Meet Laura

A Pioneer in Functional Medicine and Holistic Healing

Laura Lagano is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Dietitian Nutritionist. As one of a handful of dietitians worldwide to have completed the prestigious Institute of Functional Medicine training program (IFM certification-eligible), Lagano is unique in her ability to integrate nutrition, biochemistry, and functional medicine. Her expertise and passion involve healing the body with alternative practices including food as medicine, orthomolecular nutrition, and essential oils. Areas of focus for Lagano include Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder, chronic inflammation, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, inflammatory bowel disease, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, multiple sclerosis, and skin and women’s health.

Dissatisfied with what conventional healthcare had to offer her daughter Isabella Speranza, who has a developmental disability and whose name literally means beautiful hope, Lagano co-founded and produced a holistic education academy. The academy is the only online education program offering continuing education that integrates holistic modalities including nutrition, meditation, yoga, and aromatherapy. The program features 31 audio and video modules accompanied by downloadable consumer education handouts and references for further reading. It was developed for healthcare practitioners, patients and caretakers, and dispensary workers. Following the program, students are eligible to take an online 125-question exam to receive a certificate.

Because of her pioneering work, Lagano was approached by St. Martin’s Press to author a book which features expert, yet understandable, information about holistic health practices. In the style of Rodale Press, the gold standard for health writing, the book reviews the science behind various holistic approaches for wellness and over 30 health issues and features guidelines for selecting products, dosages and individualized medicine, beauty and skin products, and holistic health for pets.

Always ahead of the curve, Lagano was among one of the first dietitians to work in communications back in the go-go ‘80s. She served as the New Jersey Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokesperson and has written for and been quoted in numerous media outlets including The New York Times, Forbes, HuffPost, Stitcher, The Daily Beast, Freedom Leaf, CNN, and NJTV. She writes regularly for Holistic Primary Care about ancient practices.

An adept communicator and educator, Lagano’s abilities are not confined to one-on-one appointments and writing. She speaks frequently at various conferences, including the National Clinical Conference on Therapeutics, the Science Conference, Med Conferences, and nutrition conferences such as the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo and state nutrition conferences across the country including the New Jersey Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and the California Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics conferences. The University of Massachusetts at Amherst invited Lagano to present at the Virginia Beal Lecture.

Because of her status as a key opinion leader, Lagano was selected to serve on the advisory board of a wellness brand with a consumption lounge in Los Angeles, California. Additionally, she consults with holistic health product manufacturers and related companies. Laura received an Ozy Rising Stars award for her pioneering work in shining a light on the health benefits of holistic practices. Lagano’s core value is about nurturing relationships through collaboration to rid the world of health misconceptions.

A Brooklynite by birth, Lagano made her home on the Hudson in Hoboken, New Jersey, where she raised her three children with her husband Stephen Lagano, and is now proud to call herself a Jersey girl. Their daughter Isabella is working in the community and on her way to independent living thanks to integrative healing approaches, including nutrition.


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