Mary Purdy, MS, RDN, works at the Scientific Wellness company, Arivale, in Seattle, as Clinical Training Lead and Coach providing nutrition and lifestyle counseling to clients using personalized genetic data and functional labs to help them improve their health. Before that she was in private practice for 8 years. She was adjunct professor at Bastyr University for three years and spent five years as a clinical supervisor at their teaching clinic The Bastyr Center for Natural Health. She taught an online module on therapeutic diets with the IFNA Academy and has provided numerous webinars and workshops for nutrition professionals and the public. She has been interviewed on Seattle’s Public Radio and on local Seattle TV, and quoted in numerous magazines and websites including Prevention, Today’s Dietitian, Experience Life, and Natural Health. She has served on the DIFM board for several years as Communications Chair and is the Past President of the Greater Seattle Dietetic Association. She also co-authored the Diet Appendix for The Anti-Inflammatory Diet chapter for the 14th ed. of Krause’s Food & The Nutrition Care Process and is the host of the online web series and podcast, “Mary’s Nutrition Show.”
Danielle Omar is an innovative culinary nutritionist, author, and expert consultant, frequently lending her love of creating to some of the country’s most highly recognized food features in television, radio, web, and print media. She’s a regularly featured blogger, an expert consultant to food writers nationwide, and founder of foodconfidence.com, where she inspires men and women to confidently transform their wellness goals into sustainable, healthy new lifestyles.
Danielle is Chair Elect of Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine and has served on the board for the past 3 years as Marketing Chair. She is also past Chair of the Council on Practice for the Northern Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Kelly Morrow, MS, RDN is an Associate Professor in the department of Nutrition and Exercise Science at Bastyr University and Nutrition Clinic Coordinator at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health in Seattle, Washington. At the Bastyr Center, Kelly leads teams of nutrition graduate students in an integrative medicine teaching clinic where they collaborate with Naturopathic Doctors, Medical Doctors and practitioners of East Asian Medicine and Acupuncture.
Since 2002, she has been teaching faculty at Bastyr University delivering lectures in both the undergraduate and master’s programs in Nutrition as well as the Naturopathic Medicine, Midwifery and Acupuncture programs. She regularly speaks to lay populations and at professional conferences, is a media representative for Bastyr University and a past Media Representative for the Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In the recent past, Kelly has delivered talks for the Academy of Nutrition, Northwest Renal Dietitians, The Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians, The Greater Seattle Dietetic Association, The North Sound Dietetic Association, The Washington Medical Librarians Association, and The Bastyr Center Healthy Living Series.
Kelly is a content developer for the Inflammation Module of the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Certificate of Training through the Academy of Nutrition and the author of the Integrative Nutrition and Dietary Supplements chapter for the 14th Ed. of Krause’s Food and the Nutrition Care Process.
Kelly is the Past Chair for Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine (DIFM) and has also served on the Professional Advancement and Communications committees.
Dana M. Elia, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND has been a member of DIFM’s EC since 2013, first as Member Services Chair (2014-2016) and currently as Treasurer (2016-2018). Originally from New Jersey, Dana relocated to Lancaster, PA in 2001. She is the owner of Fusion Integrative Health and Wellness, LLC in Lancaster, PA and also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the PA College of Health Sciences. When not working she loves to spend her time hiking, camping, traveling with her husband James, scuba diving, or spoiling her rescued lab, Champ. Dana will be beginning her doctoral studies in September at MUIH and hopes to have her DCN by summer 2020.
Previously held DIFM DPG positions include Chair Elect (2013-2014), Chair (2014-2015), and Past Chair (2015-2016). Registered since 1995, Mary Beth has practiced at three teaching hospital-based integrative medicine centers over the past two decades- Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NY, NY (1996-2000), Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center for Health & Healing, NY, NY (2000-2016) and Englewood Hospital and Medical Center Graf Center for Integrative Medicine, Englewood, NJ (2016-Present). Mary Beth has also practiced in home health care, research, consulting, and private practice settings. Mary Beth’s speaking highlights include the United Nations Committee on Aging, American Institute for Cancer Research Cancer Survivor Conference, Integrative Healthcare Symposium, Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE), and the New York, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Nebraska, West Virginia, and Wisconsin Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics meetings. Mary Beth has been featured on CBS, ABC, NBC, and Fox 5 News, Today in New York, CNN Market Watch, Discovery Health TV, and National Public Radio. After a diagnosis of cancer at age 22, Mary Beth is dedicated to sharing her personal and professional passion to educate people about the interconnected health of people, food and land, and the marriage of nutrition sciences with the wisdom of nature for health promotion and the prevention and management of disease.
