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Conventional medicine doesn’t stand a chance of turning the tide against chronic disease. But you do.

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Dr. Mark Hyman
"I’m confident that the Kresser Institute will play an important role in training the next generation of Functional Medicine practitioners." Dr. Mark Hyman

Chronic disease is skyrocketing. And our current approach to healthcare can do nothing to stop it.

Consider these sobering trends:

Infographic showing 7 of 10 deaths in America are from chronic disease

Chronic disease affects one out of two Americans and causes seven of 10 deaths in the United States.

Infographic showing 1 in 3 Americans have either prediabetes or diabetes

100 million Americans—nearly one in three—have either prediabetes or diabetes.

Infographic showing 1 in 6 Americans have autoimmune disease

50 million Americans (approximately one in six) have an autoimmune disease (more than cancer and heart disease combined).

Infographic showing 1 of 45 children in America now have autism spectrum disorder

One in 45 children now has autism spectrum disorder, up from just one in 500 in 1999. More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes, and cancer combined.

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The rate of type 2 diabetes in children
 and teens is increasing by almost 5 percent a year.

Infographic showing Alzehimer cause of death increase over time

Alzheimer’s is now the sixth leading cause of death in the United States; the number of deaths has increased by 89 percent since 2000. Alzheimer’s kills more people than prostate and breast cancer combined.

Infographic showing healthcare costs being more than GDP of 6 largest economies in the world

Chronic disease will generate $47 trillion in healthcare costs globally by 2030 if the epidemic is unchecked. That’s more than the annual GDP of the six largest economies in the world.

Chronic disease is sabotaging our health, and the current medical model is leaving patients sicker than ever—and practitioners like you exhausted, frustrated, and dismayed.

Your first step to revolutionizing healthcare.

Join our email list interest list today.

82% of practitioners agreed with the phrase:

“I am disillusioned with conventional medicine.”

Here's why healthcare is in crisis (and conventional medicine falls short):

The problem is that our current healthcare system, as you well know, isn’t healthcare at all—it’s disease management—and as a practitioner, your hands are tied.

With conventional medicine, if a patient presents with…

  • stomach pain, they’re given an acid-suppressing drug
  • high cholesterol, they’re given a drug to lower it
  • a skin rash, they’re given a steroid to suppress it

What’s more, if a patient has a health problem that can't be fixed by a pill—like an autoimmune disease, digestive disorder, or simply fatigue—conventional medicine has very little to offer.

Patients are desperate for a new approach that treats the underlying causes of chronic disease and recognizes that our diet and lifestyle are the primary factors in our health and disease.

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Kirk Parsley
As an MD, I’ve learned extremely important clinical information from Chris that was simply not taught to me throughout my five years of medical education.
"Any astute physician knows that our current medical model is not designed to keep Americans healthy. It is designed to treat disease. Allopathic medicine does not yet have the tools to design such a system. It will have to come from practitioners like Chris Kresser. Chris has the vision, knowledge, and clinical experience to be a major influence in shaping the new medical model: one that OPTIMIZES health." Kirk Parsley, MDFormer SEAL, physician for West Coast SEALs, Division Officer for SEAL Tactical Athlete Center

We need people like you.

Together, with a new approach to healthcare, we can turn the tide and reverse the course of chronic disease—for good.

Not only can you help stem the tide of chronic disease, but you can also enjoy a more fulfilling career—by giving yourself the tools and the model to do the one thing you got into this business to do: dramatically improve people’s health and lives.

A more effective approach and a more rewarding practice go hand in hand.

The world needs more Functional Medicine practitioners with an ancestral perspective—one that goes beyond symptom suppression to address the real issue: the mismatch between our bodies and our environment.

So what does this new, unconventional approach look like?

Imagine an approach to healthcare that aims to:

  • Prevent and reverse chronic disease, instead of just managing it
  • Is compatible with telemedicine for this post-COVID world
  • Offer inspiring, meaningful, and rewarding work to doctors, clinicians, healthcare providers, and practitioners
  • Build a collaborative network of allied healthcare practitioners who support their patients and each other every step of the way
  • Reduce the cost of healthcare for governments, organizations, and individuals
  • Provide that vital (and missing) layer of moral and emotional support to help patients make lasting diet, lifestyle, and behavior changes and cope with stress

Unconventional medicine is gaining traction as we speak.

