About

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Allison Thibault
Lead Clinical Nutritionist RWJBarnabas Health
Founder of VivaTotalHealth

Allison’s passion, drive and ambition brought her to start VivaTotalHealth 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 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

Allison, a Lead Clinical Nutritionist at RWJBarnabas Health and Nutritional Therapist, 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 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. 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 continued her education by completing the Nutritional Therapy Program at the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver, Colorado.
Following very shortly after, 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 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

Extracurricular:
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

Contact:
allison@vivatotalhealth.com

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(pictured above: Allison with Governor Christie Whitman at Grow A Row America Fundraiser)
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(pictured above: Allison with Dr. Furhman, Board-Certified Family Physician, New York Times Best-Selling Author and Nutritional Researcher)