Denine Rogers, MS, RDN, LD, FAND, is an Integrative Registered Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, and owner of Living Healthy which is a unique nutrition, health, and wellness consulting business in Douglasville, Georgia in Douglas County. Denine has been a wellness food and nutritional lifestyle management consultant for over the past 15 years to food service companies, hospitals, federal government programs, educational institutions, corporations, small businesses and healthcare facilities. She is a fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, received her Bachelor‘s Degree in Clinical Nutrition from Howard University and has recently graduated with honors a Masters Degree in Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the graduate certificate in Herbal Medicine at American College of Health Sciences. Denine works full-time as a Telemedicine Nutritional Consultant with Anthem where she currently doing a Facebook Live presentation on Health Equity in the African American Population. She has also completed her work as a Nutritional Consultant Speaker for Abbott Nutrition about Malnutrition, Gerontology Nutrition, Health Disparities, Women, Minorities and the African American Nutritional Communities. These presentations were to key opinion leaders and stakeholders in Washington, DC and at select legislative and policy conferences. Denine is currently working part-time as a preceptor for Life University and is a Contributing Writer to Heart and Soul Magazine and the Stone Soup Blogger. She is an Alumni Ambassador for American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) and a member of the American Herbal Guild and Georgia Herbal Guild. She is also a Volunteer Master Gardener in the State of Georgia where she has been able to work and teach about herbs, gardening, and nutrition to the Douglas County local communities, schools, social and civic groups. She also volunteers in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as Secretary of Dietitians of Integrative and Functional Medicine (DIFM), Second Century Liaison of National Organization of Blacks in Dietetics and Nutrition (NOBIDAN), part of the Diversity Committee for the Georgia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (GADA) and a member of the Asian Indian in Nutrition and Dietetics (AIND). In 2017, Ms. Rogers is collaborating with Today’s Dietitian Magazine in writing articles and doing a webinar in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Integrative Nutrition, Aromatherapy, and Herbal Medicine.
Stephanie Harris is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine in Cleveland Ohio. She is also the Director of the Combined Dietetic Internship/Master’s Degree Program in the Department of Nutrition at CWRU. Stephanie teaches classes for undergraduate and graduate level nutrition majors, as well as medical students. She is also involved in the development of dietary supplement, wellness, and food as medicine/culinary medicine curriculum for medical students studying in the JJM Mandel Wellness and Preventative Care Pathway at CWRU. Her research interests have centered on the use of metabolomics and stable isotope techniques for the discovery of new metabolites in various disease states, and more recently expanded to (i) dietary supplement use and motivations for use, (ii) education, knowledge, and attitudes of integrative medicine among dietetics practitioners and educators, and (iii) nutrition education for health care professionals. Stephanie has served on the Executive Committee of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine (DIFM) Dietetics Practice Group since 2013. She received Ohio’s 2015 Outstanding Dietetic Educator Award. Stephanie obtained her PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry & Human Metabolism and her MS in Nutrition from CWRU. She completed her dietetic internship at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and received her BS in Nutrition, Food and Agriculture from Cornell University.
Susan Linke is the owner of Food Sensitivity Specialists in Dallas, TX where she specializes in working with patients that have chronic inflammatory conditions using functional and integrative approaches to Medical Nutrition Therapy including the LEAP protocol for food sensitivity management. She is on the advisory boards for the Integrative & Functional Nutrition Academy (IFNA) and Oxford Biomedical Technologies (OBT). Susan is also a Senior Mentor for OBT, and as such, actively mentors over 2,000 RDs and Certified LEAP Therapists, individually and collectively. She is a sought-after speaker, having presented at numerous local, state, and national meetings and conferences, in addition to many radio interviews and contributions to magazine articles. Although Susan has many hobbies, her favorite activity is playing with her grandkids.
