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The ADAPT Practitioner Training Program

Make an Even Bigger Difference in Preventing and Reversing Chronic Disease

Master the most effective functional and ancestral medicine practices

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Dr. Mark Hyman
Kresser Institute will play an important role in training the next generation of functional medicine practitioners…

Chris Kresser is one of the sharpest functional medicine clinicians and educators I know. I love his evidence-based, yet practical approach, and his blog and email newsletter are among the very few that I regularly read. I’m confident that the Kresser Institute will play an important role in training the next generation of functional medicine practitioners.

Mark Hyman, MD

Director, Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine
Chairman, Institute for Functional Medicine
9-time #1 New York Times bestselling author

Create a more rewarding practice with the only functional medicine training with an ancestral health perspective.

The world needs more functional medical practitioners with an ancestral perspective. With chronic illness at unprecedented levels, the demand for more than mere symptom suppression has never been greater. 

This comprehensive course for practitioners will give you:

The only integrated approach to functional medicine with an ancestral perspective.

A map for building an effective, streamlined clinical practice.

The ability to help more people genuinely reverse and prevent chronic disease.

A more rewarding practice with better patient outcomes and more stable revenue.

Healthcare Is in Crisis as Conventional Medicine Falls Short

Doctors’ hands are tied and patients are desperate for better solutions

The problem with our current healthcare system is that it isn’t healthcare at all—it’s disease management. If patients complain of stomach pain, they’re given an acid-suppressing drug. If they have high cholesterol, they’re given a drug to lower it. If they have a skin rash, they’re given a steroid to suppress it. There is rarely any investigation into what caused the problems in the first place.

What’s more, if a patient has a health problem—like an autoimmune disease, digestive disorder, or even something as simple as fatigue—that can’t be fixed by taking a pill or having surgery, conventional medicine has very little to offer.

We desperately need a new approach to medicine—one that focuses on treating the underlying causes of chronic disease, rather than just suppressing symptoms, and recognizes that our diet and lifestyle are the primary factors that contribute to health and disease.

But what would such an approach look like?

The Ideal Approach: Functional Medicine Meets Ancestral Health

We need new clinical skills to address the emerging health problems of the 21st century

Functional medicine is a new model of medicine that is neither “conventional” nor “alternative.” It is a combination of the best elements of both, and it represents the future of medicine. Functional medicine is:

  • Investigative. It addresses symptoms by focusing on the underlying cause of the problem, which leads to more profound and longer-lasting results.
  • Holistic. It envisions the body as an interconnected whole that is in dynamic relationship to its environment and recognizes the importance of these connections in health and disease.
  • Patient-centered. It treats the patient, not the disease. Treatments are highly individualized based on patient needs.
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Like all living organisms, humans are adapted to survive and thrive in a particular environment. When that environment changes faster than the organism can adapt, mismatch occurs. This mismatch—between our genes and our diet and lifestyle—is the driving factor behind the modern epidemic of chronic disease. This ancestral perspective:

  • Asks better questions. It’s a critical component to the trends that will define the future of healthcare.
  • Provides new insight. It deeply informs our understanding of diet, physical activity, stress management, sleep, and other lifestyle factors.
  • Realigns genome and exposome: It provides the key to offering customized nutrition and lifestyle plans for your patients.
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But Clinical Skills Aren’t Enough

To be successful in the 21st century, your practice needs to evolve too

As important as a functional medicine foundation and an ancestral perspective are, they are not enough to build a successful clinical practice today. You also face a myriad of business, operational, technological, and management challenges. To create a thriving 21st-century practice, you need solid, practical answers to questions like:

  • How do I set up and structure a functional medicine practice?
  • What is the best way to manage patient flow from initial consult through completion of treatment?
  • Where do I find quality staff for my practice to offer high-touch patient care in a cost-effective manner?
  • What are the best practices for onboarding new patients and doing thorough functional medicine intakes?
  • How do I set up operations, billing, and procedures to keep my practice lean and profitable?
  • What is the best Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system, and how do I set it up effectively?
  • How can I best utilize the latest software tools to automate and streamline my workflow?
  • And much more
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This New Model Already Exists—But How Do You Learn It?

No school or program has ever offered training in functional medicine, ancestral nutrition and lifestyle, and practice management in one place

The good news is that a combined functional medicine and ancestral health approach with 21st-century practice management already exists and is being used by a globally recognized, pioneering group of clinicians to obtain phenomenal results.

The bad news is that you won’t learn it in medical school or through conventional continuing medical education courses. Institutionalized medical education is hopelessly slow to evolve, in part because of conflicts of interest between education providers and the pharmaceutical industry.

It’s also hard to find even in non-traditional educational settings. There are options out there that offer some of these elements individually, but none that offer all of them together.

If you do the math, you’ll see that you’d have to spend $25,000 to $35,000 to get it all: functional medicine, ancestral health, practice management. But even then, you’d have to cobble it together from five or six different sources over the course of two to four years, and much of it is offered in outdated learning formats with not enough focus on practical application.

