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Dr. Oscar Coetzee, Ph.D., DCN Clinical Nutritionist

Dr. Oscar Coetzee was born and raised in South Africa, where he completed his military schooling and bachelor’s degree with majors in criminology and psychology. A formidable force on the golf course, he reached national amateur colors as one of the highest-ranked amateur golfers in South Africa.

Dr. Coetzee began his professional career at Fair Oaks Hospital in Summit, N.J., where served as a drug counselor, suicide intervention advisor, and co-dependency specialist for two years. He also completed a graduate degree in organizational psychology (magna cum laude). Dr. Coetzee developed his own golf business, which included retail, management, export, and golf performance development. Soon Dr. Coetzee developed a strong golf performance enhancement practice, working with top-level club professional golfers, LPGA members, and international Asian and European Tour players. Dr. Coetzee coached Paul Peterson to his first European Tour win, the 2016 Czech Masters, with not only nutrition and mental coaching but also serving as his caddy. To further enhance his work with professional athletes, Dr. Coetzee made a shift in his clinical work pursuing two nutrition degrees: a master’s in human nutrition (summa cum laude) and a doctorate in holistic nutrition (cum laude). He was awarded the best thesis award for his case series trial on Metabolic Syndrome Reversal.

In 2006, Dr. Coetzee joined forces with Dr. James Proodian at Natural Healthcare Center in Long Branch, N.J., where he currently serves as the Nutrition Department’s Clinical Director. Together, they have built a Clinical Nutrition Department whose work is rooted in scientific research and whose 30 dietary protocols are based on Dr. Coetzee’s 15 years of clinical experience. His specialties are metabolic syndrome, intestinal permeability, neurological disorders, inflammatory bowel diseases, and almost all chronic inflammatory diseases. Dr. Coetzee’s clinical intuition has made him known for unraveling some complex medical cases.

In 2012, Dr. Coetzee joined the faculty at Maryland University of Integrative Health, where he was offered a full-time faculty position and received ranking as “assistant professor” in 2015. Dr. Coetzee is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Bridgeport, where he teaches an organizational business course in the Virtual Clinic. In 2014, West Point Academy made Dr. Coetzee an official assistant golf coach, where he oversees the cadets’ mental and nutritional status.

Dr. Coetzee is a Certified Board Supervisor for the CNS (Certified Nutrition Specialists) and is currently on the national board exam committee for the National Association of Nutritional Professionals (NANP). He also served as legislative chair for the NANP from 2009 to 2011.

In 2017, Dr. Coetzee received the "Great Esteem Award" at Maryland University of Integrative Health for his dedication and devotion to student performance and their academic evolvement. This award is voted on and recommended by the student body representing all students.

Dr. Coetzee finished his second doctorate from Maryland University of Integrative Health, with a specialization in nutrigenomics. Dr. Coetzee is heavily involved with research and peer review publications in specifying on individual case studies and case series trials.