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About Nutrition Counseling 

Nutrition Counseling

During your nutrition visit we will talk one-on-one. I am a Registered and Licensed Dietitian and will listen to your goals, history, and what has stopped you from achieving your goals in the past.  During the 30 minute appointment together we will work together to create a manageable plan that takes into account your cultural needs, cooking ability, time constraints, food preferences, meal patterns, medical history, and financial limitations. Let me help you to sort through all the diet info in the media and discuss what might be safe and effective for you. Or just make an appointment to stay motivated or get back on track. 

My Mission

is to help you meet your nutrition-related goals in a supportive and compassionate environment.  

Care will be provided in a manner that is:

-Supportive

-Non-judgemental

-Compassionate

-Professional

-Science-based

-Knowledgeable

-Engaging

-A partnership and not a dictatorship

-Understanding of your individual goals, needs, and lifestyle


About Me

Education

  • Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition from the University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Master's of Science in Nutrition from the University of New Haven
  •  Dietetic Internship at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (clinical rotation at Baystate Medical Center)
  •  Additional Trainings
    • Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management
    • Nutrition focused physical exam
    • Bariatric counseling

Experience


I have been a registered dietitian (RD) for over 10 years as an inpatient RD working with patients admitted to hospital, in the community working with elders, teaching workshops to all ages including cooking classes, and in private practice providing nutrition counseling to individuals. 

Currently working in:

-Private practice nutrition counseling including specializing in patients undergoing bariatric surgery

-Inpatient RD 

-Providing nutrition education to elders in their homes as a consulting dietitian for WestMass ElderCare

Past experience:

-Inpatient RD 

-Nutrition Coordinator at The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts

-Nutritionist at WIC (Women, Infants and Children)

-Nutrition Professor at a local community college

Why I became an RD


My first experience with an RD was when my grandfather saw one at the end of his life.  I remember my family taping the interview, trying to help my grandfather understand how to follow a low sodium diet for the first time in his 70+ years in an effort to prolong his life and improve quality of life.  In an overwhelming and difficult time the RD gave my grandfather and family a feeling of empowerment and control.  We are a big Italian family where food and family were closely connected.  I do not remember the details of what the RD said, but I like to think she was able to help him understand how to create meals that balanced his medical needs with his love for his favorite foods (spaghetti and meatballs).   

Why I am an RD that specializes in overweight and obesity


As an RD for over 10 years I have noticed over and over patients struggling with their weight and have witnessed the battle with weight in the lives of people in my family.  

  • I have heard people blame themselves for their weight even though they might not yet have the right tools or long term support for success.  
  • Often people feel like one size (or diet) fits all, and think that they "should" be able to make it work for them without slips, despite their unique lifestyle, genetics,  history, and where they are in that moment of their lives. 
  • Food is often connected with love, family, used as a reward, as a tool to deal with stress/depression/sadness/anxiety/boredom, and linked with memories and feelings.  
  • High calorie, easy food is everywhere we look, while people's busy lifestyle and priorities make it difficult to prepare balanced meals and be active.  
  • Then, on top of everything else people have to try to sort through all of the information in the media and figure out what would work best for them while still being safe and sustainable. 

Basically, there is a lot going against people when they are trying to lose weight and to me, it is an honor to be asked by a patient for support to overcome these barriers and help them meet their goals.    

What is a Registered Dietitian?

A registered dietitian is a food and nutrition expert who has met academic and professional requirements including:

  • Earned at minimum a bachelor's degree in Human Nutrition. Coursework typically includes food and nutrition sciences, foodservice systems management, business, economics, computer science, sociology, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology and chemistry. 
  • Completed an accredited, supervised internship program.
  • Passed a national examination. 
  • Completes continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration on an ongoing basis.
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Highly qualified & experienced registered dietitian offering experience working with a wide range of diagnoses:
    • Overweight/obesity (adults and children)
    • Bariatric surgery
    • Diabetes
    • Cardiovascular disease/high blood pressure/high cholesterol/stroke/heart failure
    • Acute and chronic kidney disease
    • Food allergies and food intolerances
    • GI issues including celiac disease, IBS, diarrhea/constipation
    • Underweight
    • Healthy eating for families
    • Sports nutrition
    • Nutrition therapy for wound healing
    • Enteral nutrition (tube feeding)
    • Malnutrition

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What Patients Are Saying

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-"Katie shared her knowledge in a way that was helpful and easy to understand. She was patient and easy to talk to. The skills that she taught me helped me to transform my life."  (Ann H. from Palmer, PVSA patient

-"I feel like Katie does not judge me." (PVSA patient)


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Favorite Recipes of the Month

An ongoing series of recipes

September 2019

Quick, easy, low calorie recipe available at eatingwell.com

Cauliflower Mashed "Potatoes"

September

This Paula Deen recipe is a lower calorie twist on traditional mashed potatoes.  Try using cauliflower alone instead of potatoes or using part cauliflower, part potatoes.  Add protein by using plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.  Recipe from pauladeen.com.

September 2019

Try this delicious recipe by Ree Drummond.  To cut back on the fat and calories, reduce the cheese and switch from whole milk to skim or reduced fat. I found this recipe on foodnetwork.com.

Good Reads/Other Resources

Books

50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food                       (Author: Susan Albers,  Psy.D.)


Weight Loss Surgery Cookbook for Dummies                       (Authors: Brian K. Davidson, David "Chef Dave" Fouts, Karen Meyers, MS, RD/LD)


eat, drink and be mindful

(Author: Susan Albers, Psy.D.)

Websites



Apps

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baritastic

loseit

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