So where do you go to learn this cutting-edge approach to true healthcare?

The ADAPT Framework

Practitioner Training Program

Introducing the Only Comprehensive Functional & Ancestral Health Clinician Training Program

Modern clinician training including a complete practice management system

This one-year clinician training program is carefully designed to give you everything you need in three areas essential to your success: functional medicine, ancestral health, and practice management. Spreading it out over a year gives you deeper, more complex information without overloading you. You’ll more easily integrate what you learn into your real-world practice incrementally as you go at a manageable pace.

Complete Functional Medicine Model

This is not just medical theory, but a complete functional medicine approach to care from the moment the patient walks through your door through the completion of treatment.

Ancestral Nutrition & Lifestyle

This is the only functional medicine course that teaches ancestral nutrition and lifestyle principles and how to apply them in clinical practice.

Practice Management Wisdom

Clinical skills are important, but they aren’t enough on their own. Learn how to set up and manage your practice using the same tools and techniques that I use in my successful clinic.

Take a look below at a comprehensive course overview for details.

But, first, watch and read below what past students have to say about the course.

Sandi Bitenc

I’ve taken quite a few courses and this is the best one that I’ve taken. It was really money well spent. I think every Functional Medicine practitioner who wants to get better, and serve his patients better should take this course.

Sandi Bitenc

Former ADAPT Student

Watch Sandi's video responses to these questions below by clicking on the question
Christian Tucker
I cannot emphasize enough the benefits I have received from undertaking this program...

As a mid-career physician making the transition from pediatric anesthesia into functional medicine, I cannot emphasize enough the benefits I have received from undertaking this program. Chris teaches a targeted, scientifically supported functional medicine curriculum with comprehensive weekly lesson plans that won't overwhelm someone working full-time. The ADAPT Program has provided me with a potent, actionable system for success in treating patients using a functional and evolutionary approach.

Christian Tucker, MD

Section Head Pediatric & Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia at Cleveland Clinic, Ohio

Nijole Lloyd
I was stuck with my ability to problem solve my most complex patients...

I've felt that I was stuck with my ability to problem solve my most complex patients, a bit in a rut. This course has stimulated my thinking again and given me new tools and skills that have helped me get to the cause of my patients' illnesses. The ADAPT Course is very practical, it's scientifically based, and there are fantastic resources to share with patients. I have learnt that I always need to keep learning, to be honest.


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Anthony Gustin
I can't think of a better decision that has been more worth it than enrolling in the Kresser Institute.

The knowledge, application, and business sense will all put you a step ahead of the game in every single area. You are literally taking shortcuts to paths in so many industries beyond just functional medicine.

I went from stressed out working 80 hours in my clinic a week to complete freedom of my schedule to be able to focus on research, learning and providing greater value to more and more people. I can't believe how quick the transformation was.

Since I started the training, I've used the core business principles to quadruple the revenue from my business.

Anthony Gustin, MS, DC


Dawn Lovisa, MS, FNP
This is the most comprehensive functional medicine program I know of.

It not only includes in-depth study in functional medicine but also includes everything a practitioner needs to establish and run their practice.

Dawn Lovisa, MS, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Functional Health Practitioner

Andrea Telfer-Karbo
The pace is perfect for both more experienced FMs and newbies.

The more experienced, or those with some FM experience like myself, definitely benefit from the foundational pieces.

Until now, my FM education had to be pieced together through many different avenues. It was lonely and a venture devoid in support.

I finally have an accessible community to run cases by and everyone is so helpful. This has been the best part! You can not put a price on 200+ experts at your fingertips.

Andrea Telfer-Karbo, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)


Brandon Heavey, FDN-P
The course is absolutely worth the monetary and time investments required.

If you are struggling with how to incorporate functional medicine into your practice, ADAPT is an excellent option. It's the perfect mix of theoretical and clinical.

The learning experience has been great. Chris designed the course to maximize learning through exposure to materials via multiple avenues including audio, video, articles and quizzes - this has definitely improved my retention. The pacing is reasonable for a busy practitioner.

Brandon Heavey, FDN-P


Immediately & Effectively Use What You Learn This Year

Revolutionary medical training delivered in a revolutionary format

For this training, expect a unique learning experience. The topics are layered and integrated to mirror the way you’ll use the information in real life. The training will unfold, like peeling an onion, so that you can apply what you learn a little at a time in a way that fits your life and creates immediate benefits for your practice. Based on best practices of learning theory, this course maximizes your retention and minimizes your effort. Most important, it goes beyond teaching information and theory and helps you hone your investigative approach and ability to use the new knowledge in a clinical setting to uncover and resolve patient health concerns.

Who should NOT take this course.

