The academic nutrition community is dynamic and constantly evolving and our nutrition professionals stay abreast of recent publications and advancements in the field. As a result, we base our methods on the latest discoveries and scientific best-practices. Our bodies are very complicated systems, made up of very complicated components. Each day brings new discoveries and information that we relay to you in a way which is understandable and useful to your health and/or weight loss efforts.
Emily's passion for nutrition began in her teens. She started reading health and nutrition magazines which exposed her to fun tidbits about the power of food (shout out to Women’s Health, Shape, and Self!). The spark was ignited! As soon as she started visiting colleges, she never looked back. Emily completed her Bachelor's degree in Nutrition Management with a minor in sociology at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York in 2013. She then completed her dietetic internship at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio.
Before joining OnPoint, Emily worked full time as a clinical dietitian in long term care and medical rehab. She also worked at a cardiac rehab program instructing weight loss and wellness classes. Emily lives in New Jersey with her husband Stuart and her two cats, Jane and Beans. She has chickens, a garden, and strives to eat local as much as possible. She hopes to be a full blown homesteader one day! She enjoys weekend getaways, running, yoga, and has way too many magazine subscriptions. Her favorite foods are peanut butter and curries of all varieties.
Originally a nursing student, Kate was first introduced to the world of nutrition as a prerequisite during her first year in college. After her first course, a passion for nutrition and healthy living was born! Kate went on to study Nutrition at La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition in 2013. Kate is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Nutrition at Immaculata University.
Before joining our team at OnPoint, Kate was a Nutrition Educator for the Penn State Corporative Extension, providing group education and cooking classes. She also worked as a program Nutritionist for the Gateway Community Action Partnership WIC, where she enjoyed counseling clients and watching them reach their goals through diet and lifestyle changes.
She is an avid runner and lover of exercise, cooking, and traveling. Kate follows a whole foods, plant-based diet, but also sees the value of indulging now and again. When she isn't counseling clients or meal prepping, she's probably killing a workout or snuggling with her dog, Diego!
Ivy’s interest in food and nutrition started at a very young age; her father owned a health food store in the late ’70’s. Living in a healthy household much different from most of her friends, Ivy considers her family’s “different” lifestyle a blessing. In high school, Ivy attended a guest lecture opening her eyes to the immense world of nutrition. Intrigued, she moved on to attend West Chester University of Pennsylvania, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics with a minor in Contemplative Studies in 2016.
Ivy’s career began working for the USDA funded supplemental food program known as WIC. Her counseling focused on working one on one with low-income, nutritionally at risk pregnant and postpartum women and children under five years old. Before WIC, Ivy spent years in the food service industry where she learned skills and techniques to use in her own kitchen. She has a passion for cooking, organic farming, and is a certified yoga instructor.
Zoe obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics with a minor in Psychology from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2013. Zoe’s commitment to nutrition started after registering for an elective nutrition course. She instantly became fascinated by the science of the subject. After graduating, she completed her Dietetic Internship with Aramark and successfully passed the Registered Dietitian exam in August of 2014. Zoe is also a Certified Diabetes Educator, with extensive knowledge of and experience in diabetes prevention, prediabetes, and diabetes management.
Before joining the team at OnPoint Nutrition, Zoe started her career at a weight management center, helping clients achieve weight loss goals ranging from 10-200 pounds. Looking to expand her experience, she took a position at Holy Redeemer Hospital as both an inpatient and outpatient Clinical Dietitian. Her passion is motivating clients to meet their health and wellness goals. After seeing positive results in her clients, it didn’t take long for Zoe to feel rewarded.
Zoe believes “a healthy diet is a diet that fits your lifestyle and is filled with an abundance of wholesome foods that are nutritious and flavorful!” In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, running and biking through downtown Philadelphia.
Nicole's love of food started at a young age as she watched her grandparents maintain a small farm in South Jersey. Her love of food and cooking grew into an interest in nutrition and how to properly nourish your body using food and nutrients. She has a unique passion for wellness having to use nutrition for healing in her own life.
Nicole graduated from LaSalle University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. Nicole started her career in clinical nutrition working in multiple long term care, sub-acute nursing facilities. She then moved on to assist in planning, directing, and supervising the operation of a special supplemental food program, known as WIC. She enjoys cooking/baking, traveling, exercising, spending time with her family, Husband (and dog, Dutch!)
Kristina was drawn to nutrition from a young age. She enjoyed reading articles to try different recipes/diets or new workouts. While Kristina’s college career started in education, she quickly realized that she had a passion for working in the medical field and decided to go into nursing. One of the prerequisite courses she needed to take was Introduction to Nutrition, where she fell in love with the field. The field of nutrition allowed her to incorporate her passion for education with her passion for health and nutrition while helping others.
Kristina graduated from The University of Alabama in 2016 with a BS in Food and Nutrition and completed her Dietetic Internship through The University of Alabama’s Coordinated Program in 2017. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree from Alabama in Human Nutrition as well. Kristina currently holds Certificates of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management as well as Obesity Interventions. Before joining the OnPoint team, Kristina worked in long term care and acute rehab as a clinical dietitian. She also has experience working in pediatrics and primary care.
Kristina loves to bake, hike, and mountain bike in her free time. When she isn’t doing any of these, she can most likely be found at a Pure Barre studio. Kristina lives in Eastern PA with her husband and 100 lb pup, Annie May.
I love that we are constantly learning! We have to keep up on the latest research to be able to effectively counsel; and the research is never-ending! I also love being able to teach and coach clients to reach their goals!
I get asked about intermittent fasting and the keto diet, a lot. My short answer? These are not sustainable! Not to mention the amount of fat you are consuming and the arteries you could be clogging with keto - aside from the fact that keto is really meant for those with neurological conditions such as epilepsy.
When I worked in clinical, long term care, and acute rehab, my patients were all very different. While there was an older adult population, there were also middle aged/younger patients because of the need for assisted living and/or rehab for various reasons. I have counseled women for weight loss, weight gain, and goal setting such as reducing simple sugar intake. In the school setting, I have counseled several pre-diabetic adolescents.
Everything in moderation!
Gina's interest in nutrition began after her father's heart attack which occurred when she was a freshman in high school. This event opened her eyes to the world of medical nutrition therapy and helped her understand the connection between diet and health. Her dad's heart attack caused her entire family to change their eating habits and live healthier lifestyles. Her personal interest in food, exercise, and nutrition led her to discovering the Nutrition Sciences major at Penn State. Gina graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 2010 with a BS in Nutrition Science. She is also currently pursing a Masters in Community Nutrition from West Chester University.
Gina began her nutrition career working for the WIC program in Philadelphia and Camden County, NJ. After her time at WIC, Gina joined the team at Eat. Right. Now Philadelphia at Drexel University where she had the opportunity to teach nutrition education to school children in the School District of Philadelphia. Gina also currently works for the Delaware Food Bank, working to educate the public about healthy eating lifestyles and how it is possible to eat well on a budget. She has worked with people across all stages of the life cycle with the mission to offer as much education as possible to help them lead healthier lifestyles.
Gina lives in Delaware with her husband, her two dogs (Abby & Noah) and her cat (Ser Pounce). She likes to spend her free time at her gym, cooking, walking her dogs, and reading young adult and historical fiction novels.
I love being able to meet so many different people and often have the opportunity to have very meaningful conversations with them. The internet offers a lot of confusing information about diets and food and I love that I get to clear away some of the nonsense and offer people facts.
“What should I be eating?” Which is such a hard and general question! I have to explain that every one is so different and we need to eat for our bodies and our activity level. Everything in moderation is frustrating for people to hear but it is key!
I have worked with clients of all ages. From infants and toddlers to also teaching classes to seniors. Recently I have been working with school age children to teach them about MyPlate and well-balanced eating habits. I also work with adults to help them purchase and prepare healthier foods for their families and how to do this with out breaking the bank.
Eat more plants! Also, food/mealtime is often the best part of the day, slow down and enjoy it.
Kaitlyn received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2017 and completed her Master of Science and Dietetic Internship from Ohio University in 2019. Kaitlyn adopted a healthy lifestyle after battling with gastrointestinal issues in high school. She decided to make her passion for healthy living into a career after taking a nutrition course during her first year of college.
Prior to joining the OnPoint team Kaitlyn interned with the Diabetes Institute, leading their Diabetes Prevention Program in Athens, Ohio. Her work focused on individualized health and lifestyle coaching, providing nutrition education and, most importantly, support. Kaitlyn also previously worked as a Nutrition Educator delivering nutrition education curriculum to second grade studentsIn her free time, Kaitlyn enjoys spending time outdoors and doing activities like hiking, running, and fishing. When she’s not busy being active you can find her in the kitchen! She loves trying new recipes and cooking for her friends and family.
My favorite part about being a dietitian is being able to help people reach their health goals. I love the feeling when clients have that “aha!” moment where everything clicks. Most of all I think it’s really special to see how sharing my knowledge of food and nutrition with clients can help them feel motivated and empowered to take control of their health and reach their goals.
I get a lot of questions about fad diets- do they work, which one is the best, etc. My answer always will be that there is no short cut to weight loss. Fad diets commonly restrict certain food groups or force people to change their eating habits so dramatically that it is just not feasible long term. This is usually why people have a hard time keeping weight off after they try a fad diet. The only way to achieve true long-lasting results is to make realistic lifestyle changes.
I have worked with a wide variety of clients and patients. I spent some time working in an inpatient setting, treating hospitalized patients. I worked briefly at a WIC clinic providing nutrition education. I spent a year teaching second grade students about nutrition and cooking skills in an elementary school. I also had the opportunity to work with older adults to help lower their risk of developing diabetes through weight loss and physical activity in a Diabetes Prevention Program
One simple piece of advice I would give clients to improve their health and nutrition is to eat more fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables have a wide variety of health benefits and are crucial for your body to perform its necessary functions. Also, if you are eating more fruits and vegetables, you will inherently be eating less foods that may not be as beneficial to your health.
My team and I would be honored to be part of your health journey! Our priority is your health and happiness; no goal is too big or too small. We look forward to working with you soon!
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