“Being a renal dietitian lets me combine my geeky love of science and getting to know clients and forming relationships to foster kidney health. It feels a bit like a superpower.”
Hi, I’m Diana. I’m a renal dietitian who loves helping my patients foster their kidney health. I believe in making connections with each of my clients and personalizing nutrition care for overall health success.
I admire the kidneys because they play such a great role in wellness and health. I am fascinated by the science behind the intricate workings of the kidneys and how they are impacted by nutrition. My goal is to help my clients understand more about their kidneys and what they can do to improve their kidney health.
Aside from my love for teaching, I also love the outdoors: hiking, kayaking, traveling and exploring new places. Northern Africa is my favorite travel destination thus far! At home, I love reading, cooking, and eating, especially stuffed shells, homemade balsamic dressing on everything, and fresh heirloom tomatoes. Also coffee - it is the liquid of the gods.
My gift is in translating complicated science into understandable concepts. I like to discover how someone learns best and then provide appropriate nutrition care based on that. I value a whole person approach to help my clients achieve balance in their daily life. This includes nutrition, for better health and quality of life.
Plant-based diet for kidney disease
Ketogenic diet for Polycystic Kidney Disease
Potassium, phosphorus and sodium management
Recipe and menu development
Kidney Community Involvement:
Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2008 - present
Member of the National Kidney Foundation 2014 - present
Member of the Renal Practice Group and Nutrition Entrepreneurs Practice Group
Member of VAND, Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Member of the Virginia Council on Renal Nutrition, 2014 - present
M.S. Nutrition and Health Promotion, Simmons University
Dietetic Internship, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston MA
B.S. Psychology, James Madison University