If you are not fully committed to a profession as a healer, if you are not already sold on the value of ancestral wisdom combined with functional medicine, if you are looking for something that will turn your whole business around in the next month, if you are already 100% happy with your level of patient care, if you are not ready to be challenged and encounter new information that may change how you practice, if you are not able to commit to participation and doing the work, then this course is not for you.

You'll never stop learning. Medicine will never stop changing.

The question is, will you be able to immediately and effectively use what you learn THIS YEAR with any other course of study in the same way you'll be able to hit the ground running with what you learn in ADAPT?

Curriculum at a Glance

Each learning track listed below is interwoven and unfolds in the weekly course work in a way that mirrors how we use the information in a real clinical setting

ADAPT Framework

A roadmap for working with patients

Optimizing the Exposome

Ancestral nutrition & lifestyle principles

Functional Medicine

Diagnostics and treatment in practice

Practice Management

Principles and tools for an evolved practice

Topic Spotlight

The ADAPT Framework

Materials in this topic area give you a complete roadmap—a systems model for functional medicine. Avoid a hit-and-miss, “whack-a-mole” approach with this logical, methodical, proven approach to patient care.

Course Overview

  • Learning objectives and course syllabus
  • How to get the most out of the course

The Future of Medicine

  • The epidemic of modern disease
  • A new approach to medicine
  • Functional vs. conventional medicine
  • Introducing the ADAPT functional medicine systems model

Patient Care

  • Where do you start? Where do you go from there?
  • How do you layer and structure an ADAPT framework treatment?

Optimizing the Exposome

Create fully personalized diet, supplement, and lifestyle protocols for your patients, all from an ancestral perspective. Discover the power of a Paleo template, and learn to create customized prescriptions for particular circumstances and needs, as well as for 13 of the most common health conditions you will see in your practice.

Functional/Ancestral Nutrition

  • The Paleo template
  • 14-, 30-, and 90-day diet adoption plans
  • Pitfalls and compliance strategies
  • Customizing for different conditions
    • Autoimmune disorders
    • Thyroid disorders
    • Weight loss
    • High cholesterol and heart disease
    • High blood pressure
    • GERD, IBS, IBD, and digestive issues
    • Diabetes and blood sugar issues
    • Anxiety, depression, and cognitive disorders
    • HPA axis dysregulation
    • Acne, eczema, and skin conditions
    • Pregnancy, fertility, breastfeeding
  • Customizing for different needs
    • Women: hormones, pregnancy, etc.
    • High-performance athletes
    • Macronutrient ratios
    • Meal frequency & timing
    • Intermittent fasting
    • Carb backloading

Basic Supplementation

  • 3 principles of supplementing wisely
  • 2 categories of supplementation
  • Maintenance supplementation
    • Vitamin A
    • Vitamin D
    • Magnesium
    • Vitamin K2
    • Vitamin C
    • Iodine
  • Nutrients to be cautious with
    • Iron
    • Calcium
    • Vitamin E
    • Beta-carotene
    • Folic acid

Lifestyle and Environment

  • Physical activity
    • Physical activity–disease connection
    • Move like your ancestors
    • Overtraining
    • SWAP
    • Apps, tools, resources
  • Sleep
    • Sleep–disease connection
    • Sleep hygiene
    • Sleep nutrition
    • Light management
    • Apps, tools, resources
  • Stress
    • Stress–disease connection
    • Core concepts
    • HPA axis dysregulation
    • Stress management
    • Apps, tools, resources
  • Environmental toxins
    • Toxin–disease connection
    • Minimizing exposure
    • Support detoxification
    • Apps, tools, resources
  • Wrap up and patient resources

Functional Medicine

In-depth training for diagnosing and treating the most common chronic health conditions you’ll encounter in your practice, from intake and testing to test interpretation and complete treatment protocols.


  • Basic physiology
    • Role in health and disease
    • Pathology
      • Risk factors
      • Hypochlorhydria and impaired bile/enzyme production
      • SIBO
      • Infections
      • Dysbiosis & fungal overgrowth
      • Food intolerances
      • Intestinal permeability
      • Autoimmunity
    • Diagnosis
      • Food intolerances
        • Myths & truths
        • Recommended testing
      • Gut pathologies
        • Stool analysis
        • Breath testing
        • Urine organic acids
        • Intestinal permeability
        • Gut microbiome sequencing
    • Treatments
      • Two-stage treatment
      • Specific protocols
        • SIBO
        • Dysbiosis/fungal overgrowth
        • Parasites and H. pylori
        • GERD/hypochlorhydria
        • IBD/IBS-D
        • IBS-C/constipation
        • Intestinal permeability
      • Probiotics and prebiotics
      • Lifestyle and behavior
      • Advanced treatments
  • Bringing it all together

HPA Axis Dysregulation (HPA-D)

