Allison Nutrition Consulting is a 30 year-old nutrition firm of registered dietitians who use evidenced-based traditional and complementary/alternative nutrition therapy and healing practices. We provide a range services for individuals and families (elementary school on up): individual consultations, support/coaching -including education, skill development (meal planning, preparation, shopping, eating out), in-home sessions, personal chef connections, workshops and 4-12 week groups.
Clients range from those who struggle with a variety of nutrition related issues such as yo-yo dieting, eating disorders, autoimmune diseases, food sensitivities, diabetes, gastrointestinal and heart disease, to those wanting to improve their focus during their golf game, improve fitness, family meals, get through a marathon, play competitive soccer or a consult with their chef.
We approach our work from the perspective that your change and healing is a process rooted in guided self-exploration and discovery. Our dietitians are skilled in providing a learning environment that facilitates this. The result is lifelong healthier eating patterns and relationship with yourself and food.
Nan, owner of Allison Nutrition Consulting, is a registered, licensed dietitian who has been in private practice in the Nashville area since 1987. She is co-author with Carol Beck of "Full and Fulfilled: the Science of Eating to Your Soul's Satisfaction." Nan's ongoing interest is in why individuals and cultures choose to eat the way they do and how to facilitate change at the individual, corporate and community levels.
Nan earned her Bachelor's degree with high honors from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and her Master's degree in nutrition from Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts. She completed her dietetic internship at Frances Stern Nutrition Center of New England Medical Center Hospital in Boston. She completed seven years of study at the Nashville School of Healing Arts in 2009. She serves as nutritionist and program development consultant to the Integrative Life Center, an intensive outpatient chemical dependency and eating disorder treatment center in Nashville.
Melissa Giovanni, MS, RD, LDN
Melissa came to the field of nutrition with a passion for helping people heal their relationship with food and live a life without food rules and judgement. She comes from a background with several years managing human resource departments with skills in understanding peoplle's needs and lives. She provides clients with the information, skills,and support to progress in their recovery. In addition to eating disorder treatment, Melissa is also experienced in providing medical nutrition therapy for weight management, diabetes, PCOS, hypertension, IBS, chemical dependence, anxiety or depression related disordered eating, celiac disease and other nutrtion related health conditions.
Melissa is a registered, licensed dietitian and received her Master's degree and completed an internship in dietetics from Eastern Michigan University. When not helping individuals with nutrition, Melissa shares her enjoyment for physical fitness by teaching group exercise classes and helping women find a balanced, healthy, and enjoyable relationship with exercise. Melissa also enjoys spending time with her husband, family, friends and dog.
Jim believes that a balanced lifestyle, with nutrition at its foundation, is paramount in achieving overall health and wellness. His strong desire to support and guide others through this journey is what led him to pursue a career in dietetics. Jim received his degree in Nutrition from Middle Tennessee State University and completed his post-baccalaureate Dietetic Internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Jim’s experience with individual consultation, group education, medical nutrition therapy, and food service has afforded him the opportunity to work with a very diverse client population. Underlying his approach is a focus on helping clients develop a healthy relationship to food and eating, and their bodies. While specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, mental health and addiction, Jim is a premier clinician, and enjoys working with clients who have many other nutrition-related concerns. Whether addressing weight management, or a more a specific condition such as a food allergy, gastrointestinal issues, celiac disease, chronic inflammatory diesease, diabetes, or hypertension, Jim’s knowledge, compassion and creativity provides a unique and individualized approach to treatment.
Outside of work, Jim spends time expressing himself creatively through artwork, and making artisan chocolates. Jim lives in Nashville and can often be found exploring Nashville’s growing food scene or hiking the numerous trails throughout the area.
Christy is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist. She graduated from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a BS in Human Ecology. Christy is a lover of all foods. So, it was a natural path to culinary school in Knoxville following graduation. Upon completing culinary school, she moved to Sarasota, FL and began her professional career with the WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) program. She is a Certified Lactation Counselor. In 2014, Christy returned to Tennessee and is currently working at The Renfrew Center of TN, an eating disorder facility for women and the YMCA of Middle Tennessee. Her passion is to not only educate clients with nutrition science, but also how to implement it into their daily lives through the foods they eat and how they prepare them. She aims to set real and simple goals to help people make and maintain healthy changes to be happy and feel their best!
Lynn Manderson, LADAC, Lifestyle Counselor and Coach
Lynn's rolewith Allison Nutrition Consulting is to work with clients who need more intensive day-to-day support with their eating and nutrition needs. Whether at home, in a restaurant, on the phone., mealtimes or in the grocery store, Lynn is available for one on one or group counseling and follow up on all matters related to supporting wellness and nutrition. Lynn's primary training and career focus has been in the field of alcohol/drug addiction and eating disorders with over 15 years of experience. Lynn has a passion for people under the strains of addiction and the repeating patterns of conflict that arise on the path of recovery. Lynn believes with proper coaching and peer support, clients can discover practical ways to successfully deal with career, family, and life issues, to realistically accept and appreciate their achievements and ultimately develop a genuine ability to progress in a positive direction.