Jessica Garay Redmond, MS, RDN, FAND is an Assistant Professor at Utica College. She is completing her PhD in Science Education at Syracuse University, where her research focused on fetal programming.
Jessica received her undergraduate degree in nutrition from Cornell University, followed by a dietetic internship in Yavapai County, Arizona. Jessica began her nutrition career at the Food Bank of Central New York. She then earned a Master of Science degree in Exercise Science, with a concentration in Exercise, Nutrition, and Eating Behavior, from George Washington University’s School of Public Health. During this time, she worked as an outpatient oncology dietitian at the Washington Cancer Institute. Jessica has a private practice, Major League Wellness, offering sports nutrition and weight management counseling, corporate wellness presentations, and more. She is certified in Adult Weight Management through the Committee on Dietetic Registration, is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher. She has previously served as secretary for DIFM.
- Aarti is a passionate educator and one of the very few registered dietitians in the country to be certified in functional medicine through the Institute of Functional Medicine. She provides a unique and very successful approach to personalized health and wellness as she incorporates an overall focus on mind-body-spirit connection in her work as a speaker and a nutrition consultant. She is the owner of Nutrition and Wellness Consulting and an adjunct faculty at Wayne State University. Aarti teaches her audiences how to create vibrant, nourishing lives combining the very best of modern science, nature, and ancient Indian wisdom. She has established herself as an expert on the subject of integrative and functional medicine and nutrition, cognitive health, PCOS, digestive health, allergies and food sensitivities.
Aarti lives in the Metro Detroit area with her husband. She enjoys fusion cooking, travelling, hiking and digging into scientific literature. She has a personal passion for gluten-free living, as she and her husband are both gluten sensitive.
Mary Alice’s thirty-plus years of experience spans corporate/manufacturing, community, education, academic, and clinical settings. She worked as a hospital in- and out-patient dietitian in the early part of her career and then moved to Penn State Cooperative Extension, where she spent over 17 years in nutrition and food safety education for the public. She incorporated integrative and functional nutrition into her nutrition education classes. During this time, Mary Alice also taught undergraduate nutrition courses. She then spent two years as the Wellness Manager for Heinz North American, where she oversaw wellness initiatives for 17 factories, three corporate offices, and 350+ sales staff. She then changed focus to overseeing the food safety and quality assurance of a $5.5 million manufacturing facility for large grocery store chain in PA and Ohio.
Mary Alice has been active in DIFM since 2005, starting as secretary and serving as DPG Chair in 2009. Most recently, she has spent the last several years planning the DIFM events at FNCE, including the membership reception. She has also served the profession as the Nominating Chair of PAND and president of Pittsburgh AND.
Ann is an Integrative Registered, Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist and owner of Nutrition 4 U, LLC which offers comprehensive nutrition counseling centered on the principles of functional medicine, whole foods nutrition and supplements based on individual needs. She has over 30 years of experience in the field of nutrition. Ann has worked in a variety of settings including, inpatient clinical, outpatient nutrition, long term care, corporate wellness and adjunct faculty educator. Currently, in addition to her private practice, Ann works as a Consultant Dietitian in long term care and corporate wellness with CareATC.
Ann received her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics at Central Michigan University and completed her internship At Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton Ohio. She earned her Master of Education in Counseling from Wichita State University. She is currently pursing additional education training through IFNA and hopes to further her counseling profession with certification in eating disorders.
Ann has been active on DIFM’s Executive Committee for the past 7 years, serving as Secretary, Nominating Committee Member and FNCE Planning Co-Chair. Her experience on the board has been invaluable and professionally rewarding.
In her spare time, Ann enjoys teaching a variety of fitness classes as a ACE certified group fitness instructor and certified Spinning instructor. She aspires to become a Registered Yoga Teacher.
Monique Richard MS, RDN, LDN is a past chair of DIFM and an internationally experienced dietitian specializing in counseling, consulting, and nutrition communication services. With a Master of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition and minor in psychology she believes everyone has the potential to enhance their life with a healthy diet and emphasizes a plant-based focused. Food can be medicine and fuel to thrive in life. She is an integrative clinical dietitian in an outpatient primary care clinic as well as Owner of Nutrition-In-Sight (www.eatrightrx.com). Monique is also a yoga teacher and incorporates many holistic, mindful components within her coaching style. Her personalized integrative approach to nutrition provides a prescription for health and wellbeing.
