Alyssa Lavy, MS, RD, CDN
Alyssa first noticed her interest in the fields of nutrition and exercise when she was very young. What started as a hobby turned into a passion and she was constantly trying to understand the science behind food and movement. She entered college with a plan to major in English, however after taking a required Biology of Human Nutrition class, she felt that she found her path and switched her major with a plan to become a registered dietitian. Alyssa graduated The George Washington University with her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a minor in psychology. At this time, she also became certified as a personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). She then moved to New York, where she earned her Master of Science in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, completed her Dietetic Internship at Teachers College Columbia University and worked as a personal trainer, training clients between classes and trips to the library. She also started to share her recipes, passion, and understanding of nutrition science on her blog. Among practice within various clinical, community and food service settings, Alyssa elected to deepen her understanding of sports nutrition, private practice and GI dietetics during her training.
Alyssa began her nutrition career working in a subacute and long term care facility in New Jersey, where she completed nutrition assessments for all admitted patients and residents and was a part of the multi-disciplinary team. Alyssa then decided to broaden her reach to more individuals and took an opportunity as a corporate dietitian, where she implemented corporate wellness strategies among employees and customers while working for a large food retailer. When her husband's career took them to Florida, Alyssa worked within a large gastroenterology practice to provide outpatient nutrition counseling to patients, with a focus on the management of digestive conditions. Since then, Alyssa and her husband have relocated back to Connecticut, where they both grew up, and she opened her own practice in order to provide nutrition counseling and consulting, with a focus on digestive health and sports nutrition. Alyssa has combined her love of connecting with people, food, exercise and writing in order to construct a practice that is close to her heart and offers practical solutions for busy individuals, groups and corporate entities alike. Alyssa offers virtual and in-person nutrition counseling, personal training, consulting for businesses, wellness talks and seminars and reaches a larger audience through her writing, both on her blog and through her contributions to national media outlets. Alyssa believes nutrition is not a one-size-fits-all approach and instead works with each individual to recognize barriers, develop personalized strategies for adopting healthful behaviors and offer resources, strength and support. Let Alyssa help you to rediscover the joy and pleasure of food while attaining your personal health goals!
Rachel Dyckman, RD, CDN
Rachel attended Skidmore College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies with a focus in food systems, was inducted into the Periclean Honors Forum, and competed as a member of the Skidmore College Equestrian Team. In college, Rachel developed an interest in how the providence of our food affects our bodies and our environment and was a driving force in Skidmore’s chapter of the Real Food Challenge national organization, a non-profit that works to increase the percentage of locally produced, environmentally sound, fair trade, humanely raised, and minimally processed foods served in dining halls of colleges and universities. After graduating, she moved to New York City to begin her Master’s in Clinical Nutrition at New York University. Rachel completed her dietetic internship through New York University at The Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan and interned at the New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Comprehensive Weight Control Center, where she assisted with various research projects.
Through her studies and clinical experience, Rachel came to appreciate the influence that our gut microbiome has on multiple dimensions of health and wellness. She has a particular interest in counseling GI patients to help them utilize diet as a means to aid in symptom management and disease control. In her free time, Rachel enjoys experimenting with new recipes in her kitchen, running and barre classes, horseback riding, and attempting to grow vegetables in her New York City apartment windowsill.
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