women’s interest topics, wellness, food-related reviews, and fitness advice that reaches over 100,000 readers each month across the globe. Opal also owns and manages several small businesses and is an active member of many associations who focus on empowering women through education and business networking. Her passion is to help people improve their lives through healthy living which is evidenced in her thesis entitled Whole Food Nutrition after Bariatric Surgery. Keep up the good work, Opal!

Opal Rockport
Opal Rockport, MHNE Graduate

Brenna Rush

Congratulations to Brenna Rush for graduating from the Scientific Foundations of Holistic Nutrition certificate program. Brenna joined Hawthorn to learn about total health and was impressed by the curriculum which focuses on the biochemical individuality of humans and how the many body functions work together to produce a healthy individual. She believes that doing school online is financially superior to attending a campus as she does not have to drive every day and can study from the comfort of her home. While attending Hawthorn, Brenna volunteered at a chiropractor’s office and recognized the importance of time management, eating right, getting enough sleep, and daily exercise. She prioritized her studies and succeeded in reaching her goal. Best of luck to you, Brenna!

Brenna Rush
Brenna Rush, SFHN Graduate

Paul Thiele

Congratulations to Paul Thiele for graduating from the Nutrition Consultant certificate program with the Magna Cum Laude designation. Paul has had a deep and genuine interest in nutrition and health for years. His interest began with his love of sports and physical performance and his fascination with the human body and how, by paying attention to nutrition, a desired result could be achieved. When Paul contracted Lyme disease that eventually turned chronic, he was faced with many decisions and challenges. He went through a course of antibiotics that failed to eradicate his Lyme disease and his condition got worse. At this point, he took matters and his health into his own hands. Being a believer in alternative therapies, Paul was confident that he could improve, if not overcome his chronic Lyme disease. Paul’s experience with Lyme disease forced him to spend countless hours researching and studying nutrition and alternative therapies and led him to Hawthorn University. He is confident that his degree from Hawthorn University will help him to inform others how to achieve optimal health. Today, Paul lives a very full life with no boundaries. Lyme disease may have sidelined him momentarily, but through discipline, consistency, and dedication he is back in the game of life and living it his way. His greatest desire is to help others who are challenged by disease or have obstacles to overcome in their fight for health. Best of luck and continued good health to you, Paul!


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Paul Thiele, NC Graduate