Hi! My name is Shelby. I am a Registered Dietitian specializing in the treatment of eating disorders and disordered eating. Throughout my career, I have had experience working with clients at all levels of care. Most recently, working with adolescents and families at the residential level of care. I received a degree in Dietetics from University of Maryland and then went on to complete my Dietetic Internship through Virginia Tech Northern Virginia program.
Growing up in an Italian family, I was taught that food was something that was meant to be shared with family, friends and truly be enjoyed. This has instilled a desire to use my career as a Dietitian to help people reject the diet mentality and make peace with food. I believe that developing a healthy relationship with food and exercise is not only important for optimal physical and mental health but also to be able to be fully engaged in all the positive moments life has to offer.
I provide nutrition counseling using the principles of Health At Every Size © and Intuitive Eating. This means that I believe that no one food or way of eating has moral value. I work with clients to learn how to trust their bodies and reconnect to their internal wisdom by letting go of food rules and the restrictive diet mentality. I support my clients and their loved ones to unlearn messages they have heard from diet culture.
If you are interested in working with me or learning more about my philosophy, please fill out the contact form below so we can find a time to chat.
Individual Nutrition Counseling
Food is much more than just fuel. Food is connection. Connection to friends, family, culture and joy. Healing your relationship with food, exercise and your body allows you to be present in all positive moments that life has to offer.
Do you find it hard to concentrate when spending time with friends or family because your thoughts are consumed by food or body image concerns?
Do you avoid situations or gatherings that involve food?
Do decisions around food or exercise take up a great deal of time and energy each week?
Have you found yourself in a cycle of one diet after another?
Do you feel controlled by food rules or restrictive thoughts about food?
Do you ever feel out of control around food or experience bingeing?
Do you feel the need to compensate for what you have eaten with exercise, purging or other behaviors?
Do you obsess over the quality, nutrient content or how "healthy" a food is to the point where your food options are very limited and you are unable to be flexible with your food choices?
Are you in eating disorder recovery and need support and accountability to continue to work towards food freedom?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, I would love the opportunity to be a part of your journey to decrease the control food has on you so that you can take back your life.
Fill out the form below to schedule a 15-minute phone call before scheduling an appointment to see if we would be a good fit to work together.