It is truly an honor beginning my career as a credentialed Registered Dietitian at Buffalo Nutrition & Dietetics after graduating with my combined Bachelor and Master of Science Degree in Dietetics from D’Youville College in May 2020.
My experience comes from completing over 1200 hours of dietetic internship in a variety of areas including pediatrics, critical care, gastroenterology, counseling, and research. I had the privilege of completing my pediatric nutrition rotation at John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital of Buffalo working directly with children and families navigating various stages of difficult digestive diagnoses. In
addition to the inpatient setting, I worked in the outpatient setting at the UBMD Pediatric GI clinics where I routinely rendered support to children with developmental delays, tube feed dependency, and metabolic and genetic disorders. I had the honor to complete an additional specialized pediatric nutrition rotation at the Children’s’ Hospital of Philadelphia Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Center where I was invited to work with their gastrointestinal Registered Dietitians and their pediatric gastrointestinal patients and families. I personally witnessed the healing effects from the most up to date, groundbreaking, nutritional therapies for IBD: Crohn’s Disease Exclusion Diet (CDED), Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), Exclusive Enteral Nutrition (EEN), Anti-inflammatory diet, and the Semi-vegetarian diet. I was fortunate enough to work with ages ranging from Very Early Onset (VEO) Inflammatory Bowel Disease (children under 6 years of age), to adult patients phasing out of the pediatric IBD Center, all while participating in the latest breakthrough research and treatments in this area for pediatric Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.
I have a very strong interest in the treatment and management of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. I have spent hours of time researching and reading practice guidelines to educate myself further to provide the best nutrition care possible for my patients. My completed graduate research project is entitled “The Specific Carbohydrate Diet as an Evidence-Based Dietary Therapy for Inflammatory Bowel Disease”. I am also an active presenter of my research, member, and fundraiser for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. I am actively trying to ‘mind the gap’, the 17-year lag time it takes research to become implemented into practice. I have a strong desire to learn and grow as a practitioner, while always having a positive impact on the nutrition care outcomes of my patients.
My story is kind of twofold. I am a patient myself but I am also a provider. My passion for pursuing a career as a Registered Dietitian with advanced training and credentials, dates to the day of my diagnosis of Severe Crohn’s Disease. My own personal integrative and functional medical journey has not only allowed me to learn how to advocate for myself but also advocate, empathize, and connect with my patients on a much deeper level. I personally know how debilitating gastrointestinal conditions can be on a pediatric and now adult patient level affecting day to day quality of life. Not only has the Specific Carbohydrate Diet given me my life back, I have been in remission for over six years from this diet therapy alone. This diet has fueled a passion inside of me for wanting to share all I have learned and experienced with others suffering from these debilitating digestive diseases and to just have another tool in your complicated IBD toolboxes. Specifically, I have a very strong interest in the treatment and management of Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Completing my Master’s degree has allowed me the opportunity to become further educated on managing these advanced disease states, while being a walking advocate for children and adults with chronic illnesses by personally demonstrating how to use food as medicine. I am on a mission to raise awareness for my IBD patients and to help find a better path for patients everywhere.
Food is medicine. We see this not only in diets like the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, which can resolve inflammation and recover a person with IBD from debilitating symptoms, but with the many other evidenced-based nutrition therapies used to treat GI disease and dysfunction. Diet and nutrition's healing effect is also seen in IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), GERD, Gastritis, Peptic Ulcer Disease, Short Bowel Syndrome, Gastroparesis, Malabsorption Disorders, Food Allergies/Sensitivities/Intolerances, Hepatitis, and the list goes on.
I am passionate about working with patients and families in the management of these conditions, drawing not only on my education, but my personal experience, to help individuals make positive complementary and alternative food-first lifestyle changes tailored to their unique needs. As an integrative and functional RDN, I have the professional expertise, clinical judgement, and experience to treat not only GI diseases, but also the many coinciding chronic and metabolic diseases that plague our community, such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and many others. Natural medicine is a rich and delicious world with the power to heal you.
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist - The Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics '
Commission On Dietetic Registration (CDR)
Certified Dietitian Nutritionist - University of the State of New York
Education Department Office of the Professions
Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (AND)
Dietitians In Integrative & Functional Medicine (AND Practice Group)
Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group (AND Practice Group)
Western & Central NY Chapter Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation (CCF)