Hi! I'm Laura 

I'm a non-diet dietitian, a yoga teacher and an unwavering optimist.

My mission is to help people ditch the diet and nourish a positive relationship with their mind, body, and food. 

 

I earned my Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from New York University. To become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, I completed my dietetic internship at Weill Cornell & Columbia Medical Center of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. I continued my journey at Mount Sinai St. Luke's where I went on to obtain an additional certification in critical care nutrition. For four years, I served on the board of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals New York Chapter, helping to raise awareness in the field of eating disorders, across college campuses in NYC. With several interests, I continued my clinical journey at NYU Langone Hospital, leading the nutrition support for the level 1 trauma center and surgical intensive critical care unit — all while running a part-time private practice in New York City!

In 2018, I left the hospital to pursue my true passions, including becoming a Registered Yoga Teacher. 

As a Strala yoga guide, I help people reconnect to their breath & body, empowering them to drop the stress, heal, and handle life’s challenges with ease.
This is yoga that moves beyond the poses and off the mat, it’s about helping people feel good in their own bodies.

I believe that true health is all encompassing — mental, spiritual and emotional wellbeing — not an external measure via shape, size, or number. My nutrition philosophy is rooted in the principles of Intuitive Eating from a Health At Every Size® perspective. 

 

Credentials:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, New York University
  • RD/RDN - Registered Dietitian Nutritionists, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • CDN - Certified Dietitian Nutritionist, New York State
  • CNSC - Certified Nutrition Support Specialist, American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition

Professional Memberships:

  • The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals  (former Membership co-chair 2016; former Student Liaison Chair 2013)    
  • The Greater New York Dietetic Association
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetic Practice Group
 
 

My Story

The truth is that aside from food posts and sharing nutrition tips, I'm pretty private about my life. But I've realized that in order for you to understand my intentions and food philosophy, I must first share a part of myself.

While cooking has become a passion of mine, the nutrition aspect is where I find meaning in what I do everyday. You see, I come from a small town in Philadelphia; it was a low-income neighborhood but my family and I, we made do. I grew up with three older sisters who all raised me at various points in my life–our parents, they passed away when I was nine. While my mom was very sick and my father always away, our house had very few food restrictions. I could have bagel bites for breakfast, takeout for lunch, soda and juice with every meal, chips and cookies at my disposal. 

So how did I become a health enthusiast and end up where I am today? Perseverance, luck, but mostly a lot of help from others. My oldest sister took me in, introduced me to her vegetarian ways. She worked late nights and would direct me over the phone on how to prepare dinner. Cooking soon became less of a chore and more of a creative outlet; in no time, I graduated from making garden salads to sautéed tofu, and boxed breads to homemade cookies. 

And although it wasn't until I started taking nutrition classes in college that I truly understood the relationship between diet and disease, at a young age I had already experienced first hand how diet and lifestyle choices can lead to a heart attack, how misinformation can worsen symptoms of cancer, how depression can affect appetite, how alcoholism can impair cognitive and social skills, how the pressures of the media can distort body image, and how challenging it can be to make healthy choices on a limited budget. But most of all, I learned that health is the greatest gift; the simplest of things that we have are too often taken for granted. Even when it seems like the odds are against us, we always have a choice. Lead a healthy life not only for yourself, but for the ones you love.