Since 2007, clients have sought nutrition counseling and yoga consulting with me, a metro Boston nutrition therapist, registered dietitian and yoga teacher, for my comfortable counseling style and ability to create a safe container in which they can explore the inner workings of what it means to be them.
My current practice in Watertown Square integrates the Internal Family Systems (IFS) counseling method, as well as motivational interviewing and yoga therapy. Extensive training in IFS continues as I serve as program assistant for various levels of training, and as I and Molly Kellogg RD LCSW integrate a new and exciting introduction of the model to dietitians nation-wide in a one-day training with called “Internal Family Systems for Dietitians: Expanding the Toolkit of Behavioral Change.”
As a consultant for Good Measures, I offer clients this dietitian-developed nutrition teaching platform for tracking food and exercise intake so they learn about patterns of eating that support increasing energy, and nutrients that promote wellness, and what foods contain them. It is the only platform of its kind that offers meal and snack suggestions based on achieving nutrient balance in 32 ways – protein, carbs, fat and fiber, and multiple vitamins and minerals.
My current practice follows on the heels of over 8 years as clinic manager of the Nutrition and Weight Management Center at Boston Medical Center. There, I coordinated multiple clinical obesity nutrition trials and treated hundreds of patients for:
- overweight and obesity
- digestive health
- disordered eating & compulsive over eating
- heart disease
- vegetarian and other specialty diets
A highlight at the same institution was as co-investigator for a ‘Yoga for Low Back Pain’ study, as developer of the yoga protocol, teaching sequence, and an audio CD and detailed visual guide for participants to use at home, along with leading a 12-week class series to an underserved population in Boston.
From 2002 to 2013, I played an integral part of a superb health team in developing and sustaining a web-based nutrition and exercise intervention program (www.DASHforHealth.com), which is offered as a retail site and to employers as a corporate wellness program.
For over seven years, I volunteered with the Vegetarian Nutrition Evidence Analysis Library (EAL) for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association), a website that offers assistance to dietitians with questions about vegetarian and vegan clients. The finale for the EAL project was co-authoring a Vegetarian Nutrition Toolkit for other dietitians to use with their own vegetarian clients that is now published. Following that was a 2-year stint as Secretary with the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group and 3-years as a volunteer in service as RD Resources Coordinator (providing expertly written vegetarian nutrition information to RDNs and consumers alike).
Prior to BMC, I developed corporate wellness packages for health insurance companies, and self-insured corporations and hospitals.
Professional affiliations include the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Massachusetts Dietetics Association, and professional membership with the Multi-Service Eating Disorder Association (MEDA).