If you’re one of millions of American who struggle with weight, I have been there. I was led to a career in dietetics after battling through my own childhood struggles with weight and symptoms of pre-diabetes. Nutrition isn’t just a career for me, it’s my passion, and I’ve been fortunate to have worked on a number of initiatives over the years that I hope have made a difference in the world of health and wellness.
I graduated from the University of Akron with a major in dietetics and went on to found the Coordinated Dietetics Program at my alma mater. Early in my career, this program gave me the opportunity to collaborate with, and to learn from, some of the brightest minds in nutrition.
In a past role, I had the honor of leading nutrition for the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute for 15 years.
I spent ten years in Washington, DC where I went to college (George Washington University), and then Graduate school (The American University) where I received my Master’s Degree in Health Management.
I am a contributor to the Huffington Post, the TODAY Show, and have been a regular contributor on the Dr. Oz show for many years where I currently serve on the Medical Advisory Board. You can watch a show I host on PBS as well called The New Rules of Food.
My best selling book, Skinny Liver, focuses on the epidemic of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease exploding across America, and especially in underrepresented communities and communities of color. You can watch segment one of a two part series I did on the book with the Dr. Oz show, here and part two here.
During my time with the Cleveland Clinic, one of the interventions we used consistently was nutrigenomics, otherwise known as “DNA diets.” While matching DNA and diet isn’t the solution to every issue, a new and growing body of science is teaching us that it’s a field that is here to stay, and one that will only strengthen as time passes and more research is published. I saw first hand with hundreds of patients how a personalized diet regimen can result in greater weight loss, better cardio metabolic outcomes, and perhaps most importantly greater adherence.
To offer the public insight into where I see the field of nutrigenomics progressing into the future, I authored a piece for the TODAY Show website titled “Do DNA Based Diets Work?”
Because of the success I saw at the Cleveland Clinic with genomics and nutrition, and because I believe nutrigenomics represents the next frontier in nutrition counseling, I decided to join the Gene Food team as Chief Nutrition Officer. There has been a proliferation of DNA diet companies in recent years and it’s more important now than ever to ensure that personalized nutrition products are rooted in sound science.
As DNA diets explode in popularity, it will be vitally important to maintain scientific integrity and to avoid overselling genetic interventions. The Gene Food team, with its science first approach, was a great fit for me and I couldn’t be more excited to spread the message of personalized nutrition through the Gene Food platform.
Notable media appearances
- Insider: Nutrition Experts React to the Keto Diet’s New Ranking as One of the Worst Diets of 2020
- US News: What is the Healthiest Olive Oil?
- WebMD: Quarantine Weight Gain Not A Joking Matter
- Today: Can Packaged Foods be Healthy?
- ABC News: 10 Healthy Foods That Can Make You Feel Gross
- Dr. Oz: The Truth About Soy: Is It Healthy Or Dangerous?
- Time Magazine: Is Dried Fruit Just a Giant Sugar Bomb?
- New York Times: Guidelines for When Food Goes Bad
- PBS: The New Rules of Food with Kristin Kirkpatrick