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I met my husband playing poker and we spent our honeymoon at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. It was here I met my poker idol, Daniel Negreanu, and the hug I received was forever cached in internet history. I also crossed off the only bucket list item I had — swimming with dolphins — as I spent the day as a trainer at the Mirage.

Debbie and her dog, Toby, hiking

The love of my life is my dog Toby, a 15-pound AKC Shichon. Toby and I have earned titles in rally obedience, scent work, Fast CAT, jumping, agility, tricks, and fitness. We love to hike together through the national trails by the house, and go on expawditions to places like DC, NC, and even the Tetons.

I love to work out, particularly jogging, cycling, cardio kickboxing, weight lifting and hiking. I love to be out in nature.

I spent my childhood wanting to be a Disney animator and believe Frozen 2 is the best Disney movie ever. My all time favorite movie is The Greatest Showman and my favorite sitcom is a toss up between The Golden Girls and Gilmore Girls.

I am a die hard Atlanta Braves fan, and my most cherished memory is the DJ playing Take Me Out to the Ball Game as my dad walked onto the dance floor while I wore my Chipper Jones jersey. I had the pleasure of meeting Paul Byrd, and received two baseballs during two separate games; one was a foul ball from Arcia and the other Eric Young (EY) handed to me.

My Story

About Me

Debra J. McGinley, Functional Nutrition, NBC-HWC, MSHS, MA

I am a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) Intern practicing functional nutrition, as well as a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC) residing in Potomac Falls, Virginia.

In 2016, I earned my Masters in Health and Wellness Coaching from Maryland University of Integrative Health, with a focus in integrative health practices.

In 2018, I graduated from The George Washington University with a Master of Science Health Sciences in Integrative Medicine, which included completing modules from the American Association for Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) covering endocrinology, cardiology/cardiovascular, neurology, gastroenterology, and environmental health.

In 2019, I passed the national board exam for health and wellness coaches, written in conjunction with the Medical Board of Examiners, earning my coaching credential.

In 2023, I passed the Certificate Examination for Nutrition Specialists, demonstrating mastery of the knowledge and skills required of certified nutrition specialists.

I serve as adjunct faculty at The George Washington University, where I have also developed curriculum for both undergraduate and graduate programs. I previously taught at Bauman College and Northern Virginia Community College, in addition to writing curriculum for the Nutritional Therapy Association. I also serve on the DE&I Taskforce for the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health (ACIMH).

Today, I combine my nutrition training together with my integrative medicine and health coaching masters degrees to help clients going through menopause feel like their younger self, full of life and energy, utilizing evidence-based functional nutrition therapy and through making critical lifestyle changes.

My Approach

The Pillars for Health


The information I ascertain helps me to learn more about how I can best support you and your nutritional needs.


I assess, in great detail, any labs, health history, and goals to better determine your next steps.


Using evidence-based research, I address your needs through individualized nutrition therapy, health coaching, and/or supplementation.

Prior to our initial consult, you will be asked to complete an intake form, a medical symptoms questionnaire (MSQ), and provide a 3-day food and lifestyle journal in addition to any medical records you have.

I spend time analyzing and interpreting all of the information you provide, including lab values, family history and environmental factors, along with your specific goals.

Many factors can be causing your hormonal imbalance: poor nutrition, not getting enough sleep, high stress, over- or under-exercising, genetics and more. My analysis will help me to identify where the potential imbalances are stemming from, which, if corrected, would improve your symptoms.

I use evidence-based research to address your needs through functional nutrition therapy, health coaching, and/or supplementation. What is nutrition therapy? Also referred to as nutritional counseling, it is nutrition-based treatment that addresses one’s nutrition status and diagnosis.

Nutrition therapy includes:

  • Nutrition assessment
  • Nutrition diagnosis
  • Nutrition intervention
  • Nutrition monitoring and evaluation

The purpose of nutrition therapy is to restore optimal nutrition status and either slow or ameliorate associated symptoms causing imbalance. It also serves to prevent other diseases from manifesting, increases energy and activity levels, and reduce overall health care costs.