  • Basic physiology
  • Etiology
  • HPA-D vs. “adrenal fatigue”
  • Pathology
  • Diagnosis
    • Signs and symptoms
    • Lab tests: what to measure
    • Assessment tools for perceived stress
    • Comparison of available tests
  • DUTCH adrenal profile
  • Treatment
    • Diet
    • Behavior and lifestyle
    • Adjunctive therapies
    • Supplemental nutrients, botanicals, and hormones
    • Building a protocol
  • Bringing it all together

Functional Blood Chemistry

  • How (and why) to use functional blood chemistry as a screening tool
  • Principles of functional blood chemistry
  • Functional vs. conventional ranges
  • Recommended panel (and how to order)
  • Blood chemistry patterns
    • Hyperglycemia/metabolic syndrome
    • Hypoglycemia
    • Iron deficiency
    • Iron overload
    • B12 deficiency
    • Vitamin D imbalance
    • Zinc-copper imbalance
    • Magnesium deficiency
    • Thyroid imbalances
    • Impaired kidney function
    • Other metabolic patterns
    • Impaired liver function
    • Impaired gallbladder function
    • Anemia (iron deficiency)
    • Anemia (B12 and folate deficiency)
    • Anemia (chronic disease)
    • Dyslipidemia
    • Infection and immune dysregulation
    • Impaired methylation
  • Bringing it all together
  • Full blood panel interpretation

Practice Management

This material runs throughout the full 12 months of the course. Get everything you need to set up, run, and optimize your practice. Avoid clinician burnout and earn a great living.

How to Structure Your Practice

  • Distributed/virtual vs. hyper-local
  • The Case Review process: a new model of patient care
  • Patient flow from start to finish

How to Operate Your Practice

  • Staffing: key positions and roles
  • Onboarding new patients
  • The initial consult
  • The Case Review
  • Follow-up appointments
  • Processing patient charts
  • Insurance and reimbursement
  • Patient communication

Back-End Systems

  • Electronic Medical Record (EMR)
  • Accounting/bookkeeping
  • Legal
  • Phone/PBX
  • Scheduling
  • File management
  • Collaboration & video conferencing
  • Hiring staff
  • Policies and procedures

ADAPT Practitioner Training Program Timeline

Join the next group of Kresser Institute course graduates. Chart a path to your future with a single course that includes the unique combination of training you’ll need for success. Take a look below at how the carefully designed format fits into your life and launches you to a whole new level in just one year.

Manageable Pace

Just 2–4 hours/week with a full week break each quarter & multiple weekly Q&A times.

Time Commitment

Flexible time commitment of two to four hours per week, depending on your circumstances and goals.

Course Materials

Audio, visual, and written material to maximize learning and retention.

Q&A / Study Support

Regular live Q&A sessions with the clinical faculty and support for group and personal study.

Webinars with Chris

Monthly webinars with ADAPT clinical director Chris Kresser, for “grand rounds” case review and additional Q&A.

Recordings of All Q&As and Webinars

Downloadable recordings of Q&A sessions and webinars.

Review Quizzes

Low-stakes, no-pressure quizzes to help you assess your understanding and retain material as you go along.

Blood Chemistry Manual

Functional blood chemistry interpretation reference manual to deepen your knowledge.

Recommended Reading

Extensive lists of optional reading & resources.

Real Case Studies

Case-based learning format ensures that you gain practical, real-world application of what you are learning.

Becky Campbell
I thought I knew a lot about functional medicine before I took this course and have realized that what I knew was only the tip of the iceberg.

There is no other program like this. I cannot complain about anything in this course. It has changed so many things in a positive way for me.

The format is really perfect for someone who is very busy and it helps you to really learn the material. The pace is perfect and although it is not difficult, it is challenging in a good way.

My patients have really responded well to these protocols as well.

Becky Campbell, DC


Brian Musial
Kresser Institute provides the tools needed for the success of both patient and practitioner.​

A common question that health practitioners often say: "Well, this is great information, but now what?" Chris and his team provide concrete solutions for your clients and your business. If you've dabbled with continuing education in functional medicine, Kresser Institute provides the tools needed for the success of both patient and practitioner.​

Brian Musial, LAc

Nicole Jardim
The ADAPT program has provided me with a specific framework to identify root causes and outline a treatment plan for the clients I used to refer out.

Before starting ADAPT 2016, I struggled with complicated client cases, and would often refer them out to more experienced practitioners.

Now I feel confident handling clients with a wide array of symptoms and conditions, because I have the exact tools to treat them with maximum effectiveness. This has led me to begin expanding my business and client base, and I am on target to double my revenue this year! Thanks Chris and everyone at the Kresser Institute.

Nicole Jardim, Health Coach

Tripp Hanson
I had a background in many of the topics, but from what felt like 'the sidelines'. What Chris has done is really bring me onto the playing field.

I'd spent a few years trying to understand and integrate pieces of the functional medicine model into my acupuncture practice, but with limited success. I loved the ideas, but I just didn't have enough facility, or enough...breadth of understanding, I guess.

