Hi and welcome! I'm Joanna, a women's health and non-diet dietitian and nutrition therapist who absolutely loves talking and thinking about (and eating!) all things food. I’m so happy you’re here.
As a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, I help clients build joyful, sustainable, and self-compassionate relationships with food, movement, and body so they can directly pursue the meaningful life they desire. When we are nourished and thriving, anything is possible!
Women's Health Interest
I also have a very special interest in women's health. I was diagnosed with PCOS, suffered irregular and missing periods, and was once told I would need fertility medication if I ever wanted to have children. Starting from the onset of puberty until my mid-20s, I also experienced severe acne, a sign of elevated androgens.
In my journey, I was never provided with any information about how lifestyle and nutrition as well as stress management could benefit my hormone imbalance or androgen excess. I was only offered birth control, which can have deleterious side effects (weight gain, increased blood clot risk, hair loss, anxiety and depression due to no progesterone production).
Once I began studying nutrition and changing my self-care habits, I was able to see a remission in my acne and a normalization of my periods. I am now expecting my third child in early 2023 with no fertility treatments, and I no longer consider myself to be struggling with PCOS. I did, however, experience early pregnancy loss before my 3rd pregnancy- something that is never a women's fault. I understand the pain associated with this trauma. I love providing supportive, warm, evidence-based nutrition care to help optimize fertility, manage gestational diabetes, and for the pre, peri- and post-natal period.
I provide women with the education and guidance that is severely lacking in our Western, pharmaceutical-based healthcare system- the guidance I wish I had been given. We really can affect significant positive change through our food relationship, lifestyle, stress management and eating habits.
Food Relationship and Disordered Eating Interest
My interest in the food relationship and Intuitive Eating grew from my early career work with chronic diseases. I am also a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist, and I really appreciate the connection between hormonal and overall health and our metabolic function. Initially, I counseled the way that I was taught in my training- eat this, not that. Obviously, it wasn't very helpful for my clients! I truly struggled with how best to support them. I also noticed the damage that dieting can have on our food relationship and life in general- fatigue, irritability, increased risk of eating disorders and disordered eating... so I decided to stop thinking in the weight loss-oriented, BMI-centric paradigm.
I began learning about Intuitive Eating, Health at Every Size, mindful eating, and I studied psychological therapeutic modalities such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) so that I could better guide my clients toward wellness-centered behavioral change and a greater quality of life. I also worked to learn about and become skilled in treating eating disorders and disordered eating (ED/DE) (which can also greatly impact our hormone levels!). I can treat and manage all adult ED/DE- from restriction to binge or night eating syndrome. In my work, I like to connect the food relationship with the physical symptoms that my clients are experiencing in a truly holistic approach.
My non-diet, self-compassionate-focused nutrition therapy is grounded in the belief that health cannot be so simply quantified. Our weight, our labs, our pants' size- they are only small pieces of a large puzzle- albeit they can be very informative, we must look at our thoughts, concerns, goals, and emotions as well. The impact of stress is so powerful, for example!
I love helping my clients discover all those the other pieces- and get to a place of food and body joy while focusing on health-related goals in a gentle and effective way. I'd love to chat with you about it!
education + training
Master's in Nutrition Science
Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor
Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist
Trained in women's health, food allergies, plant-based nutrition, integrative nutrition, PCOS, Intuitive Eating