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"One day changed how I looked at health and the human body."

 

My passion for improving health began after I had a car accident in 2002.  I approached my care with the traditional medical model as this was all I knew and it resulted in minimal improvement. I explored alternative medicine with chiropractic care, massage therapy, and professional grade supplements.   This is when my healing and my journey towards functional medicine began.  As a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, I feel that my auto accident led me to my true calling in life: to help people improve their health through nutrition and lifestyle medicine.

 

I began to do what I do naturally, which was to learn what I could.  I worked for a professional supplement company, became certified as a nutrition counselor and then formalized my education by earning a Master's Degree and pursuing Functional Medicine training at the Institute for Functional Medicine. 

 

As a woman, I can relate to you and your concerns.  Following my accident I noticed many small and large changes starting to occur in my health.  I gained weight, became easily fatigued, my digestive tract seemed easily disturbed, even by healthy foods, my immune system was weakening and my hormones seemed to have a mind of their own.  I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis in 2010 and then in 2011, testing confirmed what I suspected...my adrenals were tired!  Through my own journey, I have not taken any prescription drugs but rather turned all of these things around and managed them through nutrition and lifestyle.

 

This led me to specialize in women's health under the Functional Nutrition guidelines. I think it is my personal journey and ability to relate to what you are going through that makes me a stronger nutritionist for you.

 

Education and Certificates:

  • Doctorate of Clinical Nutrition, Student, Maryland University of Integrative Health

  • M.S. Applied Clinical Nutrition, New York Chiropractic College

  • M.B.A. Utica College

  • Certified Nutrition Specialists (CNS)

  • Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist (CDN) in New York

  • Licensed Dietitian-Nutritionist (LDN) in Florida

  • Institute For Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP)

  • Certified Life Coach

  • Certified First Line Therapy® Lifestyle Educator

 

Outside of the Clinic:

  • American College of Nutrition: Student Engagement Coordinator

  • Board for the Certification of Nutrition Specialists: Nutritional Programming

  • American Nutrition Association: Professional Development

  • Maryland University of Integrative Health: Adjunct Faculty

TEaM Leader

Kim Ross

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About

Sherry is a mom of 2 and a grandmother to 3 (well, 4 if you count her beloved grand puppy!).   She is enjoying being retired from full-time work but loves to be active in part-time work and volunteering.      Her organizational skills are a perfect compliment to the Nutrition TEaM and she helps to keep Kim grounded, reminding her of the importance of family time.

 

Outside of the clinic, Sherry is the Secretary to her Home Owner's Association, she regularly organizes community dinners and events, volunteers for the Hope House and loves to play cards with her friends.  The true love of her life is spending time with her husband, Jim, to whom she has been married to for almost 50 years.  

TEaM Manager

Sherry Cehonski

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About:

Nicole has been an ice-skating coach for the past 20 years, with a focus on hockey power skating over the past 8 years. She currently is part of the wellness team for a beverage distribution company, providing resources for employees and their families to take charge of their health. After enduring her own health struggles, and only finding relief in nutrition and functional medicine, Nicole decided to pursue further education in the field so that she can help others do the same. When not on the ice or working, Nicole enjoys all the dogs of the universe (especially her 2 pups), researching, traveling, being outdoors, and spending time with her family.

 

Education:

Nicole earned her Master’s degree in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States, graduating with distinction in December 2018. She also earned her B.A.S. in Exercise Science with honors from the University of Minnesota – Duluth in December 2008.

 

Credentials:

Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) Candidate

Licensed Nutritionist (LN) Candidate

IFM Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP)

TEaM Nutritionist

Nicole Feehery

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About:

Leanne has had an extensive career in the fields of nutrition and public health.  She currently works in the Department of Population Health and Wellness at Tufts Health Plan.  Leanne is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of New England and Southern New Hampshire University.  She facilitates courses in nutrition, public health, and wellness. Leanne is passionate about helping others achieve their optimal state of health and wellness. Outside of work and school, Leanne enjoys running, spending time with family and friends, and being out in nature. 

 

Education:

Leanne earned her Master’s degree in Applied Clinical Nutrition from New York Chiropractic College in December 2017. She is currently working on her Doctorate degree in Clinical Nutrition at Maryland University of Integrative Health.

 

Credentials:

Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) Candidate.

Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)

Registered Diet Technician (DTR)

 

TEaM Nutritionist and Blogger

Leanne Barry

About:

Debbie is devoted to living a life of health & wellness and helping others achieve the same in their own way.  She currently works with the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists and the American Nutrition Association as the Professional Development Manager, and she is a Health Coach with her own company Nutrition and Health Counseling.

When Debbie isn’t training for a marathon or working, she enjoys yoga, tennis, long walks and above all spending time with her husband and twin daughters who are about to head off to college.

Education:

Debbie received her training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and she received her BA from George Washington University. 

 

TEaM Health Coach

Debbie Slutzky

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About:

Nicole is passionate about nutrition education, GI health, and disease prevention. She is also an adjunct professor at Columbia International University where she developed and wrote the curriculum for a Health and Nutrition Minor. Before moving to a career in nutrition, Nicole spent time in Ethiopia and Zambia where she worked in an HIV/AIDS clinic, Hospital for the Dying and Destitute, and did economic development in the slums. In her free time, Nicole enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and cooking. 

Education:

Nicole earned her Master’s degree in Applied Clinical Nutrition from New York Chiropractic College in August 2018. She also earned her Bachelor’s in Entrepreneurship & Family Business and Business Administration from Auburn University along with a Master’s in Intercultural Studies from Columbia International University. 

Credentials:

Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) Candidate

 

TEaM Blogger

Nicole Brooker

Kim Ross, MS, CNS, CDN, IFMCP

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1201 6th Ave W. Bradenton, FL 34205

Serving Central NY, the Mohawk Valley,

New York State, SW Florida, and various locations across the U.S. 

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