Therese Berry MS, RDN, LDN, CNSC has been a DIFM member since 2011 serving as Chair of Professional Advancement and Chair of the Speaker’s Bureau and currently as Professional Advancement Associate. Therese works for Coram CVS Specialty Infusion going on 10 years as a nutrition support dietitian where she cares for patients who require home parenteral nutrition. She has a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Notre Dame College and a Master of Science in Nutrition from Case Western Reserve Medical Center. She has been a certified nutrition support clinician since 2001. She has a strong interest in functional medicine, food as medicine and is passionate about the belief that health is more than just freedom from illness.
Michelle is a full-time Nutrition and Foods Instructor at Fullerton College in Fullerton, California. Michelle offers nutrition house calls through her part-time private practice, Go Wellness. In addition to serving as the Marketing Chair for DIFM, she is also the current Nominating Committee Chair for CAND-Orange District.
Malorie is an integrative registered dietitian nutritionist with over a decade of experience teaching clients on how to improve their life through eating better. Using the “food as medicine” approach, Malorie focuses on incorporating whole foods in order to help treat and manage numerous health conditions Malorie has a undergraduate degree in Clinical Dietetics and Nutrition from the University of Pittsburgh and a graduate degree in Human Nutrition from Eastern Michigan University.
Malorie started applying integrative nutrition to her practice after her first daughter was born with cerebral palsy. Using her experience with her daughter, Malorie now works with other special needs families on how to implement targeted integrative nutrition therapies to help these children thrive. Malorie is also studying to become an Integrative and Functional Nutrition Certified Practitioner (IFNCP).
Malorie is a certified LEAP therapist (CLT) and has received advanced clinical training in adverse food reactions, including food allergies, food sensitivities, and food intolerance.
Malorie is also certified in adult and pediatric weight management through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
When Malorie is not busy spreading the word about good nutrition she enjoys family time with her husband, two daughters and three dogs as well as practicing yoga.
- Lesli Bitel, MBA, RDN, LDN is the founder of Lesli Bitel Coaching where she serves as Master Business Coach & Mentor for integrative and functional dietitian nutritionists. She teaches leading-edge strategies designed to help RDNs to overcome the confusion and overwhelm associated with the business side of running a successful nutrition-focused practice enabling them to build joyful, thriving and profitable businesses.Presently, Lesli serves as Coaching and Mentoring Chair for DIFM where she facilitates monthly group forums designed to help our members with many aspects of the practice building process. Additionally, Lesli is a guest faculty and advisory board member for the Integrative Functional Nutrition Academy, and is author and presenter for numerous CPE-based webinar series including, her 7-module course, “Create a Thriving Integrative Functional Nutrition Business”Lesli has degrees in Dietetics, Health Fitness Promotion in Hospital and Corporate Settings and a Masters In Business Administration with concentrations in Global Business and Leadership Development.She offers private coaching, group programs, classes, webinars, and workshops. More information can be found at LesliBitel.com.
Since immigrating from Japan at a young age, I always had a deep interest in nutrition and health in different cultures. As a RD, I incorporate the science of the West and the wisdom of the East to provide a patient centered nutrition services to promote optimal health for the patients. I own and run a telehealth practice called ZEN Integrative Nutrition & Health, providing mindful eating coaching and integrative & functional nutrition counseling. When I am not with a patient, I love to travel -very often by myself, learn to cook different cuisines and eat them! I am thrilled to be a part of DIFM to make positive impacts for DIFM!
