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More about me

Public Health Nutritionist & Registered Dietitian certified in Integrative and Functional Nutrition

I am a non-diet Dietitian — this means no fad dieting, quick fixes or weight loss supplements when you work with me. (We also don't need to focus on weight).

I believe you can have your banana bread and eat it (dasheen too!).

In February 2021, I registered The Cultural Dietitian business and began serving clients across the Caribbean and North America, helping them to lose weight,  lower blood cholesterol and HbA1c, and find joy in eating again — all while integrating their favorite cultural dishes.

My mission is to be the expert source of culture-focused, integrative nutrition for men and women of the Caribbean diaspora.

My Philosophy

My evidence-based practice philosophy is rooted in 'food as medicine' when appropriate, and acknowledges that food culture is integral to nutrition therapy and should be a foundational part of your health journey. A "healthy plate" does not have a specific look and I honor your culture in my practice.

I am a weight-inclusive health practitioner you won't be told you just need to lose weight to fix your health. You will be provided with the depth of knowledge and nutrition interventions as any of my other clients. However, body autonomy is important and I am not an anti-weight loss dietitian. Regardless of weight, I prioritize health-promoting habits with you.

An integrative and functional nutrition approach enables me to assess other lifestyle factors that play key roles in your overall health and nutritional status, including your quality of sleep, exercise, stress and coping strategies.

Values

  • Authenticity: the world needs more unique and diverse perspectives (and quirkiness too)

  • Personal responsibility: turn within first, we are only responsible for ourselves

  • Consistency: forget perfection, seek to be consistent

  • Simplicity: simple nutrition is effective nutrition

Who I Serve

I serve men and women who need to lower their cholesterol, blood pressure, manage prediabetes or are seeking weight loss or weight gain. In addition to these, I've served clients with a wide range of chronic conditions including PCOS. Through meal planning and flexibility with eating, clients are empowered to build self-trust and confidence when making food decisions (guilt free). 

My services and style of nutrition counseling are not everyone's cup of tea — they are for you if you are tired of quick fixes and yo-yo dieting, and are open to building sustainable nutrition and lifestyle changes. My services are well-suited for you if you are serious about investing in your physical and mental health, and are ready to commit to your new journey whole-heartedly.

Through corporate presentations and freelance writing, I serve a global community who seeks evidence-based nutrition and health knowledge to improve their lives.


Visit my author profiles for Healthline Nutrition and Medical News Today

Education, credentials & memberships

Education

  • 2020, Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health | Baltimore, U.S.

  • 2020, Dietetic internship and public health practicum, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center | Baltimore, U.S.

  • 2018, B.Sc. Nutrition and Dietetics, University of the Southern Caribbean | Magna cum laude

  • 2013, B.Sc. Nutritional Sciences and Biology double major, University of the West Indies St. Augustine | First class honors

Credentials

  • Public Health Nutritionist, Registered Dietitian | Trinidad and Tobago Board of Nutritionists and Dietitians

  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist | Commission on Dietetic Registration 

  • Certified Integrative and Functional Nutrition | Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Memberships

  • Secretary (2021-2024), Continuing Professional Development (CPD) committee | Trinidad and Tobago Board of Nutritionists and Dietitians

  • Member, Trinidad and Tobago Association of Nutritionists and Dietitians

  • Member, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

  • Member, National Organization of Blacks in Dietetics (NOBIDAN) member interest group

  • Member, Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine (DIFM) dietetic practice group

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