OCCUPATION: Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner.
BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Stonington.
RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Planning new nutrition workshops for 2020.
I ENJOY SPENDING MY TIME: Outdoors with my husband and two energetic dogs, Lady and Ivy.
MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: I think my biggest accomplishments are yet to come, but I’m awfully proud of coaxing an orchid to re-bloom three times in one year.
I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: Changing the way we think about managing chronic health problems, specifically mental health.
TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: To earn a PhD.
I ALWAYS CARRY: Digestive Bitters from Urban Moonshine — trust me they are a lifesaver for holiday feasts and indulgences.
WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: A scientist, a journalist, a professor ... I’m still deciding.
MY HERO IS: My husband, Gavin.
FAVORITE AUTHORS: Serious fiction – Margaret Atwood; fun fiction – Liane Moriarty; non-fiction – Bill Bryson.
BOOK ON MY NIGHT STAND: "Back in Control," by David Hanscom M.D. It’s a fascinating and unconventional guide to holistic chronic pain management.
I AM LISTENING TO: So many podcasts! I can’t get enough! I highly recommend "Your Body, Your Brand," by Kaila Tova, an exploration into the dangers of body-based marketing.
FAVORITE MOVIE: I don’t usually watch movies; I get a little antsy after too long.
FAVORITE TV SHOW: "Sherlock," with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.
FAVORITE RADIO SHOW: I change radio stations constantly. It drives my husband crazy.
FAVORITE SONG/GENRE OF MUSIC: I’m equal opportunity with music. I like most upbeat easy listening.
TOP COMFORT FOOD: Roasted sweet potatoes and kale with pastured pork sausage from Stonyledge Farm. Remember ... I’m a nutritionist.
SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES I USE MOSTLY: Ugh! I’m so bad at social media. I guess I have the most consistent business presence on Facebook.
TRAITS I MOST ADMIRE: Honesty, intelligence, equanimity.
PET PEEVES: The Impossible and Beyond Burgers (they’re not real food!)
FAVORITE QUOTATION: Wherever you go, there you are.
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: I love having my family close by, we all live on the same street!
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Smartwool socks! My feet get really cold.
LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I was obsessed with Billy Joel as a kid, and know all the words to every song.
BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: You can love your job but your job can’t love you back.
ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: Don’t underestimate the power of proper hydration. We should all be drinking half our body weight in ounces of water each day!
IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Make basic nutrition education and cooking skills a part of every student’s high school education.
IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Call my lawyer? Run and hide?
I DRIVE A: Silver 2017 Subaru Outback.
I WISH I DROVE A: Silver 2013 Subaru Outback. This was my old car, totaled when someone rear-ended me. It had leather seats and a sunroof, the new one doesn’t ☹
ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Full fat coconut milk, homemade soup stalk, dog cookies from Duchess Pet Treats.
IF I COULD INVITE ONE SPECIAL PERSON TO JOIN ME FOR DINNER AND CONVERSATION, I WOULD INVITE: Margret Mead, we share ancestry and I’d love to hear about her experience as a feminist and a sociologist.
— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro