Dana’s journey to becoming an RD came after witnessing a close friend’s battle with an eating disorder. This experience had a profound impact on Dana, leading her to want to help others develop a healthy and peaceful relationship with food and their bodies through nutrition counseling. Before joining the Culina Health team, Dana gained valuable experience working as an inpatient dietitian at New York-Presbyterian Westchester Behavioral Health Center.
Favorite recipe: Chicken soup
Favorite nutrient-packed snack: Apple with peanut butter
Grocery shopping tip: Always make a list before so you don’t forget anything!
What’s one small thing someone can do today to work toward a balanced eating pattern/lifestyle? Helping people rediscover the pleasure of eating by introducing a diverse range of foods into their diet and reducing negative self-perceptions linked to food, weight and body image.
Nutrition philosophy in a nutshell: My nutrition philosophy is based on a non-diet, all foods fit, HAES (Health at Every Size) approach. I use evidence-based practices and a client-centered approach to help patients meet their goals. I value collaboration and acknowledge that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to nutrition care, which leads to creating individualized plans that align with a client’s lifestyle, preferences and goals. I believe that everyone deserves to enjoy all kinds of foods without any guilt or shame.
Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition, New York University
Sodexo Dietetic Internship & Flushing Hospital Medical Center
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics