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Nutrition

Nutrition Consultation Services

Nutrition Consultation Services

AFC offers a variety of nutrition services to fit every individual's needs. Services include weight loss/ management, sports nutrition, management of diet-related health conditions, or simply learning basic nutrition principles. At AFC we hold the highest standards; the staff dietitian, along with the entire staff at AFC, is highly qualified and our goal is to guide you along your path to wellness.

We're glad you're here, and that you've taken the first step towards a healthier lifestyle. But exercise is only a supplement to this lifestyle - nutrition is paramount. We understand that everyone is different, and it's ok if you need a little help - that's what we're here for. We will help you identify your goals, determine the best way to get there, and give you the education you need to make it happen.

Areas of Diet Education:

Weight Management, Sports Performance, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Cancer Prevention, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, GI Disorders, Bowel Resection, Food Allergies, Food Intolerances, Pregnancy, Lactation, Childhood Nutrition, Exercise, Fad Diets, Vegetarianism and others upon request.

Topics Include:

Portion Control, Label Reading, Metabolism, Eating mind set, Eating out, Cooking, Journaling, Fiber, Water Intake, Protein Intake, Healthy Fats, Alcohol Consumption, and more.

Each of our highly trained Registered Dieticians offers a variety of services to meet your needs. For more detailed information and scheduling, please contact your facility directly.

Meet our Registered Dieticians:

John is registered through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Licensed through the State of Pennsylvania. John has been doing corporate and outpatient counseling for the past three years, working with a variety of clients ranging from children to seniors with various health conditions. He is credentialed through Independence Blue Cross and Aetna Health Care plans to provide in-network Nutrition Counseling services. He is in the process of completing my Graduate Studies in Education and is an Adjunct professor at Manor College in Jenkintown.

"When counseling, I try to make sure I am personalizing my recommendations to the best of my ability. Everyone is an individual and has different needs. I emphasis educating my clients with the most accurate science based information, setting realistic goals, and formulating a road map to guide them to their goals. Many times simply providing information to people does not ensure success. As a Dietitian, I feel it is equally important to motivate, coach, and support my clients along the way."
- John Rickards

Services

1 Hour Private Session, 3 Private Sessions, Weight Maintenance Packages, Supermarket Tours

Jillian is a Registered Dietitian and licensed dietitian nutritionist through the state of Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of LaSalle University where she also completed her internship. During her 1200 hours of interning she was placed at Einstein medical center, Willow Terrace Nursing Home, MANNA, and The School District of Philadelphia, giving her a wide range of experiences in Medical Nutrition Therapy and nutrition counseling. Along with being a dietitian at our Feasterville location, she has been working at our Philadelphia location where she specializes in weight management and related diseases. Jillian is a mother of 3, and understands the struggles of trying to live a healthy lifestyle while juggle work and family. Because of this, she is a very relatable dietitian who understands the clients and is certain she can help them live a healthier life.

Marissa is a Registered Dietitian accredited through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and licensed through the state of Pennsylvania. She graduated from West Chester University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. Marissa completed her Dietetic Internship with Priority Nutrition Care based out of Boston, Massachusetts where she completed 4 rotations within a 9 month period. During this time, she covered sports nutrition, adolescent eating disorders, food allergies and intolerances, community nutrition education, food service and clinical medical nutrition therapy for long term care facilities.

With over three years of nutrition counseling experience, Marissa’s approach is to focus on every client as an individual, each with their own needs, challenges and goals. She believes that it is important to be available and supportive during the time of any client’s life changing journey to a state of total health and wellbeing. Marissa is also a fitness trainer and is passionate about combining effective exercising with healthy eating habits to achieve full body wellness.

Sam is a Registered Dietitian with a passion for motivating people and working with them to achieve individual success. Sam grew up in Stone Harbor, New Jersey and has been in the food industry his entire life. He has worked as his parents' restaurant in North Wildwood, as well as many others, throughout his early years. Sam took that culinary knowledge and love of science to La Salle university to study nutrition, and graduated at the top of his class while also playing Division I Tennis and serving as the team captain. During his time at La Salle, Sam worked as a laboratory technician at the Monell Chemical Senses Center and also volunteered at local hospitals.  Upon graduating La Salle, Sam spent a year in San Diego working for the Veterans Affairs Healthcare Administration to obtain a Registered Dietitian (RD) Credential. Sam then worked for a human performance company in Washington, D.C. individualizing diets for clients for optimal performance both physically and cognitively. Sam has a wealth of knowledge in the nutrition world, but also believes that it takes personal skills to relate to clients to help them understand exactly what they need to know to attain the specific goals they are looking for.

Brittany Graber is a certified Registered Dietitian and state licensed Dietitian Nutritionist. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University from the Eberly College of Science with her Bachelor's degree in Nutrition Science and a minor in Psychology. She completed her dietetic internship through Sodexo's Philadelphia/New Jersey program.

Brittany is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a member of the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) practice group. Over the past six years, Brittany has been primarily based in clinical settings- primarily long term care, however, remains passionate in the area of wellness and the power of preventative nutrition therapy. Brittany's nutritional philosophy is based on evidence based research and facts, not food trends and fads. Brittany believes food is the most powerful medicine.

ABOUT REGISTERED DIETITIANS (RD's)

All Registered Dietitians are credentialed by the Commission of Dietetic Registration. The R.D. after a name represents a trademark assuring that the person has completed a baccalaureate degree in food and nutrition, completed a dietetic internship of 900 practice hours, and passed a national registration examination in food science, clinical nutrition, food service management, infection standards, education and communication, and community nutrition. An R.D. must also take continuing education classes to keep their credentials.

All Registered Dietitians ARE nutritionists, however a nutritionist is NOT a Registered Dietitian. In New Jersey, there is no licensing for nutritionists yet, and ANYONE can call themselves a nutritionist and have little formal training and/or education. However, Pennsylvania requires a license to practice and is only available to RD's, as a Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist (LDN).