Hi, I’m Joanna!
I’m so happy you’re here. I’m a non-diet Dietitian and Certified Intuitive Eating Coach.
I help clients build loving and positive relationships with food, exercise, and body so they can focus on living fully.
Finding Intuitive Eating Coaching
I became an Intuitive Eating coach through a natural transition after years of nutrition counseling. I witnessed my clients struggle with weight loss goals and failed diet attempts, and their frustration was palpable.
I educated myself on all facets of nutrition science and sharpened my counseling skills. I was desperate to find the answer- how could I best support my clients to reach their weight loss goals?
One day, I read an article about Intuitive Eating, and something clicked. How were we not trained on this as dietitians, I thought? I realized my clients and I had been working in the weight-centered paradigm where weight loss was the goal, but Intuitive Eating promotes change independent of weight and dieting. It allows for a path forward and freedom from restriction.
I immediately changed my approach, and my clients started healing and moving away from the yo-yo cycle of weight loss and regain. I fell in love with the work.
I started working on my Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor credential and haven’t looked back.
We all deserve to feel good in our bodies! My own journey includes my body changing through injuries and pregnancies. We have such unique and beautiful bodies, and body-acceptance is something I believe in powerfully.
Our Body Project
I recently started a website called Our Body Project. My hope is it becomes a hub for stories of body acceptance that will influence the cultural narrative that values the thin ideal and promotes weight stigma. We can increase our own body appreciation through reading others’ stories and also sharing ours in an expressive body image writing exercise using my list of Our Body Questions.
I believe we are all beautiful, all have a story to tell, and all deserve love and happiness. Here’s My Body Story if you are interested.
Master’s of Science in Nutrition
Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN)
Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor
Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)
ACE-Certified Health Coach
ACE-Certified Personal Trainer
ACE-Certified Group Fitness Instructor
Certified LEAP Therapist
Certificate of Training in Vegetarian Nutrition
Certificate of Training in Integrative and Functional Nutrition
My Daily Life
I'm naturally pretty high energy. Outside of my work, I can be found chasing around a busy 2-year-old girl, a bubbly baby boy, and a yappy 8-lb Chorkie dog named Lady Stormborn (yes, I’m a Game of Thrones fan!).
If we're not tending to our kids, catching up with family or friends, or working in our community garden plot, my green-thumbed husband and I will be cooking up some yummy food, mixing a mean cocktail, or snuggling up to a terrifying movie on-demand.
My Fitness Background
Intuitive Eating and sports nutrition mesh quite well, and I love helping clients make peace with exercise and find a enjoyable routine that fits their lifestyle and energy.
I played competitive soccer until college when I tore my ACL for the third time and threw in the towel. In graduate school, I started running long distance races and have completed 4 marathons and several half-marathons and 9-mile races. In graduate school, I also earned my personal trainer certification and worked as a trainer.
While living in Baltimore, I provided nutrition counseling to CrossFit athletes and started a nutrition counseling program with the University of Maryland Medical Center Recreation Center.
More recently, I earned my Group Fitness Instructor certification and ran group fitness classes in a substance abuse and Eating Disorder recovery setting for young adults.
I’ve been an avid weightlifter and yogi for the last 15 years, and I’ve recently fallen in love with spinning since we have a bike at home. I can ride during nap times which is amazing! Exercise helps me stay grounded and manages my stress.
If you want to know anything else, just ask! I’d love to get to know you. Thanks for taking the time to read about me and my work.