Hi! I'm Issie, a lover of good food, health, and sustainability
I am officially a Registered Dietitian! I have always had a passion for health and sustainable practices stemming from many different aspects of my childhood. This lead me to complete my Bachelor of Science at Keene State College in New Hampshire in Public Health & Nutrition with a concentration in Environmental Sustainability. I then completed my Dietetic Internship (supervised practice program) through the University of Connecticut and did my clinical rotations at Hartford Hospital. As I am particularly interested in plant-focused nutrition I was also able to complete a Plant Based Nutrition Certificate Program from Cornell University during my Undergrad. All of these experiences have provided me with a well-rounded, sustainability-focused, nutrition education.
How did I get started?
I have gained my love for good food over the years from a family with broad tastes for different cultures. I have grown my interest in nutrition from my mother's interest in chronic disease prevention and have since chosen to become a Registered Dietitian.
I first became interested in plant-based nutrition through the discovery of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Forks Over Knives, and How Not to Die by Dr. Michael Greger. I have since expanded my knowledge by focusing on current and emerging research. My goal is to help people prevent and reverse the chronic diseases that have become so prevalent in America by eating a diet supported by science, focusing on plants.
I am also passionate about our environment and doing what we can to reduce and limit the effects of climate change. Our food choices have such an immense impact on our planet and we can directly make beneficial changes by making more sustainable choices. With those interests and coming from a family of both omnivores and herbivores alike, I have a unique take on how to make nourishing, plant-based meals taste delicious!
What am I up to currently?
I am currently working full time as the Out-Patient and Bariatric Registered Dietitian at Bristol Hospital. I have been in this role for a couple of months now and plan to continue on to learn all I need to know about counseling this population using Medical Nutrition Therapy.
What do I do as the Bariatric Dietitian? Bariatric Surgery also known as weight loss surgery is a tool that can assist those who struggle with weight loss on their own. This team is made up of many different specialties to make sure that each patient is as prepared as possible prior to entering the surgical process. One of those specialties happens to be a Registered Dietitian! I work one on one with patients both prior to and after surgery to help them make the proper lifestyle changes to ensure successful weight loss long term.
What do I do as the Out-Patient Dietitian? Imagine you go see your Primary Care Doctor and they tell you "your cholesterol is a little high, you should go see a Dietitian"... then you will come and see me! I manage all of the referrals from any MD or APRN at Bristol Hospital. I meet with people as frequently as they need or as I recommend, to reach whatever goals we decide upon at their initial visit; be it reducing LDL cholesterol, weight loss, a reduction in symptoms of IBS, or even just cooking more meals at home!