If you're like me, with loads of good intentions, but need help pulling it all together...then ADAPT will help you make sense of the whole thing.

I had a background in many of the topics, but from what felt like 'the sidelines'. What Chris has done is really bring me onto the playing field.

Tripp Hanson, LAc, FDN


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Real-World Skills for Real-World Patients

A case-based learning based on the Harvard Medical School model

Textbook-based medical education is ineffective and out of date because it doesn’t train clinicians to apply what they learn in real-world settings. This is why the ADAPT training employs the same case-based learning format that leading institutions like Harvard Medical School have adopted. You’ll get the theory you need, but you’ll learn it in the context of lab results and case studies from real patients. Studies have shown that clinicians trained with a case-based format are better prepared and more effective than those trained with conventional textbook-based methods.

  • Learning happens in the context of real lab results and patient cases
  • Sample cases to illustrate diagnostic problem-solving, test interpretation, and treatment design
  • Opportunity to bring your own real-world cases to monthly calls with Chris for review and discussion

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Everything You Need in a Format That Fits Your Real Life

How you learn is just as important as what you learn

Unfortunately, almost everything we learned about how to learn in school was wrong! The “firehose” method of cramming a lot of new information into a short intense period results in horrible retention. The “brute force” memorization strategy to retain it just long enough to regurgitate it for a test doesn’t promote understanding or the ability to use the information. These methods simply do not work.

This course is different. It is based on the latest research in learning theory to ensure that you absorb and retain as much as possible no matter your learning style and no matter how busy you are. After all, there’s no point in investing your hard-earned time and resources in a training program if you’re not even going to remember what you learn, much less be able to put it into practice!

  • Topics are woven together and unfold in a way that mimics how you will need to apply the learning later
  • The course encourages thinking, analysis, problem solving, and discovery—the same skills you need to work with patients
  • The information is spread out over a year, which promotes greater comprehension and retention
  • It is presented in audio, video, and written formats—with opportunity for writing, conversation, and questions—covering every learning style

The Only Practical, End-to-End, Functional and Ancestral Medical Training Available

Kresser Institute

Other Training Course Option 1

Other Training Course Option 2

Other Training Course Option 3

Comprehensive functional medicine theory
Clinical systems model and map to guide diagnosis and treatment
Functional blood chemistry analysis
Stool, saliva, urine test interpretation
Paleo/ancestral nutrition training
Paleo/ancestral lifestyle training
Patient communication training
Comprehensive practice management training
Practice management toolkit with forms, procedures, and documents
Patient education handouts with your clinic’s branding
Live interaction and Q&A with faculty members
Case-based learning format to support real-world application of knowledge
Delivered at a pace that is manageable and maximizes retention
Evidence-based learning approach to support long-term mastery
Preparatory course work to improve results in the full training course

If you combined some of the other training options, you’d spend at least two to three times more than you’ll spend on the ADAPT course—and still not get everything it includes.

Kirk Parsley
As an M.D., I have learned extremely important clinical information from Chris that was simply not taught to me throughout my five years of medical education…

Chris Kresser is at the forefront of the new medical model. Any astute physician knows that our current medical model is not designed to keep Americans healthy. It is designed to treat disease. This is equivalent to designing your financial portfolio to avoid bankruptcy—a necessary but insufficient goal. Chris has the vision, knowledge, and clinical experience to be a major influence in shaping the new medical model: one that OPTIMIZES health. Allopathic medicine does not yet have the tools to design such a system. It will have to come from practitioners like Chris Kresser. As an MD, I have learned extremely important clinical information from Chris that was simply not taught to me throughout my five years of medical education.

Kirk Parsley, MD

Former SEAL, Physician for West Coast SEALs, Division officer for SEAL Tactical Athlete Center

Amber Wood, R.Ac.
The ADAPT material is accessible for an entry-level FM practitioner.

It is also extremely thorough with lots of supplemental information and complexity.

ADAPT is allowing me to focus on FM and build my practice to another level where I am able to work independently and follow what I'm most interested in on a larger scale with a network of others doing the same.

Amber Wood, R.Ac.


Dr. Mark Hyman
Kresser Institute will play an important role in training the next generation of functional medicine practitioners…

Chris Kresser is one of the sharpest functional medicine clinicians and educators I know. I love his evidence-based, yet practical approach, and his blog and email newsletter are among the very few that I regularly read. I’m confident that the Kresser Institute will play an important role in training the next generation of functional medicine practitioners.

Mark Hyman, MD

Director, Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine
Chairman, Institute for Functional Medicine
9-time #1 New York Times bestselling author

Marcy Halterman-Cox, DC, RN
ADAPT will simply make you a better doctor.

It will help you get to the root of people's health issues. It gives you loads of patient education and protocols, so you don't have to spin your wheels figuring out what to do.

