Dallas and Melissa Hartwig founded Whole9 in 2009. Since then, the Whole9 community has grown by leaps and bounds. Together, the Whole9 and Whole30 websites currently serve nearly 1 million visitors a month, with readers checking in from more than 100 different countries.
Whole9 has since expanded to bring on Jamie Scott and Dr. Anastasia Boulais, who founded Whole9 South Pacific in 2012. Our team is also supplemented by four Whole9 Seminar Teams traveling throughout the U.S. and Canada, a growing roster of Whole30 Envoys, and our expert Whole30 Forum Moderators.
Dallas Hartwig, MS, PT, CISSN, RKC
Dallas grew up in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. His interest in making the world a better place converged with his interest in science in college, when he received a BS in Anatomy & Physiology from Andrews University in 2000, and an MS in Physical Therapy in 2001. He became a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist in 2003, and has since accumulated many health and exercise-related certifications, including RKC-certified kettlebell instructor, and Certified Sports Nutritionist through the International Society of Sports Nutrition.
He co-owned a strength and conditioning facility with his wife Melissa until founding Whole9 with her in 2009. They have since turned Whole9 into one of the world’s premier Paleo-focused communities, and their site and original Whole30® program have grown to serve over a million visitors a month. In 2012, he co-authored the New York Times bestselling book It Starts With Food, and founded his functional medicine practice, mentoring under one of the most respected practitioners in the country, Dr. Daniel Kalish. Dallas is on advisory boards for Paleo(fx) and the Institute for Functional Medicine. In his free time, Dallas snowboards and mountain bikes, and travels both for fun and for Whole9 nutrition seminars.
Melissa Hartwig, CISSN, RKC
Melissa Hartwig was born in Nashua, NH, and was a typical East Coast girl (active, Type-A, and never talked to strangers) until moving to Salt Lake City, UT with her husband Dallas in 2010. She quit the highest paying corporate job she’ll ever have in April of that year to found Whole9, a community focused on health, fitness, balance and sanity. Since then, the Whole9 (and their original Whole30® program) have grown to serve nearly a million visitors a month, and Melissa once again has health insurance.
She is the New York Times bestselling author of It Starts With Food, a Certified Sports Nutritionist through the International Society of Sports Nutrition, and is a current candidate for a Masters degree in Health and Nutrition Education from Hawthorn University. She coaches kettlebells as an RKC-certified kettlebell instructor, and is an Ambassador for Lolë, a lifestyle brand that encourages women to Live Out Loud Everyday by getting active and getting involved in their communities.
Erin Handley, MS
Erin Handley, our Director of Operations, has a Masters degree in Health Promotion and Education from the University of Utah and has worked in the public health field for the past 8 years. Most recently she was the Assistant Director for a non-profit organization that mobilized high-risk communities around important health issues including obesity and nutrition.
From Erin: “I have spent the most recent years of my professional life facilitating grassroots health program planning and I recognize that the Paleo diet and programs such as the Whole9/Whole30 are, in fact, a grassroots movement of their own. Society has been following the nutrition “rules” for decades and, in a strange twist of fate, still finds TRUE health elusive. Giving people permission to eat real, whole food instead of counting calories and cutting fat is a paradigm shift in the world of nutrition and health and, as a member of the Whole9 team, I look forward to doing what I can to help Melissa and Dallas get their message to as many folks as possible.”
Robin, our Director of Communications, has a B.S. in Print Journalism from Missouri State University. She has used her education and training everywhere from corporate conference rooms to her own kitchen table, where she takes on the role of Nutrition Specialist for her husband, two Good Food kids, and her very large dog. She also works behind the scenes as part of the CrossFit Springfield nutrition team, helping fellow athletes achieve their training goals through smart nutrition.
From Robin: “I’ve got a penchant for telling tales – not Paul Bunyan tales or Boy Who Cried Wolf Tales, but the tales of everyday life. One of my favorite stories to tell is about how a change in nutrition revolutionized the lives of everyone in my family. Everyone deserves to know how real, whole food can make a difference in their life wherever they are. I’m excited to be able to use my skills to spread the ‘Good Food Word’ as part of the Whole9 team.”
Kristen Crandall, BA
Kristen, our Functional Medicine Admin, has a B.A. in American History and Art from Southern Utah University. Over the past few years, she has used her education and experience as a Researcher for an American History Civil War book, an Art Curator for a fine art gallery, and her most important role as mother of two kids. She also plays competitive volleyball, something that helped pay her way through her early college years at Dixie State University. As well as volleyball, Kristen enjoys participating with her husband as a “casual Cross-Fitter”.
From Kristen: “I’ve seen how nutrition and exercise can improve peoples lives. It all starts with an individual and a choice. I believe that one choice to choose healthy food can change lives. I believe Whole9 is helping people make that personal change and better choices possible. I am grateful and excited to be part of the Whole9 team.