Mary Ellen is a functional nutritionist specializing in plant-based diets, food allergies and sensitivities, and gut health. She believes that what a person eats, as well as their physical and mental well-being, play a huge part in health.
Mary Ellen wants to educate and empower people with the tools they need to manage their own health and to do what’s right for their unique bodies. When working with clients, she draws on the knowledge gained from her education and clinical experience as well as her own health struggles.
Master’s degree in Science, Human Nutrition | University of Bridgeport
Certified Nutrition Specialist | BCNS
Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist | Maryland Board of Dietetic Practice
Certified Holistic Health Coach | Institute for Integrative Nutrition
Master’s degree in Library and Information Science | Rutgers University
Bachelor’s degree in English | St. Joseph’s University
Mary Ellen graduated Manga Cum Laude with her Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, where she learned clinical and evidence-based nutrition from a functional medicine perspective.
She is a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS), the gold standard for advanced nutrition professionals. She completed her nutrition residency at the Sandy Hook Clinic with Dr. Kara Fitzgerald, a leader in Integrative and Functional Medicine.
In addition to her nutrition education, Mary Ellen has a background in research and holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Rutgers University. She is also a Certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
Functional nutrition is an approach to wellness that considers the body as a whole (not just macronutrients and calorie intake). It seeks to uncover the root cause of imbalances that may be negatively impacting quality of life and health.
Mary Ellen’s functional approach takes into account a person’s food intake but also his/her activity level, quality of sleep, emotional health, as well as environmental and lifestyle factors. Looking at all of these factors can help to uncover the root cause of imbalance in our bodies.
Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. – Hippocrates
Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. – Michael Pollan
Food is the base of one’s health. Every cell in our body is impacted by what we eat, which in turn affects our physical as well as our emotional health.
There is still so much to be discovered on the ways our bodies are affected by stress, inflammation, genetics, the health of our microbiome, and our general lifestyle.
That’s why VNutrition’s philosophy is all about teaching you how to nurture your body with nutrient-dense yet delicious food.
Mary Ellen wants you feeling your best so whether you’re here for tasty and healthy plant-based recipes, the latest in nutrition science, or to get the hang of plant-based meal planning, she’s got you covered.