About Me and my Approach to Health
Nutritional science and its application to human health has been my life-long passion - especially how real food and nutrients can impact human health. My career journey began after graduating with Bachelor of Science degree with a major in chemistry from the University of Florida. After working as a pharmaceutical chemist and then as an industrial chemist, I realized that my interests in chemistry lay in the area of nutritional biochemistry. Nutritional biochemistry deals with how macro and micronutrients from food work to make our bodies function. To further my knowledge in this field, I pursued a Master of Science degree at Louisiana State University where I studied the effects of Vitamin D deficiency as well as how chromium affects blood sugar. Following my career as a research scientist, I completed the requirements to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist from the University of North Florida (UNF).
Since that time, I have served as a UNF adjunct professor and as the UNF Dietetic Internship Coordinator. Additionally, I have earned a board certification in integrative and functional nutrition from the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy. I have also earned certifications from the Kharrazian Institute in gastrointestinal and autoimmune clinical strategies and treatment.
Currently, I am the CEO and functional nutrition counselor with Food Centered Solutions Nutrition Counseling, LLC. My extensive training helps me to uncover, consider, and address many factors that may be impacting an individual’s health. I understand that each person is unique and, therefore requires approaches designed to meet his or her specific needs. This approach may include alternative approaches and/or conventional methods (in coordination with your physician). However, as the name implies, all health improvement strategies begin with food.
To help me individualize health protocols, I evaluate medical history, family history, medications, laboratory test results, health history, symptoms and systems. Additionally, I am qualified to order many tests including CBC, complete lipid panel, stool tests, breath tests, food sensitivity test, and many others.