About

Allison Thibault, MS, RDN, LDN, CDN
Named NJ’s Top Registered Dietitian Nutritionist by HipNJ
Licensed/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Founder of VivaTotalHealth
Lead Clinical Nutritionist RWJBarnabas Health
NICU Dietitian

Allison Thibault is a highly qualified Licensed/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Lead Clinical Nutritionist at RWJBarnabas Health, NICU Dietitian, Certified Fertility Dietitian, and Certified Nutritional Therapist.

Nutrition Specialties:
– Prenatal, Fertility, Reproduction
– PCOS
– Hormones
– Digestive Health
– Weight Management

Allison’s passion, drive and ambition brought her to start VivaTotalHealth in February 2015. 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 completed extensive Clinical and Medical Nutrition Therapy training through:
• Critical Care Nutrition Support at RWJ/Barnabas, Jersey City Medical Center
• Clinical Nutrition Therapy at RWJ/Barnabas, Jersey City Medical Center
• Medical/Surgical Nutrition Therapy at RWJ/Barnabas, Jersey City Medical Center
• Burn Nutrition at St. Barnabas Hospital Burn Healing Unit
• Dialysis Nutrition at RWJ/Barnabas, Jersey City Medical Center and Fresenius Kidney Care
• Diabetes Type 1 and Type 2 Nutrition at St. Joseph’s Hospital
• Pediatrics Nutrition at The Children’s Hospital at St. Joseph’s Hospital
• Bariatric Nutrition at The New Jersey Bariatric Center
• Rehabilitation Nutrition at The Kessler Institute of Rehabilitation
• Older Adult and Long Term Term Care Nutrition at Regent Care Center
• Community Nutrition at Rutgers Cooperative Extension
• Community Nutrition at Head Start
• Food Service Management at Hackensack University Medical Center and Maywood Center for Health and Rehabilitation

 After receiving an undergraduate degree at Kean University, 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 Dietitians and Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE) at the Diabetes Center at Overlook Hospital. During her training at the Diabetes Center Allison learned that optimizing a patients nutritional status can aide in the treatment of many disease states. 

Allison continued her education by completing the Nutritional Therapy Program at the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver, Colorado.
Shortly after, she completed her Dietetic Internship through Montclair State University. Allison completed 1,232 supervised hours in Clinical Nutrition, Community Nutrition, and Food Service Management accredited program by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Didactic Program in Dietetics

Allison has experience working with multi-disciplinary team of doctors including gastroenterologists, wound care specialists, reproductive endocrinologists, family care practitioners and surgeons. Responsibilities include optimizing patients nutritionally in chronic and acute wound healing, increase fertility and hormone balance and regulation, weight management, hyperlipidemia, obesity, metabolic disorder, hypercholesterolemia, pre-diabetes, diabetes, gestational diabetes, fatigue, stress, depression, anxiety, nutrient deficiency, and more.
Allison also has years of experience working with athletes of all ages and sports specific training.

Preceptorship:
Rutgers University Dietetic Internship Preceptor
University of Delaware Dietetic Internship Preceptor
Montclair State University Dietetic Internship Preceptor
Sodexo Dietetic Internship Preceptor
Kean University Graduate Student Preceptor

Additional Qualifications and Memberships:
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 ACLS and BLS Certified

Contributing Nutrition and Wellness Writer for Island Jane Magazine, Florida Keys, Florida


Interns

Shifra Zuckerman

Shifra is a dietetics student graduating from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences/Dietetics and beginning Fall 2022, will be attending the University of Southern California’s Master of Science, Healthspan, and Longevity program.
Shifra’s philosophy on nutrition is that food can be used as medicine and preventative care for each and every person. She has developed a holistic approach to nutrition, recognizing that many factors play into a healthy lifestyle and no two people are the same. She loves to eat whole foods with natural ingredients and developing new recipes (especially healthy desserts!) to share.
Shifra has been privileged to intern and work with Allison at VivaTotalHealth for the past three years, as she continues to learn so much from her. 
In her free time, Shifra can be seen at the gym taking all kinds of fun classes, or hiking in the great outdoors. She enjoys taking trips to Whole Foods, and cooking/baking up just about everything in her fridge and pantry. 
Fun fact about Shifra: She has been an actress/model since she was 11 years old, and can be seen in films, commercials, and television series! How cool!


Mark Hanna

Hi, my name is Mark!
I started my career in Dietetics at Middlesex Community College. I earned an AS in Science-Dietetic Transfer.
I continued my education and graduated from Rutgers University with a BS in Nutritional Sciences-Dietetics.
I grew up in Old Bridge, NJ where I currently reside.
I have experience working as a Diet Clerk at Centrastate Hospital as well as a Senior Intern at an accounting firm (Boscia & Boscia), while attending college full-time.
I am currently studying in a combined Master’s Program through the University of Rhode Island in Dietetics, specializing in a concentration in critical care nutrition with Sodexo.
I am a prime example of “keep an open mind” as I originally presented into the program with interest to specialize in sports nutrition. Through experience during the internship, I have grown more interest in critical care nutrition (ICU/CCU/NICU). I look to one day open my own private practice.