As a chiropractor, I had been seeing progressively sicker people come in with musculoskeletal complaints. Long-lasting health was more difficult to achieve. I had been doing some nutrition work with patients, but never knew where to start - gut, adrenals, thyroid? Or what tests were valid and the most useful. Or which were the best supplements to use.

Marcy Halterman-Cox, DC, RN


Chelsea Gelina, RD
I am a dietitian and I would tell my peers that this is a much better investment than any other masters program available in our field.

The information you learn provides you with the ability to practically implement healing protocols with your patients in ways you never would have been able to with just going through the standard dietetic educational program.

Chelsea Gelina, RD

Jator Pierre
With the ADAPT program, my understanding of the human being has blossomed to another level.

I am able to help clients with more efficiency and address the exposome, which for me is an underrated key to health and wellness.

The ADAPT training has taken my practice to the next level. I have a waiting list and honestly I feel a bit overwhelmed by the number of clients looking to work with me. Truly a well thought out program! Heartfelt thank you.

Jator Pierre


The Optimal Practice System (O.P.S.)

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Beyond education: a turn-key practice management system and tool kit

Imagine having not only the answers to your pressing logistical practice management questions, but also the written procedures and ready-made forms to go along with them.

Get over 100 guides, quick reference sheets, protocols, instruction sheets, forms, written policies, questionnaires, and handouts.

My goal with this course is to create more proficient, successful functional/ancestral medicine practitioners as quickly as possible. When I thought back on what it took to build my own practice—the trial and error, the consultants, the hiring mistakes, and the anxiety over creating procedures—I knew I had to provide more than just the training. I wanted to offer actual written policies and procedures and all the actual documentation you’d need to skip those first three years of struggle and trial and error. 

Report of findings, patient intake questionnaire and new patient guide forms

Patient Intake Process

For a friction-free patient experience

Your initial interactions with patients set the stage for a smooth, successful relationship with a more actively involved patient—from establishing realistic expectations to collecting all the necessary paperwork quickly for a more friction-free patient experience.

  • Patient intake questionnaires and surveys
  • Initial consult script
  • Informed consent paperwork
  • The new patient guide
  • Report of Findings template
  • And more …
Case Review, Case Review Follow-up, Initial consult, initial inquiry handouts

Practice Management Support

For faster staff training, fewer mistakes, and more efficient operations

Get a complete set of documents, templates, and written working procedures. Create a strong foundation, better-trained staff, and streamlined operations for a new or existing practice.

  • Written procedures for major operational tasks
  • Chart processing procedures
  • Patient communication policy
  • ICD-10 codes for superbills and labs
  • Technology, software, and hardware recommendations
  • And much more …
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Clinician Handouts

Your new expertise at your fingertips in easy-to-use formats

What’s often missing from other functional training is a system—with tools designed for day-to-day use—that empowers you to instantly apply what you’ve learned to your practice. That’s exactly what you’ll get in this training. The essential kit includes the reference guides and quick reference sheets you need to instantly access deeper expertise and use what you learn. Documents include:

  • Functional blood chemistry manual
  • Test interpretation guides
  • Patient protocol matrices
  • Structuring a treatment
  • Test preparation guides
  • And many more …
Customized, branded forms for your practice

Over 50 Patient Handouts

With the option to easily add your branding/logo

Guide patients step by step through the big changes you’re asking them to make. Boost compliance and get better outcomes, happier, healthier patients, and glowing testimonials. With energized word-of-mouth and referrals, you’ll have a more stable flow of new patients and revenue. Our online system will allow you to instantly customize any patient handout with your own brand and logo. You’ll get:

  • 15 Paleo diet support handouts
  • 10 condition-specific diet protocols
  • 20 test prep and protocol guides
  • Stress management guides
  • Sleep improvement guides
  • Organic food & shopping guide
  • Living healthy on a budget guide
  • Paleo for vegetarians guide
  • Toxin-free home guide
  • And much more …

Access to this turn-key system is worth the entire cost of this training course on its own

I’ve easily spent triple the cost of this course, more than $30,000, over the last five years to develop this system for my own practice. I’ve spent the time and money so you don’t have to. Get unlimited access to all of this at no additional cost when you enroll in the ADAPT Framework clinician training.

You won’t find any other resource that is more closely aligned to your practice needs—not to mention the ability to print over 50 different patient handouts with your own logo and branding on demand.

Dan Pardi
Ancestral wellness strategies have staggering potential to solve the biggest health issues of today.

A combination of scientific and clinical acumen, compassion, and unique gift to educate make Chris one of today’s most influential and important health practitioners.

Dan Pardi, MS

CEO, Dansplan.com – Simplify Your Daily Health Practice

Bodhi Anderson, PA-C
This course is an amazing bridge to get providers across the huge divide between Standard and Functional Medicine.

