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I believe that healing from disordered eating has the ability to transform your life

Working with a dietitian can help guide you towards a more peaceful relationship with food. 

My Story

I became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) because I have always been drawn to the power that food has to nourish our lives. Growing up in an Italian family, food was so much more than just subsistence – it was how we communicated, how we showed love and care for each other, and how we celebrated special occasions.

When you’re struggling with your relationship with food, it can have a negative impact on on all aspects of your life. Healing from an eating disorder or disordered eating is anything but easy or straightforward and it can be incredibly painful and discouraging at times.

However, I know that if we persevere with this journey toward recovery, the rewards are immensely transformative. It’s why I’m so passionate about helping clients through their journeys of finding peace in their relationship with food. It’s an incredible privilege to witness the positive changes in someone’s life as they regain freedom around food and learn to trust themselves again.


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 As a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS), I provide evidenced-based information and education in an empathetic and non-judgmental environment. My role is to support my clients to develop a healthier relationship with food that supports both their physical health, emotional wellbeing and is aligned with their values.

By working collaboratively with my clients, they are able to gain clarity around what works best for them nutritionally while also learning strategies to disengage from diet culture or eating disorder thoughts and patterns.

By establishing a more peaceful relationship with food and body image you will be able to be more present engage in the positive moment life has to offer. 

My Philosophy

Compassionate nutrition care that helps you connect to your body and life again. 

I believe that you are the expert of your own body and your autonomy in our work together is of utmost importance to me.

That means that I will provide guidance, support and education, however, at the end of the day, you are in control of what your care looks like. I wholeheartedly believe in creating a space and an experience that helps you focus on getting back in touch with your body’s needs, so that you can focus on living your life to the fullest.

My Mission

To provide compassionate nutrition care to help others heal their relationship with food and body, so they can be present in all the positive moments that life has to offer.

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My Values

Non-judgmental space where all emotions are welcome

Creating a space where everyone feels welcome and not judged is important to me because I know that many clients have not had that experience within traditional settings.

A positive and therapeutic relationship

I strive to create a positive and therapeutic relationship by showing up for my clients and being present. I understand that the underlying factors that lead to the development of an eating disorder are complex. I value that everyone has autonomy over their own body and life. My job is not to tell someone what to do, but to provide support and guidance to help someone reconnect to their internal wisdom and have their food behaviors align more with their own values.


I value being reliable and steadfast for my clients. This means showing up on time and showing respect to my clients’ time.

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Ready to work together and take the first step towards food freedom?