Joan began her professional career as a speech-language pathologist. Through the years, she became increasingly aware of and fascinated by the relationship between nutrition and development, and subsequently pursued and obtained a second degree and license in dietetics/nutrition. She is fascinated, excited, and motivated by the marked improvements in behavior, health, development, and cognition that can be achieved when nutrition/metabolic needs are recognized and dietary modifications are initiated.
She has extensive experience working with children and enjoys facilitating the provision of individualized treatment for issues involving growth and nutrition, specific food preferences, behavior, attention, cognition, speech-language development, food allergy/intolerance, and weight management. In addition, Joan has spent a large part of her career focusing on children with deficits of sensory-motor processing and integration and the unique nutritional complexities involved.
Joan has received the CCN (certified clinical nutritionist) credential, a rigorous post-graduate curriculum focusing on leading-edge research and practice protocols. In addition, she has been accepted to the Institute for Functional Medicine and is working toward the requirements of that program.