Alexia is a registered and licensed dietitian (RD, LD/N) who knows first-hand how to navigate the world of heart-healthy nutrition. She survived a heart attack in 2007 and decided to become a dietitian to help spread the word about how food choices and habits can influence health.
She is credentialed through the Commission on Dietetic Registration and licensed through the Florida Department of Health (license ND 6225). She holds a Master of Science degree in Nutrition & Dietetics and a Bachelor of Science in Health from the University of North Florida. From her previous career, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business and Professional Management from Nova Southeastern University.
For more information about Registered Dietitians (their qualifications, services, and how they differ from “nutritionists”), see the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics pages: “RD = NutritionExpert” and Ways an RD Can Help You. Hint: Even a cocker spaniel can become a nutritionist!
Alexia has worked with a variety of clients including people with cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, anemia, food sensitivities/allergies, lap-band patients, student athletes, vegetarians/vegans, as well as healthy people who want to lose or gain weight/muscle and people who are concerned about the additives in our foods and organic/sustainable eating.
Alexia currently spends half of her time in private practice working with clients to reach their nutrition and health goals or writing and speaking about nutrition, foods, health/wellness, and cardiovascular disease. The other half of her time she works with the University of North Florida (UNF). She is the wellness dietitian in the Department of Health Promotion. She is also a preceptor for UNF’s dietetic interns and an adjunct instructor for undergraduates. She has taught the following courses at UNF: Food Fundamentals, Food Science Laboratory, Introduction to Human Nutrition, Nutrition Education, and Nutrition Counseling and Communication.
What Alexia loves most about the field of nutrition is that there are so many different ways to practice nutrition. This Web site is her way to continue to explore more ways to share her passion for food, health, and the science of nutrition. In her spare time, which she does still have, Alexia enjoys spending time with her husband and hound dog, reading fiction, and doing DIY projects to decorate her new home.