Hi, I’m Colleen!
You can learn all about my professional experience at the bottom of this page, but here are a few highlights:
I have 10+ years experience counseling people with gastrointestinal (GI) issues on what to eat. I’ve worked with thousands of people with mild to complex gastrointestinal issues.
I specialize in working with people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. I created the nutrition program at the Jill Roberts Center for IBD at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City.
I’m a cofounder of Wellness By Food, an online nutrition resource for people with GI issues. We send out a weekly newsletter to 1,000+ subscribers with the latest and greatest in nutrition, lifestyle, and gut health.
I’m an adjunct professor at New York University where I teach the “Diseased Gut” course for graduate students. Students have described my course as “fantastic” and “my favorite course.”
And when I’m not writing, teaching, public speaking, counseling, and creating useful products, I’m nerding out on gut microbiome research. Oh, and romantic mysteries (shh!).
If you want to know more, here are 5 things you probably don’t know about me …
- My first job after college was in print media, and that’s where I met my husband.
- I was voted the NYC Crohn’s and Colitis Take Steps Healthcare Hero in 2017.
- My favorite job in the world is being a mom.
- I was a contestant on Cash Cab. Before you ask, I didn’t win.
- My favorite girl scout cookies are Thin Mints. It might have something to do with my mom eating a whole box of them in one sitting when she was pregnant with me.
- Colleen is a registered dietitian nutritionist. She holds a Master of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida where she graduated summa cum laude. Colleen completed her dietetic internship at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center.
- Colleen’s journey into nutrition and gut health began when she joined the Jill Roberts Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City. There she established the center’s nutrition education and mentorship program for gastroenterologists, dietitians, interns, medical students and patients to learn more about nutrition’s role in managing complex gastrointestinal conditions. As the center’s chief clinical nutritionist, she specialized in providing personalized nutrition education to people with a variety of gastrointestinal issues, notably Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
- In 2018, Colleen became an adjunct professor at New York University, where she teaches the “Diseased Gut” course to graduate students.
- In 2019, she resigned from Cornell to focus on her virtual private practice and Wellness By Food, a nutrition and lifestyle resource for people with inflammatory bowel disease that she founded in 2017.
- Colleen lectures regularly on nutrition and gut health. She’s especially interested in food’s impact on the gut microbiome and presented on this topic to thousands of nutrition professionals at the national Food & Nutrition Conference and Expo in Boston, MA in 2016. Learn more about some of Colleen’s past speaking engagements.
- Colleen’s extensive professional experience has made her a go-to authority for physicians, patients, and other dietitians seeking answers to their gut-related questions.
- Colleen established an annual nutrition course for first-year medical students at Weill Cornell Medical College, where she provided an interactive setting for students to learn about healthy eating.