  • Millions of people around the world have already reversed chronic diseases ranging from IBS to rheumatoid arthritis with Functional Medicine and an ancestral diet and lifestyle.
  • The Cleveland Clinic opened a center for Functional Medicine—and immediately had a six-month wait list.
  • Unconventional medicine is being successfully applied in private clinics, primary care groups, and even large institutions like Cleveland Clinic.
Christian Tucker
I can’t emphasize enough the benefits I’ve received from this program...
"As a mid-career physician making the transition from pediatric anesthesia into Functional Medicine, the ADAPT Program has provided me with a potent, actionable system for success in treating patients using a functional and evolutionary approach." Christian Tucker, MDAkron, OH
Section Head Pediatric & Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia at Cleveland Clinic

New Clinical Skills for the 21st Century

The ideal approach to address the emerging health problems of the 21st century is Functional Medicine combined with Ancestral Health

Functional Medicine Foundation

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.

Ancestral Perspective

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.

Change the future of medicine.

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Practice Management
Skills for the 21st Century

To be successful in the 21st century, and in a post-COVID reality, 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:

  • What is the best way to manage patient flow from initial consult through completion of treatment?

  • How do I future-proof my business by ensuring my approach is telemedicine-compatible?

  • 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?

  • How do I set up and structure a Functional Medicine practice?

  • And much more

Start your Functional Medicine training today.

Have questions? Review our FAQ or email us.

But if you’re like most practitioners, you’re frustrated that there is …

  • … no comprehensive framework. You know there’s an alternative approach to healthcare. But you haven’t come across a single framework that integrates all aspects of Functional Medicine and practice management into one streamlined approach.
  • … no clear path. It’s one thing to learn and apply a Functional Medicine approach—but it’s another to integrate it into your existing practice. You struggle with the “how” of that process, and wish you had a map for making it work.
  • … no realistic training. Most programs you’ve seen advertised require frequent travel to participate, with some programs taking up to seven years to complete. How can you possibly build a practice around a schedule like that, let alone see real results?
  • … no business model. Cobbling together advice on how to grow a practice from a blog here and an e-book there isn’t effective. What you need is a way to build a sustainable, profitable practice that serves you and your patients.
  • … no telemedicine-friendly approach. In this new post-COVID world, our virtual practice model is more important than ever for reaching and treating patients, and for future-proofing your business.

What do you need in a practitioner training program?

  • A complete framework for learning, applying, and integrating Functional Medicine with an ancestral perspective into your practice.
  • A map for building an effective, streamlined clinical practice using a proven business model for practitioners like you.
  • An interactive online program that fits your real life, lets you participate from anywhere without expensive travel—and that you complete in one year.
  • A proven and replicable business model for integrating Functional Medicine and an ancestral perspective into your existing or future practice.
  • A supportive network of like-minded practitioners who share resources, insights, and a vision for the future of healthcare.
  • Learn the tools and strategies for helping more people genuinely reverse and prevent chronic disease.
  • Create a more rewarding and effective practice with better patient outcomes and more stable revenue.


Dawn Lovisa
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, FNPBayfield, WI
Amber Wood
The ADAPT material is accessible for an entry-level Functional Medicine practitioner.
"ADAPT is allowing me to focus on Functional Medicine 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." Amber Wood, R.Ac.Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada
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ADAPT Practitioner

Training Program

Introducing the only comprehensive Functional & Ancestral Health Clinician Training Program

Modern clinician training and 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. And it includes clinician and patient handouts you can use instantly.

Ancestral Nutrition & Lifestyle

This is the only Functional Medicine course that also teaches ancestral nutrition and lifestyle principles and how to apply them in clinical practice. Learn how environmental mismatch is the cause of many chronic conditions and what to do about it.

Practice Management Wisdom

Clinical skills are important, but they aren’t enough on their own. In this course you’ll get the turn-key “Optimal Practice System” (OPS). Learn how to set up and manage your practice using the same tools and techniques I use in my successful clinic.

Bonus Course: Practice Marketing

You can’t make a difference if you can’t attract patients. When you enroll you’ll get access to Evergreen Authority with Keith Rhys—a 12-week marketing course specifically for Functional Medicine practitioners serious about long-term success.

