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 and then 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 much of what I do in my career today. 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.
As the mother of two “grown” boys, ages 22 and 24, 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've 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.
As an educator at heart, my aim is to share my knowledge and positive approach to nutrition and wellness from a functional medicine mindest to individuals, other health professionals and corporations.
My work experience includes:
- Speaker to: professionals, groups and corporations.
- 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.
- The Institute For Functional Medicine
- Sports and Cardiovascular Nutritionists
- Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy
- Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine
- The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Awards and Acknowledgments
- Louise Hatch Award MGH Institue of Health Professions for professional leadership and academic excellence.
- Jeffrey Bland Recognition Award IFNA Academy