I have told other providers that this program has exceeded my exceptions. That it offers practice management education which is not offered by IFM or the Integrative Fellowship in AZ. This course is an amazing bridge to get providers across the huge divide between Standard and Functional Medicine. I am working on creating my own practice now while continuing to work doing Integrative Medicine. I know that when I open my practice, I will have many of the tools I will need to be successful and to offer myself a work-life balance.

Bodhi Anderson, PA-C

Alvin Danenberg, DDS
Adding the knowledge that ADAPT brings to the table is extraordinary. You will be elevated to the highest level of healthcare professionals.

I received a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner designation from Functional Medicine University in 2014. However, I never learned how to integrate that knowledge with practical situations.

Chris is all about teaching the integration of useful, current, and practical information from the start.

ADAPT is very detailed. This is not a cursory program where you could get the information from reading a book. The use of prerecorded videos, printed material, live webinars, and the Facebook forum have been outstanding.

Alvin Danenberg, DDS


Dr. Larry Silber
Learning in this fashion exposes me to so much info that would have taken years to assimilate and is now available to me on demand.

Still working on the office procedures but I can see how it will help once I integrate more of the office management skills. Overall, helping so much.

Larry Silber, MD

Are You Ready to Expand Your Practice and Expertise?

Licensed physicians
(MDs, DOs)

Move beyond disease management to true healthcare

Develop individualized treatment plans, from the inside out

Equip yourself with new, more effective solutions for chronic illness

Other licensed healthcare professionals (NDs, DCs, LAcs, NPs, PAs, RDs, PTs, DDSs, etc.)

Expand your current offerings to include functional and ancestral medicine

Learn cutting-edge diagnostic and treatment approaches

Equip yourself with new, more effective solutions for chronic illness

Highly qualified non-licensed, allied healthcare professionals

Move beyond nutrition to include a broader functional medicine systems model

Improve your ability to work collaboratively with physicians and other licensed providers

Expand your offerings and become a more effective practitioner

Join a Unique Cohort of Highly Qualified Functional and Evolutionary Medicine Practitioners

Imagine spending the next year in the company of other motivated, intelligent, clinicians that all share a similar vision for the future of health. This course provides you with a unique opportunity—via a private Facebook group and frequent Q&A calls—to share this experience and form valuable relationships with a select group of your peers that could last for years beyond the training.

Upon completion, join a larger group of your peers, alumni of the course, and expand your network even further, sharing in resources, knowledge, collaboration, and camaraderie.

Invest in Your Future with the Only Case-Based Functional Medicine Training with an Ancestral Perspective

Why spend the next five years cobbling together weekend intensives and disconnected trainings? Why struggle to build a practice foundation and develop documentation, policies, and procedures all on your own? Why spend over $25,000 on options that ultimately take more time and lack some of the critical elements you need?

Early Enrollment begins September 5, 2018

Be sure to get the latest news and updates about the next ADAPT Practitioner Training Program enrollment, and other Kresser Institute news, events, and training opportunities, by signing up below.

Enrollment Spots Are Limited

Please note that we limit each enrollment in order to maintain the quality of the experience for each student in the cohort. We do expect to fill all the “seats” again this year like we did last year. So, if you want to be sure to get a spot, don’t wait too long to enroll, and claim it.

Limited enrollment also means that when you enroll you are securing a “seat” in the course. Once the course begins, that seat is yours for the full year. Even though you are paying monthly installments, you are paying in full for a spot that we can’t fill later even if you decide to drop out. Therefore, we do consider deferment and hardship requests, but we do not offer full or partial refunds. We are here to answer any questions you have and give you as much information as you need to confidently decide, in advance, to commit to the full year.

Some Frequently Asked Questions

This training is open to licensed health professionals, other trained allied health professionals, and some trained health coaches. Before enrollment, you’ll be able to check your eligibility with a simple survey. If you do not qualify, you will see a secondary page that allows you to petition if you think that you should be considered for enrollment due to extenuating circumstances. Take the eligibility survey here. You can also visit the ADAPT Practitioner Training Program Eligibility page for more details about who is a good fit for this course.

No. This course provides a complete systems model for functional medicine.

Chris expects that anyone entering the course will have read his book, The Paleo Cure (previously published in hardcover as Your Personal Paleo Code and published internationally as Your Personal Paleo Diet). Beyond this basic ancestral nutrition overview, you do not need to have any other prior training in the ancestral perspective.

While Chris may offer certification in the future, and this course will likely be a part of that certification process, completing this course will not certify you in the ADAPT Framework. However, you will be awarded a certificate of completion stating that you completed the ADAPT Framework training with Chris Kresser, and if desired you will be listed in a directory of practitioners who have completed the Level One course at the Kresser Institute website. You will also get access to an official badge you can use in your marketing and on your site indicating you have completed this Level One ADAPT course.

