Meet our Founder - Donna Gannon
Donna Gannon is both a firecracker and a calming presence. She brims with energy and yet is a gentle listener. She articulates her philosophy as both a clarion call to action and as a way to nurture the body and soul. In short, Donna represents the best characteristics of a coach: enthusiasm and passion tempered by thoughtfulness and empathy.
Perhaps this duality stems from the fact that Donna intimately understands the impact that stress and poor nutrition can have on a person's body and soul. As the influential Chief Operating Officer of a fast growing telecom technology company, she often found herself struggling with the high demands of her job and, like many of us, she found it difficult to juggle her professional responsibilities, her home life and the relationships she cherished with family and friends. The stress began to take a toll on her health: she noticed drastic changes in her skin, weight and mood.
She reached an epiphany that changed the trajectory of her life and led her to embrace the needs of her physical, mental and spiritual health. Through education, training and study, she came to realize true health is a way of life.
Donna created Skinternal as a way to bring together her knowledge and best practices in nutrition, skincare, detoxification and lifestyle management. Her holistic and integrative approach to health, wellness and beauty has helped clients achieve balance and happiness in their lives.
Donna Gannon has achieved professional certification and licensing in a number of disciplines that unite her philosophy and integrative approach to health and wellness. These areas include:
- Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
- Natural Foods Chef
- Certified Yoga Instructor 500RYT
- Certified Pranayama Instructor
- Licensed Esthetician
Donna began her exploration into nutrition at the French (International) Culinary Institute in New York City where she studied classic culinary arts with Master Chefs Jacques Pepin, Andre Soltner and Jacques Torres. After graduating, she specialized in preparing healthy foods that were as delicious as they were nutritious.
At the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Donna studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods, was trained in more than 100 dietary theories and was taught by the leaders in mind-body medicine. She explored practical lifestyle management techniques and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. Her teachers included Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Dr. Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine; Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University; Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating; and many other leading researchers and nutrition authorities.
Additionally, Donna graduated from the Christine Valmy International School of Esthetics and obtained her license to be an esthetician with advanced training in noninvasive healing. Her training has enabled her to employ nutrition and innovative technology to detoxify the body and treat the skin from within. This unique internal approach to skincare helps to remedy the underlining issues that cause many skin conditions. She continued her study through several holistic nutrition seminars and spent countless hours researching noninvasive holistic treatments for well-being.
Donna is also a certified 500 RYT from the American Yoga Academy and Kranti Yoga in Goa, India. Her love for yoga led her to become an area developer for the one of a kind fitness experience TruFusion.
Her latest endeavor is working along side Interactive Beauty Founder and Host, Tiffany Andersen. Together they introduce world class physicians and experts to educate viewers on a wholistic approach to true health and beauty.
"I've been very blessed to study and work with some of the worlds most talented and loving teachers. I am forever grateful for each and every one of them and hope to pass on all that I have learned to spread health and happiness to all. I am and will always be a student that loves to teach"
- Donna Gannon
Meet our Formulator
Dr. Eddie Omar Ph.D.
Research Scientist, Natural Product Chemist & Phyto-C CEO
Dr. Omar holds a PhD from the University of Rhode Island in Pharmaceutical Science: Pharmacognosy. Pharmacognosy "is the study of medicinal drugs derived from plants and other natural sources". In addition to his teaching, he has been published in several technical journals, was awarded one patent and one invention disclosure for his work relating to compounds inhibiting the effects of diabetes, and is a member of the American Chemical Society.
Dr. Omar has 2 patents and 2 patents pending from his natural product discoveries published in high impact factor journals from his research at the University of Rhode Island and from his invention of "Wake the PH Up".
His worth ethic has been an ongoing inspiration as has his passion and commitment to innovation and self growth. Even with a long line of accomplishments and hard work, Dr. Eddie Omar is just getting started.