Marcy Halterman-Cox
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, RNCollege Station, TX

Curriculum at a Glance

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

Topic Spotlights

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?

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.

  • Gut
    • 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 Dysfunction (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

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

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
    • Electronic medical record (EMR)
    • Accounting/bookkeeping
    • Legal
    • Phone/PBX
    • Scheduling
    • File management
    • Collaboration & video conferencing
    • Hiring staff
    • Policies and procedures
  • Back-End Systems
    • Where do you start? Where do you go from there?
    • How do you layer and structure an ADAPT framework treatment?

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

Beyond education: a turnkey 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.

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Patient Intake Process

For a friction-free patient experience

Your initial interactions 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 …
Report of findings, patient intake questionnaire and new patient guide forms

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 …
Case Review, Case Review Follow-up, Initial consult, initial inquiry handouts

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 interpretation guides
  • And many more …
Functional medicine systems modal, blood chemistry manual forms

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 turnkey 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.

Customized, branded forms for your practice
Bodhi Anderson
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 expectations. That it offers practice management education which is not offered by [other Functional/Integrative Medicine training programs]. 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-CKailua, HI
Bonus Course!

Marketing Action Plan

This online course, valued at $3,500, is included as a bonus in your enrollment in the ADAPT program. Evergreen Authority, with Keith Rhys, is a self-paced 12-week program designed to help you build a sustainable practice by drawing the right people to it.

  • Audience
    • Get to know your prospects and patients intimately—and learn to speak to their needs
    • Attract and engage the right audience so that you can grow your influence and support
    • Use the same audience-building tactics that I used to grow the Kresser Institute
  • Platform
    • Get a better understanding of what marketing tools serve you best
    • Choose a domain name and platform
    • Create a website that reflects your value—and learn how to evaluate and improve its performance
    • Learn the basics of a marketing funnel
    • Lay a solid foundation from which to create and launch future digital products that earn you passive income
  • Action Plan
    • Get the most out of your marketing efforts, and align them with your core values to position yourself high above the marketplace
    • Stay focused on your goals without getting distracted or losing your way
    • Get clear and confident about your best content style, topics, platform, and message
    • Realistically scale your practice using online strategies that take you beyond hours spent seeing patients in your practice

Start your Functional Medicine training today.

Have questions? Review our FAQ or email us.

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, DCAustin, TX

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.



Training Program

November – November

  • The ADAPT Course Begins

    Join a unique cohort of motivated and highly qualified medical pros. Be part of the revolution in functional/ancestral healthcare.

  • Manageable Pace

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

  • Quarterly Breaks

    A one-week break every 3 months gives you time for a breather or to catch up.

  • Congratulations

    Celebrate your success. In just one year you have transformed your future. Join our group of graduates for ongoing growth, networking, and professional development.

  • 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 Q&A sessions with the clinical faculty and support for group and personal study.
  • Webinars with Chris
    Regular live webinars with Chris Kresser, for case review and additional Q&A.
  • 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.
  • Q&As and Webinars
    Transcripts and/or recordings of Q&A sessions and webinars.
  • Real Case Studies
    Case-based learning format ensures that you gain practical, real-world application of what you are learning.
Andrea Telfer-Karbo
You cannot put a price on 200+ experts at your fingertips.
"The more experienced, or those with some Functional Medicine experience like myself, definitely benefit from the foundational pieces. Until now, my Functional Medicine 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 cannot put a price on 200+ experts at your fingertips. The pace is perfect for both more experienced Functional Medicine providers and newbies." Andrea Telfer-Karbo, FNPMartinez, CA

How you learn is as important as what you learn.

