My Journey To Becoming An Integrative
Clinical Nutritionist Wasn’t Direct.
An active runner since college, understanding how food and lifestyle factors impacted my performance had long interested me. However, aside from viewing food as fuel, I never really thought about the functional aspects of food–especially as it relates to “food as medicine.”
That all changed in 2011…
In the fall of 2011, my mother underwent neurosurgery; her recovery did not go as planned. Due to complications from the surgery, including impaired swallowing and several other issues requiring round the clock assistance and monitoring, she moved in with me.
Over the next few months, my kitchen became a food science lab where I pieced together foods which were easily swallowed, promoted healing, and addressed her imbalances.
Like many things in life, sometimes changes occur because of certain unexpected life events.
While my husband and I were always “foodies” the experience of caring for my mother expanded my views on food, and I began to see food for its therapeutic qualities.
With a new understanding of food, I was able to incorporate dietary and lifestyle changes to address some of my own personal health issues. And what do you do when you have found out about something really fantastic? You, of course, want to share it! This is why I started my practice.
Giving back to the community is something I feel very strongly about-especially as it relates to the opioid epidemic. Over the last two years, I have been fortunate to work with those with substance use disorder in Hagerstown and Frederick counties in partnership with Justice and Recovery Advocates. It is my sincere hope that nutritional therapy will become the standard of care for anyone choosing to recover from their addiction.
I live outside of Frederick with my husband, two teenage children, and two dogs. While my running days are over, I have taken up cycling, hiking, and yoga instead. I believe that we are all perfectly imperfect and life is a constant evolution. My kitchen is still my science lab; my kids often never know what I am going to ask them to try next.
Christina holds a BS in International Business from the University of Maryland and an MS in Nutrition and Integrative Health
from the Maryland University of Integrative Health. She is a licensed dietitian-nutritionist within the State of Maryland.
Additionally, she holds a professional membership with the American College of Nutrition
and an Associate Membership with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.