Samantha (Sam) Schleiger, MS, RDN, CD, CLT is a registered dietitian nutritionist with extensive training in integrative and functional medicine. She is the owner of Simply Nourished, a private practice where she utilizes food-as-medicine strategies, advanced functional lab testing, evidence- and practice-based protocols, intentional movement, and integrative approaches to empower clients to heal and thrive.
She received a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology from UW-Eau Claire, a Masters degree in Food and Nutritional Science from UW-Stout, and completed additional graduate-level coursework through the University of Illinois-Chicago. She completed her Dietetic Internship at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital (Hines, IL). Additionally, she has spent the last 10+ years studying nutrition and has completed advanced training in integrative and functional medicine through the Institute of Functional Medicine, Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy, and Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine. She is currently completing board certification for the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Certified Practitioner (IFNCP) credential.
Sam has worked with an array of clients, including highly complex patients with spinal cord injury/disorders (SCI/D), was a co-founder of the first SCI/D adaptive gardening program within the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) healthcare system, and was the co-author of the VA’s first Interdisciplinary SCI/D Whole Health Cooking and Gardening Toolkit.
Sam’s passion for teaching others how to use food-as-medicine and mind-body modalities stems from her experience as a former collegiate athlete, clinical experience working with the Veteran population, and her personal experience of benefiting from a functional medicine approach to healing her IBS, leaky gut, and food sensitivities.