About Us

Who we are…

We are professionals, researchers, and individuals that want to improve how nutrition is understood and practiced in health care today.

Our mission is to establish the legitimacy of individualized diet and nutrition approaches for the prevention and healing of all chronic health conditions.


The BioIndividual Nutrition Institute stems from the research and global education efforts of Nourishing Hope, a world leader in the science and application of specialized diets and nutrition for autism, adhd, and related disorders. Certified Nutrition Consultant, Julie Matthews, has spent fifteen years studying the biochemistry of ASD and investigating the role of food and nutrition upon underlying health conditions and symptoms. Her award-winning book, Nourishing Hope for Autism, provides the scientific rationale for specialized healing diets and presents a comprehensive approach to using food and nutrition to best help each person affected.

We empower people around the world to make food and nutrition choices that aid the health, learning, and behavior of those with autism, adhd, and beyond. 

We are at the forefront of nutrition intervention science and provide direct support through our published works, website, public events, one-on-one practice, and more!


Julie Matthews

Julie Matthews is an internationally respected Certified Nutrition Consultant, Speaker and Author of the award winning book “Nourishing Hope for Autism.”

Julie has 14 years of clinical experience and is an expert in applying food, nutrition, and diet to aid digestive health and systemic healing. She has a deep knowledge of biomedical approaches, sulfation and the disordered chemistry of Autism Spectrum Disorders and ADHD and realizes that there is ‘no one size fits all diet’. Julie tailors to the unique biochemical and health needs of each individual.

Julie studied nutrition at California state-certified Bauman College and holds a Bachelor of Science from U.S. Davis in Agricultural and Managerial Economics.

Martin Matthews

Martin has worked as the Operations and Business Development Manager for Nourishing Hope since it’s inception.

He holds an undergraduate degree in Business and Industrial Psychology from California State University, Hayward, and a master’s degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. Martin works to bring together parents, professionals and resources that allow hope for health recovery and disease prevention.

Scientific Advisory Board

BioIndividual Nutrition Institute’s Multi-Disciplinary Team of Health Experts.
We’ve asked the following esteemed professionals to serve on the Scientific Advisory Board for the BioIndividual Nutrition Institute to help us pursue our mission. The Institute’s mission is to establish the legitimacy of nutrition in health care, and further the research and practice of individualized (patient-specific) diet and nutrition strategies for the prevention and healing of chronic health conditions. Our Scientific Advisory Board members share a passion for nutrition research, genomics and individualized nutrition, evidence-based medicine, nutrition science, and an integrative approach to health and wellness.


Dr. Robert Sears

Robert W. Sears, MD, FAAP, is a board-certified physician in full-time general pediatric practice in Dana Point, California, where he provides a unique blend of mainstream and integrative medical care. Dr. Bob, as he likes to be called by his little patients, received his medical degree from Georgetown University and did his pediatric residency training at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He is a co-author in the Sears Parenting Library, including “The Baby Book” and “The Portable Pediatrician.” Dr. Bob is the solo author of “The Vaccine Book,” and is very involved in speaking and writing to help parents make an educated decision for their families. He is also the solo author of “The Autism Book,” a comprehensive guide to mainstream and biomedical treatments for autism, and is a MAPS trained provider. Dr. Bob has appeared on Dr. Oz, The Doctors, CNN, CBS Early Show, Fox Morning News, and Dr. Phil to discuss parenting advice and pediatric health issues. He is on the medical advisory board for various organizations, including La Leche League International, Talk About Curing Autism, Autism Care and Treatment Today, SafeMinds, and Kaplan University Department of Health Sciences. He is the proud father of three boys, ages 21, 18, and 12, and lives with his wife and kids in Dana Point, CA..


Dr. Beverly Teter

Beverly Teter has studied the chemistry, biochemistry and metabolic effects of trans fatty acids for nearly thirty years and has worked for 20 years in the lipids lab of the biochemistry department at the University of Maryland. She was the first researcher to report the effects of these isomeric fatty acids on the milk fat in mice, cows and women. Dr. Teter has provided seminars and published numerous research papers dealing with fatty acid composition and metabolism. She has collaborated with Dr. Mildred Seelig and Dr. Mary Enig. Beverly Teter received her B.S. degree in chemistry from George Washington University and her PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Maryland.


Dr. Katherine Reid

Katherine Reid, PhD, is a biochemist that started her career in biotechnology developing protein therapeutics for treating cancer. After 15 years in biotechnology and medical diagnostics, Katherine was presented with her biggest scientific challenge when her youngest child was diagnosed with autism. She discovered through her own scientific journey that she could manage her daughter’s autistic symptoms by modifying the family’s diet. Through word of mouth, she realized that a similar approach to diet that worked for her daughter also worked for many chronic illnesses and learning disabilities plaguing others. Katherine Reid started a nonprofit, Unblind My Mind, focused on raising awareness of the links between our food and chronic illnesses, like autism. Seeing the profound effect of diet on health, she has become a provocateur questioning food manufacturing and labeling practices as it relates to our health. She has been asked to speak to the National Institute of Health, The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) on the issue of labeling MSG in food. Unblind My Mind helps families and individuals define food that promotes balanced metabolism for the whole body and human ecosystem. Some of the recent press about Unblind My Mind includes: SF Chronicle, Fox News, NY Daily News,KFIAM 640 Radio, and Talk 910AM Radio. Katherine received her B.A. in Chemistry from Wells College and PhD in Biochemistry from UCSC.