Real-World Skills for Real-World Patients

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 illustrate diagnostic problem-solving, test interpretation, and treatment design
  • Monthly calls with Chris give you the opportunity to bring your own real-world cases up for review and discussion
Woman sitting with cup of coffee

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 of retaining 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
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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
Easy to use clinical systems model and map to guide diagnosis and treatment
Functional blood chemistry analysis
Stool, saliva, urine test interpretation
Advanced lab interpretation (SIBO breath, IBS-SMART, etc.)
Lab company recommendations and preferences (discussed by name)
Detailed treatment protocols with prescription and supplement information (brand, dosing, contraindications, and more)
Paleo/ancestral nutrition and lifestyle training
Comprehensive practice management training
Practice management toolkit with forms, procedures, and documents to help with the logistics of managing your practice
BONUS 12-week FM practitioner marketing course with lifetime access ($4000 value)
Patient education handouts with your practice 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
Interactive app-based community forum for students and graduates
Graduate (Alumni) membership for continued access to updated course material, networking opportunities, and community resources

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.

Kay Jennings
"Even though I took [a different Functional Medicine course], I never quite got all that they were teaching and did not know how to apply it in practice beyond basic things. With your course, I feel the mystery is gone and I am actually applying what I learn daily and changing people’s lives. Again, thank you." Donna Kay Jennings, BSN, MHSA, MSN, PMHNP-BCMissoula, MT
Kathleen Mahon
"I'm an ANP. I had completed [a different Functional Medicine course], but felt I needed more help with the daily clinical practice. I got it from this program. I am running a functional practice which I opened 3 months ago. I am a solo practitioner but linked to a large healthcare system." Kathleen Mahon, ANPSt. Cloud, MN

Change healthcare—and your practice—by expanding your expertise.

If you’re a licensed physician, you’ll be able to:
  • Move beyond disease management to true healthcare
  • Develop individualized treatment plans that actually help
  • Equip yourself with new, more effective solutions for battling chronic illness
  • Deliver your services virtually as telemedicine becomes the default practice.
"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. Overall, helping so much." Larry Silber, MDIssaquah, WA
If you’re another licensed healthcare professional (ND, DC, LAc, NP, PA, RD, PT, DDS, etc.), you’ll be able to:
  • 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 battling chronic illness that are 100% compatible with a virtual practice.
"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." Chelsea Gelina, RDSantee, CA

Are you eligible?

(Find out quickly and easily!)

The ADAPT training program is designed for licensed and allied health professionals—this includes most nutritionists and some students.

Find out if you’re eligible

“What if I’m not eligible?”

If you do not pass the eligibility survey, you’ll be redirected to a page with more information about your options and next steps. We have enrollment advisors available to discuss your eligibility in depth, should you feel your circumstances are unique.

How to know if this course is NOT for you

While the program is designed to guide and educate practitioners from a wide variety of backgrounds, it’s not right for everyone.

The course is not a fit for you if you …

  • Are uncomfortable with digital, self-directed learning

  • Don’t have at least two to four hours per week to devote to study

  • Are not committed to sticking with the program through completion

  • Are exclusively looking for one-on-one mentorship, not a group setting

Join the revolution.

Our broken healthcare system is far beyond “fixing.” It needs to be rebuilt from the ground up—and we’ve got the blueprints.

What we need is you.

We need your passion, your vision, your expertise, your drive to embody the change we so desperately need to turn the tide against chronic disease.

We can change the course of healthcare—together.

Join a growing cohort of highly qualified functional and evolutionary medicine practitioners and:

  • Spend the next year in the company of other motivated, intelligent, clinicians that all share a similar vision for the future of health.
  • Form powerful, rewarding connections that could last a lifetime.
  • Expand your network to peers and alumni of the ADAPT program and share resources, knowledge, collaboration, and camaraderie.

Invest in your future—and your ability to transform the future of medicine

Why spend years on scattershot, disconnected trainings … struggle to build a practice from scratch … and spend more than $25,000 on a program that lacks critical elements?

With the ADAPT program, you’ll get:

  • The only case-based, comprehensive Functional Medicine training with an ancestral perspective, and clinicians that all share a similar vision for the future of health
  • A full year of training, insight, and coaching
  • In-depth training for diagnosing and treating the most common chronic health conditions
  • Direct support from clinical faculty and monthly webinars with ADAPT director Chris Kresser for case review
  • Everything you need to set up, run, and optimize your practice
  • A turnkey practice management system and tool kit, including over 100 guides, reference sheets, clinician handouts, protocols, a functional blood chemistry manual, policies, and more
  • Patient intake questionnaires and surveys, an initial consult script, and a new patient guide, and 50+ customizable patient handouts
  • Access to a network of motivated, like-minded practitioners and peers
  • A 12-week bonus program to help you position yourself as a recognized expert and thought leader, so you can elevate your brand visibility and attract the right patients to your practice

The future starts now.

