Rebecca Aslam MS, RD, LDN

Posted April 5, 2024

Rebecca is a registered and licensed dietitian who is driven to help her clients develop a healthy relationship with food. She offers a safe, inclusive, compassionate space for her clients to learn about the practices of mindful and intuitive eating, to break down old thinking patterns and influences of diet culture, and to empower clients to make lasting, positive changes in their lives. She embraces the Health At Every Size® (HAES) framework in her counseling practice. If you have felt stuck in cycles of dieting, felt held back by poor body image, and nothing you’ve tried has addressed the root causes of your struggles, Rebecca would love to work with you to help you change that.

Rebecca’s experience prior to Healthier Tomorrows includes serving individuals working on their mental health, including healing from disordered eating. She has an extensive background in plant-based nutrition and loves sharing with people the evidence-based benefits of including more plants on their plate, and particularly working with personal needs and preferences for people who might find this challenging. She has also worked in a variety of inpatient and outpatient clinical settings that focus on oncology nutrition, diabetes, gastrointestinal and cardiovascular health. She has personal experiences with fertility and pre- and post-natal nutrition, feeding neurodivergent children, the challenges of feeding yourself well while in the trenches of parenting, and working with folks in the LGBTQIA+ community.

She received her Masters of Science in Food and Nutrition at Framingham State University, as part of their Coordinated Program in Dietetics, which matched her to internships at the Lahey Clinic, Tufts University, and Cooking Matters in Massachusetts.

In her free time, Rebecca listens to audiobooks, especially fantasy and science fiction, and watches genre shows, while nerding out about adaptations. She enjoys theater and music, yoga and hiking, and playing board games with her kids.

Jennifer Corral MS, RD

Posted March 8, 2024

Jennifer is a registered dietitian who wholeheartedly believes one’s background and experiences should be celebrated every day and that cultural foods deserve a place at the table. She works from an anti-diet and weight-neutral perspective helping people reclaim their whole selves while shedding society’s views on nutrition and body image. Jennifer understands everyone’s definition of health is different and wants to help others find their definition. She creates an atmosphere where clients can be themselves and feel comfortable building upon the confidence she knows they already have within. She uses empathy and open conversations to guide the forming of gentle habits to incorporate into daily life while considering each individual’s ebbs and flows.

Jennifer attended the University of Illinois Chicago where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. Upon graduation, she moved to Miami, Florida to become a personal trainer and manager at a fitness facility focusing on 1-on-1 and group classes specializing in strength training. She moved back to Chicago a few years later where she worked as a personal trainer for five years, with a focus on clients in the Latine/x community of which she is a member of. While training, she noticed a common thread among her clients – a strained relationship with their body image and eating their cultural foods. While Jennifer was able to relate to her client’s thoughts and feelings, she decided to go back to school to learn how to further lead them to make effective behavioral and mental changes.

She attended the University of Illinois Chicago where she received her Master of Science in Nutrition and completed her dietetic internship with an emphasis in nutrition counseling and education. During this time, Jennifer gained experience working at a residential level of care with clients with eating, obsessive-compulsive, anxiety, bipolar and body dysmorphic disorders. Her background also consists of facilitating food exposure challenges, working through fear food lists, and challenging reassurance seeking. She also has experience providing nutrition education regarding blood sugar and cholesterol management.

Outside of working with clients, Jennifer enjoys cooking and baking with her husband, especially Mexican and Guatemalan dishes, playing with her 2 dogs and 4 cats, and loves to talk about skincare and curly hair routines!

Amy Gionta MS, RD, LDN

Posted March 18, 2024

Amy is a registered dietitian with a life-long love of learning.  She is caring and curious, and is always looking for opportunities to learn more about food, nutrition and her clients, and the ways in which she can help her clients make changes to support improved health!  Amy believes that, at its core, food should be a fun and enjoyable part of life, and she strives to help her clients find balance, both in and out of the kitchen. She takes a root-cause approach to all health obstacles, and she takes pride in meeting her clients where they are, no matter their starting point.  Amy believes that, in order to foster sustainable change, it’s important to understand the “why” behind a suggested change in addition to understanding the change itself.  She encourages questions and approaches each client session as a collaboration, taking a conversational and easy-going approach while always maintaining an evidence-based foundation.

