Hometown Nourished was established with the concept that fulfillment in our daily life directly impacts our philosophical, psychological, emotional, behavioral, and physical well being. We recognize understanding how and why we eat begins a life long journey beyond food, weight, and body.
Our priority is to rediscover what it truly means to be nourished. As medical nutrition therapists we are educated and trained in food as medicine while integrating therapeutic techniques to help you break free of your conditioned beliefs and behaviors regarding food and body image.
Through one on one nutrition counseling and group sessions, we will guide you in building your hometown where mind, body, and nourishment are the foundation to a healthy and balanced life.
I am a graduate of La Salle University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and a minor in Psychology. Supplementing my degree, I also qualified for the Coordinated Program in Dietetics based in hospitals, community outreach centers and clinics, and fitness and rehabilitation centers within the Philadelphia area. I later completed my Masters of Science in Integrative and Functional Nutrition (IFN) from Saybrook University with a 100 hour internship at the Renfrew Center of Ridgewood, NJ and training from the Center of Mind Body Medicine.
My nutrition career began at the age of 12 when I sought out nutrition counseling for being obese. I did not know at the time what that term meant, but the school and then my peers sure let me know; the battle of weight and low self-esteem ensued. It became apparent that many individuals suffer from distorted body image and poor food relationships.
Throughout my personal and professional experience, I validated my overwhelming need to become a Registered Dietitian for the well-being of my clients. My nutrition philosophy has always been “it’s more than food”. This statement is an understanding of all struggles that are related to the many unhealthy thoughts and actions that we reenact each day surrounding eating choices and behaviors. Obtaining additional training in IFN, my goal for a client is to help them identify and understand their own relationship with food and individual nutritional needs by tapping into the philosophical, psychological, and emotional terms of the manners that hinder an individual from their best self.
Because of my experience, I am an active member in the National Eating Disorder Association as a leader of various National Eating Disorder Awareness Week activities. Annually, I participate in the NEDA Walk in New York City where I raise funds to spotlight how important the opportunity and possibility of recovery is. When not in session, I am with my family, friends, and beloved dog, traveling and finding adventures through Groupon, or re-watching Golden Girls, Eat Pray Love, or any football movie.
I graduated from the University of Delaware with a bachelors of science in nutrition and dietetics. After this I completed my dietetic internship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. During this internship I worked with a variety of patients both in the hospital and in various outpatient clinics as well as out in the community. I have since spent my nutrition career continuing to focus on helping people reach their nutrition goals.
I became interested in nutrition at a young age. I was on and off countless diets as a young adolescent and then sought help from a dietitian. The biggest lesson I have learned on my personal journey is to be kind to yourself and learn to focus on overall health and happiness and not a number on a scale. When in session I want to help my clients to not only focus on health but also find happiness from within when it comes to relationships with food and your body.
When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I love baking, singing, seeing live theatre, traveling to explore new places and of course trying the local cuisine!
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