Passion for people drives Rita to provide personalized Integrative & Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy in her private practice in Baldwin Harbor, Long island, NY. Nationally and Internationally recognized RDN was instrumental in the formation of DIFM in 1998 which was formerly Nutrition and Complementary Care DPG. Rita enjoyed serving on its executive committee since its inception by playing a key role as nominating Committee member, Member Services, Reimbursement, Public Policy and Diversity Chair. Currently she serves as Diversity Committee Member. She also initiated DIFM’s Standard of Practice and Standard of Professional Performance (SOP/SOPP). She kept NCC / DIFM exhibits booths at the District and State Dietetic association, Internship fair, Food as Medicine Program and Integrative Health Symposium (IHS) in NY City. In 2004 she introduced NCC/DIFM to International Confederation of Dietetic Association (ICDA) to its 3000 delegates from 79 countries. All the time she carries DIFM membership Application in her pocket book to share with every breathing person to join DIFM. She mentors students and dietitians. She organizes and shares DIFM related webinars in many countries to all health care professionals. Rita is the founder of Indian American Dietetic Association (1992) IADA, Ethnic Networking Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics bringing all Indian Dietitians together and published the directory. Now IADA is called Asian Indian Member Interest Group (AIND MIG). She has served /is serving on executive committee of many Dietetic Practice Groups (DPGs) like Diabetes, Nutrition Entrepreneur, Vegetarian Nutrition, Women’s Health. She planted the seeds for Indian Foods: AAPI’s Guide to Nutrition, Health and Diabetes. (American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin) and is originator of AAPI’s Guide to Optimal Health : Using Principles of Functional Medicine and Nutritional Genomics part I,II and III as a service to the Global Community (aapiusa.org). She instituted Indian Dietetic Association (IDA) in India to ICDA in 1997.Rita has served on the board of the American Diabetes Association, Heart Association, Cancer Society, Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition & Hospital Food Administrator’s Association in NYC and Indian Community organizations. She appears on Indian TV and has been mentioned in the Academy Journal, Food and Nutrition magazine, Today’s Dietitian, Weight Watchers magazine, Food Service Director, All Indian Newspapers in USA and several newspapers in India. She is originally from Mandvi- Kutch Gujarat State, India. Rita lives with her husband Kashi in Long Island, NY. She loves to sing, snow skiing, explore fine dining, meet unique artists, listens to Indian Instrumental and vocal music, travelling, photography, visits temples, receiving and sharing motivational quotes on Whatsapp and challenges herself to what she is afraid of like Scuba diving !
Sarah Harding Laidlaw, MS, RDN, CDE is semi-retired, living in Western Colorado. She is a founding member of the DIFM DPG (formerly Nutrition In Complementary Care) and has been newsletter editor for TheIntegrativeRDN newsletter since the early 2000’s. Sarah is an Ambassador for Functional Formularies, disseminating information about their organic, whole food blended enteral fornulas to dietitians and patients in the Southwest, is Editor of the most recent AAPI e-book – AAPI’s Guide To Optimal Health Using Principles of Functional Medicine and Nutritional Genomics, and writes a monthly bog for Helm Publishing. When not spending time outdoors running, swimming, biking, hiking or sometimes gardening, she works PRN for Nutrition and Diabetes Services at a local hospital. Sarah is an active board member of the Montrose (Colorado) Farmer’s Market and likes to spend her winters in the milder climate of Nevada where she can remain active and outdoors while Colorado is enjoying cold and snowy weather!
Having had a successful career in journalism, music and television production, Jena was inspired to redirect her work path and returned to school after transforming her own health and life with integrative and functional nutrition. Following a more circuitous route, Jena amassed certifications from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, the Institute for the Psychology of Eating and a functional nutrition mentorship while attending and graduating from the University of Northern Colorado. She currently maintains a private practice where she specializes in digestive disorders and chronic pain and has been the main nutrition instructor for Charlottesville’s community education program since 2010, teaching about sugar metabolism, eating for energy and bone health, always with an integrative approach. She recently authored the chronic pain chapter for an upcoming integrative and functional MNT textbook and often presents to fellow RD’s wanting to incorporate integrative and functional tools into their practice. This is her second year as the Associate Editor of the Integrative RDN where she gets to marry her love for writing, nutrition and navigating current research. Although a New York City native, Jena is now fully adapted to the tranquility of Virginia, where she lives with her husband and son.