Dr. Briget Briggs

Bridget Briggs, MD, is a board-certified family practitioner who specializes in integrative medicine in her private practice in Southern California. She has received certification through The Institute of Functional Medicine, IFM, The American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine, ABIHM, and is a certified Master in Lipidology, from the National Lipid Association. Dr. Briggs quest for knowledge came after her son was diagnosed at age 4 with brain cancer and traditional medicine was failing her. During her son’s horrific ordeal through 5 years of chemotherapy, radiation treatments, and 13 surgeries, she dove into research and discovered the missing link in so many chronic diseases that could be successfully treated using nutrition and life style medicine. Today at age 12, he is a perfect vision of health and vitality due to her relentless passion and research. She is a sought after national speaker who’s talks on Methylation is standing room only at most events. Her expertise in Gut health, Hormonal Balance, Methylation, & Children’s Health is well known in the inner circles of life style medicine practitioners. Dr. Briggs is the mother of 5 children, and lives the life she preaches in Murrieta California. She and her husband love to snowboard, camp and spend time at the beach with the family. “Through my own personal struggle in dealing with the dire diagnosis of my own child, I became passionate to discover the underlining connection with diet and disease and to teach others how to diagnose and treat their patients.” Dr. Bridget Briggs.


Tom Malterre

Tom Malterre MS, CN achieved both his Bachelors and Masters degrees in nutritional Sciences from Bastyr University and is the co-owner of Whole Life Nutrition. Together with his wife Alissa, he has authored the Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook, and Nourishing Meals. For seven years, Tom served as a Medical Affairs Member at Thorne Research and lectured extensively to physicians across the US and Canada. As a an advanced trained Functional Medicine trained practitioner, Tom has taught hundreds of clinicians how to apply alternative and Functional Medicine principals in their clinical practices. He is currently a faculty member of the Autism Research Institute, and loves to spend time teaching his five children about the beauty and science of nature.


Dr. Heather Way

Heather holds a PhD in Molecular Pathology and is an expert in the field of nutrigenomics. Nutrigenomics enables genetic predispositions to disease to be understood and managed via epigenetics and nutrition. Dr Way is also a certified GAPs nutritionist, who specializes in helping people with gut issues, particularly children with ASD, ADHD, fussy eaters and multiple food intolerances. Dr Way has a clinic in Brisbane, Australia, where she develops personalized nutrition programs tailored according to the results of DNA profiling.


Dr. Kurt N. Woeller

Dr. Kurt N. Woeller is an integrative medicine and biomedical autism physician. He has authored several books including “Autism – The Road To Recovery”, “Methyl-B12 Therapy For Autism”, “7 Facts You Need To Know About Autism”, “Methyl-B12 for Alzheimer’s Disease” and 5 Things You MUST Do Right Now To Help With Your Rheumatoid Arthritis.” He is a lecturer (both U.S. and international), educator, and experienced clinician offering specialized health services for individuals with complex medical conditions. Dr. Woeller also works as a clinical consultant for BioHealth and Great Plains Laboratories providing education through training programs and monthly webinars. To learn more about his educational programs, books, seminars, etc. please visit his main website at www.DrWoeller.com.


Susan Owens

Susan has spent the last 19 years studying lab work and examining the science behind the medical issues in autism and other chronic illness. While looking for common mechanisms, she has uncovered many gaps between basic science research and current medical practice. She learned that nutritional approaches get much closer to what biologists study so that is where Susan has concentrated most of her research and teaching. Susan’s work has been very influential, being mentioned now in more than 20 books, and she has made presentations at the Center for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Heath. She has also lectured in many countries in Europe, and in Turkey and Australia as well as in many cities within the U.S. Her Autism Oxalate Project at the Autism Research institute is in its tenth year. One of the fruits of that project is a study published in the European Journal of Pediatric Neurology with a team in Poland showing extremely high levels of oxalate in children with autism even though they had no evidence of kidney stone risks. Working within the oxalate research community, she continues to explore the elevation of oxalate in many other diseases now examining how genetics and oxidative stress may influence where oxalate creates or exacerbates disease.


Dr. James Adams

James B. Adams, Ph.D., is the Director of the Autism/Asperger’s Research Program at Arizona State University. His research is focused on the causes of autism and how to treat it, including a focus on nutritional interventions. He is also the president of the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix, president of the Autism Nutrition Research Center, the co-chair of the Autism Research Institute’s scientific advisory committee, and has received the Autism Service Award from the Greater Phoenix chapter of the Autism Society of America. He has been featured on Dateline NBC, and received a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award from President George Bush.