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Allison’s passion, drive and ambition brought her to start VivaTotalHealth and VivaVittles in February 2015, 2 months after graduating in the Nutrition and Dietetics Program at Montclair State University. After her father being diagnosed with cancer in 2008, she made a commitment and promise to help others. Allison believes food heals. Food brings people together, and can bring upon many emotions. “What we feed our body is what it will give to us in return”.
Allison, a Nutritional Therapist and Certified Nutritionist, is disciplined in her work. This started in her adolescent years. She grew up heavily into sports, beginning with ballet, gymnastics, and swimming (5-6 years old) and later into soccer and softball. She continued her athletic softball career on a collegiate level, performing all 4 years as a scholar-athlete. The discipline and strength that sports has brought to her life helped her build her character. Sports taught Allison that true hard work and passion will turn your dreams to reality. After many years of 5am training sessions, hours and hours of team and individual/private training practices 6-7 days a week, it all paid off. Allison was recognized with numerous awards throughout her collegiate career. “I was defeated countless times, was told I would never be good enough and almost believed it. I never quit, ever. I have every coach to thank for that, including my amazing parents. If you want something bad enough, you have to step up, believe in yourself and just do it. You will never get those moments back.”
After receiving an undergraduate degree in Physical Education-Adult Fitness, she decided to follow her true passion and studied in the accredited program by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Didactic Program in Dietetics, while in Master’s Program in Nutrition and Food Science from Montclair State University. During her studies, Allison had the opportunity to work alongside the extremely knowledgeable team of Dieticians and Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE) at the Diabetes Center at Overlook Hospital. It was during her training at the Diabetes Center that Allison learned that optimizing a patients nutritional status can aide in the treatment of many disease states.
Allison has experience working with multi-disciplinary team of doctors including wound care specialists, fertility specialists, family care practitioners and surgeons. Responsibilities include optimizing patients nutritionally in chronic and acute wound healing, increase fertility and hormone balance and regulation, weight reduction, eating disorders, hyperlipidemia, obesity, metabolic disorder, hypercholesterolemia, pre-diabetes, diabetes, gestational diabetes, fatigue, stress, depression, anxiety, nutrient deficiency, poor planning and eating habits, sports and fitness nutrition. Allison has years of experience with athletes of all ages and sports in training, nutrition counseling and consulting.
Professional Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
State Affiliate of New Jersey Dietetic Association
Professional Member of the American Diabetes Association (ADA)
Professional of the Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors Organizational Unit (NDEP)
Professional Member of the American Society of Nutrition (ASN)
Professional Member of The Alternative Therapy and The Alternative Therapy Association
Professional Member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certified
ANHI Malnutrition Screening, Assessment, Diagnosis, and Intervention
ANHI Interdisciplinary Approach to Recognizing and Treating Malnutrition
American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Certified
Whole Foods Market Nutrition Educator and Recipe Developer
Contributing Nutrition and Health Writer for The Daily Makeover
Contributing Nutrition and Wellness Writer for Island Jane Magazine
Contributing Nutrition and Health Writer for YogaToday
Yoga and Fitness Model for YogaToday
Nordstrom Nutrition, Health and Fitness Educator
(pictured above: Allison with Governor Christie Whitman at Grow A Row America Fundraiser)
(pictured above: Allison with Dr. Furhman, Board-Certified Family Physician, New York Times Best-Selling Author and Nutritional Researcher)
Kristen, a graduate of Eastern University in Wayne, PA with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Exercise Science, is one of the most positive, radiant, and caring individuals Allison has ever met.
Kristen fell in love with healthy eating and the importance of good quality nutrition as a part of a healthy lifestyle. Her beautiful smile and infectious positive energy will get you to eat anything she suggests is good for you! This girl is full of laughter, love, and life.
At Eastern she played softball for two years, was a member of the Exercise Science Club, and worked at the Fitness Center.
Kristen lives in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina but previously resided in Oakland, NJ and graduated from Indian Hills High School where she played softball, volleyball, and basketball.
Currently, she works as a trainer at Lava Fitness in Hilton Head Island.
Kristen is currently working on her Masters Degree in Nutrition.