Olivia Dong, MPH, RDN, LDN is a fourth year doctoral student in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Olivia is interested in advancing the clinical application of pharmacogenetics and nutrigenetics within the precision medicine area to improve patient care. Her research focuses on overcoming barriers to the implementation of pharmacogenomic testing in the clinical setting through the creation of a new pharmacogenomic test that is lower in cost than existing tests and studying its pharmacoeconomic benefits to inform insurance reimbursement policy. Her nutrigenetic research focuses on identifying novel genetic variants that can help predict salt sensitivity hypertension. Olivia is a board member for the Durham-Chapel Hill Dietetic Association in North Carolina, and she has helped develop and co-teach a training workshop on nutrigenetics for healthcare professionals for the International Society of Nutrigenetics/Nutrigenomics (ISNN). Olivia received the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award for North Carolina in 2016. She completed her MPH-RDN training from UNC Chapel Hill and her BS training in Nutritional Sciences, Dietetics from UC Berkeley.
Janie Jacoby is a second-year master’s student in Community Nutrition and dietetics at Colorado State University. She is currently in the process of applying to dietetic internships, and is excited to see where that takes her next year. She is also currently working on her master’s thesis, which is focused on nutritional approaches to addressing Alzheimer’s disease and online curriculum development. Janie works in the CSU Extension office, where she develops nutrition-related educational materials. She is also the president of the Holistic Health Alliance at CSU, which is a student organization that hosts speakers and events on a variety of holistic health topics. When not working, she enjoys cooking, hiking, practicing yoga, listening to functional nutrition podcasts, and wandering farmer’s markets with a good cup of coffee.
- Lisa Shkoda received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Virginia Health System (UVA HS). She joined UVA team in 2014. Along with a couple of neurologists, Lisa established and developed Ketogenic Diet Therapy Program for Epilepsy at the UVA HS, where her team utilized ketogenic diets as an evidence-based treatment for seizures in kids and adults with epilepsy. Lisa presented at international conferences and trained a group of neurologist in Astana, Kazakhstan on ketogenic diets. Currently, Lisa is an oncology dietitian at the UVA Cancer Center in Charlottesville, VA. She has served in multiple leadership roles with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics on the national, state and local levels. Currently, she is the President for the district Blue Ridge Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in Virginia. She is on the public policy team of the Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She recently founded a Nutrition for Health RDN Consulting, LLC and provides nutrition consulting services. In her free time, Lisa enjoys staying active, traveling, cooking, yoga, and hiking.
Chris is currently a graduate student at the University of Washington completing a Masters in Public Health Nutrition and dietetic internship. She is passionate about food systems and equity, believing everyone has a right to safe, healthy and affordable food. She has worked with a number of organizations researching and supporting programs and policies to improve food environments, including the Center for Public Health Nutrition, the Washington State Department of Health, the Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Prior to returning to school to become a dietitian, she worked for 15 years in the restaurant and hospitality industry.
Bridgitte Carroll, M.S., R.D.N., L.D.N. is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a passion to dramatically improve her patient’s health. She began her education at Miami University and studied Dietitics and Spanish. She then moved from the midwest to Boston for graduate school. She finished her Master‘s of Science in Nutrition and Health Promotion at Simmons College in 2015 and went on to complete her supervised practice there. During her internship, she worked at Boston Functional Nutrition, a functional and integrative RD private practice, and at Dr. Mark Hyman’s Ultra Wellness Center in Lenox, MA. These experiences, that evaluated the underlying cause of illness, helped her realize the importance of these nutrition and health approaches in helping patients reach their optimal health. She currently works part-time at Boston Functional Nutrition and full-time at an integrated medical clinic, Lifetime Proactive Care Clinic in Chestnut Hill. When she’s not working, she enjoys yoga, eating amazing food, spending time with friends and family and…. a good laugh.
Hello, my name is Lauren Arnett, RDN, LD, and I work in my hometown, Columbus, Ohio in a private practice as the Functional and Integrative Medicine Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for Kanodia MD. I am also involved in my community as the Columbus Dietetic Association’s (CDA) Public Relations and Social Media Chair.
My passion in nutrition stems from my undergraduate studies at Miami University Oxford, Ohio in kinesiology and nutrition that allowed me to travel to Africa and explore nutrition education research. This is where I found my inspiration in the field of dietetics that brought a spark to my life. My career mission is bringing creativity and excitement into food in simple ways along with pairing exercise into our busy lives.
I completed my Dietetic Internship at Adagio Health in Pennsylvania where I received multiple opportunities in the community, clinical and food service settings to expand my experience in the profession of dietetics. My prior experiences have required that I work effectively with diverse groups, and that I am able to alter my knowledge to the needs of specific populations while emphasizing the importance of compassion for the patient. My ability to adapt to situations along with proving exceptional time management and organizational skills have prepared me to complete tasks in a variety of environments to deliver quality holistic care. After completion of this program I continued to promote healthy living through a youth development organization in Columbus, Ohio.
I am motivated and excited to be the Associate Sponsorship Chair for Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine, and I welcome the opportunity to make connections within the Functional Medicine community.
Mary Therese is employed as the Program Director, Office of Patient-Centered Care and Cultural Transformation and Administrator for the Whole Health Flagship Collaborative at VA New Jersey Health Care System. Whole Health is a collaborative effort of the VHA Office of Patient Centered Care & Cultural Transformation, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, Integrative Health Program, in support of the VHA’s effort to affect transformational change towards a Whole Health model of health care delivery.
Mary Therese graduated from the Chef’s Training Program at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, New York City and completed a Culinary Internship at the Blum Center for Health, a Functional Medicine and Nutrition Lifestyle Education Center, Rye Brook, NY. She has presented the topic of nutrition and inflammation at conferences and co-authored a book chapter entitled Nutrition Model to Reduce Inflammation in Musculoskeletal and Joint Diseases published in Fascia: The Tensional Network of the Human Body. She currently serves as the Network Associate for Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine (DIFM). Mary Therese has served the Academy of Nutrition and Dietietcs as a NJ Delegate in the House of Delegates and NJ State President. She has served in numerous leadership positions for Dietetic Educators of Practitioners DPG including Chair, Legislation and Research; Secretary; and Newsletter Co-Editor during her previous employment as a Dietetic Internship Director.
Anita Davila completed her didactic program in dietetics and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Food and Nutrition from the University of Alabama in 2015. She has spent time volunteering for a hospital near her home in Chicago, IL, where she assisted the clinical nutrition manager with various tasks. Recently she has started volunteering for the North Suburban Academy of Dietetics located in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, handling portions of their social media and public policy. She is now the student member services co-chair for DIFM DPG, and also helps with the Instagram portion of the marketing committee. Anita will be taking the dietetic technician registration examination this year to obtain the NDTR credential, and potentially work as a diet tech while she applies for, and secures a dietetic internship spot. Her interests for when she becomes an RD are varied, and she remains open to possibilities, but as or now, they range from clinically-oriented renal or oncology dietetics, to more consumer-oriented corporate wellness, and retail dietetics. In her spare time she enjoys listening to music, podcasts, and audiobooks.
Staci is a Florida native currently residing in Athens, GA. She is a recent graduate of the University of Georgia’s Masters of Science and dietetic internship program and is working as a research assistant investigating the impact of a viral infection on pediatric bone and body composition
Danica is a San Francisco-based private practice dietitian. She is also a co-founder of Heal Faster, a digital functional medicine clinic. Danica has a masters in biochemical and molecular nutrition from Tufts University, and is a Certificate of Training graduate of the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy.
Sangeeta Shrivastava PhD RDN is a Lead Clinical/Admin Dietitian with Lifecare Centers of America and Adjunct faculty with Art Institute of California Orange County. She holds PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry. Sangeeta also enjoy enriching young children about healthier habits by visiting classrooms on regular basis.
Nutrition and Dietetics is not only her professions but true passion where she visualize to empower each person about healthy lifestyle to reduce the burden of health disparities in community. As a clinical dietitian, she strongly believes that if nutrition is at the forefront of the care, the cost of health care, length of hospital stay and rate of readmission will be significantly reduced. She works very closely with MDs, Nursing staff and other healthcare provider to achieve this. Born and raised in India where Ayurvedic Lifestyle was daily norm of Sangeeta’s grandparents- She feels that integrative approach is the best way, when we talk prevention of chronic diseases- where we can blend ancient wisdom with modern medicine to find the root cause and treat health problems in holistic way. As an educator she strongly believes-it’s doable to blend integrative approach in modern medicine/ nutrition.
She is CA State Coordinator for DIFM-DPG and this is her first year on DIFM EC. She is active volunteer of AIND-MIG where she manages Social platforms of AIND. She is also immediate past president of CA Academy- Orange District.
She lives in Southern California with her husband and 2 sons.