Hi, I’m Cindy,
Thank you for visiting my site. Here is a little bit about me… and my love of food, health and exercise. I knew early on that I wanted a career in healthcare, helping people make sense of the volumes of medical and health information now at our fingertips. Medical information is forever changing and certainly daunting at times. In the over 25 years I have been a licensed nutritionist and registered dietitian, I have seen tremendous shifts in thinking regarding food and health and often wonder how the average consumer can make sense of it all. As a young athlete, intuitively, I believed nutrition could help me perform, as well as protect my body. Some things in life you just know. I also enjoy food. The decision to make a career in nutrition was really an easy one.
My career path, however, was not a straight one. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Maryland Dental School and quickly learned dental hygiene was not where it was at for me. In my early 20’s, I changed my focus to study nutrition at Simmons College in Boston, then completed a one year post-graduate internship at Massachusetts General Hospital. I went on to complete my Master of Science degree in Nutrition from Massachusetts General Hospital’s Institute of Health Professions with a focus in exercise and sports nutrition. My early experience with athletes and sports medicine laid the foundation for the intimately connected role physical activity plays in maintaining a healthy body and peaceful mind. Shortly, after completing my graduate degree I became more interested in the functional medicine approach to health care, and it has stuck with me. I am an integrative and functional nutrition certified practitioner (IFNCP) and also a registered nurse; both providing me with invaluable perspectives that help me further educate my clients.
As the mother of two “grown” boys, ages 20 and 23, I understand the challenges of today’s hectic pace and the overwhelming overexposure of unhealthy foods to our kids. I do my best to practice what I preach, not just because it is my career, but because I just plain feel better. But, I understand it is not always easy.
I have also had my share of “medical woes” and trying to juggle the medical system, so I greatly appreciate the sometimes lost feeling you may have in navigating your own health and caregivers. I am thrilled now in my career to use my experiences and clinical skills as a integrative/functional medicine nutritionist and nurse to help guide you through your own health care.
My hope is to share my knowledge and positive approach to counseling, as you transform into a more informed, healthier you. When I’m not sure of the answer, I will help guide you in the best direction. I want you to be well!
My work experience includes:
- Nutritionist at Massachusetts General Hospital.
- Nutrition Coordinator at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.
- Consultant for Harvard Business School, the U.S. Military and Girl Scouts of America.
- Consultant for U.S. Military: author and editor of “Performance Power–The Nutrition Connection,” eating guidelines used in basic training for all four armed services.
- Writer including professional publications: SCAN: A Guide for the Professional Working with Active People: Chapter 3– Protein and Exercise and Chapter 45: Swimming.
- Writer and editor for SWIM magazine.
- Nutrition consultant for Tufts Health Insurance.
- Nursing experience includes: Lahey Clinic, Emerson Hospital, New England Rehabilitation Center.
- The Institute For Functional Medicine
- Sports and Cardiovascular Nutritionists
- Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy
- Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine
- Nutrition Entrepreneurs
- Diabetes Care and Education
- The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
To learn more about the services Cindy provides see Services.