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, DCJupiter, FL

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible?

This training is open to licensed health professionals and other trained allied health professionals. Before enrollment, you’ll be able to check your eligibility with a simple survey. 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.

Do I need to have prior Functional Medicine training?

No. This course provides a complete systems model for Functional Medicine.

Do I need to have prior ancestral health training?

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.

Is there a certification at the end?

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 Practitioner Training Program training with Chris Kresser, and if desired you will be listed in the directory of practitioners who have completed the course on 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 are an ADAPT Trained Practitioner.

Do I have to pass tests or quizzes along the way?

Weekly quizzes are included in the year-long course for your convenience and to aid in the learning and retention process. These are low-stake quizzes and do not count towards your certificate of completion, since the certificate does not indicate mastery but rather participation. However, you will need to pass all the weekly quizzes if you wish to be included in the ADAPT Provider Directory on the Kresser Institute website.

What is the time commitment? What if I fall behind schedule?

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. There is also a one-week break every quarter that you can use to catch up. Alternately, you may choose to pay tuition in full and take advantage of our “Full Access” option—unlocking the full course in advance so you can truly move at your own pace.

Is it a self-study course where I go at my own pace?

Strictly speaking, you are free to go at your own pace. New modules will become available according to the schedule. You will continue to have access to all released content for six months after the end of the 12-month course. You are free to ask instructors questions about any of the course material during the 12 month program. After course completion, you will have the opportunity to join the Adapt Practitioner Alumni Membership for continued access to Case Mentorship and updated course materials.

What if I have time now and want to move more quickly through the course materials? Can I work ahead?

Yes. For students who pay tuition in full, we offer a “full access” option where we unlock the entire year-long course 30 days after you enroll. That way you can move at a quicker pace if you find you have the time to do so.

Is there a way to ask questions?

Absolutely! This is a big part of the learning process in this course. There are regular opportunities for Q&A with the Kresser Institute trained staff and a monthly webinar/Q&A with Chris Kresser.

Will I be able to bring questions from real cases?

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

There’s a topic I’m interested in that I don’t see listed. How can I find out if it will be covered?

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.

What happens if I have to drop out of the course mid-way?

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. Please see the course Terms & Conditions page for more information.

How much of the course is delivered by Chris Kresser versus other faculty members?

The course was created by Chris Kresser and it continues to be developed, updated, and influenced by Chris in collaboration with Program Director, Tracey O'Shea, and other qualified faculty. The course materials are delivered by Chris, Tracey, and other faculty. Monthly webinar/Q&As are held with both Chris and Tracey. In between the monthly Q&A sessions, you'll have access to Tracey (via email and forum) to ask questions about the course curriculum, and for continued mentorship on patient cases.

Is this training suitable for international practitioners?

Yes! We’ve had over 100 international practitioners from 28 countries complete the program. The systems model of approaching Functional Medicine with ancestral nutrition and lifestyle, the basic framework of practice management principles, and the bonus practitioner marketing course are applicable to practitioners all over the world.

Note that some tests and supplements may be difficult to order in countries outside of the U.S., but we have you covered. We provide a reference guide for ordering supplements and labs internationally. For the blood chemistry unit, we teach lab ranges and values in U.S. units, but we provide unit conversion resources.

Due to the variability and evolving regulations for different licenses within each country, we cannot guarantee the relevancy of every aspect of the program for each individual international practitioner. We encourage you to email us if you would like to discuss the details of your unique situation.

What if I have a question that is not answered here?

If you have additional questions not answered here, please connect with an enrollment advisor. Our enrollment advisors can help you:

  • Sort through the many features this comprehensive program provides
  • See how the program works with your learning style and your schedule
  • Understand how the ADAPT Practitioner Training Program can deepen and expand your clinical practice (and your practice management)

We have multiple ways for you to contact them. You can:

Will you offer scholarships, financial assistance, or payment plans?

Yes! We offer a 12-month payment plan if you do not wish to pay in full. We are not offering any scholarships for the practitioner program at this time.