Hello and welcome to my website! I hope you find it to be helpful and informative. I am a Registered Dietitian/Health Educator with over 25 years experience in providing Nutrition Counseling to individuals and groups with food-related illnesses and those interested in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.
I came to learn about the importance of good nutrition at an early age. At the age of 16 I was diagnosed with "Ulcerative Colitis" ( a chronic disease of the gastrointestinal tract that causes inflammation and ulceration of the colon). At that time I knew very little about the connection between proper nutrition and good health. But what I did come to realize, was that all the medication in the world could not help me unless I improved my nutritional status. The quality of food I was eating, how I was eating it, how much I was eating as well as improving my nutrition supplement program were all very crucial to my recovery.
I spent the next several years learning about my illness and the role of good nutrition in attaining and maintaining good health. Eventually I went on to make nutrition education my career.
My educational background now includes a Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition and food Science from Wayne State University and a Master's Degree in Healthcare Education from the University of Detroit Mercy. I am also an active member in good standing with the American Dietetic Association. I currently provide nutrition counseling to individuals and groups at my private practice in Farmington Hills, Michigan (a suburban city just outside of greater metropolitan Detroit). I teach Human Nutrition at the university level, am a frequent keynote speaker at educational conferences, and a past guest columnist for the Michigan Chapter of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. I also teach Health Education Programs in Nutrition and Stress Management at various work-site and health care settings.
One of the most important things that I have learned through my experience is that even though we cannot always control what happens to us (such as illness), we can control how we react to it and do everything that we can to make ourselves stronger through some specific healthcare practices.
My advice to all of you who may be dealing with a chronic and/or serious illness is to take action in your life instead of letting disease control you . Be an active participant in the treatment of your health condition, whether it may be in attaining good health or in the practice of disease prevention.