Amy has a long-standing passion for functional nutrition and regularly finds opportunities to increase her knowledge in this area, including through additional classes and trainings.  Her goal when working with clients is to look at the true causes of various disease states, and then offer suggestions, guidance and support to help her clients make lasting change.  Amy also has an interest in women’s health issues, including PCOS, endometriosis and fertility.

Amy received her B.S. in Marketing from Fordham University before pivoting to the world of food and nutrition. She earned her master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics from New York University, and completed her dietetic internship at James J. Peters VA Medical Center. During her clinical training, she gained hands-on experience working with a highly complex patient population, including counseling clients with diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease and unintended weight loss (often working with clients with more than one complex health condition occurring at the same time).

When not talking about food, Amy enjoys reading, baking, yoga, hiking, traveling, and scouting out ceramic mugs from various street markets.

Dara Ledwitz RD, LDN

Posted April 7, 2023

Dara is a registered dietitian with a passion for using food as medicine and utilizing a holistic approach to help clients heal their relationship with food. Dara believes that food is much more than just nutrition, it can help to create internal and external balance and is a central part of life that holds so much joy! Dara loves to help clients rediscover the joy in food they may have lost. She also loves to empower clients by providing them with facts and tools they can use to be intuitive with their nourishment. She values creating a comfortable, safe, and welcoming environment in a virtual setting. Dara is passionate about functional nutrition, eating disorder recovery, intuitive eating, and helping clients leave the diet mentality behind.

Previously, Dara worked in a private practice that specialized in functional nutrition. Dara utilizes this functional approach in helping clients identify the root cause of any imbalances they may be feeling by examining areas in their lives outside of their diet, such as their stress, sleep, and overall environment. Dara has counseled clients in eating disorder recovery, picky eating, intuitive eating, cardiovascular health, and preventative functional nutrition. Dara has experience facilitating 1:1 meal exposure cooking classes for individuals in their eating disorder recovery and clients with picky eating and food aversions.

Dara attended the University of Vermont where she received a bachelor’s degree in Dietetics, Nutrition, and Food Science and a certificate in Integrative Medicine, and completed her dietetic internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dara also became a certified yoga instructor before going off to college! Dara’s love for yoga influenced her passion for integrative nutrition, intuitive eating, and her holistic counseling style.

In her spare time, Dara loves practicing yoga and spending time at the beach with her family and four dogs. She also loves to travel, trying delicious restaurants, or creating recipes of her own! Also, a phrase you will often hear her say is that you can pronounce her name as “Sara”, but with a D instead of an S!

Paige Manso MS, RD, LDN, CFNIP, CPT

Posted October 13, 2023

Paige is a registered and licensed dietitian who focuses on using lifestyle and food as medicine while working through one’s relationship with food, fitness, and body. She believes that the mind and body have a very strong relationship, and that it’s important to address both in order to achieve long-term success with one’s health and wellness. She believes in walking alongside her clients and working collaboratively as opposed to forcing certain changes or behaviors. She is an empathetic, anti-diet dietitian who strives to create a safe space for her clients to thrive.  Paige is also a Certified Functional Informed Professional (CFNIP); as a dietitian who specializes in functional nutrition, Paige’s goal is to address the root cause of one’s symptoms by taking a holistic, natural approach.

Before joining Healthier Tomorrows, Paige worked as a personal trainer, online fitness coach, and clinical dietitian. Paige has experience working with a variety of clients who struggled with emotional eating, gut and hormone health, and chronic stress.

“I love working with clients who have spent a lot of time and energy trying to feel better/healthy with little to no success. As a functional nutrition dietitian, I have found that working with these individuals can bring them the peace that comes with finding solutions to problems they have battled for years. The problems may be irregular, painful menstrual cycles, chronic gut issues, PCOS, chronic stress and fatigue, and more. I find it helpful to combine nervous system regulation with lifestyle and dietary habit changes in order to help one heal. It’s never too late to start living and feeling well.”

Paige attended Benedictine University to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, and completed her dietetic internship and earned her Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics with an emphasis on Wellness at Bradley University.

