Are you curious about food? I find foods fascinating―what they are, how they view the world, what motivates them, and how they behave in our bodies. The intriguing connection between food and health is the focus of my comprehensive website (www.diagnosisdiet.com), where you can look up your favorite foods, popular diets, and even specific health problems. I believe each person’s chemistry is unique; there are some dietary guidelines that make sense for all of us, but others which need to be tailored to the individual. My goal is to provide you with the information you need to design the diet that is best for you. I have special interest and expertise in the use of whole foods ketogenic diets for the treatment of psychiatric conditions.
I became interested in nutrition after discovering a new way of eating that completely reversed a number of perplexing health problems I had developed in my early 40′s, including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and IBS. This experience led me on a quest to understand why the unorthodox diet that restored my own health is so different from the low-fat, high-fiber, plant-based diet we are taught is healthy. It turns out that nutrition is not rocket science; if you understand how food works, it all makes sense.
I received my B.A. in Biology from Carleton College in Minnesota, then spent seven years as a research assistant in the fields of biochemistry, wound healing, and diabetes before going on to earn an M.D. from the University of Vermont College Of Medicine. I completed my residency in general adult psychiatry at Cambridge Hospital in 2002 and was a staff psychopharmacologist at Harvard University Health Services from 2007 to 2013. In 2013 I left Harvard to become the psychiatrist for Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, where I provided nutrition consults as well as medication services to Smith students for five years. I decided to leave Smith in June 2018 to focus 100% of my time to nutritional psychiatry writing, speaking, and consultation. In addition to writing for Psychology Today, I am also a contributing writer for DietDoctor.com, a site dedicated to educating people about low-carbohydrate nutrition. I offer virtual video nutrition counseling sessions for individuals interested in dietary approaches to mental health conditions, online consultation services for fellow health professionals interested in incorporating nutrition principles into clinical practice, and virtual small-group clinician trainings in the use of ketogenic diets for the treatment of psychiatric conditions.