Weekly quizzes are included in the year-long course for your convenience and to aid in the learning and retention process. However, they are low-stakes quizzes that are offered for your own benefit and are not tallied or tracked, nor are they considered as part of the certificate of completion. The certificate does not indicate your level of mastery. It simply affirms to others that you were indeed a participant in and completed the ADAPT Framework training. You are encouraged to use them, and in order to be listed in the directory of clinicians who have completed the training, you will need to have completed all the quizzes.

We estimate that most health professionals will need to spend two to four hours per week on this course. Some weeks may require more or less time than this, depending on your personal prior training and experience.

Strictly speaking, you are free to go at your own pace. New modules will become available according to a schedule, but you will have access to all released content for up to six months after the end of the course. If you fall behind, you will not miss any material. However, you may miss opportunities to fully take advantage of learning through Q&A sessions where the majority of the conversation focuses around the content that is on the schedule for that week or month. That said, you are free to ask about any content from any past section of the course during any of the weekly Q&A sessions. At the end of the course, you are free to continue your study; however, the weekly and monthly Q&A will be over. There is also a one-week break every quarter that you can use to catch up.

Strictly speaking, you are free to go at your own pace. New modules will become available according to the schedule, but you will have access to all released content for up to six months after the end of the course. You are free to ask about any of the course material at any of the weekly Q&A sessions. However, the Q&A sessions last for only the 12 months of the scheduled course.

Absolutely! This is a big part of the learning process in this course. There are weekly Q&A sessions with the Kresser Institute trained staff and a monthly webinar/Q&A with Chris Kresser. You’ll be able to ask questions live and/or submit them prior to the Q&A sessions and webinars if you’re not able to attend them, giving Chris and his staff time to prepare answers as necessary. Recordings of each Q&A session will be made available, so you can listen later if you can't make the live sessions.

Yes. There will be opportunities in the monthly Q&A with Chris Kresser to review real questions from real cases.

If you have additional questions not answered here, please simply email support@kresserinstitute.com and we’ll do our best to find the information you require.

We hope that you’ll have no reason to voluntarily quit. We’ve done our best to design a course that fits into even the busiest schedule. If you should need to temporarily interrupt your participation, you can return and continue at your own pace. You’ll have access to the materials for six months following the end of the course, which will give you plenty of time to complete the course. This is a non-refundable, self-paced course. You are free to quit at any time, but you will not receive a refund and will still be required to complete your monthly payments until you have met your full course fee obligation.

The entire course was created personally by Chris Kresser, and all of the course materials are delivered by Chris (written, audio, video). Monthly webinar/Q&As will be directly with Chris as well. In between the monthly Q&A sessions, you’ll have access to additional weekly Q&A sessions with members of Chris’s staff that have been personally trained by Chris.

The systems model of approaching functional medicine and ancestral nutrition and lifestyle and the basic framework of practice management principles that Chris is teaching are applicable to practitioners all over the world.

However, some of the specific tests, treatments, and practice management tools that Chris will be recommending and teaching may not be readily available to all international practitioners. Also, for the blood chemistry unit, Chris will be teaching the lab ranges and values in US units. For these reasons, the training may not be as relevant and useful for international practitioners as it is for US-based practitioners.

Below is a complete list of lab tests Chris will be teaching along with their availability internationally. We also encourage potential sign-ups to contact the labs directly to confirm if you are able to order these tests.

  • The Precision Analytical DUTCH Advanced Adrenal Assessment is available in Canada (Rocky Mountain Analytical) and Australia (Research Nutrition) and is expanding to other countries. There are only a few countries they cannot test in, so contact them for further information here.
  • The Cyrex Arrays 2, 3, 4 & 10 are only available internationally in the UK and Ireland.
  • The Doctor’s Data Comprehensive Stool Analysis & Parasitology x3 is available in Canada (direct, or In-Common Lab in Ontario), the UK (Regenerus Lab), and Australia (Research Nutrition Lab).
  • The BioHealth 401H is available in all countries internationally.
  • The Commonwealth SIBO Breath Test is available internationally to licensed practitioners. However, their shipping rates are high. Genova offers a SIBO breath test that can be used as a substitute, and it has the same availability as the Genova Organix Comprehensive and Intestinal Permeability Assessment (below). Another alternative is Breathtrackers, which is available from Regenerus Labs (which also supplies Doctor’s Data and Cyrex). This may be a better option than Genova for UK practitioners, as the test seems very similar to Commonwealth and the cost is much less.
  • The Genova Intestinal Permeability Assessment and Genova Organix Dysbiosis Profile are available to international clinicians for patients in their own country through the website based on the country’s specified distributor. An international clinician CANNOT order for a domestic patient unless the clinician has an office in the same state as the patient.

Because each country is different in terms of access to labs, supplements, and tools, we cannot make any promises to individual international practitioners about how relevant the training will be. Ultimately, you must weigh what Chris is offering against other options that you have in your country of residence or in the US.

If you have additional questions not answered here, please simply email support@kresserinstitute.com and we’ll do our best to find the information you require.

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