Outside of time spent working with her clients and furthering her education, Paige enjoys walking her dog, reading, spending time with loved ones, coaching her local dance team, and taking naps.

Alicia Pottmeyer MS, RD, LDN

Posted March 11, 2024

Alicia is a registered and licensed dietitian who is passionate about helping clients develop a healthy relationship with their food and body devoid of food rules, restrictions, or judgment. She utilizes motivational interviewing and a weight-neutral approach to provide individualized nutrition care in order to help clients improve their health and reach their goals. She recognizes the pervasive diet culture that we all live in and works to dismantle this by debunking the myths it perpetuates. She also recognizes the importance of interdisciplinary work and uses a whole-body approach acknowledging the strong mind-body connection.

Alicia has extensive experience working in the eating disorder field, working in multiple levels of care including in-patient, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient care. She has worked with a variety of diagnoses, genders, and ages.

She also has experience working with end stage renal disease patients on dialysis who had a variety of comorbidities including cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Alicia completed her Bachelors of Science in Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University and then earned her Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics at The University of Pittsburgh while completing her dietetic internship at UPMC Magee Women’s hospital.

In her free time, Alicia enjoys reading, running, and spending time with her family and friends and family dog. She also has a newfound love for pickleball and enjoys trying new things.

 

Rachel Shelton RD, LDN

Posted June 3, 2024

Rachel is a registered and licensed dietitian with a passion for helping clients optimize their health outcomes while discovering the root-cause of their symptoms, intolerances, or hormonal imbalances. Rachel believes in the human body’s inherent wisdom, that when given the right tools, it can heal itself. She is well versed in functional nutrition and works hard to discover the root-cause of unexplainable health issues and symptoms.  Rachel believes that all clients should be heard and their concerns validated, and that there are myriad options to support hormonal health or seemingly mysterious symptoms.

Before joining Healthier Tomorrows, Rachel worked with oncology patients to help them thrive through their treatment, optimize their nutrition status, and prevent cancer recurrence. She has had success working with individuals with many different nutrition related medical conditions, and has guided them through lowering their blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure, as well as helping women with estrogen dominance, PCOS, and nutrition support during pregnancy and postpartum.

Rachel obtained her undergraduate degrees in Nutrition and Dietetics at Western Carolina University and completed her dietetic internship through Lenoir Rhyne University. She would be honored to walk alongside you in your journey to achieving optimal nutritional and physical health!

Jessica Smosna RD, LDN, CFNIP

Posted June 26, 2020

It’s not uncommon to feel lost and confused when it comes to food. In fact, it’s frequently the norm. Jess steers away from the diet-mentality and focuses on a food-as-medicine and a “good, better, best” approach to educate and motivate clients to thrive and grow.  Using her philosophy and approach, which are rooted in functional medicine, she has guided clients in healing and repairing their gut; supporting thyroid and immune health, reversing diabetes, elevated cholesterol, and high blood pressure; minimizing and managing pain and headaches; and supporting couples in preconception, pregnancy, and postpartum health.  She works with her clients to create a highly customized plan to support their specific health and wellness goals for optimal health.  In addition, with her emphasis on functional nutrition, she takes into consideration every aspect of each client’s health, diet, and overall lifestyle when providing nutrition recommendations.

Jess is also a Certified Functional Nutrition Informed Professional (CFNIP) and serves as the Functional Nutrition Director at Healthier Tomorrows.  Practicing functionally offers individualized food and lifestyle goals that address the root cause of illness and health struggles, rather than just addressing symptoms.  As Functional Nutrition Director, Jess advises and clinically supervises the dietitians at Healthier Tomorrows in looking at wellness from a functional perspective and addressing the whole body to support clients in optimizing their health.

Jess obtained her undergraduate degree in dietetics from Bradley University and completed her dietetic internship through the University of Houston.  She was part of the Healthier Tomorrows dietetic team from 2013 through 2015, and rejoined Healthier Tomorrows in 2020 to provide virtual nutrition education and support!  She has significant experience working with clients in outpatient settings, and she enjoys fostering relationships with clients and providing ongoing support.

Clients appreciate her non-judgmental, realistic, and upbeat approach!

 

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