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Welcome! I’m Elisa.

I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) based in Upstate New York. My nutrition counseling services are available across the USA via phone or video.

My passion for nutrition is rooted in my fascination with the power of food. We’re not at the mercy of our genetics or our environment. With our daily dietary choices, we are able to play an active and critical role in our own health. This is so empowering! And all the more important, because so many parents feel exhausted, lost and powerless.

My cousin was diagnosed with autism when he was 3 years old. I was in graduate school at the time. I remember watching him at meals, eating only white foods – American cheese, crackers, yogurt, white bread. He had frequent meltdowns, would not tolerate being touched, seldom made eye contact and often seemed to be in another world. I knew his diet wasn’t nutritionally adequate for his little growing body. What I did not know was that the effects of an improved diet were so far reaching. I saw how diet improved his autism symptoms, most notably his disposition. He was more calm, less spacey and less irritable. He could look at me and would hold my hand. I saw fewer signs of pain and digestive upset. It opened my eyes to the power of diet and spurred me to educate myself further. I realized there is such a need for nutrition services and yet, there are so few dietitians working in this specialty. I wanted to help fill this gap. This is what led me to nutrition therapy for children with autism.

Finally, I’d like to note that in addition to being a dietitian, I am also a mother. I can assure you that the very nutritional therapies I recommend are ones I would pursue for my own child.

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When it comes to autism, diet and nutrition are HUGE. The wrong foods can cause all kinds of internal chaos, in the gut and the brain, which then manifests as external chaos. Do any of these symptoms sound familiar? Trouble sleeping, hyperactivity, difficulty concentrating, gut issues like bloating, gas, diarrhea or constipation. The list goes on. If the wrong foods can wreak such havoc, imagine what the right foods could do. This is where I come in – to figure out what those “right” foods are and how to make them work for your child, so we can get them on the path to better health.

I understand how the stress and busy-ness of life can push nutrition to the back burner. But I can help you prioritize it.

I know the time and energy required to research and navigate special diets. I can simplify this for you and guide you through it.

I know you’re probably thinking, “There’s no way my child will expand their diet, he/she is the pickiest eater on the planet!”
There are ways to address this and we can work on it together.

You don’t have to take this on alone.

Let’s work together to create the ideal diet for your child and just as important, let’s put that diet into action. I can help you use food strategically – to support health, nourish and unburden the body and optimize your child’s quality of life.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences; Binghamton University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology; Binghamton University
  • Master of Arts in Nutrition Science and Dietetics; Syracuse University
  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) by the Commission on Dietetic Registration
  • New York State Certified Dietitian Nutritionist
  • Certified GAPS Practitioner
  • Sensory Approach to Feeding Therapist (Level 1 Advanced)
  • The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine (DIFM)
  • Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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