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 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.
Sara is an advocate of healing through whole foods, with an understanding that each client requires an individual approach towards their health goals. She encourages and empowers her clients to be active participants in their own health care. She also meets the client where they are, so the client makes the changes that they are ready for. She is experienced in weight management, diabetes, hypertension, COPD, gastrointestinal concerns, thyroid complications, eating disorders, and other nutrition related health conditions. Sara is thrilled to share her nutrition and exercise expertise with her clients and the community, while serving as an advocate for a balanced lifestyle. Sara is a foodie at heart, a lover of travel, hyped about fitness, and has a passion for recipe development.
Sharing her ideas of a balanced diet and progressive exercise routine has always been a part of her life. Sara is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who launched her career as an Exercise Physiologist in Florida. She returned to school at Middle Tennessee State University for additional education on food and nutrition. Sara then completed her post-baccalaureate Dietetic Internship at Meredith College in Raleigh. She also speaks from experience from her personal challenges and hardships in finding adequate disease management and care. She is continuing her research and education in functional nutrition in order to meet the needs of her clients. She inspires people to learn and practice a healthy lifestyle, while creating a positive perception of food.
Julie is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Health Coach, specializing in behavior change strategies to guide individuals in creating their own path to health and wellness. Julie strives to help individuals feel confident and empowered to make changes that will lead to their desired goals.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Lipscomb University, Julie went on to complete her dietetic internship through Lipscomb University. She has 12 years of experience as a Registered Dietitian, working as a clinical dietitian for 5 years, a Health Coach with CareHere for 5 years, and then as a Director of Health & Wellness with CareHere for a year and a half. Julie holds a Behavior Change Specialist Certification through ACE and has experience in providing nutrition counseling for diabetes, weight management, hypertension, and other nutrition related health concerns.
Along with helping individuals reach their health goals, Julie enjoys camping and bike riding with her family and is a lover of music and movies.
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!
Maddy recently completed the MS/DI program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Maddy is originally from Nashville, TN. She graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor’s in Nutrition and Dietetics and a minor in Psychology.
"Food and nutrition are more to me than three meals and three snacks a day. What nutrition really is is a means to the ultimate mind-body connection. There is no such thing as “good food” or “bad food” – everything fits. Balance and moderation are key in a healthful diet, and food is nourishment for our souls as much as it is nourishment for our bodies. I am passionate about improving lives with nutrition because I know it can do a great deal of good; but, amidst all that, it's just food – and that's important to remember, too. Further, I believe in food as medicine, and I appreciate that, in this field, diets are to be individualized and tailored to each client.
Dietitians should be knowledgeable, open-minded, dynamic, and spirited; and I believe I possess these qualities. I am a hard worker, compassionate, and a strong believer in personal connection. I practice with the philosophies of Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size; and I believe in the healing and preventative powers of food. Finally, I believe that, in the words of James Beard, '[f]ood is our common ground, a universal experience.'"