Learn the tool that will

provide your clients with

tailored protocols based off

bio-individual feedback

What's the Functional Clinical Assessment (FCA)?

The Functional Clinical Assessment (FCA) is an advanced hands-on skill that directly communicates with the client's body. With this technique, the practitioner can use palpation of specific points to ascertain levels of organ stress in the body.

From there they determine solutions to those stresses through the process of Lingual-Neural Testing (LNT).

This process is a pathway to obtaining objective information from the body about the areas it needs the most support.

With the body's feedback, the practitioner is able to provide a bio-individualized protocol for the client that has demonstrated effectiveness through the LNT process.




Discover how to move and position your body to not only perform techniques effectively and consistently, but also to maintain health and longevity for your own body as a practitioner.


Learn a variety of reflex points that correspond to different organs and body systems.


Unlock the mysteries of bio-individualized protocols to find what works best for each client with this advanced supplementation tool.


Understand the correct, depth, pressure, and direction to apply to each reflex point to consistently obtain accurate, objective feedback from the body.


Gain valuable analytical experience as you learn to synthesize the data collected and translate it into actionable recommendations that will help a client achieve their health goals.


Determine how to instantaneously identify potential food sensitivities and empower clients to self-evaluate as needed.


Explore which nutrients will have the most efficacy for different types of organ and system stress in the body.


Deepen your understanding of the important considerations and professional practices you need to uphold when performing a hands-on assessment.

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These offerings are for NTP and FNTP graduates only. According to your credential, select your option below before proceeding to check out. See workshop location below.

+ a social gathering on Friday, April 5th (included in tuition cost)


Only 26 spots available! They will fill up quickly.

Program Dates:

  • Registration Window:  NOW - January 26th, 2024 (or sooner if spots fill up)
  • Online Course Dates:  Jan 29th, 2024 - March 24th, 2024 (Course duration is 8-weeks)  
  • In-person Workshop Dates:  April 3rd - 5th, 2024


  • 8-week online course and 3-day in-person workshop.
  • NTPs will become FNTPs upon successful completion of the workshop.
  • Entry to a social gathering on Friday, April 5th (more details to come)

Tuition: $2000

(price set to increase in the future)

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Only 26 spots available! They will fill up quickly.

Program Dates:

  • Registration Window:  NOW - January 26th, 2024 (or sooner if spots fill up)
  • In-Person Workshop Dates:  April 6th - 7th, 2024


  • A 2-day in-person workshop
  • Access to online curriculum to refresh knowledge (no online course to complete)
  • Entry to a social gathering on Friday, April 5th (more details to come)

Tuition: $250

(price set to increase in the future)


East West College of the Healing Arts

East West College in Portland

1515 SW 5th Ave

Portland, OR 97201


Thomas Gilliford, FNTP, BA

Hey, Thomas here! I’m from Kansas City (Kansas) originally, where I earned my degree in economics at Rockhurst University. Currently, I am sick of the subpar BBQ in Denver, where I’ve made my home with my lovely family. I’m a father of three: one human, one cat, and one pup, the favorite being the one that is least messy that day.

I’m an FNTP, Structural Integration Practitioner and sworn mortal enemy of pain! Having spent too many years experiencing my own issues I embarked on a quest to master various healing techniques from the ancient masters. I couldn’t find them. But I have been a practicing bodyworker since 2011 and FNTP since 2014, combining the practices to help people live their lives the way they want to.

My true passion, however, is teaching, which I have done in some capacity for the Nutritional Therapy Association since 2016. In addition to being the Subject Matter Expert for Sleep, Stress and Nutrient Dense Diet at NTA, I run a case study group for graduates to keep both them and myself sharp! Some things I enjoy doing – besides educating students and helping clients – are trying new restaurants, foregoing new restaurants for old favorites, and complaining about the quality of tea at most coffee shops. I like food, and I want you to like it too.


We've got A's for your Q's

What's the difference between and NTP and FNTP?

The difference is that FNTPs learn this Functional Clinical Assessment skill. Both NTPs and FNTPs are trained to help their clients find lasting health and wellness.

What’s the difference between the FCA Course and the FCA Refresher Workshop?

The FCA course is for NTPs who have not previously learned the FCA skill. The FCA Refresher Workshop is for FNTPs who are looking to brush up on their FCA skills.

Can I take this course if I’m not an NTP or FNTP?

No. These courses and workshops are for NTP and FNTP graduates only.

Can I take this course if I am a NTP student?

No. You will need to wait until you have graduated and earned your NTP credential.  

How long is the course?

The FCA Course for NTPs includes an 8-week online course and 3-day in-person workshop.

The FCA Refresher Workshop for FNTPs includes a 2-day in-person workshop.

During the workshop weekends for both, you will have the opportunity to connect with your fellow NTPs and FNTPs in a social gathering on Friday, April 5th.

How often will the FCA course be offered going forward?

The FCA training will be offered two to four times a year based on demand. We will rotate the locations based on demand.

In 2024, we will hold trainings in Portland, OR; Denver or Boulder, CO; and Austin, TX. The fourth location is to be determined.  

How much does this cost?

For our inaugural launch, we are offering an amazing tuition prices that are set to increase in the future. Take advantage now! Spots are limited.**

FCA Course for NTPs: $2,000. For the first two weeks of enrollment (10/10-10/24), we are offering a $250 discount, bringing the tuition to $1750. See your email for the coupon code!  

FCA Refresher Workshop for FNTPs: $250

**All attendees will be responsible for their own travel & lodging.

How many seats are available?

FCA Course for NTPs: There will be 26 seats.

FCA Refresher Workshop for FNTPs: There will be 26 seats.

Spots are first come, first served.  

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